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Detroit’s Best Outdoor Music Festivals and Concerts this Summer

Published On 04/19/2016 Published On 04/19/2016
little dragon at Movement Music Festival | Flickr/chris atto

Date

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May 27-29

Movement One of the world’s premier techno parties, this year’s Movement will host Richie Hawtin, The Belleville Three, Seth Troxler and a slew of other international and local artists. You can hear the “un-tss un-tss un-tss” all the way from Canada.

Hart Plaza

Movement Hart Plaza One of the world’s premier techno parties, this year’s Movement will host Richie Hawtin, The Belleville Three, Seth Troxler and a slew of other international and local artists. You can hear the “un-tss un-tss un-tss” all the way from Canada.

jean-luc ponty | Flickr/Guillaume Laurent

Date

Event

Location

Jun 7 Wed

Tool What’s better than brooding to the melancholic intensity of Tool in your basement? Brooding with thousands more of your “Really wishing it was still the ‘90s, you guys” crew on the hill at Pine Knob, of course.

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Tool DTE Energy Music Theatre What’s better than brooding to the melancholic intensity of Tool in your basement? Brooding with thousands more of your “Really wishing it was still the ‘90s, you guys” crew on the hill at Pine Knob, of course.

Date

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Jun 9-11

Detroit Music Weekend Featuring 300 of Detroit’s most beloved classic artists across four stages, including none other than Aretha goddamn Franklin.

Corner of Brush and Madison across from Ford Field

Detroit Music Weekend Corner of Brush and Madison across from Ford Field Featuring 300 of Detroit’s most beloved classic artists across four stages, including none other than Aretha goddamn Franklin.

Date

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Jun 21 Wed

Jean Luc Ponty Chene Park is really making use of its divine placement on the Detroit River this summer with a killer and eclectic lineup. One of the most intriguing shows you can expect there is by this French jazz violinist, known for his work with Frank Zappa and Elton John, among others. Don’t miss Detroit multi-instrumentalist James Carter opening.

Chene Park Amphitheatre

Jean Luc Ponty Chene Park Amphitheatre Chene Park is really making use of its divine placement on the Detroit River this summer with a killer and eclectic lineup. One of the most intriguing shows you can expect there is by this French jazz violinist, known for his work with Frank Zappa and Elton John, among others. Don’t miss Detroit multi-instrumentalist James Carter opening.

metallica | Flickr/Mike Murga

Date

Event

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Jul 3 Mon

Hank Williams Jr. It’s like Fox News but with fiddle accompaniment, just in time for America’s birthday. Recommendation: Bring some Jim Beam for the parking lot.

Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill

Hank Williams Jr. Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill It’s like Fox News but with fiddle accompaniment, just in time for America’s birthday. Recommendation: Bring some Jim Beam for the parking lot.

Date

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Jul 12 Wed

Metallica Metallica really loves Detroit, and Comerica Park makes the perfect backdrop to watch your favorite aging rock demigods.

Comerica Park

Metallica Comerica Park Metallica really loves Detroit, and Comerica Park makes the perfect backdrop to watch your favorite aging rock demigods.

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Jul 14 Fri

Pig & Whiskey Catch local legends like Mustard Plug, the Electric Six and Goober and the Peas, all the while eating BBQ and drinking whiskey -- just don’t forget your SPF, and maybe a parasol.

Downtown Ferndale

Pig & Whiskey Downtown Ferndale Catch local legends like Mustard Plug, the Electric Six and Goober and the Peas, all the while eating BBQ and drinking whiskey -- just don’t forget your SPF, and maybe a parasol.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 18 Tue

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with Peter Wolf Ripping on North Oakland County aside, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Peter Wolf (of J. Giels Fame) is one of the standout classic rock shows in Metro Detroit this summer.

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with Peter Wolf DTE Energy Music Theatre Ripping on North Oakland County aside, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Peter Wolf (of J. Giels Fame) is one of the standout classic rock shows in Metro Detroit this summer.

mary j. blige | Flickr/musicisentropy

Date

Event

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Aug 1 Tue

Mary J. Blige Mary J. is bringing her “Strength of a Woman” tour to Freedom Hill. Her honey-laced vocals and sass will likely be the most exciting thing to happen in Sterling Heights this summer.

Freedom Hill

Mary J. Blige Freedom Hill Mary J. is bringing her “Strength of a Woman” tour to Freedom Hill. Her honey-laced vocals and sass will likely be the most exciting thing to happen in Sterling Heights this summer.

Date

Event

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Aug 6 Sun

I Love the 90s Party For those who weren’t too busy brooding in the ‘90s, there was a hell of a lot of good R&B, and this tour represents that perfectly with TLC, Montell Jordan, Naughty by Nature, and Blackstreet.

DTE Energy Music Theatre

I Love the 90s Party DTE Energy Music Theatre For those who weren’t too busy brooding in the ‘90s, there was a hell of a lot of good R&B, and this tour represents that perfectly with TLC, Montell Jordan, Naughty by Nature, and Blackstreet.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 25 Fri

DSO Meadowbrook Amphitheatre is probably the nicest of the Detroit area’s outdoor summer venues. Catch the Detroit Symphony Orchestra there and experience a night of sounds and most likely dreamily pleasant late-summer weather.

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

DSO Meadow Brook Amphitheatre Meadowbrook Amphitheatre is probably the nicest of the Detroit area’s outdoor summer venues. Catch the Detroit Symphony Orchestra there and experience a night of sounds and most likely dreamily pleasant late-summer weather.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 27 Sun

Depeche Mode If you’re just way too emo for the symphony, Depeche Mode’s coming to make all your moodiness shimmer like a black disco ball.

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Depeche Mode DTE Energy Music Theatre If you’re just way too emo for the symphony, Depeche Mode’s coming to make all your moodiness shimmer like a black disco ball.

Detroit Jazz Fest

Date

Event

Location

Sep 1-4

Detroit Jazz Festival One of the best things about living in Detroit is the free jazz festival every summer, where some of the best artists in the world descend on our fair riverfront to play everything from avant garde to latin grooves.

Hart Plaza

Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza One of the best things about living in Detroit is the free jazz festival every summer, where some of the best artists in the world descend on our fair riverfront to play everything from avant garde to latin grooves.

Date

Event

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Sep 9 Sat

Bob Seger What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with local hero Bob Seger? He hasn’t played Pine Knob since Bill Clinton was rockin’ sax solos in the Oval Office, so this would be an ideal concert for any out-of-town guests.

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Bob Seger DTE Energy Music Theatre What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with local hero Bob Seger? He hasn’t played Pine Knob since Bill Clinton was rockin’ sax solos in the Oval Office, so this would be an ideal concert for any out-of-town guests.

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Event

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Sep 9 Sat

Dally in the Alley Another massively popular and well-executed festival in Detroit, the Dally involves lots of roaming the streets of Midtown, munching and drinking, and of course listening to sweet local bands.

Midtown Detroit

Dally in the Alley Midtown Detroit Another massively popular and well-executed festival in Detroit, the Dally involves lots of roaming the streets of Midtown, munching and drinking, and of course listening to sweet local bands.

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