Americana stars Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter are among the artists booked for the 20th annual Biltmore concert series in 2016, the estate has announced. Four shows are booked for the South Terrace Lawn this year, with tickets going on sale May 18. Prices have not been announced.
The acts booked include a double bill with Harris and Carpenter, an ’80s night headlined by Rick Springfield, a Christian rock show with Casting Crowns and Jeremy Camp, plus a solo show from rock band Daughtry.
Biltmore had also discussed a concert with the band Boston, which has also pulled out of shows in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro in a demonstration against the controversial HB2 legislation that controls pubic restroom use and bans local anti discrimination ordinances in the state.It was not known immediately if Biltmore would book another show to fill out this year’s schedule.
The Biltmore lineup starts July 28 with Daughtry. Fronted by singer Chris Daughtry, who came to fame in 2006 on TV’s “American Idol,” the band has cut four albums and received four Grammy nominations. The band has had four No. 1 singles, including “It’s Not Over.” Daughtry played shows in 2007 and 2008 at Asheville’s Orange Peel music hall.
Christian acts Casting Crowns and Jeremy Camp are slotted for Aug. 12. Casting Crowns has won Grammy, Dove and American Music awards and last played Biltmore in 2013. Camp has sold 4 million records and had 32 chart-topping songs on Christian radio.
Harris and Carpenter perform Aug. 14. Harris, a 13-time Grammy winner, has performed for 40 years, recorded more than 25 albums and since 2008 has been a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was booked in 2014 for a show Biltmore but canceled because of a “personal emergency.”
Carpenter, a five-time Grammy-winner, has been a regular visitor to Western North Carolina, including a 2010 Biltmore date. Her hits include “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.”
Springfield heads an ’80s pop package Aug. 23. The Grammy winner was once a star on the TV soap “General Hospital,” where he played the character Dr. Noah Drake. But he is best known for his big ’80s hits “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Human Touch,” among others. He played Biltmore in 2009.
Also on this show is Night Ranger, best known for the 1984 hit “Sister Christian.” This version of Night Ranger includes longtime member Jack Blades, Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy, who all date to 1982 with the band.
Rounding out the ’80s show is the new wave band The Romantics, which had hits with “What I Like About You” “Talking In Your Sleep” and “One in a Million.” The band dates to 1977 and carries three original members: rhythm guitarist and harmonica player Wally Palmar, lead guitarist and singer Mike Skill and bassist and backing singer Rich Cole. Drummer Brad Elvis has been with the band since 2004.
For Biltmore concert information, visit www.biltmore.com/tickets or call 866-336-1255 starting May 18. Tickets will also be sold at Biltmore’s Reservations and Ticketing Sales Center. Concerts do not require additional Biltmore admission.