A Look Back at Returning Artists

Summer at the Green 2018 is almost here! We are thrilled to introduce some exciting new artists this year, as well as welcome back a few fan favorites.  Part of our mission here at the Green Music Center is to present some of the most compelling artists of our time, and the fun in that mission is not only inviting new talent to perform, but also welcoming back returning artists and hearing the next chapter in their musical journey as they continually evolve and explore new musical ideas. 

Our annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is back this year, and with it is another exciting performance featuring the Santa Rosa Symphony, this time paired with North Bay favorite Transcendence Theatre Company. Our most thrilling Fireworks performance to date will feature a program consisting of patriotic classics, Broadway favorites, pop hits and more. 

 

The always hilarious Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias returns to the Green Music Center this year as part of his “One Show Fits All” Tour. One of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, Fluffy continues to break new ground. Since his debut at The Green in September 2014, Fluffy has completed three seasons of “Fluffy’s Food Adventures” on FUSE TV, co-starred with Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL, released his sixth comedy special, contributed his voice talents to the Academy Award-nominated film Coco, guest starred in ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family and much more! 

Joining our Summer lineup for the second time, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes has embarked on an impressive artistic journey since his last appearance in 2016. His recent string of impressive singles “You Should Be Loved,” (feat. The Shadowboxers) “More” and “This Girl” were adapted to a mini-movie entitled Pictures. Hayes explains, “Pictures is a totally new experience for me. We’ve never done anything like this and I love how it takes you out of current reality and transports you to a different time and place entirely, where each song tells a piece of the story.” If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, last October, Hayes also found time to lend his artistic and financial support to the tune of $100,000 for the renovation of The Nashville School of Arts Guitar Lab.

Also returning for Summer 2018 is trumpeter Chris Botti. Botti’s mastery of the trumpet along with his consummate showmanship put him in a class all of his own, drawing diverse crowds with a variety of tastes from rock and pop to jazz and classical. He hasn’t slowed down since his last performance here in 2015.  Botti continues to tour over 200 days a year and can fit all of his belongings into two suitcases. Botti explains, "I own a trumpet, a couple of suits and a nice watch. I don’t even own a storage locker. I love it. I had the house with the pool that drops off the cliff and I had the sports car, but I realized I wasn’t that guy. I’m so much happier living life this way.”

 

Lyle Lovett returns for a third appearance (second with his Large Band) at the Green Music Center this summer. Once labeled a country singer, Lyle Lovett has since proven elusive to those wishing to pin him into any single genre. With a fuse of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues he continues to blaze trails with his Large Band since their formation in 1988. Last year, Lovett took part in Hand in Hand: Texas, a concert fundraiser that helped raise $20 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Even more recently, Lovett, along with other greats including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Brad Paisley, contributed to a tribute album honoring the late pop-country singer-songwriter Roger Miller.