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Sugar Ray, Everclear reunite for Summerland in Madeira Beach

Art Alexakis, center, and his band Everclear will play Wednesday in Madeira Beach.
Art Alexakis, center, and his band Everclear will play Wednesday in Madeira Beach. PUBLICITY PHOTO

It’s kind of a “Best of Summerland” tour this year, Art Alexakis said.

“These are the best bands that have played on Summerland since the beginning,” Alexakis said. “That includes Everclear, of course.”

Alexakis is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter — and only constant member — of Everclear. He’s also the prime mover of the Summerland Tour, which each year brings some of the best alternative bands of the 1990s together for shows across the country. It’s a different lineup every year, though Everclear has always been part of the the tour.

This year’s bands are Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit and Sponge. It comes to the R.O.C. (Remember Our Children) Park in Madeira Beach on Wednesday.

When you think of those bands. you probably think of the ’90s, and that’s OK with Alexakis.

“Definitely there’s a nostalgia element to it, and I think that’s a good thing,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean this is one of those “oldies” shows.

“I’ve seen those shows where I’m like ‘I don’t recognize any of the people in that band’ and it turns out it’s the band’s third drummer and he owns the rights to the name,” he said. “This isn’t like that. All these bands still have their original lead singers. There will never be a band called Everclear without me. Mark (McGrath) is Sugar Ray. Vinnie (Dombrowski) is still the singer for Sponge. Lit has all the same lineup, except of course, for their drummer Allen Shellenbarger, who died of cancer.”

And all these bands are still making new music, Alexakis said, so they’re not just museum pieces recycling their old hits. They’ll probably sprinkle in some new songs along with their hits. Everclear definitely will include one new song in its set, he said.

But none of the bands will shy way from their hits. For Lit, the hits include “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Miserable.” Sponge’s best-known tracks include “Plowed” and “Have You Seen Mary,” from the Kevin Smith film “Chasing Amy.” Everclear hit with “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine” and Sugar Ray, who’s headlining this year’s tour, is best known for “Every Morning” and “Someday.”

A journalist told Alexakis that he had counted all the hit records the four bands had had on the charts. He came up with 30 songs by the four bands that got steady radio play.

“You’re going to know the songs,” Alexakis said. “It’s going to be a great show to sing along with. But even if you don’t know the songs, these are great rock bands, platinum-selling bands, and they’re going to put on a great show.”

Details: 6 p.m. (gates) July 13, R.O.C. Park, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. $14.95-$49.95. ticketweb.com.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear

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