This summer has been one for the books—make it even better by catching one of these amazing shows before the long days of warm weather end!As quickly as it swooped in, summer 2014 is already almost on its way out the door. You’ve made it to the beach, taken a weekend trip, read some incredible books, and even taken advantage of the weather to exercise outdoors. But one summer activity that is an absolute must, year after year, is seeing a live concert. Is there anything better than enjoying a breezy summer evening while listening to one of your favorite performers croon live? Not that we can think of! We’ve rounded up 10 can’t-miss shows for music lovers nationwide to catch before this summer is officially over.
When: August 1st
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
For this leg in her ARTPOP Ball Tour, Little Monsters everywhere will be flocking to Sin City to hail to the queen. Get your glitter, lashes, rhinestones and wigs ready to (just) dance for this one! As always, this is sure to be one unforgettable show, flanked with chart-topping hits and dance beats galore.
When: August 2nd
Where: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
Even though NYers can see native Billy Joel every month at MSG, residents of the City of Brotherly Love don’t have him in their backyard on the reg. That’s why we’d suggest taking advantage of this opportunity to see the Piano Man himself live!
When: August 3rd
Where: New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA
Justin Timberlake is bring sexy back to the Big Easy this summer when the 20/20 Experience lands in NOLA. Fans everywhere adore JT and we have no doubt that this show will be yet another crowd-pleaser.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
When: August 6th
Where: AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA
East Coast natives have already had the chance to swoon over homeboy Brooklyn native Jay-Z and his Queen Bey during the On the Run Tour. Now, it’s the West Coast’s turn to revel in everyone’s favorite power couple, right in the stadium of their home team, the San Francisco Giants. The duo doesn’t tour together often, so this is definitely one can’t-miss opportunity.
When: August 14th
Where: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour has been a worldwide phenomenon this summer. It’s clear that fans everywhere have fallen hard for this “California Gurl.” If you’re living in Middle America and haven’t seen this superstar live yet, now is a good as time as any to live out your inner teenage dreams ;).
Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams
When: August 17th
Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, CO
When this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer and a future coach on “The Voice” team up for a summer tour, you go. Hearing these two soulful crooners perform live will be one of the highlights of your summer, and you’ll surely be happy you went to the show!
When: August 21st
Where: Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY
Jimmy Buffet is one singer that is made to be seen live in the summer. If you’ve never been to Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, this exquisite summer venue is set right on the edge of the ocean. This will be ‘Margaritaville,’ the way it was meant to be heard.
When: August 22nd
Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Rock and Roll fans, there’s something on the agenda for you, too, this summer: Steven Tyler and gang are touring the country! You can expect to sing along to favorites like “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” performed during the Let Rock Rule Tour, as well as some newer tunes.
Dave Matthews Band
When: August 29th
Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA
One of the final legs of his summer tour, Dave’s performance at The Gorge is notorious for being the best. The spectacular views combined with classic Dave Matthews Band songs will make for one truly unforgettable summer evening.
When: September 4th
Where: Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Accompanied by The Band Perry, America’s favorite country crooner hit the road this summer for the “Ten Times Crazier” tour. See him live before you have to resort back to watching him on the small screen as “The Voice’s” winningest coach!
Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.