In announcing the 2011 concert schedule for Ravinia, president Welz Kauffman said the North Shore festival’s non-classical lineup features “something palatable to both baby boomers and babies.”
Ravinia’s summer pop shows are certainly heavy on the boomers, including returning acts such as Robert Plant in June with his Band of Joy, following their April 9 date at the Auditorium Theatre, the Moody Blues, Peter Frampton, Hall & Oates and the first Ravinia performance by Chicago since 1972. Making Ravinia debuts this summer will be Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd and two nights with Steely Dan.
For the “babies,” Ravinia’s offerings include Chicago singer-actress Jennifer Hudson, Maroon 5 two shows, Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, Guster and taking the “babies” remark literally 11-year-old classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho. Yes, of course there’s a BoDeans show.