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Counting Crows, Jimmy Eat World reveal summer shows in Milwaukee

Side-by-side photos of a man sitting on stage while singing into a microphone and a man playing guitar on stage with a brightly lit backdrop.
Counting Crows / Jimmy Eat World / Facebook

Yes, we had to shovel again this morning. Yes, we’re surrounded by snowbanks your leg could disappear into. But trust me: We’re coming out of the winter doldrums and creeping closer to prime “doing stuff” season.

The avalanche of concert announcements every Monday is a good indication. Summerfest gave us two right away this morning (Elvis Costello and Cypress Hill), and now we can add a couple more to the pile, both of which are stacked deep with lineups that’ll make you think twice about showing up fashionably late.

First up on the calendar is an opportunity to literally start your summer with Counting Crows and Dashboard Confessional, who will co-headline the Miller High Life Theatre on the summer solstice, June 21. Anyone listening to alternative music in the late ’90s and early 2000s won’t need an introduction to either of these bands. But, just in case, the Crows’ Adam Duritz and Dashboard’s Chris Carrabba posted an adorable tour-announcement video today:

Counting Crows released their Butter Miracle EP in May 2021 and have seven full-length studio albums under their belts, starting of course with septuple-platinum debut August and Everything After in 1993. Dashboard Confessional’s ninth studio album came last year in the form of All the Truth That I Can Tell, their first since Carrabba’s near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2020.

Presales for the show include an artist offering at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, and one for eMembers (code: CLOVER) two days later at noon. The general sale starts at 10 a.m. Friday online and at the Pabst/Riverside box offices.

On the other side of summer sits a triple-threat show at the Rave on Aug. 15 with co-headliners Jimmy Eat World and Manchester Orchestra, as well as Middle Kids.

This is another one where the two names at the top of the bill will be very familiar to alternative audiences. Jimmy Eat World are 10 albums into their illustrious career — most recently 2019’s Surviving — while Manchester Orchestra just last week released The Valley of Vision, an ambitious six-track project with an accompanying virtual-reality film on YouTube. Australian trio Middle Kids are relative newcomers compared to their tourmates, having won awards in their home country for both of their LPs, Lost Friends (2018) and Today We’re the Greatest (2021).

The show has an internet presale that starts at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, March 15, with a general sale at the same time the following day. More ticket information is available on the Rave/Eagles Club website.