Hot off their recent Grammy wins, Tony Bennett and Mary Chapin Carpenter are two of the highlights in the Greek Theatre's 1995 schedule, with season series subscriptions on sale starting Sunday.
Carpenter, who won her fourth consecutive country female vocal Grammy, is set to appear June 10 at the outdoor facility in Griffith Park. Bennett, whose "MTV Unplugged" claimed the best album Grammy, is scheduled for Sept. 9.
In another date of note, English guitar hero Jeff Beck will be making his first tour in six years, co-headlining with Santana Sept. 19, 20 and 22.
General Manager Mike Garcia says that several features of the Greek have been upgraded for its 65th season, which officially begins with the Gipsy Kings' May 5-7 shows (already on sale). Among the changes are new seats for most of the 6,000-plus capacity theater, improved arrangements for disabled patrons and an expansion of the on-site Zeus' Restaurant.
The program of pre-concert festivals on the adjacent grounds is also being expanded this year, with a wine and cheese fair before John Tesh's July 9 concert and a barbecue for a blues night topped by B.B. King on Aug. 6, joining the traditional Jamaican food and crafts fest accompanying the Reggae Sunsplash shows on May 27 and 28.
From Sunday through May 15, subscribers may order either a Premiere Club package, choosing any six shows, or a Premiere Club Ltd. set of any four, by mail or by calling (213) 480-7575.
Each plan gets preferential seating and first shot at shows that will be added later in the season before they go on sale to the general public. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale generally several weeks before the event.
Other shows announced for the Greek Theatre's 1995 schedule: Clay Walker/Lorrie Morgan, May 19; O'Jays/Whispers/Dells, May 20, 21; Ted Nugent/Bad Company, May 31; Chuck Berry/Little Richard, June 3.
Charles Aznavour, June 8; Caifanes, June 9; Stylistics/Dramatics/Chi-Lites, June 17; Seal, June 29, 30; the Allman Brothers Band, July 5; Classic Slo Jams Concert, July 8; Johnny Mathis, July 14, 15; Deep Space Spectacular (laser show), July 19.
Boz Scaggs, July 21; Hootie & the Blowfish, July 22; Alan Parsons Project/Kansas, July 28; Summer Soul Concert, July 29; Isley Brothers, July 30; Alan Jackson, Aug. 3; David Sanborn, Aug. 4; Barry White, Aug. 11, 12.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Aug. 18, 19; Lyle Lovett, Aug. 20; Steve Miller/Doobie Brothers, Aug. 22; Manhattan Transfer, Aug. 26; Stanley Clarke/Al DiMeola/Jean-Luc Ponty, Sept. 8; Clint Black, Sept. 14; Chicago, Sept. 15, 16; Legends of Rock 'n' Roll, Oct. 7.
To be announced are dates for Earth, Wind & Fire and Dan Fogelberg. Subscribers can also select Yanni's May 28 Pond of Anaheim show and Pantages concerts by Ian Anderson (June 14) and Mannheim Steamroller (Nov. 24-26).