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Biggest concert lineup at Jones Beach

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater announced its biggest summer concert lineup in years yesterday, an ambitious, eclectic schedule of 31 shows that cover everything from Neil Diamond pop to Drake's hip-hop to the electronic dance music of the Identity Festival.

Jason Miller, president of Live Nation's New York operation, which includes Jones Beach, said the promoter's decision to raise the number of shows by more than 50 percent this year is due to an increase in the number of available acts and an improvement in the economy. "We have a bunch of great artists that are coming through the venue, and I think people are going to have a great time at Jones Beach this summer," Miller said. "So far, people have been buying tickets. The shows are selling very, very well."

Live Nation added a handful of shows yesterday -- The Allman Brothers Band and Santana; Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and The News; 311; System of a Down with Deftones; Journey with Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo; and Chicago and The Doobie Brothers -- that go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The concert promoter has also invested about $1 million in improvements to the venue, including 60 new LCD monitors, more concession stands, landscaping and renovations to the VIP area, according to Alan Ostfield, Live Nation's president for the North Atlantic region.

Live Nation will also launch apps for the iPhone and Facebook, Ostfield said, that will give fans electronic tickets so they can use their iPhones to get into concerts and access to set lists and set times.

"We're trying to give our guests what they want," Ostfield said, adding that Live Nation will offer early-bird discounts and reduced-price ticket four-packs. "We want to offer something for everybody."


WHAT The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater concert season

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WHEN | WHERE June 1-Sept. 22, Nikon at Jones Beach

Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh

INFO Prices vary; 516-221-1000,





June 1 Brad Paisley with The Band Perry, Easton Corbin

June 8 and 10 Neil Diamond (first night sold out)

June 9 Yanni

June 12 and 13 Dave Matthews Band with Fitz and the Tantrums

June 16 Drake with J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana (Sold out)

June 22 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

June 24 The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

June 27 Iron Maiden with Alice Cooper

June 29 Stevie Nicks

July 3 and 4 Phish (Sold out)

July 7 The Scorpions with Queensryche

July 13 Def Leppard with Poison and Lita Ford

July 24 The Allman Brothers Band and Santana

July 28 Identity Festival (sold out)

July 29 Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and The News

Aug. 2 Wiz Khalifa

with Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q, Chevy Woods

Aug. 3 311 and Slightly Stoopid

Aug. 5 System of a Down with Deftones

Aug. 8 Big Time Rush with Cody Simpson

Aug. 9 O.A.R. with Rebelution

Aug. 10 Journey with Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo and Loverboy

Aug. 14 Last Summer on Earth Tour with Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Cracker

Aug. 17 Big Time Rush with Cody Simpson (sold out)

Aug. 18 Chicago and The Doobie Brothers

Aug. 21 Kelly Clarkson and The Fray with Carolina Liar

Aug. 30 Jimmy Buffett (sold out)

Sept. 1 Jason Mraz with Christina Perri

Sept. 22 Kiss and Mötley Crüe


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