Syracuse’s Lakeside Amphitheater Announces Journey, Doobie Brothers as First 2016 Show

Central New York’s newest concert venue announced its first acts for the 2016 season today: Classic rockers Journey and the Doobie Brothers will perform at the Lakeside Amphitheater on July 13.

Dave Mason (Traffic) will open the show. Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 and will cost $30 for lawn seats (or four for $89), while pavilion seats range from $39.50-$135.

The 50-date summer tour, dubbed San Francisco Fest 2016, will also make stops at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 5 and Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 9.

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Journey‘s current lineup consists of lead guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and singer Arnel Pineda. Drummer Steve Smith will join the band for the first time since 1998 on this tour. The band last appeared in Syracuse during the 2014 New York State Fair with Cheap Trick.

The Doobie Brothers’ classic core of Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee will be joined on this tour by Little Feat drummer Bill Payne. The Doobies last played in Syracuse to a packed crowd at the Fair’s free stage at Chevy Court, also in 2014.

Country star Miranda Lambert christened Lakeview Amphitheater along the shore of Onondaga Lake during last summer’s New York State Fair. Construction was completed just days prior to the inaugural show. Onondaga County officials and the venue’s promoter Live Nation have stated that the new amphitheater will bring acts that often pass by Syracuse on the way to other upstate outdoor venues.