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Summer Guide 2013: The top summer concerts coming your way this season

From amphitheatres to arenas, plenty of options to tune in



With so many music venues in the Charlotte area, new concerts are announced on an almost daily basis. What follows is in no way the be-all, end-all of summer concert guides, but consider it a primer or "appetizer" for all that will occur in the coming months. Here are more than 30 recommendations, including 10 personal recommendations, for concerts you don't want to miss:

May 29

James McCartney w/ Risa Binder

Evening Muse


May 30

HRVRD w/ O'Brother, Daylight, One Another



Local indie-rockers Hrvrd are getting plenty of national press. Everyone loves a "I saw that band in a small club" story — so, this is your chance.

June 7

Brad Paisley w/ Chris Young, Lee Brice

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Krewella w/ Le Castle Vania

The Fillmore


June 8

Hooterfest f. Shot Silk, Tattermask, Luna's Lament, A Light Divided, Butterfly Corpse, If You Swim, Forgive Me Not

Chop Shop


This is the second annual local benefit show, which features female-fronted rock bands as a fundraiser for orphaned owlets. Who doesn't like good music for a good cause?

June 10

Iceage w/ Lower, Stepdad SS



Kacey Musgraves
  • Kacey Musgraves

Charli XCX

Visulite Theatre


The 20-year-old English pop singer is what Gwen Stefani or Fergie would sound like if they made a 2013 solo album with substance.

June 12

Valient Thorr w/ Gypsyhawk, Ramming Speed, Vulture

Tremont Music Hall


June 13

Beach House

Neighborhood Theatre


Passion Pit

Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre


June 15

The XX, Grizzly Bear

Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre

$121.25 (premium box seats only left available)

  • Dan Curwin
  • Charli XCX

June 18

David Byrne, St. Vincent

Belk Theater


The ex-Talking Heads frontman joins forces with St. Vincent for a brash and brassy collaboration.

June 20

Steve Aoki



June 22

Shooter Jennings

Amos' Southend


The Freshest Party Ever f. Brody and Choch, Chasing Pedestrians, The Business People

Chop Shop


June 24

Fleetwood Mac

Time Warner Cable Arena


June 25

Lord Huron

Visulite Theatre


June 29-30

2nd Annual NoDa Summer Music Fest

Chop Shop

July 13

AWOL f. Girl Talk with more to be announced

Symphony Park


The BYOB music festival is a great day-long party that features a mixture of national and local bands. Mixmaster extraordinaire Girl Talk is sure to bring the event to a massive, dancing conclusion.

July 15

Marilyn Manson

The Fillmore


David Byrne & St. Vincent
  • David Byrne & St. Vincent

July 21

The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ The London Souls

Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre


The Black Crowes' three-year hiatus has come to an end. If that isn't enough to get you to the show, a performance by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks might. We're hoping for an onstage collaboration, too.

July 24

John Butler Trio opening for Dave Matthews Band

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


July 25

Keith Urban w/ Dustin Lynch, Little Big Town

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


July 26

Lil Wayne w/ T.I., 2 Chainz

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

$38.75 - $350.75

Lil Wayne has been through plenty of health scares recently, so you know he's gonna bring it when he finally gets back in front of his fans.

July 27


Time Warner Cable Arena

Sold out

July 29

Vans Warped Tour f. August Burns Red, Billy Talent, Black Veil Brides, Blessthefall, Chiodos, Crizzly, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, The Used and more

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Black Crowes
  • Black Crowes

Aug. 1

Kacey Musgraves opening for Kenny Chesney, Eli Young Band

Verizon Wireless 0x000AAmphitheatre


The 24-year-old is the latest to wear the "reviving old-school country music" label, but she wears it well and backs it up with solid songwriting.

Aug. 13

Hiss Golden Messenger w/ Daughn Gibson



Aug. 15

Ke$ha w/ Mike Posner

Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre

On sale May 24

Aug. 16

George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners

Double Door Inn


Aug. 16

Tift Merritt

Visulite Theatre


Bruno Mars
  • Bruno Mars

Aug. 21

Bruno Mars w/ Fitz and the Tantrums

Time Warner Cable Arena


The 27-year-old is known for performing a variety of styles, from pop and rock to soul and R&B while infusing reggae and doo-wop. It's a broad mix that has led to millions of record sales.

Aug. 23

Miranda Lambert w/ Dierks Bentley

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Aug. 31

The Allman Brothers Band w/ Steve Winwood

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


If you're looking to cap off the summer with some solid Southern rock, who else are you going to let do it? The band was in fine form last year, so expect nothing less this time around.

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