By Sarah Steighner
Big & Rich Pittsburgh Pirates and country music fans alike should mark their calendars come June. On Saturday June 13 the Pirates will play the Philadelphia Phillies at 4:05 p.m. After the game, Big & Rich will take stage on the field for a concert. Everyone with tickets to the game are welcome to stay in their stadium seats afterwards for the concert at no extra charge. However, special access tickets may be bought at the general admission price of $25 to gain access to a standing area on the field to be closer to the stage.
Rolling Stones Those who are more partial to the Rolling Stones when it comes down to the timeless question of Rolling Stone versus The Beatles are in luck. The Rolling Stones will be performing on June 20 at Heinz Field. However, with such high demand, obtaining tickets might be quite the task.
Tame Impala Fans of the band or simply music lovers looking for a fresh sound will want to check out Tame Impala. They will be performing at Stage AE on June 3. Tame Impala originated from Australia in 2007. While probably best described as psychedelic rock or psychedelic pop, Tame Impala is only a few degrees behind the trippiness and wonderful weirdness of The Flaming Lips. Along with the release of their album, Lonerism, Tame Impala is seeming to make themselves prominent in the music festival circuit. In fact, Billboard’s music charts recently listed them as #3 out of the Top 10 best performances at Coachella this year.
Dave Matthews Band Dismissed by many, and dearly beloved by others, Dave Matthews Band (DMB) will be performing at the First Niagara Pavilion on June 6. The diehard Dave Matthews Band fans surely already have their tickets, as the DMB culture is almost comparable to the sub-culturally passionate and loyal Deadhead fans eager to make it to each show. But even if you are not a DMB fan, unbeknownst to you, you’ve probably heard their music playing in the background of shoe stores or while you flip through the radio trying to avoid Justin Bieber. So whether you know every song or simply “Crash Into Me,” nothing really beats a summer concert dancing on the lawn in Burgettstown and listening to a classic American band.
Taylor Swift Whether you like Taylor Swift or not, it is unquestionable that you probably know all the words to more than one of her songs. Swift is now a legend whether we like it or not. So whether you are a fan or a bored music aficionado, you might want to make your way to Heinz Field on June 6 to hear Swift perform. With numerous musical awards and top chart albums, Swift will no doubt be able to effortlessly get the crowd singing along to her songs matched with her entertaining stage presence.
Ed Sheeran Sheeran’s concise and powerful vocals paired with his heart wrenching lyrics have already earned him awards worldwide, and even a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2014 Annual Grammy’s. His song A-Team even earned him a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2013 Annual Grammy’s. His musical brilliance and accomplishments, have also led him to numerous opportunities including singing alongside everyone from Taylor Swift to Elton John and writing songs for One Direction. Along with touring as the opening act for Swift’s The Red Tour, he also personally held three sold out shows performing at the Madison Square Garden. If his resume alone isn’t enough to impress then hearing him live definitely should. Sheeran will be performing May 12 at the Consol Energy Center.
Foo Fighters From “Everlong” to “Pretender,” the Foo Fighters have made quite a name for themselves over the years. Their music provides not only nostalgia, but new age rock as their career continues. Then again, greatness is expected considering the band was formed by Dave Grohl, former drummer for Nirvana. While each band member brings something essential to the band, seeing the Foo Fighters perform live might be worth it just to see Grohl; the legend who played alongside Kurt Cobain. Luckily, the Foo Fighters will be coming to town on Aug. 25 at the First Niagara Pavilion for such an opportunity.
Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa Our younger selves are already in nostalgic debt to Fall Out Boy in “Thnks fr th Mmrs.” Thankfully, the opportunity to see them perform is happening this summer on July 2 at First Niagara Pavilion. Also performing with Fall Out Boy on the Boys of Zummer Tour is Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa. Despite all of Khalifa’s hits, Pittsburgh-er’s might be most familiar with “Black and Yellow” that you’ve probably heard if you’ve attended any Steeler’s pre-game party. Also performing will be special guest rapper Hoodie Allen. While, the tour pairing performance of Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa in concert might seem like an odd line up together, this will undeniably be a concert worthy of attendance.