How are your summer plans coming along? About 60% of millennials and Gen X’ers already have them made. As summertime marks some of the best months to take a trip.
Whether you’re planning a vacation or looking for things to do in your home town, you’ll want to add a summer show to your list of plans. Some of the best bands are already making their world tours. These artists are offering show-stopping performances in all the major cities.
So which concerts, musicals, and comedy shows make the cut? Here are the top 9 live shows to catch this year.
1. Ariana Grande
This pop sensation is on her Sweetener World Tour. This marks her fourth tour with shows running from May to October.
You can catch one of her live shows in NYC or follow her across the country. She plans to perform around North America and Europe. Expect hits from her new award-winning albums and unforgettable dance performances.
You won’t want to wait too late to grab tickets to this. As Grande has quite a following, with over 146 million followers on Instagram. This also makes her the most followed female on social media.
2. The Who
The Who’s music concerts are worth traveling to, even if only to hear their hit, “Teenage Wasteland” live. This English rock band features music that spans across all generations.
The Who’s last album came out 13 long years ago. The band is planning to release a new album soon. So you may get to hear some of their new tracks live at the concert.
With their “Moving On” tour, the band will be traveling to 29 different cities this summer. Catch The Who from May to October, where they will also get joined by a local orchestra.
3. Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler is a favorite comedy actor and producer for people all over the world. The Brooklyn native is no stranger to hosting live comedy shows.
Yet, this comedy tour gets based off his special show, “100% Fresh.” This comedy show airs on Netflix. It’s one of the funniest shows streaming on Netflix and is sure to have you laughing out loud.
His tour starts at the Treasure Island Amphitheater in Welch, MN at the end of May. He will wrap up in Tampa and St. Augustine, Florida in late June.
4. Hootie and the Blowfish
Hootie heads out on their summer “Group Therapy Tour” at the end of May. The tour starts in sunny Virginia Beach, VA and will go until the middle of September. They plan to hit 44 cities, including Las Vegas, Toronto, and London.
The band Barenaked Ladies will also be joining Hootie on the tour. Expect to hear new tracks from an upcoming album they plan to release soon.
5. Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida
All your favorite 90’s artists are coming together for a summer tour. Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida are hitting major cities from July through August. You’ll find them in Atlanta, Boston, and Austin to name a few concert locations.
Expect all your favorite rap and RnB hits from these chart-topping artists. Some wonder if Weezer will show up for a guest performance to sing their new cover of “No Scrubs.” Here are more details on the event and where you can score tickets.
6. The Book of Mormon
Currently googling the best live theater shows near me to see this summer? Look no further than “The Book of Mormon.”
The storyline follows a couple of missionaries and their efforts to convert the people of Uganda into becoming Mormon. It got created by the same people who brought South Park to television. So expect a different style of humor, hilarious nonetheless.
This on tour Broadway musical gets filled with laughs and hit song numbers. Popular songs include, “I Believe,” “Hello,” and “Turn It Off.” It’s a must-see as it has 9 Tony Awards under its belt, including Best Musical.
7. Billie Eilish
This 17-year-old singer-songwriter has taken the music industry by storm. She’s also the youngest female singer to gain the number one album spot in England.
She’s come a long way from her performance at Coachella, ready to tour the world. Her “When We Fall Asleep” world tour starts May 29th.
Eilish has already won the hearts of fans by performing in Paris, Milan, and Barcelona. Her next moves include NYC, Chicago, and Vancouver.
She will also be playing at a few different spots in California. So, combine plans and head to Yosemite for a mountain vacation following her concert.
8. The Lion King
The Lion King remains to be one of the top kids live shows. This Broadway musical show offers fun for the whole family.
You’ll experience a magical set design with the best of costumes. Lively animal puppets and show-stopping choreography are also included. It’s no wonder why Lion King has won the Tony Award for Best Musical.
With the new live Disney movie version hitting theaters soon, you won’t want to miss this. You can watch Simba and all his friends in cities like Toronto, North Charleston, and Denver.
9. Cheech and Chong
If you’re looking for more laughs, Cheech and Chong are also on tour. The comedy duo plans to perform at many city’s live outdoor venues this year. This makes them an excellent choice to add to your summer event list.
The Best Live Shows to Make Your Summer More Memorable
From RnB to classic rock, these live shows are sure to provide a range of entertainment this year. You’ll also find no shortage of comedic laughs and musical hits. There’s also plenty of entertainment options for families traveling with little ones.
Remember that top cities tend to sell out with popular performances like these. So, be sure to grab your tickets before the shows sell out for your preferred travel destination.
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