It took a while for spring to finally get here, but well be into triple-digit heat before you know it. Which can only mean that its time to get outside for some concert action. And here is how this years outdoor-concert season is shaping up.
Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Even moreso than most years, Raleighs 20,000-capacity city-owned shed is all about the country comfort in 2013. An unprecedented 10 of the 18 shows on its schedule are country, starting with Saturdays Tim McGraw and continuing with the usual suspects, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts.
Otherwise, this year Walnut Creek makes nods to old- timers (Matchbox 20, Heart, Iron Maiden), hip-hop (Lil Wayne) and the mainstreams soft underbelly (John Mayer, Maroon 5, Big Time Rush). As for modernity, what looks like the show of the year is July 11s very choice Black Keys/Flaming Lips double bill.
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Red Hat Amphitheater
With a title sponsor finally set for its fourth season, the 6,000-capacity downtown Raleigh facility has a solid schedule for 2013. Commercially leaning alternative rock is certainly in evidence, with Imagine Dragons, Postal Service, The National and Grammy winners Fun.
Most of Red Hats oldies are from that end of the spectrum, too Smashing Pumpkins, Everclear and local favorites Ben Folds Five. Perhaps the most intriguing Red Hat show of all is jam-band icon Warren H aynes playing a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration June 20 with the N.C. Symphony.
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As always, the eight-show N.C. Symphony Summerfest anchors the schedule in the bucolic confines of Carys 7,000-capacity amphitheater, highlighted by the June 29 performance of Gustav Holsts The Planets. Before then, Lyle Lovett strikes up the band with Saturdays Band Together show, benefiting the Tammy Lynn Center and also featuring locals Delta Rae and Chatham County Line.
From there, look for rising alternative-rock band Passion Pit on June 11; Grammy-nominated folk-rockers Lumineers on June 13; iconic crooner Harry Connick Jr. on July 9; iconic Led Zeppelin freak-folker Robert Plant on July 20; and the Hob Nob Jazz Series with Wednesday-evening jazz shows throughout May.
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N.C. Museum of Art Amphitheater
The 2,700-capacity venues 17th season commences in fine style on May 17 with Los Lobos, setting the stage for a schedule thats long on well-known favorites Swell Seasons Glen Hansard, expatriate singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, Bruce Horn sby and Pink Martini, among others. Also of note are the music-movie pairings honky-tonk icon Dale Watson with Richard Linklaters small-Texas-town study Bernie on July 12; and Lost Bayou Ramblers opening for the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild on Aug. 24.
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Duke Performances Music in the Gardens series returns with eight fine shows at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham a great way to spend your Wednesday evenings beginning June 5. Its pretty heavy on roots rock this year, with David Wax Museum, American Aquarium, Kenny Roby and Hiss Golden Messenger shaping up as highlights.
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Midtown Beach Music Series ( northhillsraleigh.com) Every Thursday evening through mid-August, Raleighs North Hills common area plays host to live beach music. Embers, Liquid Pleasure and Band of Oz are among the genre giants on the schedule.
Find Your Cool ( downtowndurham.com) Another Thursday-evening series, this one at Durhams CCB Plaza. Jo Gore & the Alternative kicks it off next week, with 13 shows through Aug. 8. Orquesta GarDel and Birds & Arrows are among the acts scheduled.
GB Live ( goldenbeltarts.com) This five-show series happens Friday evenings at Durhams Golden Belt. Its more alternative-focused, starting with Hammer No More the Fingers on May 17.
Center Stage Back Porch Music ( americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com) Formerly American Tobaccos Music on the Lawn, this WUNC-FM-sponsored series in Durham has moved to a larger adjacent space between the ballpark and Durham Performing Arts Center. All five shows happen Friday evenings (except for the Thursday, July 4 performance by The Beast and Apple Juice Kid), highlighted by Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin on Sept. 20.
The Art of Cool @ The Stack ( americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com) Back in the American Tobacco courtyard, meanwhile, deejays will spin evening sets four Thursdays in a row, beginning with DJ Jamad on May 16.
Sundays at Six ( southernvillage.com) Sunday evenings through the summer and into October, Chapel Hills Southern Village will have concerts. Boo Hanks, Branchettes and Shakedown Street are among the acts scheduled.
Six Sundays ( wakeforestarts.org) Another Sunday-evening series, this one at Wake Forests Joyner Park through May 26. Ghezzi, Big Medicine and others are on the schedule.
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5/4 Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Love & Theft
5/23 Kenny Chesney, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves
6/8 Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Lee Brice
6/21 Zac Brown Band
6/22 Heart, Jason Bonham
7/7 Big Time Rush, Victoria Justice
7/11 Black Keys, Flaming Lips
7/13 Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line
7/26 Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch
7/27 Lil Wayne, T.I., 2 Chainz
8/7 Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls, Kate Earl
8/9 Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer
8/24 Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Randy Rogers Band, Gwen Sebastian
8/30 Allman Brothers, Steve Winwood
9/3 Iron Maiden, Megadeth
9/5 John Mayer, Phillip Phillips
9/10 Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson
9/13 Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
9/27 Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope
RED HAT AMPHITHEATER
5/7 Smashing Pumpkins, AWOLNATION, AAN
5/8 Imagine Dragons, Paper Route, X Ambassadors
5/31 Everclear, Live, Filter, Sponge
6/7 Postal Service, Ra Ra Riot
6/8-9 Widespread Panic
6/10 The National, Dirty Projectors
6/20 Warren Haynes, N.C. Symphony, Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration
6/23 Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock
7/21 O.A.R., Andrew McMahon, Allen Stone
7/23 Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, London Souls
7/28 Ben Folds Five, Barenaked Ladies, Guster
7/31 Jonas Brothers
8/16 Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Budos Band
8/25 Umphreys McGee, STS9
9/18 Steely Dan
9/25 FUN., Tegan and Sara
5/4 Lyle Lovett, Delta Rae, Chatham County Line
5/11 Strike Up the Band, Concert Singers of Cary/Raleigh Symphony Orchestra
5/26 Triangle Wind Ensemble, Music of John Williams
6/11 Passion Pit, Cults
6/13 Lumineers, Cold War Kids
7/9 Harry Connick Jr.
7/20 Robert Plant
8/24 Grease Sing-A-Long (Sat, 8/24
N.C. Symphony Summerfest/Booth
5/25 Play With the Pros and Brahms Symphony No. 2
6/1 At the Movies
6/8 Classical Mystery Tour
6/15 Rachmanioffs Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
6/22 Broadway Blockbusters
6/29 Holsts The Planets
7/4 Independence Day Celebration
7/6 1812 Overture: Classics Celebration
Hob Nob Jazz Series/Booth
5/1 Side Car Social Club
5/8 Peter Lamb & The Wolves
5/15 Al Strong Quartet
5/22 Mint Julep Jazz Band
5/29 Outside Soul
N.C. MUSEUM OF ART
5/17 Los Lobos
6/15 Glen Hansard, Doug Paisley
6/29 Indigo Girls
7/12 Dale Watson, Bernie
7/13 The Duhks
8/3 Bruce Hornsby
8/17 Tift Merritt
8/24 Lost Bayou Ramblers
9/6 Pink Martini
9/13-15 Paperhand Puppet Intervention
6/5 JKutchma & the Five Fifths
6/12 David Wax Museum
6/19 The Tender Fruit
6/26 Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
7/10 American Aquarium
7/17 Kenny Roby
7/24 Matthew E. White
7/31 Hiss Golden Messenger
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