2018 summer concert preview for the Triangle

Janet Jackson performs during her State of the World Tour stop at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Monday, December 4, 2017. Jackson will headline at Raleigh's Coastal Credit Union Music Park on Wednesday, Aug. 1.Matt Goins Lexington Herald-Leader

With summer here and outdoor concerts off and running, it’s time for our summer concert guide.

Here’s the schedule so far for the Triangle’s primary regular outdoor venues, plus Raleigh’s PNC Arena, which is decidedly indoors.

Related: Here are photos from the summer concerts so far this year!

You can find the full list here, including a lot of the free-music series at North Hills in Raleigh, Durham Central Park and other places around the Triangle and beyond.

So here goes. And as we advise every year: Always wear sunblock.

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

3801 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh.

919-831-6400 or walnutcreekamphitheatre.com

July 24 — Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells

July 27 — Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini

July 28 — Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld

Aug. 1 — Janet Jackson

Aug. 9 — Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, LANCO

Aug. 10 — Phish

Aug. 11 — Pentatonix

Aug. 18 — Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina

Aug. 24 — Brad Paisley, Kane Brown

Sept. 1 — Kid Rock, Brantley Gilbert, Wheeler Walker Jr.

Sept. 4 — G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo, Murda Beatz

Sept. 14 — Zac Brown Band, O’Connor Band, Darrell Scott

Sept. 17 — Niall Horan, Maren Morris

Oct. 4 — Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Russell Dickerson

Oct. 12 — Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb

Previous concerts

May 11 — Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers

May 12 — Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion

May 18 — Post Malone, 21 Savage, SOB X RBE

May 25 — Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Alison Krauss, Delta Rae

May 26 — Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SIR, Lance Skiiiwalker, Isaiah Rashad, Zacari

June 9 — Dead & Company

June 14 — Styx, Joan Jett, Tesla

June 16 — Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Carly Pearce

June 28 — Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen

June 29 — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, .38 Special, CJ Solar

July 3 — Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonhan’s Led Zeppelin Evening

July 5 — Imagine Dragons, Grace VanderWaal

July 10 — Chris Brown, HER, Rich the Kid

July 13 — Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers, Marcus King Band

July 17 — Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Michael Tolcher

July 20 — Dave Matthews Band

July 21 — Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling

Red Hat Amphitheater

500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh.

919-996-8800 or redhatamphitheater.com

Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Ms. Lauryn Hill in concert at Raleigh, N.C.’s Red Hat Amphitheater Wednesday night, Sept. 20, 2017. She returns this year. // Photo by Scott Sharpe

 

July 26 — Lauryn Hill

July 27 — Dispatch, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Raye Zaragoza

Aug. 3 — Kidz Bop

Aug. 7 — Rise Against, AFI, Anti-Flag

Aug. 8 — O.A.R., Matt Nathanson

Aug. 10 — LSD Tour: Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, King Leg

Aug. 22 — NEEDTOBREATHE, Johnnyswim, Billy Raffoul

Aug. 27 — Leon Bridges, Jon Batiste, Stay Human

Sept. 28-29 — IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass, acts TBA

Previous concerts

May 1 — The National, Big Thief

May 3 — Fleet Foxes

May 9 — Odesza

May 20 — Mastodon, Primus, All Them Witches

May 25 — Brian McKnight, Loose Ends

May 31 — Dirty Heads, Iration, The Movement, Pacific Dub

June 7 — Khalid

June 14 — Revivalists, J. Roddy Walston & the Business

June 15 — Paramore, Soccer Mommy

June 16 — Arctic Monkeys

June 19 — Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly

June 23 — Band Together: Walk the Moon

June 29 — Rebelution, Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I

July 4 — Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, KT Tunstall

July 12 — Arcade Fire

July 13 — Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, The Story So Far

July 14 — Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, Pepper

PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh.

919-861-2300 or thepncarena.com

Previous concerts

May 12 — Katt Williams

May 26 — Sugarland

June 5 — Journey, Def Leppard

June 22 — Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Caitlyn Smith, Devin Dawson

July 28 — Panic! At the Disco

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.

800-514-3849 or boothamphitheatre.com

Aug. 5 — Ventriloquist Darci Lynne and Friends Live, “America’s Got Talent” winner

Aug. 18 — Black Violin

Sept. 20 — Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes

Sept. 28 — Jason Isbell

NC Symphony Summerfest

ncsymphony.org/summerfest

Previous concerts

May 9 — Atomic Rhythm All Stars

May 12 — Vance Joy

May 16 — Mint Julep Jazz Band

May 23 — Second Line Stompers

May 26 — Pictures at an Exhibition

May 30 — Peter Lamb & the Wolves

June 1 — A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

June 2 — Superheroes Save Summerfest

June 6 — Marcus Anderson

June 9 — Blind Boys of Alabama

June 16 — Classics Under the Stars

June 23 — Summer Nights in Spain

June 30 — Glenn Miller to Gershwin: Jump, Jive & Swing!

July 4 — Independence Day

July 7 — Romantic Russian Nights

July 14 — The Music of Tom Petty

July 17 — Boy George and Culture Club, B-52’s, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey

July 21 — Annual Beach Party

North Carolina Museum of Art

Museum Park Amphitheater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org

July 28 — The Mavericks

Aug. 1 — Father John Misty, Jenny Lewis

Aug. 3 — Kishi Bashi, Jake Shimabukuro

Aug. 4 — Paris Combo

Aug. 18 — Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown

Sept. 7-9 — Paperhand Puppets

Previous concerts

June 8 — First Aid Kit, Jade Bird

June 16 — Shovels and Rope, Son Volt

June 23 — Mandolin Orange, Charlie Parr

July 12 — Lake Street Dive

Music in the Gardens at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

420 Anderson St., Durham, Duke University

919-660-3348 or dukeperformances.duke.edu

July 25 — Las Cafeteras

Previous concerts

June 13 — Dori Freeman

June 20 — Lydia Loveless

June 27 — The Sadies

July 11 — Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

July 18 — Anna & Elizabeth

Lincoln Theatre Street Stage

126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh.

919-821-4111 or lincolntheatre.com

June 23 — American Aquarium, Travis Meadows

Festival for the Eno

West Point on the Eno, Durham City Park, 501 N. Roxboro St., Durham

919-620-9099 or enofest.org

July 4 and 7 — Bowerbirds, Lucy Dacus, Gospel Jubilators, John Dee Holeman, Orquesta Gardel, Boom Unit Brass Band, others

Stephenson Amphitheatre

Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh

919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org

Sept. 15 — The Connells

Sept. 16 — Raleigh Symphony Orchestra (rain date: Sept. 23)

Sept. 22 — Groove in the Garden: Lydia Loveless, Loamlands, Pie Face Girls, Kate Rhudy, ZenSoFly, Tres Chicas, New Reveille, Reese McHenry, Blue Cactus, Kamara Thomas, Emily Mussolini

Hopscotch Music Festival

Venues in downtown Raleigh. hopscotchmusicfest.com

Sept. 6-8 — Schedule to be announced. Tickets go on sale May 10.

Art of Cool

Venues in Durham. Aocfestival.org

Sept. 28-29 — Nas, Erykah Badu, Damien Escobar, Sons of Kemet, Iman Omari, Sango

Free Concerts

Take a look at this list of free concerts happening around the Triangle this summer.

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