One thing that jumps to mind when looking at this year's Lowell Summer Music Series lineup is that there's representation from pretty much every musical decade, from the 1960s to the present.
You've got David Crosby representing the 1960s, Boz Scaggs for the 1970s, Peter Cetera covers the 1980s (and, to be fair, the 1970s, as well), Blues Traveler covers the 1990s, and then you've got more current acts like Rhiannon Giddens, Fitz & the Tantrums and Postmodern Jukebox.
The most recent announcement, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, would fall into pretty much the 1990s category in terms of their biggest hits, though the passage of time is a funny thing. The Colorado-based band has been together for more than 30 years.
But they've never played Lowell until now. The band makes their Lowell Summer Music Series debut Friday, July 13, with a 7:30 show at Boarding House Park. Tickets are $37 in advance, $137 for premium seating, and are on sale today at 9 a.m., at www.lowellsummermusic.org.
The band is touring behind last year's "New World Arisin'" album, their 11th studio album in a career that Todd Park Mohr (guitar, vocals), Brian Nevin (drums and vocals) and Rob Squires (bass and vocals), three alums of Columbine High School, formed in 1986. Extensive touring through the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast built an organic following and eventually led to a slot on the H.O.R.D.E.
The group's songs were featured in the 1994 film "Blown Away," and their take on "Tangerine" was included in the 1995 tribute album "Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin." The group worked with Talking Heads alum Jerry Harrison for their next album, "Beautiful World," and even got John Lee Hooker to play with the band on their take of his song "Boom Boom." The album also featured P-Funk alum Bernie Worrell on the title track. More recently, the band played at the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship parade and remains an active presence on the recording and touring fronts.