TicketNetwork.com April events preview: Dave Matthews Band, Beyonce, MLB, NBA playoffs, Lucky Guy, Motown the Musical

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In the concert world, April marks the beginnings of festival season, which lasts all summer long. Crossroads Guitar Festival is a great opportunity for music buffs to commemorate the fun summer of music ahead.

Meanwhile, in sports, the MLB seasons starts! April is also big for theater, and most of Broadway's plays will be opening this month — including (finally) Tom Hanks in his role as Mike McAlary.

While we may not be looking forward to the April showers, we're totally looking forward to the warmer weather, as well as these upcoming events in concerts, sports, and theater:

Concerts

Dave Matthews Band: Though the band toured frequently in the '90s, DMB hasn't toured since 2011. Now they're back with a tour that begins April 6 in Alabama; just a few weeks later, on April 28, they'll headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Beyonce: Beyonce last toured in 2009 following her I Am... album. Although the Mrs. Carter album has yet to be released, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour kicks off April 24.

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Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival: After three years, the Crossroads Festival is back! This two-day festival is scheduled for April 12 and April 13 in New York, NY.

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Other Concerts in April:

  • Fleetwood Mac begins April 4.
  • The Postal Service begins April 9.
  • Rush begins April 23.
  • John Mayer begins April 25.
  • Jimmy Buffett begins April 27.

Sports

MLB: Technically, there is one game today, March 31, (Rangers v. Astros) but the rest of the teams begin April 1. (The season is scheduled to end on September 29.)

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NBA Playoffs: March Madness ushers us right into the NBA Playoffs, which begin April 20.

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NHL Playoffs: NHL Playoffs, also known as the Stanley Cup playoffs, start three days after the end of the regular season on April 30.

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Other Sports Events in April:

  • WWE Wrestlemania XXIX is April 7.
  • The Masters Golf Tournament is April 11-14.
  • UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen on April 27.

Theater

Lucky Guy: Tom Hanks makes his highly-anticipated Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, which opens April 1. It tells the story of New York Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, who passed away shortly after he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

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Motown the Musical: Berry Gordy, Jr. is featured in this musical. Gordy started out as a boxer but wound up changing the music world forever when he founded Motown, a record company that went on to feature Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Smokey Robinson. It opens on the anniversary of the record label's inception, April 14.

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Matilda the Musical: Following a hugely successful stint in England, this coming-of-age musical (based on the book by Roald Dahl) opens April 11.

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Other Theater Events in April:

  • Kinky Boots, with music by Cyndi Lauper, opens April 4.
  • The Nance, starring Nathan Lane, opens April 15.
  • The Big Knife opens April 16.
  • The Assembled Parties opens April 17.
  • The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream opens April 18, for a limited run.
  • Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin, opens April 18.
  • Jekyll & Hyde opens April 18.
  • Macbeth opens April 18.
  • The Testament of Mary opens April 22.
  • The Trip to Bountiful opens April 23.
  • I'll Eat You Last, starring Bette Midler, opens April 24.
  • Pippin opens April 25.
  • The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Billy Elliot, and Mary Poppins continue their tours. (For a full list of Broadway shows on the road productions, check out the tour page.)

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