Summertime, and the music is…everywhere.
It’s that time again, when concert promoters target seasonal audiences and put out the best tours and festivals of the year. This summer is no exception with a wide variety of musicians visiting the state of Michigan.
Here are some of the highlights throughout the region in the lazy days ahead.
May 22: Avicii—Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
Swedish Electro-House producer Avicii was ranked number six of the Top 100 DJs of 2011 by DJ Magazine. Among his set will be the hit single “Levels.”
May 26-28: Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival—Hart Plaza, Detroit
DEMF will feature nearly 100 artists on four stages for three days in Detroit’s Hart Plaza. A three-day pass for the festival costs $70.
May 27: Afrojack—The Fillmore, Detroit
Up-and-coming Dutch Electro-House producer Afrojack has collaborated with the likes of David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Pitbull and Ne-yo.
May 30: Drake, J. Cole & Waka Flocka Flame—DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston
Hip Hop powerhouse Drake has spent more time at the top of the Billboard Rap Songs chart than any other artist this year.
June 6: The Shins—The Fillmore, Detroit
The Portland-based Indie band has been around since 2001. Their 2012 single “Simple Song” topped out at number 10 on the US Alternative Charts.
June 8: Earth, Wind & Fire—Meadowbrook Music Festival, Rochester
One of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the twentieth century. Lead vocalist Maurice White has led the group since 1969.
June 10: Red Hot Chili Peppers—Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
Fresh off their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Californian rock group brings their eclectic catalog to the Joe. Michigan native Anthony Kiedis fronts the band that has been entertaining crowds for more than 30 years. Expect a little something extra from the group as they tend to go the extra mile to entertain the Michigan fans.
June 11: Radiohead—The Palace of Auburn Hills
Three-time Grammy winner Radiohead comes to the Palace a year after releasing their latest album The King of Limbs.
June 22: Detroit Symphony Orchestra—Chene Park Ampitheater, Detroit
Every Michigan resident should get a chance to experience the DSO at one time or another. Come see them play outdoors on the Detroit River waterfront.
June 28: REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent—DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston
Classic rock bands REO Speedwagon and Styx join Detroit-native Ted Nugent come to DTE in June.
June 29: Toby Keith—DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston
Country music sensation Toby Keith was named “Country Artist of the Decade” by the American Country Awards in 2011.
July 4: Death Cab for Cutie and City and Colour—Meadowbrook Music Festival, Rochester
Juno Awarding winning singer-songwriter Dallas Green (City and Colour) joins alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie at Meadowbrook on Independence Day.
July 6: Vans Warped Tour—The Palace of Auburn Hills
The legendary Vans Warped Tour returns to Detroit with more than 90 alternative rock bands including Rise Against, Lostprophets, Taking Back Sunday and Streetlight Manifesto.
July 8: El-P and Killer Mike—The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor
Brooklyn native Hip Hop artist El-P will be at the Blind Pig with Grammy-winner Killer Mike to promote his new album Cancer for Cure.
July 15: Santana—DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston
Ten-time Grammy winner and world-renowned guitarist Carlos Santana leads his band into its fifth decade of rock and roll.
July 19: Van Halen—DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston
Lead singer David Lee Roth rejoined the classic rock band and has toured with them since 2007, around the time Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
July 21: Jim Gaffigan—DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston
Comedian Jim Gaffigan successfully creates hilarity without vulgarity. He has made guest appearances on Law & Order, The Daily Show and That 70s Show.
July 22: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival—DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston
Metal legends Motorhead, Slipknot, Slayer and Anthrax join forces with eight other bands at DTE for the return of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.
August 1: Coldplay, The Palace of Auburn Hills
The British band has sold over 55 million records worldwide and was voted fourth best artist of the 2000s by Rolling Stone. “Viva la Vida” won Song of the Year at the 2009 Grammy’s.
August 5: Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller—DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston
Wiz Khalifa, known for his Grammy-nominated single “Black and Yellow” and young gun Mac Miller take the stage at DTE on August 5.
August 12: IDentity Festival—Elektricity Festival Ground, Pontiac
IDentity returns to southeast Michigan with electronic music acts including Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, Doctor P, Paul Van Dyk and Excision.
August 14: System of a Down and Deftones, DTE Energy Music Theater, Clarkston
After a four year hiatus, hard rock band System of a Down has returned to the limelight. They will be joined at DTE by alternative metal group Deftones.
August 18: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw—Ford Field, Detroit
Two of country music’s top-selling artists visit downtown Detroit for an end of summer extravaganza. Both Chesney and McGraw are known to have plenty of special guests joint hem on stage including McGraw’s wife and country music diva Faith Hill. Chesney has played Ford Field packing the venue with plenty of screaming female fans. Expect more of the same this time around.