Plant, Krauss join James Taylor at Lake Tahoe |

Plant, Krauss join James Taylor at Lake Tahoe

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss get ready to perform on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday in New York.

How sweet it is.

Harveys Outdoor Concerts’ unprecedentedly early announcement of its summer series is a big one: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will perform June 28 with guitarist T-Bone Burnett, and James Taylor will play July 26.

“We’re going to name some more in the near future, but these two are absolutely confirmed and we’re excited to have them,” said John Packer, Harrah’s-Harveys director of entertainment. “A lot of different bands are in the process of deciding their tour route.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 3 at Ticketmaster outlets. There will be about 7,000 seats available, but probably not for very long.

Led Zeppelin singer Plant is touring with Krauss, performing songs from their Burnett-produced album, “Raising Sand,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. The song “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)” won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Taylor and Krauss won the same award in 2003 for “How’s the World Treating You.” Taylor has four more Grammys and in 2006 was the Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year.

Burnett won a Grammy in 2000 for his soundtrack for “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” a film that made popular again the folk-blues-bluegrass style also played on “Raising Sand.”

Plant-Krauss tickets are $49.50, $69.50 and $89.50.

The duo will tour Europe in May before returning for North American for June and July. As of Friday, “Raising Sand” was the fourth-best-selling album on the country charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Tickets for Taylor, who will be playing at Tahoe for the first time, are $49.50, $79.50 and $125.

“James Taylor could probably play six hours of nothing but hits if he wanted to,” Packer said.

Harveys Outdoor Concerts traditionally offers a variety artists, and have always included are rock and country. Summer 2007 also featured pop with Beyonce and Fergie, and R&B with Earth, Wind and Fire.

Packer wouldn’t name any other bands that are in the works, but it is possible there might be a return visit from a band which has played in the series before. He expected one or two of the shows to be general admission, which means no seats inside the bleachers and a capacity of about 9,000.

Previous summers at Harveys Arena have had notable acts such as the Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and Otis Rush.

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