This summer, don’t just settle for parking it on the couch to watch Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. Get out and catch some of the amazing tours that are happening across North America and Europe. Here are the ten hottest summer concert lineups that should not be missed this summer.
Okay, so The Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC may be a long commute for you. But if you can swing it, this show will definitely be worth it. Tickets for the entire 3-day show from September 8-10 are only $105. The lineup includes The Flaming Lips, All Tiny Creatures, Steve Gunn, Drive-By Truckers, Mouthus… the list goes on and on. Take at look at it yourself below.
Concert lineup: http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/bands/
Death Cab for Cutie
Due to popular demand, Death Cab for Cutie recently added additional dates to their summer tour schedule, extending the tour into July and August in the US and Canada. Better snatch them up quickly, though. Several dates to see the 4-man group from Bellingham, Washington have already sold out. Opening for them on the extended leg will be the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit.
Tour dates and locations: Paste Magazine
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
This group of 7 headed by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has created a ridiculously catchy genre of music that they refer to as supafunkrock. It’s a mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip hop and soul, and yes, it’s definitely as catchy as it sounds. They’ll be touring throughout North America through June, and Europe throughout July before returning to the US.
Tour dates and locations: http://www.tromboneshorty.com/
Roger Daltrey performing The Who’s Tommy
Chances are good that you’ve seen The Who’s Tommy before, maybe at your local community theater or as a tour. But have you seen the rock opera performed live by Roger Daltrey himself? Probably not! You won’t get to see Pete Townshend, unfortunately, but this may be your last chance to hear Daltrey perform the role he originated.
Tour dates and locations: The Who Official Band Website
Beirut, originally the solo project of Zachary Francis Condon of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a sound that is really pretty outstanding. Condon is a crooner, while the instruments that accompany him include cello, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, drums, violin, organ, tambourine, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, and euphonium, amongst others. If you think you’ve heard something like their unique mix of American and Eastern European folk music before, you may be mistaken.
Tour dates and locations: Bands In Town
Singer and rapper Kid Cudi will tour throughout North America this summer, including a performance in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 1. Recently, Kid Cudi announced the name of his new record label, Wicked Awesome Records, and is slated to release his album Wizard later this year. Seems like everything’s coming up Cudi…
Tour dates and locations: Eventful
Archers of Loaf
They’re back! Indie rock band Archers of Loaf will kick off a tour in their home state of North Carolina this May—their first tour in 13 years. Check out their North American tour dates to see if they’ll be coming to a city near you.
Tour dates and locations: Brooklyn Vegan
A little bit electronic dance and a little bit pop with a big ol’ dose of glam rock, New York’s Scissor Sisters always put on a show that is every bit as colorful and kooky as you think it will be. This summer you can catch them across the US and Europe.
Tour dates and locations: http://www.scissorsisters.com/tour
Where do we even start with the Bonaroo lineup this year? The complete list includes Eminem, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Primus, Ratatat, Neon Trees, Chiddy Bang, Loretta Lynn, and literally dozens of others. It’s kind of hard to believe. Take a look at the full lineup for yourself, then start making your travel plans to Manchester TN for the event June 9-12.
Concert lineup: http://www.bonnaroo.com/artists/2011.aspx
The Civil Wars
The duo that makes up The Civil Wars, Joy Williams and John Paul White, are relative newcomers on the scene. They met at a music conference in Nashville in 2008. Shortly thereafter, they were named ‘Best of What’s Next’ by Paste Magazine. Williams’ sweet, melodic voice over blue-grassy banjo and guitar riffs will definitely make for a chill, soothing show. You can also catch a select number of shows they’ll be playing with Adele. They’ll be on the east coast in May and the west coast in June.
Tour dates and locations: http://www.myspace.com/thecivilwars/shows
Adele tour dates and locations: Paste Magazine