Music and summer go hand in hand, and some of the most memorable moments come from the ballads sung and the melodies hummed. Windows are rolled all the way down while we cruise through back roads, acoustic jam sessions take place by the lake, and seventh-inning stretches have everyone singing in sync. Many of today’s biggest names in music are headlining national tours that will bring everyone together to fill venues around the soulful state.
Drumroll please…Here is our round-up of 13 must-see concerts stopping by Minnesota this summer.
BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, MOORHEAD
June 24, Bluestem Ampitheater
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony first brought their patented brand of melodic hip-hop into the world with their 1994 debut EP, “Creepin on ah Come Up.” Since then, fans have purchased more than 50 million of their records, securing their title as one of hip-hop’s most beloved and successful groups. Known for hits such as their massive, Grammy Award-winning tribute to Eazy-E, “Tha Crossroads,” this summer Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be joined by fellow '90s hip-hop stars Naughty By Nature for an unforgettable show in Moorhead. Get your tickets at bluestemamphitheater.org.
DUA LIPA, MINNEAPOLIS
Coming off a wildly successful run at the 2018 BRIT Awards, where she won awards for Best British Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist, this summer Dua Lipa will bring her talents to newly renovated venue The Armory in downtown Minneapolis. The young pop star’s rapid rise to stardom began humbly on YouTube when the then-unknown artist caught the world’s attention with a series of captivating cover songs. By 2015 she had signed with Warner Bros. Records, and just a few short years later she was rocking arenas with superstar Bruno Mars, collaborating with Chris Martin of Coldplay and headlining her own worldwide tour. Get your tickets at armorymn.com.
KESHA, PRIOR LAKE
June 30, Mystic Lake Casino
Kesha’s latest album, "Rainbow," feels like a new beginning for the artist. After a lengthy legal dispute with her former producer, Dr. Luke, Kesha's triumphant return to music has garnered praise from the New York Times, Billboard, NPR Music and more, and even earned Kesha her first-ever Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance. Kesha's live shows are famous for their distinctive visual style and motivational speeches, and you won't want to miss the gold at the end of this rainbow; get your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
EAGLES AND JIMMY BUFFETT, MINNEAPOLIS
June 30, Target Field
Piña coladas are officially on the menu at the Hotel California this summer, as Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles are joined by Jimmy Buffett & His Coral Reefer Band for an outdoor concert at Target Field on June 30. Although the Eagles lost co-founder and lead vocalist Glenn Frey to rheumatoid arthritis in 2016, the band's lineup is filled out by his son Deacon Frey for this year’s tour. This is just one of just four shows the Eagles will share with Buffett; get your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
HARRY STYLES, ST. PAUL
July 1, Xcel Energy Center
Once known best as the unofficial lead singer for One Direction, these days Harry Styles is harder to pin down. Firmly rooted in the traditions of pop music without feeling bound by them, Styles transitions between genres with uncanny ease. Depending on his mood, Styles seems equally at home belting out arena-rock anthems, crooning country songs over a slide guitar, and even channeling The Strokes for a bit of messy garage rock. Touring in support of his debut solo album, catch him live in St. Paul with special guest Kacey Musgraves. Purchase your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
July 5, The Armory
Paramore spent nearly a decade crafting infectiously catchy pop-punk, but after their near-breakup in 2013 the band pared down their lineup and began exploring new genres like synth-pop and gospel. Their latest album, "After Laughter," showcases a confident, older Paramore flirting with instrumentation and hooks that wouldn’t feel out of place on a 1980s Cyndi Lauper album or your 2018 party playlist. Get your tickets to Paramore’s upcoming tour date in Minneapolis at armorymn.com.
TOBY KEITH, HINCKLEY
July 13, Grand Casino Hinckley
Toby Keith has been at the top of his game for a long time. His first major hit song, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” was the '90s most-played country song; his 2011 smash hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has nearly 50 million views on YouTube; and he’s showing no signs of slowing down soon. Keith’s annual tour has drawn over a million fans per year for an entire decade, but fans never seem to tire of the show. You can catch him outdoors at the Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater this summer; tickets are on sale at grandcasinomn.com.
BEYONCE AND JAY-Z, MINNEAPOLIS
Aug. 8, U.S. Bank Stadium
Pay tribute to modern music’s most-loved power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, when they come through Minneapolis this summer on the recently announced "On the Run II" world tour. Prior to 2018, both Bey and Jay had held solo concerts in Minnesota, but this will mark their first time co-headlining a show in the state. It’s hard to imagine a bigger or more highly anticipated show, so be sure to get your tickets on tidal.com before they inevitably sell out.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, ST. PAUL
Aug. 19, Xcel Energy Center
Like always, The Smashing Pumpkins lineup is shrouded by drama. Sharing the stage for the first time in 20 years are three of the four founding Pumpkins members, Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. They’re absent only founding bassist, D’arcy Wretzky, and accounts of whether she was invited to join the lineup are unreliable to say the least. One thing you can rely on, though, is the music, which promises to “celebrate songs from their first five albums,” from "Gish" to "Machina." Purchase your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER, WELCH
Aug. 31, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Frequent collaborators and long-time friends, the co-headlined "Summer Plays On Tour" with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker promises to bring the hits. With a combined 10 Grammy awards and countless chart topping singles between the two groups, including hits like “Need You Now” and “Wagon Wheel," the Treasure Island show is sure to include more than a few chart toppers and spontaneous collaborations. Purchase your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
TAYLOR SWIFT, MINNEAPOLIS
Aug. 31-Sept. 1, U.S. Bank Stadium
Taylor Swift is no stranger to the Twin Cities. Since first headlining the Target Center in 2009, her live shows have captivated more than 131,000 fans in the Twin Cities alone. Back again for her 10th headlining appearance, this year’s tour takes Swift to U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis for back-to-back shows on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Tickets are on sale now on taylorswift.com.
Sept. 4, Target Center
Following last summer’s sold-out European stadium run, Metallica is bringing the "WorldWired Tour" back across the pond for a 34-show North American run. New for this tour, each performance begins with a pre-show party hosted by stand-up comedian and friend of the band, Jim Breuer. And in case one evening of Metallica isn’t enough, each ticket also includes your choice of a physical or digital copy of Metallica’s latest album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." Get your tickets now at targetcenter.com.
BRUNO MARS WITH CARDI B, ST. PAUL
Sept. 11-12, Xcel Energy Center
By the time it wraps up in October, Bruno Mars’ prolific 24k Magic World Tour will have spanned two years and made over 135 stops around the world—including three shows at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Mars made his first stop at the Xcel in August of last year, and this September he's back for two more nights with fellow chart topper and “Finesse” collaborator Cardi B., who joins Mars on the final leg of the tour. Tickets are on sale now via ticketmaster.com.
Find more music and arts events to keep you busy this summer on our Festivals & Events page.