This is the summer of concerts!
Machine Gun Kelly: June 2 Tickets start at $29. Stage AE. Hailing from Cleveland, Machine Gun Kelly is popular for his song “Rapdevil.” If you enjoy listening to Eminem or G-Eazy, then this might be the show for you.
Death Cab for Cutie: June 7 Tickets start at $38.50. Stage AE. Formed in 1997 in Washington, Death Cab for Cutie came into the alternative rock scene. With nine studio albums, there is nothing they won’t do. A song that brought them into the mainstream is “I Will Follow You into the Dark.”
Twenty One Pilots: June 7 Tickets start at a wallet-pounding $110. PPG Paints Arena. Formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio, Twenty One Pilots is an alternative band most known for their song “Stressed Out.” Nothing will stress you out about attending this show (except maybe the cost)!
Luke Bryan: June 7 Tickets start at $39. Keybank Pavilion. What’s better than a 42 year old “cowboy” from Georgia? How about tailgating before seeing him? Hailing from Leesburg, Georgia, Bryan is known for his song “What Makes You Country.”
Coheed and Cambria: June 10 Tickets start at $45. Stage AE. From Nyack, New York, Coheed and Cambria bring their progressive metal to Pittsburgh. Their earlier music was influenced by their singer, Claudio Sanchez’s, graphic novel series The Amory Wars. Well-known songs by Coheed and Cambria include “Welcome Home” and “You Got Spirit, Kid.”
Ariana Grande: June 12 Tickets start at $186 (ouch!). PPG Paints Arena. Grande comes from the southern tip of Florida. She started her career as a Disney actress but now tours on the strength of recent tunes like “thank u, next.” Do I wear the cat ears or nah?
WAMO Summer Jam featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie: June 14 Tickets are $42. Stage AE. For those of you who don’t know, WAMO is not a band but a legendary Pittsburgh radio station. And A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is not just bad grammar but a rapper hailing from Highbridge, New York. One of his popular songs is “Drowning.”
Lovelytheband: June 20 Tickets start at $23. Stage AE. Other than having troubles with the keyboard’s space bar, Lovelytheband is an indie pop group from L.A. Their total discography is one album and one EP. If you know any song by them there is the possibility it is “These Are My Friends.”
The Royal Affair Tour with Yes, Asia, Carl Palmer, and John Lodge: June 21 Tickets start at $17.50 (cheap for such prog-rock legends). Stage AE. Formed in 1968, Yes is a progressive rock band known for more commercial songs like “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” Asia, like Yes, is a progressive rock band from, you guessed it—London. You may know them for their song “Heat of the Moment.” Carl Palmer is a legendary drummer. He has been in a number of different bands, but the one he was in for close to 40 years was Emerson, Lake & Palmer. John Lodge is known for his vocals for the iconic band The Moody Blues. Take your dad (or maybe your pap).
Outlaw Music Festival: June 22 Tickets start at $29.50. Keybank Pavilion. Despite the name, The Outlaw Music Festival is a country music and soft rock festival. This year the lineup includes: Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh, Robert Plant, Counting Crows, Steve Earle, and many others.
New Kids on the Block: June 23 Tickets start at $31. PPG Paints Arena. Remember the Backstreet Boys? How about Jonas Brothers? Well, they share something with New Kids on the Block—they’re all boy bands. They come from Massachusetts and could be best known for their song “Please Don’t Go Girl.”
The Midnight: June 26 Tickets start at $17.50. Stage AE. They’re a synthwave band from California. For those of you who don’t know what synthwave is, it is music influenced by 80’s synthesiser sound.
Zac Brown Band: June 28 Tickets start at $35. Keybank Pavilion. Do you enjoy country music? If so this could be something up your alley (or is that “cow path”?). Zac Brown Band comes from Georgia and could be known for their song “Chicken Fried.” Seriously?
Blink-182 & Lil Wayne: July 6 Tickets start at $37.50. Keybank Pavilion. Formed in 1992, Blink-182 had recently undergone a lineup change adding Mark Skiba to replace Tom DeLonge. You may know “All the Small Things” by them. Lil Wayne is a rapper. You may know him for his song “Uproar.” Or his grills and face tats.
Shinedown: July 10 Tickets start at $29.50. Keybank Pavilion. Shinedown has been around since 2001 and could be known for their song, “Second Chance.”
311 & Dirty Heads: July 13 Tickets start at $13.75. Keybank Pavilion. Formed in 1992, 311 comes from Omaha. You may know them for their 1997 song, “Beautiful Disaster.” Similar to 311’s sound, Dirty Heads is an alternative rock band known for “Lay Me Down.”
Alice Cooper & Halestorm: July 19 Tickets start at $16.75. Keybank Pavilion. Do you like theatrics? How about men in makeup? Classic hard rock? If so this could be your show. Alice Cooper has been around since the 70’s. You may know him for his song “School’s Out.” Halestorm is a more modern band from eastern Pennsylvania. You may know their song “Here’s to Us.”
Third Eye Blind & Jimmy Eat World: July 20 Tickets start at $49.50. Stage AE. Formed in 1993, Third Eye Blind is a pop rock band most known for their song “Semi-Charmed Life.” Similar to Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World is a pop rock band known for their song “The Middle.”
Breaking Benjamin: July 26 Tickets start at $29.50. Keybank Pavilion. From Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Breaking Benjamin is an early 2000’s-2010’s hard rock group. They are most known for their song “The Diary of Jane.”
Shawn Mendes: August 6 Tickets start at $66.25. PPG Paints Arena. What’s better than a 20 year old singer? How about a 20 year old from Canada, eh? You might know him for a couple of his songs “Treat You Better” and “Stitches.”
Papa Roach: August 14 Tickets start at $42. Stage AE. Formed in 1993, this alternative band is best known for their song “Last Resort.”
Korn & Alice in Chains: August 17 Tickets are sold out, but keep an eye out for more added seats.
Flogging Molly & Social Distortion: August 20 Tickets start at $49.50. Stage AE. Remember my Celtic music story? (Well, why not?!) Flogging Molly might ring a bell because they’re a Celtic rock band most known for their song “If I Ever Leave this World Alive.” Social Distortion is different since they are a roots-punk band known for songs like “Ball & Chain.” And Mr. Kissick is a fan.
These are just some of the summer shows in our area. Other smaller venues will host lesser known—but equally interesting—bands, so a quick check of Ticketmaster could help you out.