It's hard to imagine it now, with 20 inches of snow on the ground, but there will be a summer in 2010. And that means summer concerts.
The destination of that long drive on Routes 22/30 to Burgettstown will now be the First Niagara Pavilion, the new name for the amphitheater, as the Post-Gazette did not renew its contract for the naming rights.
The first order of business there is Baierl Chevrolet.com Country Megaticket, announced yesterday at the Heinz History Center by First Niagara and Live Nation executives. The package consists of seven concerts:
• Friday, May 14: Sugarland, Jake Owen, Danny Gokey.
• Saturday, May 29: Country Throwndown Tour, with Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Eric Church, Eli Young Band and more.
• Saturday, June 12: Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker.
• Thursday, July 8: Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Love & Theft.
• Friday, July 30: Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan.
• Sunday, Aug. 22: Toby Keith.
• Friday, Sept. 17: Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler.
Megatickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at www.megaticket.com for a limited time, but single tickets are not available yet. There are three different packages: Lawn ($150; includes parking); Gold ($475; reserved seat and parking); Platinum ($625; lower pavilion seat, VIP parking). Those prices do not include service and handling fees.
The only other shows announced at the pavilion are the Vans Warped Tour on July 7 with Andrew W.K., All-American Rejects, Sum 41, Riverboat Gamblers and about 70 other bands; and the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour on Aug. 7 with Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God and more.