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Best Outdoor Concerts To Look Forward To This Summer In Atlanta

April 11, 2013 6:00 AM

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Atlanta is a world class city when it comes to dining, sports, entertainment and culture, so each and every year, the biggest names in the music business hit the largest city in the South to play any number of great outdoor venues. From the expansive Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood to the relaxed atmosphere at Chastain Park, it’s always great to gather with friends and enjoy the sounds of our favorite performers. All of the big acts are out on the road this summer, so get your tickets early and get ready to sample everything from country to pop to rock and roll this summer in Atlanta.

 Best Outdoor Concerts To Look Forward To This Summer In Atlanta

Enjoy an outdoor concert this summer (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
2200 Encore Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 733-5010
www.vzwamp.com

Date: May 5, 2013

This is rock music the way it should be. Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent all play a big part in the history of rock music. Throughout the 70s and 80s, these acts owned the radio, along with our turntables and cassette players. Styx still features original members Tommy Shaw and JY Young, and REO still showcases original member Neal Doughty and longtime lead singer Kevin Cronin. Add into the mix the outspoken Ted Nugent and you’ll have a night you won’t soon forget at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. “Come Sail Away” with these three great acts in one spectacular night.

 

Luke Bryan, Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line
Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 443-5090
www.allgoodseats.com

Date: July 14, 2013

This promises to be a celebration of country music in the deep South. Luke Bryan is one of hottest young acts in country music and he will be joined by the husband-wife duo of Thompson Square who will certainly sing their hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” Florida-Georgia Line is another up-and-coming act that should get the crowd all jacked up for a night of country hits. Aaron’s Amphitheatre has hosted some of the biggest names in country music over the years, and this show will add to its legacy.

 Best Outdoor Concerts To Look Forward To This Summer In Atlanta

Little Big Town (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
2200 Encore Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 733-5010
www.frontrowking.com

Date: July 27, 2013

Keith Urban is one of the biggest names in country music, but he now has huge crossover appeal with his stint on “American Idol.” Urban incorporates quite a bit of rock and roll into his act, so Alpharetta should be rocking on this night. Little Big Town won the 2012 Grammy for Best Country Duo and it has hit the charts 14 times in the pair’s career. It’s also fun to show and see how wild Kimberly Schlapman’s hair will be on a given night. Rising country star Dustin Lynch kicks off the evening and what an evening of country music this should be.

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Barry Manilow
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
4469 Stella Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 733-5000
www.chastainseries.com

Date: July 29, 2013

For almost 40 years, Barry Manilow has been entertaining the world with his timeless music. Chastain is the perfect venue to see the man “who writes the songs that make the whole world sing.” This 7,000-seat outdoor venue in Buckhead has perfect acoustics and the relaxed atmosphere will bring out the best in Manilow. You may have seen Manilow, but chances are you haven’t seen Barry in an intimate outdoor location like Chastain. Buy your tickets now.

Sunset Jazz Festival
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
4469 Stella Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 733-5000
www.classicchastain.com

Dates: August 16-17, 2013

Some of the best jazz artists in the world will be back in Atlanta this August for the annual Sunset Jazz Festival, which is part of the Classic Chastain Series at Chastain Park. This year, Will Downing and Najee will take the stage on August 16, and Eric Benet, Brian Culbertson, Rachelle Ferrell and Hiroshima will be performing on the 17th. This is a great weekend full of cool jazz right in the heart of the hot Atlanta summer. Get your tickets now.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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