It’s happening. Live music is back. This summer, fans nationwide have the opportunity to attend in-person concerts. Though most events are being scheduled tentatively, depending on the course of the virus these next few months, we think fans can start getting excited for outdoor concerts—a safer alternative to indoor venues and shows.
Here, we’ll keep a running list of outdoor music venues as they reopen and announce summer, or fall, concert schedules. With a quarter of all Americans fully vaccinated, the live music industry is finally turning the corner to resume. Here are the outdoor music venues reopening for summer 2021 concerts, the places you want to try to be when live music makes its grand return.
Concert Venues with Scheduled Events This Summer
Below, you will find a rundown of outdoor music venues which are scheduled to host performers this summer. Many amphitheaters and pavilions are hosting a similar lineup of touring musicians—Brothers Osborne, Lindsey Stirling, Alicia Keys, and more—who were originally scheduled to tour in 2020.
For each venue’s full summer 2021 concert lineup, check out the venue’s linked event listing page (where you can find tickets, as well).
Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Since April, the storied music venue in Morrison, CO has been limited to 2,500 capacity. Finally, fans are able to head to the Red Rocks grounds for the venue’s 80th Anniversary Summer. From the Red Rocks Instagram: “reduced capacity early in the season may mean some artists reschedule or cancel shows, so we anticipate some movement in the calendar ahead… [this] will be a rolling process with many factors based on our community’s progress in driving down Covid numbers.”
Jones Beach Theater: Starting in July 2021, fans can return to the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater to catch artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Backstreet Boys, Megadeth, James Taylor, and more.
iThink Financial Amphitheatre: At the end of June, the iThink Financial Amphitheatre will begin operating, and holding concerts, at a reduced, 75% capacity. Performers will include Brad Paisley, Backstreet Boys, Black Crows, with more to be announced.
TCU Amphitheater: For those living in Indianapolis, White River State Park’s TCU Amphitheater will seat fans beginning mid-June. The venue lineup, so far, includes Umphrey’s McGee, Jamey Johnson, Kidz Bop Live, Lindsey Stirling, Brothers Osborne, and more.
Leader Bank Pavilion: Boston’s Leader Bank Pavilion is one of the more stacked venues for summer 2021 concerts. The Leader Bank Pavilion lineup includes Brothers Osborne, Alicia, 5SOS, John Legend, Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and many more.
Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre: At the beginning of June, fans in Michigan will have the chance to end their live music hiatus at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre. The scheduled performers include 5SOS, Blackberry Smoke, Goo Goo Dolls, Lindsey Stirling, Brothers Osbourne, and more.
White Oak Music Pavilion (Lawn): Fans in Houston can head to the White Oak Music Pavilion (and lawn) for live music, local performers, and big touring artists such as Deftones and the Brothers Osborne.
Ascend Amphitheatre: Nashville artists will be able to reunite with their fans this summer at the Ascend Amphitheatre. Beginning with the Nashville Ballet, the Ascend Amphitheatre will host Alicia Keys, Phish, 5SOS, Brothers Osborne, John Legend, and more.
Maine Savings Pavilion: So far the Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row only has a few scheduled concerts, but we’re hopeful for more to be announced this summer. Right now, the scheduled performers include Lindsey Stirling, Brothers Osborne, Spirit of the South, and Primus.
Artpark Amphitheatre: In June, the Artpark Amphitheatre in Lewiston, NY will host a range of artists including Brothers Osborne, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Wilco, Barenaked Ladies, and more.
Red Hat Amphitheater: North Carolinians, the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh will begin to host audiences the last week of June. Scheduled performers include Brothers Osborne, Lindsey Stirling, Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, Megadeth, Louis the Child, Spirit of the South, and more.
Jacobs Pavilion: Fans can start heading to Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH at the end of July for a stout concert season. This summer, fans can catch Barenaked Ladies, Primus, Alicia Keys, Lindsey Stirling, Megadeth, Louis the Child, and more.
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory: Irving TX’s Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory will open for the masses on June 11th for Primus. Other acts performing at the pavilion include 5SOS, Lindsey Stirling, Brothers Osborne, and more.
Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater: Austin TX music fans, the Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater first concert is scheduled for May 26th. So far, the summer concert calender at Stubb’s is looking incredible. Louis the Child, Umphrey’s McGee, Dayglow, Brothers Osborne, Julien Baker, and more, will kick off the venue’s return.
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre: The first week of June, the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre will reopen with a 5SOS concert. Other acts scheduled to perform include Brothers Osbourne, Alicia Keys, Jamey Johnson, Primus, and more.
BB&T Pavilion: Fans, the beloved BB&T Pavilion will kick off its 2021 season on June 25-26 with Dave Matthews Band. Other acts performing at BB&T this year include Backstreet Boys, Chicago, Megadeth, Santana, Maroon 5, and more.
Amphitheater at Las Colinas Park: Fans in Grand Junction, CO, the Amphitheater at Las Colinas Park is reopening for fans in July. The venue, so far, has enlisted performances by Lindsey Stirling, Foreigner, For King and Country, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Beach Boys, and more.
Daily’s Place: Jacksonville music fans, beginning this month, you can catch musicians at Daily’s Place Amphitheater. Beginning with Machine Gun Kelly, the summer 2021 lineup includes Brad Paisley, Alicia Keys, and more.
Isleta Amphitheatre: Albuquerque music fans, the Isleta Amphitheatre is slated to open at reduced capacity (25%, 3,000 people) beginning in June. So far, the venue lineup includes Backstreet Boys, Maroon 5, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews Band, and more.
Concert Venues Reopening Mid-Late Summer
Here are the outdoor music venues reopening mid-late summer. Additionally listed are the music venues with tentative plans to reopen in 2021. These venues may not have much on their schedules as of now, but we anticipate that more outdoor concerts will be announced for this summer as the months wane on.
NYC SummerStage Series: For those of you who’ve attended a concert in Central Park, we know you must be dying to hear when SummerStage will return. According to the venue website, SummerStage is planning on having a 2021 concert season. “Pending adjustments to current NYC restrictions, free music and dance performances will return to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park this summer and performances will also be held in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park/Richard Rodgers Amphitheater.”
Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre: In Ohio, the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre will begin seating fans in August with a show for the Brothers Osborne. So far, only two other concerts, Matchbox Twenty and The Doobie Brothers, have been scheduled for their 2021 season.
Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre: Fans in San Diego only have to wait a few more months before they can head to the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre for concerts. The 2021 lineup, beginning in August, includes Primus, Brothrs Osborne, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kidz Bop Live, Matchbox Twenty, and more.
Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre: Fans in Connecticut, the Brothers Osbourne is set to open the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre in August. According to their website, the venue hopes to reach full capacity by the end of the summer, with more concerts to be announced until then.
Meijer Gardens: The Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is eagerly awaiting the return of live entertainment. The venue is eyeing a potential reopening for early July. Currently, the venue is capped at 1,000 (including staff, crew and patrons). We anticipate that if the venue returns for a summer concert series, the limited capacity will stay in place.
Ford Amphitheatre: The famed Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail is getting ready for a 2021 reopening. According to the Amp, concerts will be announced May 25th. So far, Lindsey Stirling is slated to perform in July.