In case you are not feeling a little "out of it", the Angels have assembled a summer concert series that is delightfully free of REO Speedwagon and instead focuses on bands that anyone born before 1981 has probably never heard of. Here is the list of performers who will hit the Angels stadium stage after the baseball games scheduled for these dates. Be there or be square, or be beating postgame parking lot gridlock and listening to good music form when you were a kid in the comfort of your car.
Saturday, 6/11 - Taio Cruz – An English singer-songwriter and record producer. In 2008, he released his debut album Departure, which was written, arranged and produced by himself. It achieved initial success in the UK and earned him a MOBO Award nomination.
Oh dear... if only the Sex Pistols had won a MOBO award.
Saturday, 7/9 - Dierks Bentley – An American country music artist who has been signed to Capitol Records Nashville since 2003. Bentley's studio albums have accounted for fourteen singles on the country singles charts, of which seven have reached No. 1.
Country music was carjacked by Eddie Rabbit thirty years ago and turned into twangy pop. Oooo, I'm drivin my life away looking for a better way to say Lady Gaga could compose today's "Country" masterpieces if she just added two tracks of banjo instead of synthesizer.
Saturday, 8/6 – Ludacris – An American rapper and actor. Ludacris has won a Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, MTV, and Grammy Awards.
I have heard of this guy but couldn't name a single one of his hit songs besides "Eleanor Rigby".
Saturday, 8/20 - MercyMe - An American contemporary Christian band founded in Greenville, Texas. In 2009, Billboard magazine named MercyMe the Christian songs artist of the decade for the 2000’s.
No word on how many ushers will be needed to pass the collection basket up and down the aisles.
Saturday, 9/3 - Ne-Yo – An American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor signed to Def Jams Records. Since his debut, Ne-Yo has had five top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200.
Nice to see that kid from "The Matrix" has gone on to a new career after saving us all from being pod-people.