The Triangle’s summer concert guide: You’ll want to save these dates

Brad Paisley performs at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Aug. 15.
Brad Paisley performs at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Aug. 15.

With Paul McCartney and Wu-Tang Clan on the summer bill for Triangle venues, 2019 should shape up to be a concert season we’ll never forget.

From packed arenas to breezy amphitheaters, and every open space in-between, the Triangle has more than a handful of popular music venues, each boasting a crowded calendar of national acts.

Here’s our rundown of summer concert dates to save, from pricey once-in-a-lifetime shows to free weeknight local concerts.

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

3801 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh

919-831-6400 or walnutcreekamphitheatre.com

May 23: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

May 31: Hootie & the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies

June 5: Florence and the Machine and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

June 28: Rascal Flatts

July 9: Tedeschi Trucks Band

July 11: Dierks Bentley

July 13: Train and the Goo Goo Dolls

July 19: Tom Joyner

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Mary J. Blige will perform in Raleigh July 25. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

July 25: Mary J. Blige & Nas

July 26: Florida Georgia Line

July 27: Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida

July 28: 311 and Dirty Heads

Aug. 2: Kidz Bop

Aug. 8: Thomas Rhett

Aug. 10: Heart with Joan Jett and Elle King

Aug. 15: Brad Paisley with Chris Lane and Riley Green

Aug. 18: Breaking Benjamin

Aug. 23: Chris Young

Aug. 24: Beck and Cage the Elephant

Sept. 13: Jason Aldean

Sept. 14: Peter Frampton

Sept. 15: Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

Oct. 5: ZZ Top

Oct. 12: Luke Bryan

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Paul McCartney, shown here at the 2016 Coachella Festival, will open his 2019 U.S. tour in Raleigh on May 27. Gary Wiepert AP

PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh.

919-861-2300 or thepncarena.com

May 27: Paul McCartney

June 11: Twenty One Pilots

June 18: Luis Miguel

July 7: New Kids on the Block, Salt N’ Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson

Aug. 14: Jonas Brothers

Aug. 20: Backstreet Boys

Sept. 20: Carrie Underwood

Nov. 8: The Black Keys with Modest Mouse and Shannon & The Clams

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New Kids on the Block, seen at Raleigh’s PNC Arena in 2017, return July 7 with New Kids on the Block, Salt N’ Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

Red Hat Amphitheater

500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh

919-996-8800 or redhatamphitheater.com

May 7: GRiZ

May 10: Earth Wind & Fire

May 12: Bryan Adams

May 16: Greta Van Fleet

May 17-18: Prime Music Festival with RL Grime, Gryffin, Chris Lake, Phantoms, Two Friends, Bonnie x Clyde, SoDown, Tails, Carter Cruise and Emogee.

June 1: St. Paul & The Broken Bones with Toots & The Maytals for Band Together benefit concert

Anderson .Paak, photographed Oct. 31, 2018, plays Red Hat Amphitheater June 6. AP Photo by Amy Harris/Invision

June 6: Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals

June 7: Lake Street Dive and The Wood Brothers

June 8: Wu-Tang Clan

June 15: Jon Bellion

June 21: Vampire Weekend

June 22: Slightly Stoopid with Matisyaho, Tribal Seeds and Hirie

June 26: Shinedown

July 11: Rob Thomas

July 16: Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums

July 17: Godsmack

July 26: Iration with Pepper, Fortunate Youth and Katastro

Aug. 3: Why Don’t We

Aug. 6: Papa Roach with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves

Aug. 7: The Flaming Lips with The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Particle Kid

Aug. 9: Rebelution

Aug. 18: Flogging Molly and Social Distortion

Aug. 23: Judah & The Lion

Aug. 24: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Sept. 3: The Raconteurs

Sept. 24: Dropkick Murphys

Oct. 1: The Head and the Heart

Oct. 8: Sara Bareilles

North Carolina Museum of Art

Museum Park Amphitheater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org

May 17: Dawes

June 14: Steep Canyon Rangers with Chatham Rabbits

June 22: Trampled by Turtles with Deer Tick

July 2: Courtney Barnett

July 13: Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt

July 23: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Amos Lee

July 27: John Butler Trio with Trevor Hall

Aug. 7: Lyle Lovett and HIs Large Band

Aug. 24: Old Crow Medicine Show

Aug. 29: Chaka Khan

Aug. 31: Mipso

Sept. 14: Snarky Puppy

Sept. 25: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit plays Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Amy Harris Invision/AP

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Parkway, Cary

800-514-3849 or boothamphitheatre.com

May 4: Tash Sultana

May 8: Mint Julep Jazz Band

May 15: Kate McGarry

May 22: Steve Hobbs

May 25: NC Symphony — Symphonie Fantastique and “Play with the Pros”

May 26: Triangle Wind Ensemble

May 29: Peter Lamb & the Wolves

May 30: Travis Tritt & Charlie Daniels Band

June 1: NC Symphony — A Space Spectacular

June 7: NC Symphony — Piazzolla’s Four Seasons

June 8: NC Symphony — Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

June 15: NC Symphony — Classics under the Stars

June 22: NC Symphony — Ben Folds

June 25: Father John Misty and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

June 29: NC Symphony — Broadway’s Greatest Hits

July 4: NC Symphony — Independence Day Celebration

July 6: NC Symphony — Russian Nights

July 10: YES, Asia, John Lodge (of The Moody Blues) and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy

July 12: NC Symphony — The Music of Chicago with Brass Transit

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“Weird Al” Yankovic, seen June 18, 2015 at Cary, NC’s Booth Amphitheatre, returns July 13 with the North Carolina Symphony. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

July 13: “Weird Al” Yankovic with the North Carolina Symphony

July 19: Greensky Bluegrass

July 20: NC Symphony — Beach Party starring the Embers

July 21: Sublime with Rome, SOJA and Common Kings

Aug. 18: Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Toad the Wet Sprocket

Sept. 6: Little Big Town

Sept. 14: Kacey Musgraves

Sept. 21: Mandolin Orange with Mountain Man

In this Sept. 15, 2018 file photo, Kacey Musgraves performs during Music MidTown 2018 at Piedmont Park, in Atlanta. She will perform at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Sept. 14. AP, File Photo by Katie Darby/Invision

Stephenson Amphitheatre

Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh

919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org

Sept. 14-15: Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Fall Pops

Sept. 21: Groove in the Garden ‘19. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Kooley High, Hot at Nights 17-piece orchestra, Urban Soil, Arson Daily, CaseyMagic, Clint Roberts, Into the Fog

Durham Performing Arts Center

123 Vivian St., Durham


June 2: Blackbear with Elohim & Gashi

June 23: Styx with Levon

June 28: Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel

Aug. 6: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Aug. 9: Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA

Aug. 10: Get the Led Out, Led Zeppelin tribute band

Aug. 21: Glady Knight

Aug. 23: The Temptations and the Four Tops

Music in the Gardens at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

420 Anderson St., Durham, Duke University

919-660-3348 or dukeperformances.duke.edu

Shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for Duke students and employees, Free for 12 and younger

June 12: H.C. McEntire

June 19: Joan Shelley with Nathan Salsburg

June 26: Bedouine

July 10: Jake Xerxes Fussell & Band

July 17: Cedric Burnside

Durham Blues & Brews Festival

Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham


May 18: Chicken Shack, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and Mr. Sipp and more than 30 North Carolina breweries.

Festival for the Eno

West Point on the Eno, Durham City Park, 501 N. Roxboro St., Durham

919-620-9099 or enofest.org

July 4 and 6: Lineup of 70 bands on five stages to be announced.

Shakori HIlls

1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro

919-542-8142 or shakorihillsgrassroots.org

May 2-5: Grassroots Spring Festival of Music and Dance featuring Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Donna the Buffalo, Turkuaz, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and dozens of other acts.

Oct. 3-6: Grassroots Fall Festival. Lineup to be announced.

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North Hills

Midtown Beach Music Series

North Hills Commons, 4191 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh

May 2: The Castaways

May 9: Legacy Motown Revue

May 16: The Embers featuring Craig Wollard and Stephanie Owens

May 23: Bantum Rooster

May 30: Spare Change

June 6: The Attractions

June 13: Too Much Sylvia

June 20: North Tower

June 27: Steve Owens & Summertime

July 11: The Entertainers

July 18: Chairman of the Board

July 25: BlackWater Band

Aug. 1: Band of Oz

Aug. 8: Sleeping Booty

Aug. 15: Liquid Pleasure

Other North Hills events

May 4: Midtown Music Fest at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park. 3 to 9 p.m. Rayland Baxter, plus art installations and performing arts.

May-September: Midtown Bluegrass series at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park. Sundays, 2-6 p.m. Dates to be announced.

August-October: Friday Night Tributes Music Series at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park. Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m. Dates to be announced.

Live @ Lake Raleigh

Lake Raleigh, on NC State’s Centennial Campus


May 9: Sidecar Social Club

May 23: Old Habits

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New Reveille includes Daniel Cook, Kaitlin Grady, Amy Kamm, Autumn Brand and George Hage. Jeremy Danger

Durham Central Park

Playlist Concert Series

501 Foster St., Durham


June 14: Alanna Royale

June 28: Ricardo Diquez y la Orquesta Tropico

July 12: Van Hunt

July 26: Bull City All Stars Drumline with Caroline Brodie

Aug. 9: New Reveille with Raleigh Rockers

Aug. 23: &More with Niito

Sept. 6: Project 919 Band with Empower Dance Lesson

Sept. 20: Les Filles de Illighadad with Diali Cissokho

American Tobacco Campus

American Tobacco Music in the Down Under

Interior Campus, 406 Blackwell St., Durham


May 9: Project 919 Band

May 16: The British Invaders Band

May 23: Tamisha Waden

June 13: Lounge Doctors

June 20: NANCE with Frank Mason and Forrest Isn’t Dead

GoldenBelt SummerStage

807 E. Main St., Durham


SuperJam Wednesday sessions led by Stephen Munoz. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through Oct. 30.

Third Friday Concert series, 7 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 18

Brunches Brew weekly jazz jam brunch hosted by Alan Thompson. Sundays at noon through Oct. 27.

Park After Dark and Cary Live

319 S. Academy St., Cary

919-460-4968 or townofcary.org

June 12: Lydia Salett Dudley

July 10: Al Strong

Aug. 14: Lauren Meehan

Sept. 11: Peter Lamb & the Wolves

Cary Live concerts at Downtown Park are June 29, July 20, Sept. 21 and Oct. 12. Acts and details to be announced.

Bands, Bites & Boats

Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary

919-469-4100 or townofcary.org

Musicians, food trucks and after-hours boat rentals. May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4

Starlight Concert Series

Page-Walker Arts & History Center gardens

119 Ambassador Loop, Cary

919-460-4963 or townofcary.org

June 14: Polka Plus Band

June 28: Beach Music Party with North Tower

July 26: Celebration of Bluegrass

Aug. 2: Jamrock

Wind Down Wednesday

Waverly Place, 302 Colonades Way, Cary


Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m.

June 5: Band of Oz

June 12: Jim Quick & Coastline

June 19: The Embers with Craig Woolard

June 26: Bantum Rooster

July 3: Soul Psychedelique

July 10: Hip Pocket

July 17: Liquid Pleasure

July 24: Night Years

Music in the Park

Indian Creek Park, 101 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville


Concerts are the third Thursday of the month through June. Performers to be announced.

Six Sundays in Spring

E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest


May 5: Southern Culture on The Skids

May 12: The Magnificent’s Band

May 19: Orquesta GarDel

May 26: Tyson Brothers Band and Mister Felix

June 2: Marcus Anderson Band

Friday Night on White

South White Street, Wake Forest

Concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month from April through September


May 10: Sleeping Booty

June 14: Love Tribe

July 12: The Soul Psychedelique

Aug. 9: Big Love

Sept. 13: Crush

Music at Midday

Centennial Plaza, 221 Brooks St., Wake Forest.


May 9: Big Bang Boom

May 16: Into the Fog

May 23: Kristi Dixon

May 30: Freddy Greene Trio

Freight Train Blues Music Series

Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer’s market), 301 W. Main St., Carrboro


May 24: AJ Ghent

May 31: Chatham Rabbits, Alexa Rose

June 7: Eastern NC Gospel

June 14: Cool John Ferguson, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Cookie McGee

Saturdays in Saxapahaw

1612 Jordan Drive, Saxapahaw

Concerts are at 6 p.m. saxapahawnc.com/bandschedule

May 4: Haw River Festival with Triangle Afrobeat Orchestra, Honey Magpie and Ragweed Brass

May 11: Chatham Rabbits

May 18: The Collection

May 25: The Blue Star Travelers

June 1: Hard Drive

Shows continue through Aug. 31. See website for acts.



Fayetteville and Morgan streets, downtown Raleigh.


May 18-19: Saturday headliners are The Suffers, a Gulf Coast soul band. Sunday’s headliner is Alejandro Escovedo.

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Alejandro Escovedo’s latest album, “The Crossing,” tells the story of immigration. Nancy Rankin Escovedo

Mondo Roots Cultural Arts & Music Festival

Main Street, downtown Clayton. mondoroots.com

June 1: Acts to be announced.

Hopscotch Music Festival

Multiple venues in downtown Raleigh. hopscotchmusicfest.com

Sept. 5-7: Lineup to be announced

IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass

Downtown Raleigh. wideopenbluegrass.com

Sept. 24-28: Acts to be announced. Admission to Red Hat Amphitheater shows will be free for the first time.

Art of Cool

Multiple venues in Durham. aocfestival.com/

Sept. 27-29: Lineup to be announced.

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