By JOHN BENSON
For some folks, hot sticky nights, $10 beers and horrific parking are a deterrent.
For others, it’s just another summer concert season with a schedule that includes dozens of shows featuring familiar names along with bands on the rise.
This year, stalwarts such as the Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, KISS and Tim McGraw (to name a few), are coming to our area. Also, the calendar reveals dates from diverse and high-profile acts like Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa and OneRepublic.
Here’s a look at the 2014 summer concert season:
Blossom Music Center 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls (all Ticketmaster locations or ticketmaster.com)
Jack Johnson with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, 7:30 p.m. May 30, $34.50 to $59.50. The soft-spoken, ukulele-jamming Jack Johnson is making a big splash with his summer headlining tour in support of new CD “From Here To Now To You.”
Lady Antebellum with Billy Currington and Joe Nichols, 7 p.m. May 31, $29.25 to $54. Lady Antebellum’s decision to title its latest release “Golden” was apt, considering so far record sales are stalled at gold, not platinum level. The Hillary Scott-led act hopes its “Take Me Downtown Tour” breathes new life into the album.
Tim McGraw with Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope, 7 p.m. June 8, $29.50 to $69.50. McGraw just keeps on traveling down that platinum country highway. Last year, the Nashville star, who has sold more than 40 million albums in his career, scored his 34th No. 1 song with “Highway Don’t Care.”
Zac Brown Band, 7 p.m. June 14, $29.50 to $59.50. Nashville’s hit act Zac Brown Band surprised fans late last year releasing EP “The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1,” which (yes!) was produced by ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters singer-guitarist Dave Grohl.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, 8 p.m. June 24, $36.50 to $136.50. Last seen playing Northeast Ohio in 2011, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band returns to the area as part of its “This One’s For You — Tour 2014.” The “booze in the blender” singer recently released new record “Songs From St. Somewhere.”
Dave Matthews Band, 7 p.m. June 27, $40.50 to $75. Dave Matthews Band changed things up this summer with a special “Evening With” show. The popular jam-band lite act will be playing two sets nightly that range from solo and acoustic moments to all out rocking affairs. This also includes a stripped-down pairing of Matthews with guest guitarist Tim Reynolds.
Toby Keith with Colt Ford and Krystal Keith, 7 p.m. June 29, $34 to $89. You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can sure guess which artists are on a tour based on the name. This one is called the “Shut Up & Hold On Tour.”
Journey with the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power, 6:45 p.m. July 8, $36 to $151. The “Wheel in the Sky” that is the obligatory Journey summer concert tour keeps on turning with a classic rock night of sing-along hits.
Warped Tour, noon July 17, $37.50. When it comes to getting the biggest bang out of your concert-spending buck, you just can’t beat the Warped Tour, which features dozens upon dozens of bands. This year the punk-inspired bill includes Mayday Parade, The Devil Wears Prada, Saves the Day, The Maine and Less Than Jake.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company, 7:30 p.m. July 22, $35 to $99.50. While the smart phone glow has become the norm in the new millennium, odds are classic rock fans will be blazing their Bic lighters during “Freebird.”
James Taylor, 8 p.m. July 25, $25 to $99.50. Like a “Steamroller,” James Taylor keeps moving along at his own pace with another mellow evening of ’70s jams.
Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, $36 to $76. The title track from Rascal Flatts’ new CD “Rewind” is already in the top 10. What’s interesting about this show is the fact ’90s alternative singer Sheryl Crow, supporting her latest album, the country “Feels Like Home,” is opening.
OneRepublic, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, $32 to $81. Supporting its latest effort “Native,” OneRepublic has announced a summer tour that includes a scream-fest show at Blossom Music Center. The group is currently riding high based on hit songs “If I Lose Myself,” “Feel Again” and “Counting Stars.”
Wiz Khalifa & Young Jeezy, 6 p.m. Aug. 8, $27.50 to $72.75. Easily the hip-hop bill of the summer, Wiz Khalifa is teaming up with Young Jeezy for the third annual “Under the Influence of Music” tour, which includes openers Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan and Sage the Gemini.
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, $25 to $125. When rock bands such as the Rolling Stones and the Who are still around touring, it’s kind of hard to take Motley Crue seriously regarding the announcement of its “The Final Tour.” We all know hell famously froze over when the Eagles reunited after years apart, so that’s why we’re taking the hard rock band’s retirement claim with a pump of hairspray.
Kings of Leon with Young The Giant and Kongos, 7 p.m. Aug. 20, $29.50 to $69.50. Even though Kings of Leon’s recently released sixth studio CD “Mechanical Bull” may not be as popular as its previous efforts, fans of the Followill family act won’t be disappointed.
Luke Bryan with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell, 7 p.m. Aug. 21 & 22, $25 to $55. When you’re a country artist that can nearly sell out two shows at Blossom Music Center, odds are you may want to consider a stadium tour. That’s what Luke Bryan, who is supporting his latest platinum album “Crash My Party,” should be looking into for 2015.
KISS and Def Leppard, 7 p.m. Aug. 26, $32.50 to $169.50. Recent Rock Hall inductee act KISS is celebrating its accomplishment with a summer jaunt alongside ’80s rock act Def Leppard. Considering each outfit has been regularly touring with a revolving door of nostalgia bands from the ’80s for years, it was inevitable eventually the two platinum-groups would join forces.
Dierks Bentley, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, $25 to $44.75. Dierks Bentley returned earlier this year with his latest album “Riser,” which debuted at No. 6 on the country charts and includes chart-topping single “I Hold On.” Now the affable Nashville artist is putting together a fall tour that features special guests Chris Young, Chase Rise and Jon Pardi.
Cain Park Superior at Lee, Cleveland Heights (all Ticketmaster locations or ticketmaster.com)
Earth Wind & Fire, 7:30 pm. July 9, $52.50 to $99.50. R&B bellwether act Earth Wind & Fire defined the ’70s with its mainstream sounds. The “Let’s Groove” act is still going strong with a summer tour that brings them to Cleveland.
Jim Brickman, 8 p.m. July 19, $25 to $75. Shaker Heights native Jim Brickman brings his “Under the Stars Celebrating 20 Years Tour” to Cleveland Heights with openers Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman.
Tori Amos, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, $30 to $55. More than 20 years ago, Tori Amos emerged on the music scene with an alternative-minded singer-songwriter style. Today, the “Cornflake Girl” artist is supporting her new album “Unrepentant Geraldines.”
Michael Stanley, 8 p.m. Aug. 9, $25 to $47.50. Cleveland’s favorite son, Michael Stanley is scheduled to play choice selections from his vast catalog of music at scenic Cain Park.
Consol Energy Center 1001 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh (all Ticketmaster locations or ticketmaster.com)
Rod Stewart & Santana, 7:30 p.m. May 27, $37.50 to $142.25. Talk about a whole lot of tunes from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. This night of Rod Stewart and Santana has to have baby boomers salivating.
Paul McCartney, 8 p.m. Jul 7, $28 to $250. At the ripe age of 71, Paul McCartney shows no signs of slowing down. The former Beatle is supporting his most recent album “New” with a huge set list including plenty of Fab Four tunes.
Katy Perry, 7 p.m. July 22, $28 to $125.50. Katy Perry’s run of hit singles continues with her recent No. 1 tune “Dark Horse.” In fact, to date, Perry has sold more than 48 million digital singles during her six-year career. No word on whether Perry will be bringing beau John Mayer on tour.
Miley Cyrus, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, $19.50 to $89.25. With her tongue undoubtedly sticking out all evening long, Miley Cyrus brings her controversial Bangerz Tour to the Steel City. What remains to be seen is whether the pop singer will still be on the road come August.
The Black Keys with Cage the Elephant, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, $33.25 to $71.25. The Black Keys truly became a mainstream act with its 2011 effort “El Camino.” Now the Akron duo – Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – is hoping to keep the momentum going with its new album “Turn Blue,” which includes hot lead single, ”Fever.”
First Niagara Pavilion Route 18 At Route 22, Pittsburgh (all Ticketmaster locations or ticketmaster.com)
Tim McGraw with Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope, 7 p.m. June 6, $29.50 to $69.50.
Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne, 7:30 p.m. June 14, $26 to $156. Backstreet is back again with yet another summer tour celebrating its turn-of-the-century pop tunes. This time the outfit is bringing along Mrs. Nickelback Avril Lavigne, who is attempting to resuscitate her career.
Journey with the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power, 6:45 p.m. June 27, $36 to $181
Dave Matthews Band, 7 p.m. June 28, $40.50 to $75
Fall Out Boy and Paramore, 7 p.m. July 3, $26 to $66.Still lightening up, up, up after last year’s hit album “Save Rock and Roll,” Fall Out Boy teams up with Paramore, which is touring its self-titled 2013 effort. Fans will get to live it up like it’s 2007 all over again.
Zac Brown Band, 7 p.m. July 12, $31 to $65
Warped Tour, noon July 15, $23.50 to $48.50
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, 8 p.m. July 23, $36 to $136
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, 1 p.m. July 26, $29.50 to $89.50. This year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival features Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence and more. Invariably, this popular and loud tour is the modern day Ozzfest.
Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy, 6 p.m. Aug. 1, $33.50 to $78.75
OneRepublic with The Script, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, $26 to $75
Toby Keith with Colt Ford and Krystal Keith, 7 p.m. Aug. 9 $34 to $89
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 13, $31 to $131.
Lady Antebellum with Billy Currington and Joe Nichols, 7 p.m. Aug. 23, $29.75 to $44.50
KISS & Def Leppard, 7 p.m. Aug. 24, $32.50 to $161
Kings of Leon with Young The Giant and Kongos, 7 p.m. Aug. 29, $29.50 to $65.50
Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, TBD
Heinz Field 100 Art Rooney Ave., Pittsburgh
Luke Bryan with Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice & Cole Swindell, 6 p.m. June 21, $26.75 to $86.75. When you’re a country artist that can sell out two shows at Blossom Music Center, odds are you may want to consider a stadium tour. That’s exactly what Luke Bryan is doing in Pittsburgh supporting his latest platinum album “Crash My Party.”
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland (all Ticketmaster locations orticketmaster.com)
Primus with Beats Antique, 8 p.m. May 22, $27.50 to $42.50. Les Claypool, who has been touring with his side project Duo de Twang this spring, has announced a summer run for Primus, which is known for tunes such as “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “My Name is Mud.”
Rib Cook-Off, May 23 to 27, $8. Entertainment for this year’s Rib Cook-Off taking place Memorial Day Weekend includes: The Spazmatics and Disco Inferno (May 23), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (May 24), Taking Back Sunday (May 25) and Blackberry Smoke (May 26).
Skrillex, 8 p.m. May 27, $49.50. Skrillex, one of the biggest EDM artists in the world, surprised fans earlier this year with the unannounced release of his latest effort “Recess.” Now the Grammy Award-winning dubstep genius is touring with openers Dillon Francis, What So Not and Milo & Otis.
Santana, 8 p.m. May 29, $65.50 to $125.50. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Santana has scheduled a special “Evening With” show that invariably will include a career-spanning set from hits “Black Magic Woman,” to “Smooth.”
Ray LaMontagne, 7:30 p.m. June 11, $42.50 to $55. For his new album “Supernova,” singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne recently joined forces with Akron native and Black Keys member Dan Auerbach, who acted as producer.
Widespread Panic, 7:30 p.m. June 19, $33.50. Jam band Widespread Panic just released its 22nd and 23rd installment of the “Porch Songs Live Archives Series,” documenting concerts from a 2000 Tour in Memphis.
O.A.R. with Phillip Phillips, 6:45 p.m. June 20, $39.50. It’s summertime, which means O.A.R. is on tour. This year, the jam-band lite act is teaming up with “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips. Let the head bobbing and arm- grooving dancing begin.
Arctic Monkeys with White Denim, 8 p.m. June 22, $35. Despite being around for years, the Arctic Monkeys are garnering plenty of mainstream attention from its recently released fifth studio effort “AM,” which finds the group channeling sounds from yesteryear.
Fifth Harmony with Before You Exit, 7:30 p.m. June 25, $25. Fifth Harmony from Fox reality show “The X Factor” is readying the release of its debut album.
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, 8 p.m. June 29, $45 to $135. Clearly capitalizing on the high-profile Grammy Award event celebrating the Beatles’ 50th anniversary of playing the Ed Sullivan Show, Ringo Starr is bringing his All-Starr band back on the road for a summer tour. Joining the Fab Four drummer will be Richard Page, Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Gregg Rolie.
The Neighbourhood, 7 p.m. July 1, $22.50 to $33.50. Over the last year or so, Los Angeles-based rock act the Neighbourhood watched as its debut album, “I Love You,” yielded hit singles “Sweater Weather” and “Afraid.” Now the act is hoping the trend continues with its recently released single “Honest,” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.”
Sara Bareilles, 7:30 p.m. July 11, $35 to $55. While Sara Bareilles has called her summer jaunt the “Little Black Dress Tour,” we’re not sure if, well, concertgoers are required to dress business casual. Nevertheless, the popular Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, who was previously a celebrity judge on “The Sing-Off,” is still supporting her 2013 effort “The Blessed Unrest.”
Little Big Town with Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton, 8 p.m. July 12, $27.50 to $47.50. Little Big Town’s recent album is the platinum “Tornado.” Now the country act is readying the release of its next project for later this year.
Crosby, Stills & Nash, 8 p.m. July 18, $37.50 to $99. Crosby, Stills & Nash is known as the first super-group. More than four decades later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act will be unveiling new solo material as well as playing hits from the outfits 40-year old catalog.
The Fray, 7:30 p.m. July 25, $25 to $49.50. The Fray, known for hit songs “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” is back with new CD “Helios” and summer tour with openers Barcelona and Oh Honey.
Panic! At The Disco, 7:30 p.m. July 30, $25 to $39.50. Panic! At The Disco has announced its biggest summer jaunt to date. Called “The Gospel Tour,” the outing is in support of the group’s recently released fourth studio album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Chart in October.
Boston, 8 p.m. Aug. 19, $25 to $75. It’s been early 40 years since rock act Boston landed on the music scene with its multi-platinum self-titled debut album, which included classic rock hits “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind” and “Smokin’.”
Bob Weir & Ratdog with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, $30 to $49.50. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Grateful Dead visionary Jerry Garcia’s death. Keeping the jam band’s spirit alive is his former bandmate Bob Weir, who is touring with Rat Dog this summer.
Twenty One Pilots, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, $25. Columbus’ Twenty One Pilots continues to tour its critically-acclaimed album “Vessel.” Now the pop act with hip-hop and electronica tendencies returns to the Rock Hall City.
PlayhouseSquare 1615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland (Call 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353, or visit www.PlayhouseSquare.org)
Beck, 7:30 p.m. June 19, State Theatre, $25 to $50. Beck surprised many in the early ’00s with his aptly titled California folk album “Sea Change.” Now more than a decade later, the “Loser” singer returned to the motif for his recently released album “Morning Phase.”
PNC Park 115 Federal St., Pittsburgh (all Ticketmaster locations or ticketmaster.com)
Jason Aldean, 5 p.m. July 26, sold out. Platinum country singer Jason Aldean brings his “Burn It Down Tour” to Pittsburgh with a star-studded bill including Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.
Three Rivers Arts Festival Point State Park, 101 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh (free)
The free affair boasts an impressive list of artists: Jeff Tweedy (June 6), Sam Bush (June 7), Trampled by Turtles (June 8), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (June 9), Kaiser Chiefs (June 10): Amos Lee (June 11), The Smithereens (June 12), Curtis Harding (June 13), Lucinda Williams (June 14) and Jake Bugg (June 15). All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. (The Pittsburgh Symphony begins at 7 p.m.)
Progressive Field 2401 Ontario St., Cleveland (all Ticketmaster locations or ticketmaster.com)
Jason Aldean, 7 p.m. July 18, $45 to $89
Quicken Loans Arena One Center Court, Cleveland (call 888-894-9424 or theQarena.com)
Bruno Mars with Aloe Blacc, 7:30 p.m. June 28, $49.50 to $99.50. Bruno Mars is hoping to capitalize on his amazing Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year. The “Locked Out of Heaven” singer is now on the road with his “Locked Out of Heaven Tour.”
Katy Perry with Kacey Musgraves, 7 p.m. Aug. 14, $29.50 to $103.50
The Black Keys with Cage the Elephant, 8 p.m. Sept. 6, $35 to $75
Eric Church, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, $25 to $59.50,A honky-tonk country sound with a rock ’n’ roll attitude is how Eric Church became one of the hottest touring artists around. The rebel singer’s “The Outsiders World Tour” included special guests Dwight Yoakam and Brothers Osborne.
Stage AE 400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh (all Ticketmaster locations or ticketmaster.com)
Rusted Root with The Wailers, 6 p.m. May 22, $25. Pittsburgh’s favorite world music act is joined by Bob Marley’s backing band for a night of jams.
Ingrid Michaelson, 6:30 p.m. May 25, $25. Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, known for hit single “The Way I Am,” is joined by Storyman and Sugar & the Hi Lows.
Steel Panther, 7 p.m. May 28, $25. Fans can relive the ’80s with Steel Panther’s “All You Can Eat Tour” featuring opening band Future Villains.
R5, 6 p.m. May 29, $25. R5 recently released its debut album “Louder.” The pop band is a Disney Radio Award- winning act. That probably tells you all you need to know.
The Head and the Heart, 7 p.m. May 30, $25. The Head and the Heart seemingly emerged out of nowhere in 2011 with its self-title debut effort. Now the Seattle-based indie folk act is back with its sophomore effort “Let’s Be Still.”
Bastille, 7 p.m. June 1, $20. Rock act Bastille is the work of visionary singer-songwriter Dan Smith. The group’s debut album, “Bad Blood,” came out last fall and already boasts chart-topping hit single “Pompeii.”
NEEDTOBREATHE, 7 p.m. June 3, $26. The South Carolina outfit is hoping its new CD “Rivers In the Wasteland” takes it even farther into the mainstream.
Tyler, the Creator, 7 p.m. June 4, $25. Rapper-producer Tyler, the Creator, who helped co-found alternative hip-hop collective Odd Future, is touring his 2013 CD “Wolf.”
The Naked and Famous, 7 p.m. June 5, $20. Don’t mistake this electronic act’s name for Kim Kardashian’s road to celebrity. Nevertheless, the New Zealand band’s warped sound is starting to garner more attention stateside.
Ray LaMontagne, 6 p.m. June 6, $35 to $55
Dr. Dog, 7 p.m. June 10, $22. The psychedelic rock act is touring its eighth studio effort “B-Room,” which was released last fall.
CHVRCHES, 7 p.m. June 11, $22. In the past few months, CHVRCHES has become a critical darling-act with its bright electro-pop sound.
Lindsey Stirling, 7 p.m. June 13, $25. YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling, who last year racked up more than 78 million views of her song “Crystallize,” is touring this spring. The classically-trained violinist was famously voted off “America’s Got Talent” in 2010.
Arctic Monkeys, 6:30 p.m. June 17, $32.50
O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips, 6 p.m. June 18, $39.50.
Tegan and Sara, 7 p.m. June 19, $35. Over the past five years, indie rock duo Tegan and Sara has gone from critical darling-act to mainstream success story based on albums such as “The Con,” “Sainthood” and the most recent “Heartthrob.”
Summerland Tour 2014 featuring Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog, 6:30 p.m. June 20, $25. Attention all Gen Xers. Enough said.
Counting Crows with Toad The Wet Sprocket, 6 p.m. June 27, $37.50. This appears to be the tour that everybody wanted to see in 1994.
Fitz & The Tantrums, 6:30 p.m. July 5, $15. Fitz & the Tantrums’ pop-soul sound has turned its career into “More Than Just a Dream.”
Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth, 6:30 p.m. July 9, $25. Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth are teaming up for a bluegrass tour that invariably will attract bearded hipsters from near and far.
Brand New, 6:30 p.m. July 10, $29.50. Alt rock act Brand New promises fans a new album is in the works. For now, it’s just a new tour with Man Man and Dinosaur Pile-Up
The Neighbourhood, 7 p.m. July 11, $25.
Under The Sun Tour, $6 p.m. July 13, $25. This year’s “Under the Sun Tour” features Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker. What? No Fastball?
311 and Sublime with Rome, 6 p.m. July 14, $39.50. Summertime means another 311 tour. This time the rock-n-rap act is taking Sublime with Rome on the road.
Boston, 6:30 p.m. July 15, $35
Band of Horses, 6:30 p.m. July 20, $36. For the past five years, Band of Horses has been a critical darling act. Now the rock act is still touring its 2012 effort “Mirage Rock”
Nickel Creek, 6:30 p.m. July 22, $35. Everyone’s favorite cool bluegrass act Nickel Creek has reunited with a recently released new project “A Dotted Line.”
Clutch, 6:30 p.m. July 25, $20. Rock act Clutch has been creating its own unique sound for two decades. Now the Maryland-based outfit is once again throwing fans a curve with its straight-ahead rock effort “Earth Rocker.”
Jack White, 7 p.m. July 27, $45. Former White Stripes visionary is keeping busy with his own label and new album “Lazaretto” due out next month.
The Offspring, 6 p.m. July 29, $32.50. “The Summer Nationals Tour” isn’t a race. It’s a punk tour featuring The Offspring with Bad Religion and Pennywise. If moshing still exists, there will be plenty at this show.
Jurassic 5, 7 p.m. July 30, $25. The nearly cartoonish Jurassic 5, which maintains a solid cult following, has reunited for its “Word of Mouth Reunion Tour”
Panic! At The Disco, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, $35
MKTO, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, $18.50. Formed on the set of Teen Nick show “Gigantic” by actors Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, pop act MKTO is touring its self-titled debut.
Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m. Aug. 8, $25. Nearly 20 years after Jerry Garcia’s death, the Dark Star Orchestra keeps the Grateful Dead alive.
Tesla, 7 p.m. Aug. 14, $25. Often viewed as a casualty of the dying ‘80s hair metal, Tesla was more a straightforward rock ’n’ roll band than a spandex act. Today, the group still tours its catalog (including “Signs,” “Love Song” and “Little Suzie”).
Austin Mahone, 6 p.m. Aug. 26, $43. The collective screaming you’re hearing is coming from giddy girls excited about teen sensation Austin Mahone, whose latest single from album “The Secret” is “Mmm Yeah” (featuring Pitbull).
Slightly Stoopid, 7 p.m. Aug. 27, $25 to $30. The California-based act is known for its unique sound that includes rock, reggae, blues, hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.
Twenty One Pilots, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6, $22.50
The Used and Taking Back Sunday, 6 p.m. Sept. 10, $28.50. It was roughly a decade ago The Used and Taking Back Sunday enjoyed their greatest success. Today, the acts are just happy to be touring.
Wolstein Center 2000 Prospect Ave., Cleveland (call 877-468-4946 or visit www.wolsteincenter.com)
Austin Mahone with Fifth Harmony, 7 p.m. Sept. 9, $26.50 to $62