The Must-See Concerts of Summer 2017


Photo Courtesy of Billboard.

Yes, we know that you’re trying to see every single country concert this summer and you’ll probably end up seeing Drake at some point as well. And while I can bet you’ve seen Dave Matthews in concert about 329 times by this point, you may be ready for a little change of musical atmosphere. So here are some summer concert suggestions that will not disappoint:

  1. Kendrick Lamar: When you have the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 and the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, it’s pretty safe to say that you’re a  helluva important artist. Not only is Kendrick on top of the charts, but all 14 of the songs on his latest album are currently on the Hot 100. It seems like everyone is going crazy for this album, so why not check him out in concert to see what all the hype is about?
  2. Chance the Rapper: The 24-year-old rapper had a huge year with the success of his mixtape, Coloring Book. His performance at this year’s Grammy Awards proved that Chance is one of the most entertaining, powerful, and energetic artists out there. That sounds like the perfect combination for a pretty awesome concert.
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers: I’m really hoping that most of you are familiar with the Chili Peppers, especially since they brought us one of the funkiest rock albums ever in 2016, The Getaway. Flea is arguably one of the greatest bassists of all time, and he proves that in songs like “Dark Necessities” and “Goodbye Angels.” The Chili Peppers are one of the most entertaining bands out there, so do yourself a favor and check them out.
  4. Luke Bryan: Honestly, I don’t know much about Luke Bryan. This is just a shout out to all of you country music fans who buy a Megaticket to watch every single country concert that comes to Darien Lake. I felt obligated to throw a country artist on this list, so here ya go. Have fun at the concert!
  5. Eric Clapton: The English rock and blues guitarist is a legend. You probably won’t be dancing too much or banging your head around at a Clapton concert, but he is one of the most talented musicians out there. It seems like 2016 took some very talented musical legends from us, so please check up on Eric Clapton before it’s too late. I refuse to let 2017 treat us the way 2016 did.
  6. John Mayer: John Mayer has been giving us some pretty solid albums since 2001. He’s been a bit quieter in recent years, but he released a new album on April 14th titled, The Search for Everything.
  7. J. Cole: The best concert I have ever gone to was a J. Cole—fact. A more surprising fact: His concert was better than…wait for it…Beyoncé. Yep, I said it. Some people feel Cole is a “boring rapper,” but his music is so powerful. He’s one of the greatest storytellers of our generation and he has such a presence that makes it hard for any fan to look away during a performance.
  8. Gorillaz: You may remember the Gorillaz for their 2005 hit, “Feel Good Inc.” The British virtual band has returned with new music in 2017, sharing their album Humanz with the world on April 28th. Are you wondering how a virtual band is going to pull off a concert? Well, you will just have to go to a concert and see for yourself.
  9. Kehlani: The young singer’s debut album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. And while you may only be familiar with songs like “CRZY,” Kehlani has so much more up her sleeve. I just think she may be the next Rihanna, so you’ll definitely have to try to get to one of her shows.
  10. Earth, Wind, & Fire: Okay, who doesn’t love a great Earth, Wind, & Fire song? They’ve pretty much been the soundtrack to everyone’s family barbeque, Saturday cleaning spree, and road trip since the ‘70s. The band has been touring for quite some time and their concerts are guaranteed to make you get up and dance. Hey, feel free to bring your grandparents too.