Events

Every Indianapolis Outdoor Concert to See This Summer

The warm weather is here, which means it’s time to get outside for barbecues, drinks, races, and concerts. Whether it’s hip-hop, alternative rock, or country, you’ll find it at Indianapolis’ myriad outdoor festivals and venues. With so many options to choose from, we curated this list of the best upcoming shows to help you plan your summer music calendar.

Sam Hunt

This country singer-songwriter has had a charmed musical career for a guy who originally planned to play pro football.

Future

The current master of Auto-Tune (no offense, T-Pain) brings his “Nobody Safe Tour” to town, with Migos, Tory Lanez, and Zoey Dollaz supporting.

Vintage Indiana

The music at this all-day wine festival includes local singer/songwriter Jennie DeVoe, who really should be a much bigger deal nationally.

Huey Lewis and the News

Lewis may be old news, but opener Jamie Kent is a fresh country voice.

Wilco

The indie rock stalwarts are joined by the up-and-coming Saskatchewan folk duo Kacy and Clayton.

Chris Stapleton

The chart-topping, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is here in support 2017’s acclaimed From A Room: Volume 1.

WTTS Rock on the River

Jam with The Revivalists, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and the Marcus King Band.

Def Leppard

They’ve been around forever, but they still bring the house down with “Photograph” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

Dispatch, Guster, and Esme Patterson

Dispatch built a cult following thanks to the Napster era, and the fans still keep turning out en masse.

Train

The band is supporting its 10th album, A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat.

Dirty Heads, SOJA, The Green, and RDGLDGRN

Get ready for an evening of hip-hop and reggae fusion.
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Lady Antebellum

The award-winning country group is back with enough hits to fill a pickup.

Meek Mill, Yo Gotti

The hip-hop masters bring their “Against All Odds” tour to indy following their latest collaboration, “Top Looking Down.”

Third Eye Blind, Silversun Pickups

Third Eye Blind soundtracked a ‘90s summer with “Semi-Charmed Life,” which is probably why this is called “Summer Gods Tour.”

John Williams Strikes Back

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs the Star Wars score and a bunch of other of soundtrack favorites.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

This Grammy-winning blues act is joined by Hot Tuna, the duo featuring former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.

Vans Warped Tour

Spend the day with GWAR, Anti-Flag, Bad Omens, Silent Planet, Knocked Loose, and dozens more.

Brickyard 400 Fest

The Chainsmokers and Major Lazer headline two nights of pre-Brickyard 400 shows.

Dierks Bentley

Come see one of country music’s most prolific hit makers when he comes to town as part of his “What the Hell Tour.”

Umphrey’s McGee

South Bend’s favorite jam band brings its improvisational sets and open taping policy to Indy.  

Journey

Old-school stadium rock, with special guest Asia.

Goo Goo Dolls

“The Last Hot Night in America” is probably the best name for a summer tour this year.

Korn

Stone Sour and Yelawolf support on the oddly named “Serenity of Summer” tour.

Incubus, Jimmy Eat World

The alt-rock acts are still going strong after a couple decades.

Retro Futura Tour

From “The Safety Dance” to “I Melt With You,” this show will deliver plenty of ‘80s hits with a lineup of Howard Jones, The English Beat, Paul Young, Men Without Hats, Katrina, and Modern English.

Maddie and Tae

A blast of country from the young stars in the middle of the city.

Gov’t Mule, Galactic

The “Revolution Come … Revolution Go Tour” visits Indy with some political-minded jams.

Logic

Logic’s supporting his critically acclaimed album, Everybody, with Joey Bada$$ and Big Lenbo opening.

John Mayer

When you play guitar this well, you get all the girls.

Flaming Lip, Mac DeMarco

The Lips know how to put on a show. Be prepared for lots of costumes, confetti, and plenty of special effects.

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Sam Stall lives and writes in Indianapolis. Look for him at the July 22 Umphrey’s McGee show.