Don’t Miss Out on Summer Concerts


Katie Wolf

Imagine Dragons Preform at Meadowbrook Music Theatre last fall.

With so many great venues and different groups of fans, it’s not hard to believe Detroit area’s summer will be full of great concerts.
OneRepublic is kicking off the summer’s concerts with their Native Summer Tour, in support of their latest album Native. Accompanied by the Script, they’ll be taking over the DTE Energy Theater in Clarkston at 7 p.m. on June 21. Tickets are anywhere from 80 to 200 dollars and the theater is filling up pretty quickly; so fans, hop to it!
Anyone who has turned on the radio within the past months has probably heard the most popular song from Native, “Counting Stars.” Fans planning on going to the concert can expect this, as well as several other songs off the new album. Those tagging along or new to the band can expect a pop rock sound carried by a Coldplay-esque voice.
All those waiting for an amped-up electro-rock concert to electrify their summer need to be at the Blood on the Dance Floor, Bad Blood Tour performance June 25 at the Crofoot. Door open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are only 15 dollars in advance!
Blood on the Dance Floor is kind of niche sound, but anyone looking to try something new should definitely plan on going to this show. People who are new to the group should check out their single Evolution.
Royal Oak is the place to be on June 26! A Great Big World is coming to the Royal Oak Music Theater for an exciting night; starting at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 20 dollars and are 25 dollars if purchased at the door.
A Great Big World has been all over the radio with their hit “Say Something.” The group has a soft, Indie inspired pop sound that mixes perfectly with the duo’s melodic piano sound. Concert goers can anticipate the majority of the setlist to come from Is There Anybody Out There?, A Great Big World’s first album.
In the mood for a more alternative sound? Neon Trees, along with Smallpools and Nightmare & the Cat, will be rocking the Fillmore June 19. The tickets are only 29 dollars, and there are still balcony and main floor tickets available!
Over the past couple years Neon Trees has been a consistent presence on the radio. The four-piece rock band is responsible for hits like “Animals,” and more recently, “Everybody Talks.” Needless to say, with the band’s upbeat sound, fans should plan on a high energy performance. Based on previous performances, Neon Trees will most likely play “Animal,” “1983,” and “Everybody Talks.”
The popular singing show, The Voice, is over, but fans still have a chance to see the winners and runners up from this season and previous ones perform live at the Masonic Temple on July 15. Right now ticket are anywhere between 40 and 80 dollars, and there are still a bunch of seats left.
With season six of The Voice finished and Josh Kaufman crowned as The Voice, the favorites from previous seasons will join him on this cross country tour. Included in the tour talent are finalists Dia Frampton, Tessanne Chin, and Will Champlin.
Looking for a great summer music festival? Vans Warped tour is stopping at the Palace of Auburn Hills on July 18. Featuring bands like Mayday Parade, 3 OH! 3, and Falling in Reverse, Warped tour is a great place for fans to interact with their favorite groups. General admission is $49.80, but special 20th anniversary commemorative tickets can be purchased for $59.65.
Vans Warped tour has been bringing rock, hip-hop, and techno to the masses for 20 years. Of course, it’s an outdoor festival, so fans should plan for the weather. Because there are so many booths and stages at Warped, it’s best to plan the day in advance to get the most out of the event.
Looking for something to do closer to home? On July 27, Panic! At the Disco’s Gospel Tour is coming to Meadow Brook Theater, and bringing Walk the Moon and Magic Man. Tickets are between 35and 65 dollars, and great seats are still available.
Of course, the night’s main focus will be on Panic! At the Disco’s latest album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, so the majority of the setlist will be from there. The band will, however, inevitably mix in some of their older hits, including, “Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Off Her Clothes,” “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” and “Let’s Kill Tonight.”
On July 28, Justin Timberlake is bringing his 20/20 Experience Tour to the Palace of Auburn Hills, and there aren’t many tickets left! At this point, fans with have to drop at least 175 dollars to get in, so hurry and get a ticket before they’re sold out!
The tour is expected to include a mixture of Timberlake’s newer hits, older gems, and various covers. “Suit ant Toe,” “Mirrors,” and “Cry Me a River,” can definitely be expected.
On August 10, rappers Wiz Khalifa and Tyga are bringing the Under the Influence Tour to the DTE Energy Theater. Right now, tickets fall anywhere between 75 and 170 dollars.
Year three of the annual summer tour is expected to be just as good as the years before. The tour promises to be an awesome experience for anyone who likes the more recent turn rap music has taken.
Sad that summer is almost over? There are still more concerts to go to! Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour is taking over the Palace of Auburn Hills August 11. As is the case with most Katy Perry related events, it promises to be a party. Tickets are going to be between 40and 140 dollars, so don’t miss out!
It would be normal to assume the majority of the setlist will be off Prism, but actually, there seems to be a pretty good mix of new and old songs. Based off of previous tour stops, the performance will be broken down into five themes: Prismatic, Egyptian, Cat-Oure, Acoustic, and Hyper Neon.
Make sure the vacation ends ion a positive note! Wrapping up this summer of unbelievable music, One Direction is coming to Ford Field August 16 and 17. Tickets to the 1D Where We Are Tour are almost gone and will cost around 73 dollars.
At this point, nearly everyone has heard of the popular boy band, with several of their songs dominating radio stations. The setlist for previous stops has included gems like “Midnight Memories,” “Live While We’re Young,” and What Makes You Beautiful.”