The Nine Best Concerts to Catch This Summer

Mad Decent Block Party returns with more of this.
Mad Decent Block Party returns with more of this.
Alex Markow

Sticklers will tell you summer doesn't start until June 21. These are probably the same people who don't believe in global warming. The sweat on the back of your shirt and the daily storms tell you summer is already here and if the weather isn't enough proof for the changing of the season, the intense musical line-ups already hitting South Florida will.

Here are some musical events that will cool you down during the hottest months.

Morrissey at Adrienne Arsht Center

May 31

The former Smiths frontman croons his way in a very rare South Florida performance where he will perform songs from his thirty year rock superstar career.

Drive-By Truckers at Culture Room

June 4

For those of you that wish Bob Dylan was wordier, there's Drive-By Truckers. The veteran Americana group from Athens, GA, paint quite a picture with their descriptive, vivid lyricism.

Weezer at Hard Rock Live

June 8

It's already been twenty years since their debut Blue Album was released. When you get over feeling your age, head to Hard Rock Live to celebrate two decades of Weezer's alterna-pop.


Little Dragon at Grand Central

June 12

Touring to promote their dark, great new album Nabuma Rubberband, the Swedish trip-hop quartet will encourage dancing and fun.

Jay Z and Beyonce at Sun Life Stadium

June 25

Jay Z performs for the third time in less than a year around these parts, but this time he'll be co-headlinging his wife. Two big questions: Who gets the last song and how many times will they drag their child Blue Ivy on to the stage?

Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green at Cruzan Ampitheatre

July 15

From the Commodores to Goodie Mob this concert should have enough funk and soul for lovers of any age.

Vans Warped Tour at Cruzan Ampitheatre

July 26

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this annual summer festival with all things punk. This year's edition showcases Atilla, For Today, Less Than Jake, Issues, Mixtapes, and many, many others.


Mad Decent Block Party at Revolution Live

July 26

Not sure how two of the summer's biggest musical festivals ended up on the same day, but if you prefer hip-hop and EDM, this is the event for you. Featuring Flume, Flosstradamus, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, the annual madness-inducing fest is headlined by the big(time) Albanian-American emcee Action Bronson. Expect to sweat.

See also: Mad Decent Block Party 2014 Brings Action Bronson, DJ Snake, Zeds Dead to Fort Lauderdale

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Cruzan Ampitheatre

August 10

Close your eyes and you can pretend you're at a Lollapalooza 20 years ago. Two nineties superstar bands share headlining status as they play all the songs you used to (depending on the occasion) either cry or mosh to.

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