Grab your sunscreen and shades — the big summer outdoor concerts are coming to sites all across the Midwest. If you want to get to these, the time to grab tickets is now.
Location: Shakopee Date: July 24 Web: vanswarpedtour.com Tickets: $38 The venue: Canterbury Park. Lineup: Falling in Reverse, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Real Friends, Waterparks, Set It Off, 3OH!3, I See Stars, Sleeping with Sirens, Mayday Parade, dozens more. Can’t miss: This year’s tour promotes a "back to basics" theme, with classic bands including Jake, Reel Big Fish, Good Charlotte and Sum 41.
Location: Milwaukee, Wis. Date: June 29-July 10 Web: www.summerfest.com Tickets: $8-$20 general admission to grounds including 10 of 11 stages; Marcus Amphitheater headliners tickets range from $48 to $363, depending on the artist and seating section. The venue: 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park, on the Milwaukee lakefront. Lineup: Paul McCartney, Weezer and Panic! at the Disco, Selena Gomez, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Def Leppard, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Chris Stapelton and the Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Luke Bryan (pictured), Blink-182, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, many, many, many more. Can’t miss: With more than 1,000 performances scheduled, there’s something worth seeing every day, but the free-stage lineup on July 3 looks especially enticing, with the Roots, Bruce Hornsby, Bobby Rush, the Wailers and hometowners the BoDeans all playing at once across the grounds.
Location: Chicago Date: July 28-31 Web: www.lollapalooza.com Tickets: $120-$335, sold out. Try resale sites. Or begging. The venue: Grant Park. Lineup: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers (pictured), LCD Soundsystem, Haim, Jane’s Addiction, Future, Major Lazer, M83, J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, the 1975, Flosstradamus, dozens more. Can’t miss: Anything and everything sounds good on the lakefront in summer, but Silversun Pickups followed by Bloc Party on the Lakefront Stage (July 31) sounds like the bee’s knees.
Location: Detroit Lakes Date: Aug. 4-6 Web: wefest.com Tickets: $90-$179 The venue: Soo Pass Ranch; camping available. Lineup: Kid Rock, Tim McGraw (pictured), Eric Church, Steven Tyler with the Loving Mary Band, Gary Allan, Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, more. Can’t miss: If you saw Hollywood Vampires at Rock Fest, now’s your chance to catch the other half of Aerosmith’s "Toxic Twins." Steven Tyler (Aug. 6) brings a touch of glamour to an otherwise country-fried lineup.
Location: Eau Claire, Wis. Date: Aug. 12-13 Web: eauxclaires.com Tickets: $169 The venue: Foster Farms; camping and dorm rooms available. Lineup: Beach House, Bon Iver, Jenny Lewis, Mavis Staples, Melvins, My Brightest Diamond, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (pictured), Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Can’t miss: Six-member ensemble Eighth Blackbird adds Bryce Dessner, from the National, and the incomparable Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Trust me — this’ll be worth it.
Location: Minneapolis Date: June 18 Web: www.thecurrent.org/feature/2016/01/07/rock-the-garden-save-the-date Tickets: $64-$150 The venue: Boom Island Park in northeast Minneapolis, due to construction at the Walker Art Center this year. Lineup: Flaming Lips, Chance the Rapper, Polica, M. Ward, Hippo Campus, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Grrrl Prty (pictured), Plague Vendor. Can’t miss: If you haven’t heard Rateliff’s howl yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Which concerts are your favorite? Heading to any this summer? Let us know in the comments!