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Best Upcoming Summer Concerts In Pittsburgh

July 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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Undoubtedly, summer is the season of the concert. Whether you’re traveling to a huge music festival or catching your favorite obscure band at the bar down the street, the summer is always packed with concerts ranging from country to metal to bubble gum pop. Luckily, in Pittsburgh, there are tons of music venues, which means tons of concerts to choose from. This summer, there are some great shows coming up for all musical tastes. These are only a few of the best.
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Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller
First Niagara Pavilion
665 Route 18
Burgettstown, PA 15021
(724) 947-7400 x203

Date: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Price: Tickets range from $25 to $80
Click here for tickets

Pittsburgh natives and Rostrum Record label-mates Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller have taken the rap world by storm over the last year and are now teaming up for their Under the Influence of Music tour. The tour will make only nine stops, including the one in their hometown at the First Niagara Pavilion, so it definitely isn’t a show that you want to miss out on. Be sure to be there when the show starts at 5:30 p.m. if you want to catch all of the great rappers joining them on the road. The tour also coincides with Wiz’s new album, which has a planned release of August 28.

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Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan
First Niagara Pavilion

Date: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at  7 p.m.
Price: Tickets run $28 to $54.25
Click here for tickets

Over the last few years, country music has really gone mainstream thanks in part to the mega-popularity of artists like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. But this summer, it’s all about the country boys. On August 17, country heartthrobs Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will take to the First Niagara Pavilion stage. Not only are these two popular with the ladies, they’re also true artists; Bryan being named 2010’s Top New Artist at the Academy of Country Music awards and Aldean combining multiple music influences to create boot-stomping hits. You might even catch a rap or two from Aldean. This is the do-not-miss show for country fans this summer.

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My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses
Stage AE
400 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 229-5483
www.promowestlive.com

Date: Tues, Aug 21, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Price: $38 in advance or $41 the day of the show

On a warm summer evening, what’s better than chilling in the grass with friends, cold beer in hand, listening to the sounds of laid back alternative rock floating in the breeze? Well when the tunes are coming from bands My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses, there’s nothing better. When both bands come to the city’s newest venue, Stage AE, on August 21 as part of a month long teaming of these two Alt/Indie giants, concert-goers will be in for a relaxing evening with some great music. And with My Morning Jacket fresh off of the festival circuit, you’re sure to get a quality performance.

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Neon Trees
Altar Bar

1620 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 206-9719
www.thealtarbar.com

Date: Wed, August 22, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Price: Tickets run $20 to $23
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Though still a relatively young band, Neon Trees have practically created their own genre of cross-over Indie-pop with driving, upbeat hits like “Animal,” which not only made it to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, but also became so popular that it was featured on hit TV show, “Glee.” These guys (and girl) haven’t betrayed their Indie rock roots though, and will be bringing their perfected balance of rock and pop to the Burgh at Altar Bar in the Strip District on August 22 at 8 p.m. We dare you to not dance along to their latest hit, “Everybody Talks”––don’t worry, the whole crowd won’t be able to resist.

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Kiss and Motley Crue
First Niagara Pavilion

Date: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Price: Tickets run from $35 to $185
Click here for tickets

Get ready to rock as 80s legends Kiss and Motley Crue wrap up the summer concert season at First Niagara Pavilion with a little flair and a lot of tongue. The 40 stop tour, aptly titled “The Tour,” kicked off on July 20 and the bands evenly split the three hour rock block starting at 7 p.m., each playing for 90 minutes, with Kiss performing last. If you’re ready to “rock-n-roll all night,” than this is definitely the show for you.

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Brooke Keane is a freelance writer who stayed in Pittsburgh after college to explore it’s hidden gems some more. She was found, and writes about delicious dishes, brimming boutiques and libations galore. Here work can be found on Examiner.com.

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