Gallo Center boosts lineup by 12

Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, Righteous Brother Bill Medley and Arlo Guthrie are among 12 performances just added to the Gallo Center for the Arts' 2009-10 lineup.

Single tickets go on sale online today and at the Gallo Center box office in downtown Modesto on Monday. Season ticket packages have been on sale since June.

Dave Pier, executive director of the center, said ticket sales have gone well.

"We've sold more subscriptions the first 30 days than all of last year," he said, declining to give exact figures.

Pier said the bad economy is helping Gallo Center sales as people who normally would buy tickets in San Francisco decide to stay home.

"It's so much more economical than going to San Francisco," Pier said.

Here's the complete list of the newly added shows:

Sept. 27, Fred Hammond -- Dove- and Grammy-winning gospel singer. $39-$65 (tickets not on sale until Aug. 15).

Oct. 4, Loggins & Messina -- Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, one of the most successful duos of the 1970s, are together again. Among their best-known songs are "Danny's Song" and "Your Mama Don't Dance." $39-$65 (tickets not on sale until Aug. 15).

Oct. 12, An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt -- Four-time Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett performs pop, rock, blues and country. Eleven-time Grammy nominee John Hiatt melds rock, folk and Mississippi Delta blues. $39-$65.

Oct. 24, Barter Theatre's "Of Mice and Men" -- John Steinbeck's compelling tale of two migrant workers in Salinas. $19-$39.

Nov. 8, Ian Anderson plays acoustic Jethro Tull -- After 40 years of leading Jethro Tull, flutist Ian Anderson performs with a new band. $29-$65.

Jan. 30, Winter Graffiti: Best of Doo-Wop -- This nostalgic show features The Tokens, The Four Preps, The Olympics, Dodie Stevens, The Pentagons and The Flashback Band. $29-$65.

Jan. 31, Musical: "A Year with Frog and Toad" -- Tony-nominated musical about two friends. For kindergarten through sixth grade. $5-$25.

March 12, Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra -- Joined by pianist Alexander Sinchuck, first-prize winner of the 2009 Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition and violinist Nadezda Tokareva. $25-$55.

March 13, Righteous Brother Bill Medley -- Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer known for such 1960s hits as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "You're My Soul and Inspiration" and "I've Had the Time of My Life." $39-$75.

April 24, The Guthrie Family Rides Again -- Arlo Guthrie leads four generations of Guthrie family members in concert. Featuring a selection of unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics. $27-$55.

May 14, Chicago City Limits: Wikiphobia -- New York City comedy improv group. $17-$29.

June 12, Summer Graffiti: Beach Party -- Part of Modesto's Graffiti Summer, this concert features Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean and surf band Papa Doo Run Run (made up of former Beach Boys members). $29-$65.

Single tickets go on sale today at and Monday at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. Call 338-2100.

Bee arts writer Lisa Millegan can be reached at or 578-2313.