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Regional concert previews of Hootie and the Blowfish, Goose, Silversun pickups and more

Welcome to Seven in Seven, where we look at shows coming to the region over the next week. As always, whether your musical tastes are rock ’n’ roll, jazz, heavy metal, R&B, singer-songwriter or indie, there will always be something to check out.
Here are seven of the best on the docket for the week of June 28:

Hootie & the Blowfish + Collective Soul —  Friday at Hersheypark Stadium

Hootie & the Blowfish return as the foursome headline the “Summer Camp with Trucks Tour” featuring special guests Collective Soul and Edwin McCain. This marks the first full tour since 2019 for Hootie, who saw their chart-topping, Grammy-award winning career sell more than 25 million albums with 17 songs charting on Billboard. Post-grunge rockers Collective Soul are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and late last year saw “7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits, 1994-2001” make its vinyl debut.  Meanwhile, Edwin McCain had slowed down touring in recent years to focus on family, but now that his kids are grown-ish, the South Carolina singer/songwriter who penned the hit “I’ll Be” is back in full force. And if you can’t make it out to Hershey this weekend for the show, the tour will be coming back through later in the summer with a stop at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, N.J., on Aug. 16.

Goose — Friday at The Mann

Connecticut-based jam band quintet Goose is traveling the U.S. on their biggest headline tour thus far, including a show at The Mann on Friday. They’ve come quite a ways since releasing their debut album in 2016, after which they quickly took flight, playing countless shows while steadily amassing a fervent fan following for their unique brand of songcraft, musicianship and spirited improvisational performances. Known for their exuberant grooves and incendiary bursts of musical exploration, the group has spent much of the past decade on a seemingly infinite tour schedule that includes sold-out headline shows at such renowned venues as Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

Greg Hawkes with Eddie Japan Play the Music of The Cars — Friday at Sellersville Theater 1894

As the keyboardist for the legendary late-’70s/’80s band The Cars, Greg Hawkes forged the sound of rock’s new wave, cementing the synthesizer’s place in rock and pop music. In 2016, he collaborated with fellow Boston band Eddie Japan to produce their album “Golden Age.” This led to he and the group joining forces to create a night of music by The Cars featuring a set list curated by Hawkes. It went so well that come 2019, the union began thrilling audiences across the Northeast with an energetic show that includes hits and deeper cuts from The Cars’ songbook, along with special selections relating to Hawkes’ musical career.

Silversun Pickups — Saturday at the Keswick

It’s coming up on almost two years since Silversun Pickups released their sixth LP, “Physical Thrills,” and they finally seem to be winding down the tour in support of it. Saturday’s show at The Keswick will be the final date on the third leg of the run, which means the alternative rock outfit will be a well-oiled machine, but one that is looking forward to getting off the road. Expect a spirited show from the Los Angeles based Pickups, who are closing in on their 25th year together as a band.

Les Savy Fav perform Saturday at Union Transfer. (Courtesy of Tell All Your Friends PR)
Les Savy Fav perform Saturday at Union Transfer. (Courtesy of Tell All Your Friends PR)

Les Savy Fav — Saturday at Union Transfer

Last month, Les Savy Fav finally shared their highly anticipated LP “Oui, LSF,” the band’s first release of new music in 14 years. It’s impossible to talk about the indie/art punk group without acknowledging that it’s been more than 10 years since the guys released 2010’s “Root for Ruin.” But it’s not like they had a messy breakup or quit to become bankers. They just had a lot of living to do — outside of music. It takes a beat to shake old habits though, and after a stint at Primavera in 2022, they caught the songwriting bug once more, sharing demos, jamming and recording through the heap of DIY and esoteric gear collected over the last decade. Now they’re ready to share some things old and some things new and keep blowing minds from the stage each night.

Bruce Hornsby — Tuesday at Musikfest Café

Bruce Hornsby’s 2024 tour is in support of the 25th anniversary and reissue of his seminal album, “Spirit Trail,” and will see the pianist/singer and his band, The Noisemakers, come to Bethlehem’s Musikfest Café. Never one to shy from pushing boundaries, Hornsby’s tour comes on the heels of the release of “Deep Sea Vents,” a collaborative album with experimental chamber music group yMusic. The project, entitled BrhyM, is an LP of 10 songs about water and the ways we live with, in or against it. Between the uniqueness of that left turn and the fan favorite “Spirit Trail” getting the quarter-century treatment, the show should be one of a kind.

Pedro the Lion — Tuesday at The Foundry

When David Bazan, the mastermind behind Pedro the Lion, began considering the times and the songs that would soon become his latest LP, “Santa Cruz,” he thought about fictionalizing it all. He could break with the narratives of his last two indie/slowcore records to give himself and everyone else in the real-life story some critical distance. These events are not old news, after all, and he worried about untangling the active threads of the rather recent past from right now. But then he realized since he began staying close to his own story, he was onto something, untangling all the ways his past had both shaped and misshaped his present inside some of his best songs ever. When he delivers them raw and bared down onstage, that’s where Bazan’s true self comes even further out.


• Hootie & the Blowfish: “Hold My Hand”

• Collective Soul: “Gel”

• Goose: “Hungersite”

• Silversun Pickups: “Stay Down (Way Down)”

• Les Savy Fav: “World Got Great”

• Bruce Hornsby: “Fortunate Son”

• Pedro the Lion: “Modesto”

• The Cars: “Since You’re Gone”

Source: Berkshire mont

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