Top 10 Tickets for Van Wezel

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    Top 10 Tickets for Van Wezel

    Pop, rock, jazz and country stars, plus many first-rate comedians, are part of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall season that starts Sept. 11. In total, you’re looking at about 100 shows that run through April. Here’s a highly subjective list of the Top 10. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

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    Diana Ross (Sept. 11)

    Pop’s original diva kicks off the season with a show that will likely include her numerous 1960s smashes with The Supremes, solo hits from the 1970s to 2000s, and a few well-chosen covers.

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    Cheap Trick (Dec. 5)

    This pioneering, power pop outfit should have no trouble elating audience members with hits like "I Want You to Want Me," “Surrender” and "Big Eyes."

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    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant (Dec. 17)

    For real jazz enthusiasts, it doesn’t get any better than a performance by virtuoso trumpeter, composer and band leader Wynton Marsalis.

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    Ron White (Jan. 2)

    Much more than the “tater salad” guy, Ron White has a wickedly humorous way of observing life through the bottom of a scotch glass.

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    B.B. King (Jan. 4)

    Blues man B.B. King has shared the stage with virtually every major rock star and even sang a brief duet with President Barack Obama at the White House last year, cementing his place as a national treasure.

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    Merle Haggard (Jan. 29)

    A singer, songwriter and superb guitarist, honky tonk hero Merle Haggard continues releasing collections of smart, fresh material like the pro-marijuana song “Laugh it Off,” culled from his winning 2011 album “Working in Tennessee.”

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    Jay Leno (Feb. 7)

    The evening after Leno ends his long run as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” he’ll be cracking jokes at the Van Wezel as the special guest for the hall’s annual fundraising gala.

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    Lewis Black (Feb. 15)

    The angriest man in comedy returns with his “The Rant is Due” tour, which will surely find him fired up about, well, everything.

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    Jerry Seinfeld (March 7)

    Seinfeld, a master of finding humor in the mundane, must really love touring because we’re pretty sure that silly little sitcom of his generates enough money for him to forget ever working again and concentrate on collecting cars, or islands.

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    Aaron Neville; Dirty Dozen Brass Band (March 13)

    Angel-voiced singer Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which rocked the Ringling International Arts Festival last year, are joining forces for a night of sublime Crescent City sounds.

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    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 2013-14 season complete schedule

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 2013-14 season single tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the box office, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The hall will offer appointments for ticket purchasing on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets also are available online at and by calling 953-3368; (800) 826-9303. Here's an overview by theater and television critic Jay Handelman and the complete Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 2013-14 season schedule of artists and productions.