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Candlebox added to Sweetwater Pavilion slate

The Clyde welcomes Righteous Brothers; REO Speedwagon at Foellinger

Candlebox will be at Sweetwater Performance Pavilion on June 18.
Nick Braun

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 29, 2023

Sweetwater Performance Pavilion has been busy setting their summer schedule with the latest announcements being ’90s rock sensation Candlebox and American contemporary Christian band We The Kingdom. Last week, they revealed that Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke would be returning.

Candlebox will be in town Sunday, June 18, as part of their The Long Goodbye Tour 2023. Always a Fort Wayne favorite, Candlebox set themselves apart from others in that era with their bluesy, classic hard rock style that grunge had ostensibly replaced. It’s worked out well, giving them a 30-plus year career. 

The band did take a short break when they ceased operations after their third album Happy Pills was released in 1998but reformed a few years later. Since then, Candlebox have remained active and prolific, releasing well-received efforts like Into the Sun in 2008, Disappearing in Airports in 2016, and Wolves in 2021. 

We The Kingdom, who were in town in January headlining Winter Jam at Memorial Coliseum, will be at the Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 27. An amalgamation of four decades, their music embraces worship, rock, country, folk, and pop, providing a textured sonic background for vulnerable, gritty lyrics. The band’s name comes after the Bible verse, “the kingdom of God is in our midst.”

Tickets for both acts go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at,, and the Sweetwater campus. 

Tickets are currently available for Blackberry Smoke, who hit the Pavilion stage on Saturday, June 17. The Georgia outfit played the venue last summer, and they’re ready to bring “real deal” Southern rock back to the stage. Formed in 2004, the band have relied on a relentless touring schedule to build a strong fan base that enjoy “soulful vocals, haunting harmonies, and a tear-it-up fusion of classic rock, blues, country, and folk.”

Righteous Brothers slated for The Clyde

Maverick and Goose did a rendition of one of their hits in the blockbuster Top Gun, while another hit served as a backdrop during Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore’s iconic pottery scene in Ghost. Now you can hear all their hits live when The Righteous Brothers make their way to The Clyde on Saturday, Oct. 7. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley and Bucky Heard will take you on a nostalgic journey through the legendary musical stylings of one of the greatest rock acts of all time. Folks can expect to hear hits like “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and Medley’s Grammy-winning Dirty Dancing theme, “The Time of My Life.” 

Tickets are on sale at, over the phone at (800) 514-3849, or in person at The Clyde box office and Sweetwater Sound.   

REO Speedwagon pulling into Foellinger

Not to be outdone, Foellinger Theatre has announced REO Speedwagon will hit the stage Tuesday, Sept. 5. 

What can I say that hasn’t been told about this classic rock band? They have sold millions of records, have a bunch of top 10 hits, and have been a well-oiled touring machine the past 50 years. 

With sing-alongs like “Take It on the Run,” “Keep on Loving You,” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” the animals at nearby Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo won’t be getting much sleep that night. 

Tickets can be purchased via or at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation offices, 705 E. State Blvd.

School of Rock students to rock Piere’s

The School of Rock have a show coming up Saturday, April 15, at Piere’s, so come support the students. 

The day starts with the young musicians performing The Beatles at 1 p.m., The Who at 2:30 p.m., The Rolling Stones at 4 p.m., and Elvis Presley at 6 p.m. As always, Rock 101 students will also be performing throughout the day. 

This is an all-ages event with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of the show. You can pick them up at School of Rock or from your favorite SOR student. 

Wailhounds celebrating 28 years

Local band The Wailhounds are ready to celebrate 28 years of wailing in Fort Wayne with a special performance at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill on Friday, March 31. 

They will be joined that evening by Dave P, which will make for one heck of a party. 

In addition, it sounds like it’s going to be an eventful year for The Wailhounds as they plan on getting out and playing more than they have been as of late. So get ready!    

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