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There are few cherished warm weather activities like a summer concert.
It’s a time to get together with friends and strangers alike for a communal experience driven by the power of live performers. It’s a few hours to forget about work and family responsibilities and get washed away by the music.
So turn off the television, log off the Internet and power down your mobile devices and engage with fellow music fans at a live show.
Tour buzz: Hot tickets for the summer 2013 include Kenny Chesney, Bruno Mars and the Dave Matthews Band.
More tour buzz: While unlikely to be candidates for top-grossing tours of 2013, other highly anticipated acts on the road this summer include Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, The National, Sheryl Crow, Rush, Hunter Hayes and Fitz & the Tantrums.
Power in numbers: As always, there will be a plethora of package tours this summer featuring established acts such as the Kings of the Mic tour with LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh and De La Soul, the Last Summer on Earth Tour with Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster and Americanarama Festival with Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson Electric Trio.
Festival time: Music festivals are as much a part of summer as baseball games and pool parties. This year is no different with signature events in Dayton such as the Cityfolk Festival at RiverScape June 28-30 or the Women in Jazz Festival at Dave Hall Plaza Park on June 23, or newer additions including the second annual Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati July 12 through 14.
Here’s a look at just some of what’s in store at regional venues such as Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, the Schuster Center in Dayton, JD Legends in Franklin and LC Pavilion in Columbus. Free shows, specially priced shows and unusual start times are noted. The venues are listed in alphabetical order.
As always, concerts are subject to cancellation and/or changes in date so consult band and venue websites before purchasing tickets or finalizing plans.
Canal Street Tavern
308 E. First St., Dayton. (937) 461-9343 or www.canalstreettavern.com.
June 8: Lauren Mitchell
June 14: Janiva Magness with special guest Sharon Lane
June 22: Trey Stone CD release
June 28: Aja: Steely Dan Tribute
June 29: Kim Richey
July 6: As Heard on TV Tribute
July 12: Jasper the Colossal
July 19: Holy Ghost Tent Revival
July 21: BSJR with Bella Ruse, Happy Melodies and Young Heirlooms
Dave Hall Plaza Park
Fourth and Jefferson streets, Dayton. Free. (937) 333-8400 or www.downtowndayton.org.
June 23: Women in Jazz Festival
July 21: Dayton Blues Festival
Sept. 1: Dayton Reggae Festival
Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. (937) 223-4ART (4278) or www.daytonartinstitute.org.
June 13: Vectren Jazz & Beyond series and Cityfolk present Ron Jones Quartet
June 26: Twilight Concert series presents the Centerville Mandolin Ensemble
July 10: Twilight Concerts presents Eric Loy in Hale Cloister
July 17: Twilight Concerts presents Jim’s Red Pants and Wind in the Woods in NCR
Aug. 7: Twilight Concerts presents David Wion and Friends
Aug. 8: Vectren Jazz & Beyond: Generations Big Band
Aug. 14: Twilight Concerts presents Dayton Area Harp Ensemble
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. (513) 863-8873 or www.fittoncenter.org.
June 8: Michael Feinstein with special guest Lari White
695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. (937) 296-3300 or www.fraze.com.
June 8: David Sanborn & Bob James
June 11: McGuffey Lane ($2 show)
June 12: Dayton Jazz Orchestra with opener the Miami Valley Jazz Camp (free)
June 14: Get the Led Out ($5)
June 15: Sheryl Crow
June 16: Breakfast with the Beatles. 9 a.m. (free)
June 17: Dayton Dragons All-Star Block Party with Parrots of the Caribbean at 7:30 p.m. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. $10.
June 19: Spass Nacht. 5:30 p.m. Euro-American party band Prost performs at 6 p.m. (free)
June 20: Ticket To Ride: Beatles tribute. $10.
June 22: Blues Fest 2013 with Walter Trout, The Kelly Richey Band, Frank Harrison Group, Teeny Tucker Band and Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers. 1 p.m. (free)
June 25: Styx & REO Speedwagon
June 26: The Temptations & The Four Tops
June 2 7: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone with special guests Groove Doctor
June 28: The Menus. SOLD OUT.
June 29: Hank Williams Jr. and Gregg Allman
July 5: Night Ranger & Loverboy
July 10: United States Air Force Band of Flight. (free)
July 11: The Guess Who with Steve Augeri
July 12: Men of Soul featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett
July 13: Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest: 2 p.m. (free)
July 14: WTUE-FM’s “Breakfast With the Beatles.” 9 a.m. (free)
July 16: Soul Pocket Band. 8 p.m. $2.
July 19: John Waite with Stranger. 8 p.m. $5.
July 23: Hunter Hayes with The Henningsens. SOLD OUT.
July 24: Steely Dan with Deep Blue Organ Trio
July 25: Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks
July 26: Alabama
July 27: Swamp Romp with Al Berard Family Band, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Lost Bayou Ramblers and Terrance Simien. 1 p.m. (free)
July 28: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell
July 30: Gordon Lightfoot
July 31: Miami Valley Youth & Teen Talent Show. (free)
Aug. 3: Ted Nugent with Tesla
Aug. 4: WTUE-FM’s “Breakfast With the Beatles.” 9 a.m. (free)
Aug. 6: Street Corner Symphony with special guests Eleventh Hour. 8 p.m. $2.
Aug. 7: Happy Together Tour with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Gary Puckett, Mark Lindsey and others
Aug. 8: Sail Rock 2013 featuring Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright and others
Aug. 9: The Official Blues Brothers Revue. $5.
Aug. 10: Festival of the Vine featuring BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum & Norman Brown) and the Summer of Soul featuring Jonathan Butler, Sheila E and Elan Troutman. 1 p.m. (free)
Aug. 11 Art on the Commons. 11 a.m. (free)
Aug. 13. Josh Groban. SOLD OUT.
Aug. 17: Staying’s Alive: Bee Gees Tribute
Aug. 18: Bacon Fest featuring Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers. 2 p.m. (free)
Aug. 21: Toto with special guest Dave Mason
Aug. 25: Tony Bennett
Aug. 27: Motel Beds. 8 p.m. $2.
Aug. 29: The Taste. 5 p.m. Adults $25 advance, $30 day of event. $10 at the door for children under 10.
132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton. (937) 228-8414 or www.gillysjazz.com.
June 15: Odeen Mays & Randy Villars
June 30: Ellie Lee & Blues Fury
July 10: Chris Duarte
The Greene Town Center
51 Plum St., Beavercreek. (937) 490-4990 or www.thegreene.com.
July 25: Sister Hazel (free)
Hickory Hills Lakes
7103 Ohio 55, Ft. Loramie. (937) 295-3000 or www.countryconcert.com.
July 11-13: Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bently and others
65 Millard Drive, Franklin. (937) 746-4950 or www.jdlegends.com.
June 15: Brett Eldredge. (free)
June 29: Travis Tritt. $29.50
July 13: Puddle of Mudd. $12
July 27: Matt Mason. $7
Aug. 3: The Charlie Daniels Band. $29.50
Aug. 24: Aaron Lewis. $22.50
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
June 27-29: Spiritsong 2013 featuring Skillet, TobyMac, Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, RED, Lecrae and others
7585 Kindle Road, Thornville. (740) 323-1485 or www.legendvalley.net.
June 16: Country Jam
June 27: Aaron Lewis and Blackberry Smoke
July 18-21: All Good Music Festival with Further featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and others
Sept. 12-14: Werk Out Festival
Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
405 Neil Ave., Columbus. (614) 461-LIVE (5483), ext. 101, or www.promowestlive.com.
June 7: Passion Pit
June 8: The Postal Service
June 9: Dropkick Murphys
June 10: Silversun Pickups
June 11: The XX and Grizzly Bear
June 15: The National with Local Natives and Matthew E. White
June 18: Alabama Shakes
June 20: Frampton’s Guitar Circus with Peter Frampton, Robert Cray and Steve Cropper
June 21: Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge
June 22: Legends of Hip Hop featuring Geto Boys with Scarface, 8Ball and MJG, Juvenile, Mystikal
June 28: Social Distortion
July 5: Last Summer on Earth Tour featuring Barenaked Ladies, Bend Folds Five, Guster and others
July 6: O.A.R. with Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone
July 9: Fitz & the Tantrums
July 13: QFM96 Wing Zing featuring Cheap Trick, Zoso, Scotty Bratcher and others
July 14: fun. with Tegan and Sara
July 19: Melissa Etheridge
July 24: The Black Crowes & Tedeschi Trucks Band
July 25: OneRepublic
July 26: Under the Sun tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and others
July 30: Gogol Bordello
Aug. 1: Ted Nugent
Aug. 6: The Killers
Aug. 9: Rob Zombie
Aug. 23: Sarkodie
Aug. 26: Adam Ant
200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus. (614) 246-2000 or www.nationwidearena.com.
June 12: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
June 18: One Direction concert
July 7: Americanarama Festival of Music featuring Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson Electric Trio
July 12: Justin Bieber
Riverbend Music Center
6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. (513) 232-6220 or www.riverbend.org.
June 8: Smokey Robinson with the Cincinnati Pops
June 14: Toby Keith with Kip Moore
June 22: Broadway Night with the Cincinnati Pops
June 26: The Go-Go’s and The B-52’s
June 27: Kings of the Mic tour with LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh and others
June 28: Kenny Chesney with Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves
June 30: Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls
July 2: Rush
July 4: Red, White & Boom with the Cincinnati Pops
July 5: 311 with Cypress Hill
July 6: Americanarama Festival with Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson Electric Trio
July 9: John Mayer with Philip Phillips
July 12: Dave Matthews Band with O.A.R.
July 14: Jonas Brothers
July 16: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
July 18: Keith Urban with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch
July 20: Ian Anderson
July 21: Radio Romance Tour featuring Garrison Keillor
July 23: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down with Halestorm
July 24: Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd
July 27: Heart with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
July 28: Black Shelton with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer
July 30: Vans Warped Tour with Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Man Overboard and more
Aug. 4: Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson
Aug. 6: America’s Most Wanted Festival with Lil’ Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz
Aug. 9 Backstreet Boys with DJ Pauly D and Jesse McCartney
Aug. 11: Under the Influence of Music Tour with Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B. and others
Aug. 14: Peter Frampton and B.B. King with Sony Landreth and Dave Hidalgo
Aug. 15: Jason Aldean with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett
Aug. 16: George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Buddy Guy
Aug. 20: The Goat Rodeo Sessions featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
Aug. 28: Kid Rock with Uncle Kracker and ZZ Top
Sept. 5 Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope
111 E. Monument St., Dayton. (937) 223-3655 or www.cityfolk.org.
June 7: First Friday Salsa Series with Tropicoso (free)
June 14: R&B Hot Summer Music Series presents Kick-n-Flava (free)
June 28-30: Cityfolk Festival with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Maad Soul Music, Son del Caribe, Seefari and others. $7 per day adults, $3 for children ages 2-12, free for children 2 and younger. Discounted weekend passes available.
July 5: First Friday Salsa Series with Cla’ve Son (free)
July 12: R&B Hot Summer Music Series presents TOUCH (free)
July 26-28: United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival (free)
Aug. 2: First Friday Salsa Series with Son del Caribe (free)
Aug. 8: Big Band Nights with the Bob Gray Orchestra (free)
Aug. 15: Big Band Nights with the Hal Harris Orchestra (free)
Aug. 22: Big Band Nights with Pam Noah and Her Big Band (free)
Aug. 29: Big Band Nights with the Kim Kelly Orchestra (free)
705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati. www.bunburyfestival.com.
July 12-14: Bunbury Music Festival featuring fun., MGMT, The National and others.
555 Borror Drive, Columbus. (614) 292-2624 or www.schottensteincenter.com.
July 10: Bruno Mars with Ellie Goulding
Aug. 3: New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men
Aug. 6: Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice
Aug. 29: American Idol Live
The Schuster Center
Second and Main streets, Dayton. (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
June 11: Daniel Tosh (comedy)
June 28: The Summer Breeze Jazz Tour with Joe Sample, Alex Bugnon and Alex White
The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino
1000 Broadway, Cincinnati. (877) 955-3436 or www.horseshoecincinnati.com.
June 8 Ke$ha
June 9 Huey Lewis and the News
June 14: Billy Idol
July 6: Last Summer on Earth tour with Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster
July 7: Alice Cooper
July 11: Sublime with Rome
July 19: Willie Nelson
July 25: Under the Sun Tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and others
Aug. 17: Gladys Knight and the O’Jays
Aug. 23: Chicago
Aug. 25: Jane’s Addiction
Aug. 31: The Doobie Brothers
Sept. 14: Darius Rucker
Veterans Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield. Free. (937) 324-1554 or www.springfieldartscouncil.org.
July 1: The United States Air Force Band of Flight
July 2: A Russian Folkfest with Moscow Nights and Golden Gates
July 3: Hotel California: The Original Tribute to The Eagles
July 5: Yesterday: The Beatles Tribute
July 7: Susan Werner and the Hayseed Project
July 8: The Dark Star Orchestra
July 12: Griffin House
July 13: Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago
US Bank Arena
100 Broadway, Cincinnati. (513) 421-4111 or www.usbankarena.com.
June 25: New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men
Aug. 7: Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice
Aug. 25: Volbeat