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New concerts: Gathering of the Juggalos, Willie Nelson and more

Posted by Andy Downing | March 07, 2014 11:53 AM


Legend Valley owner Steve Trickle, photographed last year, awaits a crowd slathered in clown paint and soaked with Faygo.

Anyone terrified of clowns should stay far, far away from nearby Thornville on July 23-26.

The Insane Clown Posse’s annual Gathering of the Juggalos, which has bummed around like that jobless, couch-surfing pal in recent months (after seven years it was booted from Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, and a brief flirtation with CryBaby campground in Kaiser, Missouri, ended when residents of the town successfully petitioned the venue to block the fest), has found a new home at the Legend Valley concert venue — for now, at least.

“They tried to shut us down. They tried to oppress us, censor us and cast us out,” wrote organizers in a post on the band’s Psychopathic Record’s website. “But they FAILED!”

Visit the festival’s official site here for information on the lineup, or to purchase tickets.

Fans of mellower sounds — and higher grades of weed — can now look forward to a visit from Willie Nelson. The country star visits the Schottenstein Center on May 14 with openers Alison Krauss & Union Station in tow. Tickets are priced $39.50-$79.50, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

With summer looming (hey, we could hit 50 degrees today!), the LC has started to ramp up its outdoor concert announcements. First up, The 1975 show originally scheduled to take place indoors on May 5 has been moved outside. Tickets are $20 in advance/$22 at the door. Panic! at the Disco will bring its carnival pop sound and unusual! punctuation to the venue on July 29. Tickets for that one are $28.50 in advance/$30 at the door. Finally, blues fans can get a taste of both the new and old schools when Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang team up for a concert on August 14. Tickets are $32.50 in advance/$35 at the door. Tickets for all of these shows can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

A number of new shows were also recently announced for Newport Music Hall. First up is reggae/rock crew the Dirty Heads, who hit town on April 13. Tickets are $22 in advance/$25 at the door. YouTube sensations Karmin visit the venue for a concert in April 19. Tickets are $19.50 in advance/$22 at the door. Lastly, the Slightly Stoopid show originally scheduled to take place on March 21 at the LC has now been moved to August 30 at the Newport. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. Tickets for that one are $22.50 in advance/$25 at the door. Tickets for all of these shows can also be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

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