The Best Summer Concerts in 2018

We at Rivington Music believe seeing live music inspires us to play. A lot of times witnessing a truly fantastic spectacle of live performance will have us waking up the next day feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to play.

2018 is chock full of some incredible performers on national tours. We decided to put together a list of the five shows we’re most excited about, along with links to buy tickets. Are you seeing any of these shows? Leave a comment below!

1. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer Tour

Dropping her album “Dirty Computer” less than a month ago, Janelle Monáe has truly pushed her progressive take on R&B, hip hop, and a tip of the hat to a few greats—can anyone say Prince?—to the limits.

Monáe’s shows are electrifying and theatrical. Her body of work largely narrates central stories that bring the albums together, something she is known for since her album “Metropolis: Suite 1” in 2007. The stage is flush with dancers and special effects, and her truly symbolic performance is a nod to her theater days. Definitely a must-see!

Look for tickets here.

2. Weezer & The Pixies

These two indie music giants have teamed up for a major national tour that’s sure to bring nostalgic hits like “Say It Ain’t So” and “Debaser” to tons of high-capacity venues.

Both bands have released new music in the past few years, which means anybody checking out these shows should be familiar with recent releases to get true value for their tickets. Always known to bring intense energy to their live performances, Weezer and The Pixies are well at home in intimate venues and—in terms of this tour—big ticket arenas.

Look for tickets here.

3. Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers

Perhaps the most iconic and historic lineup this summer, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers have come together for a 37-date national tour. With this much influence on one stage, it’s hard not to imagine how epic this show will be.

Quite literally dominating the scenes they inhabited in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers rose to become the defining acts of their genres. Steely Dan positioned themselves as the vanguard of jazz-inspired rock pop, while The Doobie Brothers are the quintessence of blues-inspired rock and roll.

Look for tickets here.

4. Childish Gambino – This is America Tour

Have you seen the music video for Childish Gambino’s “This is America”? Perhaps one of the most artfully done—and winner of most feathers ruffled this season—release, Donald Glover is getting ready to bring that intensity to the stage.

Glover’s performances are a reflection of his many talents—dance, singing, instrument playing, and working a crowd. His shows are not only a spectacle to behold, but a serious anthropological look into race and society. One of his shows is sure to be enlightening, electrifying, and awe-inspiring.

Look for tickets here.

5. Queens of the Stone Age – Villians Tour

While this tour is completely overseas, we can’t stress enough how much QOTSA’s new album Villians deserves credit.

Their first full-length release since 2013, Villians is for many a return and evolution of QOTSA’s old sound. Kicking photographers aside, their performances are high-energy and loaded with incredible guitar and synth tones, perfectly reproduced in a live setting.

Look for tickets here.

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