Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for Eric Church’s May concert at the Prudential Center in Newark. It’s still early, of course, but there is already a slew of major country shows booked for New Jersey. (And I’m not even counting Taylor Swift, who doesn’t qualify as country anymore.)
The date for Church’s concert is May 2, and The Lone Bellow will open. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com.
Here are some of the other big country performers coming to the Garden State this year, ranging from grizzled veterans to fresh-faced newcomers:
Jan. 28: Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett at BergenPAC, Englewood.
Feb. 13: Rosanne Cash at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
Feb. 19: Travis Tritt at Newton Theatre, Newton.
Feb. 25: Travis Tritt at Levoy Theatre, Millville.
Feb. 26: Thomas Rhett at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville.
Feb. 28: Eli Young Band at Tropicana Showroom, Atlantic City.
March 7: Brandi Carlile at Music Box at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City.
March 19: Parmalee at iPlay America, Freehold.
March 27: Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
April 11: Dan + Shay, at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville.
April 16: Mary Chapin Carpenter at Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood.
May 8: Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
May 14: Vince Gill, at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
June 2: Merle Haggard at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank.
June 3: Merle Haggard at BergenPAC, Englewood.
Aug. 15: Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford.
Sept. 4-6: Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at Salem County Fairgrounds, Woodstown. With Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, Blue Highway, The Gibson Brothers, Sister Sadie, Sierra Hull, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run, Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass, others.
Sept. 12: Luke Bryan at Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden. (Ticket information not yet available.)