Winter, supposedly, has passed. As the warming weather makes the ocean much more inviting, some of the great attractions of Hampton Beach already have begun to thaw.
Among the beacons of spring comes the 2014 season at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. The venue opens strong tonight with the sold-out “Experience Hendrix.” Then come several months featuring diverse shows.
“We’re excited,” said Andrew Herrick, spokesman for the Casino Ballroom. “We open for the year [tonight]. We think it’s going to be a fantastic year of live music on the beach.”
A few of the most popular acts already have sold out: again, “Experience Hendrix,” as well as “Volbeat,” and Joe Bonamassa. But many tickets can still be bought for a whole range of other shows.
In May, the Casino hosts the first stop on The Monkees’ 2014 reunion tour, for instance.
“We’re (also) celebrating George Thorogood’s 40th anniversary with a two-weekend run,” Herrick said.
Other classic acts include Cheap Trick, Billy Idol and Huey Lewis and the News.
Celebrating some of rock’s most influential bands, tribute bands will perform music by the Beatles (The Fab Four), Led Zeppelin (Get The Led Out, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience), the Grateful Dead (Dark Star Orchestra) and Sublime(Badfish!).
Beyond that, more than a dozen other groups will be performing at the Casino Ballroom this summer.
Experience Hendrix: A Jimmy Hendrix tribute show featuring Billy Cox, Budy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bootsy Collins, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doyle Bramhall II, Chris Layton, Eric Galesand and Ana Popovic. Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m. SOLD OUT
Volbeat: An influential Danish metal band led by Michael Poulsen, former band leader of heavy metal band Dominus. Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. SOLD OUT
Buckcherry: An LA-based hard rock band with grunge influences, featuring singer Joshua Todd, guitarist Keith Nelson, second guitarist Yogi, bassist J.B. Brightman, drummer Devon Glenn. Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. $25 to $30.