From pop, to rock, to country, and everything in between, there’s no shortage of music events coming to Houston this summer. Being the largest city in Texas, it’s no surprise there’s something to see, someone to hear, and plenty to do every night in Houston. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options to choose from, don’t worry. We’ve picked our top ten upcoming concerts in Houston. In addition, we’ve included artist bios, live performance videos, seating charts for the individual events, and ticket pricing stats to help you make the best choice. Check out the following suggestions, and if none of these are up your alley, take a look at more upcoming concerts in Houston.
with Christina Perri
Thursday, September 3, 2015
English singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran recorded his first two albums when he was only a teenager before moving to London to focus on his music career. Through extensive touring and internet exposure, Sheeran built up a following and earned the support of artists like Elton John and Jamie Foxx. After appearing on Taylor Swift’s 2012 album Red and penning songs for popular boy band One Direction, Sheeran was suddenly an international star. Now, he’s all over the radio and selling out huge arena shows. His 2014 album x reached the #1 spot in several countries, and was recently nominated for two Grammy awards.
with special guest Alice Cooper
Saturday, September 5, 2015
In case you didn’t know, ’80s hair metal icons Motley Crue are on tour right now, and year’s shows will be their last. Fans can catch the longtime lineup of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, and Mick Mars one last time. If that’s not enough to sway you, the band will also be joined by special guest Alice Cooper, who will serve as the opening act.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Passion Pit began as the solo project of musician Michael Angelakos. What started as a Valentine’s Day gift for his girlfriend at the time eventually became his debut EP, Chunk of Change. His catchy electronic indie pop songs, particularly the standout “Sleepyhead,” caught the attention of Frenchkiss Records, who re-released the EP and put out Angelakos’ two subsequent records. Now a full-fledged band, Passion Pit has become one of the most commercially successful indie acts of the last few years. They recently released their highly anticipated third album Kindred, which came out on April 21.
with Vance Joy & Shawn Mendes
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Calling all lonely Starbucks lovers: the one and only Taylor Swift will be making a stop at Houston’s Minute Maid Park on September 9 as part of her highly anticipated 1989 World Tour. Swift recently left her country roots behind only to emerge as a full-fledged pop singer. Having begun as a country artist, she was able to effortlessly cross over into the mainstream over the years by moving closer to a poppier sound with each album release. Her transition into a bona fide pop star is now complete, as evidenced by her latest album, 1989, which is chock-full of catchy, radio-friendly hits like the smash singles “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space.” With multiple Grammy Awards, platinum album sales, a number of film and television roles, a ubiquitous presence on Top 40 radio stations, and nearly as many Twitter followers as Barack Obama, there’s no doubt that Swift has become one of the biggest stars of our time. Haters gonna hate hate hate, but it looks like that’s not about to change anytime soon.
The Tallest Man On EarthTickets
with Lady Lamb
Saturday, September 12, 2015
For those of you looking for something a little more low-key, check out The Tallest Man On Earth, a.k.a. Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson. He released his self-titled debut EP in 2006, followed by a proper full-length called Shallow Grave in 2008, debuting his folksy musical style that incorporates Dylan-esque vocals with acoustic guitar accompaniments reminiscent of the late Nick Drake. Matsson recently released the fourth Tallest Man On Earth record, Dark Bird Is Home, which came out on May 12.
with Prince Royce
Friday, September 18, 2015
Formerly a Nickelodeon star, pop singer Ariana Grande left the network (and her squeaky-clean image) behind to pursue career in music. She released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013, showcasing her Mariah Carey-esque vocal range and featuring appearances from artists like Big Sean and Mac Miller. Her next album, My Everything, dropped a year later, hitting the number one spot in multiple countries. The new record features several hit singles in collaboration with artists like The Weeknd, Iggy Azalea, and Zedd.
with Bad Suns & Hunny
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Alternative rock band The Neighbourhood made themselves known back in 2012 with their genre-defying combination of rock and hip hop beats. That year they released two EPs, I’m Sorry… and Thank You, both of which preceded their 2013 debut album I Love You. Soon, their catchy single “Sweater Weather” shot to the top of the Billboard alternative chart, spending several weeks at the #1 spot. The Neighbourhood will be releasing their sophomore album Wiped Out! on October 30.
with Bebe Rexha
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
As of last year, the youngest Jonas brother officially stepped out on his own, releasing a self-titled album in late 2014. The new record helped him somewhat shed his Disney-approved image and spawned huge Top 40 hits like “Chains” and the multiplatinum single “Jealous.” Now a pop star in his own right, he is touring this year with big acts like Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, and recently announced that he is set to embark on his own headlining tour starting this fall.
with Alex Metric & Madeon
Friday, September 25, 2015
German producer Zedd (born Anton Zaslavski) rose to prominence in 2010 with his remix of the popular Skrillex track “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” He is best known for his 2012 single “Clarity,” which rose to the top of the Billboard dance charts. The song earned him a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2014. In addition to his own successful singles, he has released a number of popular remixes for artists like Armand Van Helden, B.o.B., and Lady Gaga. Earlier this year, Zedd released his second album, True Colors.
One World Tour 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Of the many artists making comebacks this year, Ricky Martin is among the ones we’re most excited about. After spending the last few years as a vocal coach on both the Mexican and Australian versions of The Voice, the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer came back in 2014 with some new singles and a new album announcement. Martin’s new album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (translated to “To Those Who Want to Listen”), came out in February of this year.
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Past Concerts in Houston
Garth Brooks Tickets
with Trisha Yearwood
Starting on Friday, June 26, 2015
Country superstar Garth Brooks is playing not one, but EIGHT shows at Houston’s Toyota Center this summer. It’s about time, since he hasn’t played a show in this city in 17 years. Starting June 26, he’ll be playing TWO shows a night with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. In November 2014, Brooks released his first album in 13 years, called “Man Against Machine,” which hit #1 and has already been certified platinum.
|Jun 267:00 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-6-26-15-7pm/2558607/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $102|
|Jun 2610:30 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-6-26-15-10pm/2558611/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $99|
|Jun 277:00 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-6-27-15-7pm/2558608/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $108|
|Jun 2710:30 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-6-27-15-10pm/2558612/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $99|
|Jul 37:00 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-7-3-15-7pm/2558609/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $103|
|Jul 310:30 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-7-3-15-10pm/2558613/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $103|
|Jul 47:00 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-7-4-15-7pm/2558610/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $82|
|Jul 410:30 PM||Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwoodhttp://www.tickpick.com/buy-garth-brooks-trisha-yearwood-tickets-toyota-center-7-4-15-10pm/2558614/Toyota Center – Houston, TX||From $88|
Cama Incendiada Tour
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Mexican rock band Mana is considered one of the greatest Latin rock bands in the world. Along with four Grammy Awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards, they have earned a number of other recognitions and honors, establishing themselves as international rock superstars. Formed in Guadalajara in 1986, the band has since gone on to break records in album sales and concert attendance all over Latin America.
Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn MansonTickets
The End Times Tour
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Relive the angst of the nineties with two acts who helped define that decade in music. ’90s alt-rock legends Smashing Pumpkins are teaming with metal superstar Marilyn Manson this summer for their co-headlining The End Times tour. On July 16, they’ll be making a stop in Houston at NRG Arena for what’s sure to be a great show.
Smoke + Mirrors Tour
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons seemingly came out of nowhere in the last few years to rise to the top of the charts and earn a Grammy Award, becoming one of the biggest acts out there right now. After the smash success of their hit debut album Night Visions, which included chart-topping singles like “Demons” and “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons are back this year with a brand-new album called Smoke + Mirrors. Chock full of stadium-ready anthems much like their first record, their sophomore attempt was well worth the wait, and now the band is out promoting the album on their headlining Smoke + Mirrors tour.
Tyler The CreatorTickets
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tyler, The Creator first gained recognition as the leader and co-founder of the alternative hip hop group Odd Future. He has recently branched out to embark on a solo career, and has been met with nothing but success. While he could get by on his music alone, his live shows are really something to see. He’s known for making jokes and bantering with the audience, often saying some pretty controversial things and stirring up the crowd. Nonetheless, his performances are always high-energy and thrilling for anyone in attendance. Don’t miss his show in Houston this summer, where fellow Odd Future member Taco will serve as the opening act.
Everclear, Toadies, Fuel, & American Hi-FiTickets
Friday, July 17, 2015
The brainchild of Everclear frontman Art Alexakis, the Summerand Tour is back for its fourth consecutive year, serving up a healthy dose of ’90s nostalgia across the United States. This year’s lineup includes Everclear (of course), Toadies, Fuel, and American Hi-Fi. Okay, so that last one is more early 2000s (Flavor of the Weak came out in 2001 – that’s 14 years ago if you’re looking to feel extra old), but it still counts.
The Pinkprint Tour
Saturday, July 18, 2015
When Nicki Minaj put out her debut album Pink Friday back in 2010, she instantly rose to superstar status, quickly becoming the first female solo artist to have seven singles charting on the Billboard 200 simultaneously. Her extravagant live performances are said to be amazing, so don’t miss out when she comes to the Toyota Center along with Meek Mill, Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd, and Dej Loaf.
with The Green
Friday, July 31, 2015
Reggae rock band 311 formed in 1988 in Omaha and to this day still features the longtime lineup of vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum, guitarist Tim Mahoney, bassist Aaron “P-Nut” Wills, drummer Chad Sexton, and turntablist/vocalist Doug “S.A.” Martinez. The band is best known for their 2002 single “Amber,” which has been certified gold by the RIAA. 311 has released eleven studio albums since 1993, with their latest, titled Stereolithic, having been released in 2014.
with Nikki Lane & Drag the River
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Punk rock band Social Distortion formed in Los Angeles in 1978, led by vocalist and guitarist Mike Ness. By the mid-1980s, Social Distortion was a big name in punk music. Between lineup changes, several hiatuses, Ness’ struggle with drug addiction, and the death of guitarist Dennis Danell, the bad has been through a lot over the years. Nonetheless, Social Distortion is still an active band, though Ness is the only original member left. They released an album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, in 2011, and are currently said to be working on new music.
with Bea Miller, Debby Ryan, and Natalie La Rose
Monday, August 3, 2015
All-female R&B group Fifth Harmony formed in 2012 while its individual members were competing on the second season of “The X Factor.” The group’s five vocalists were placed together by the infamous Simon Cowell to compete in a groups category, ultimately finishinig in third place in the competition. Once the show was over, Fifth Harmony signed a record deal and began releasing music. Their debut album, Reflection, dropped earlier this year.
Raekwon & Ghostface KillahTickets
with Dillon Cooper
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are best known as members of the renowned NYC hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The two are coming together for what’s sure to be one of the most talked-about hip hop tours of the year. Having collaborated on each other’s solo projects, the duo is sure to perform a mix of that and their own individual stuff, and hopefully they’ll toss in some Wu-Tang throwbacks as well.
In The Lonely Hour Tour
Friday, August 14, 2015
Englishman Sam Smith is undoubtedly one of the greatest music success stories of the last few years. The soulful singer initially gained attention when he lent his vocals to Disclosure’s 2012 hit single “Latch.” The next year, he was featured on Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” earning his first number one and international recognition. In 2014, Smith released his debut full-length, In the Lonely Hour, which got him nominated for six Grammy Awards, of which he won four.
Weird Al YankovicTickets
Mandatory World Tour
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
With what is unquestionably the most successful career as a musical parodist, Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic is somewhat of a national treasure, with numerous charting hits, countless film and television appearances, and hordes of loyal fans. Over the years he has become a household name and pop culture icon with his satirical renditions of popular songs. Weird Al has been a presence on the Billboard charts since the late ’70s, and to this day he’s still putting out new music and making the world laugh.
with Chase Rice & Jake Owen
Friday, May 22, 2015
Kenny Chesney has certified himself as a superstar within the last twenty years and now remains as one of the biggest names in popular country music. Though the Tennessee native began his career in the early ’90s, he didn’t hit the big time until his 1995 album “All I Need to Know,” which produced several hit singles and propelled him into the limelight. In the last two decades or so, Chesney has released fifteen studio albums, most of which have been certified gold or platinum. His most recent effort is 2014’s “The Big Revival,” which marks a conscious movement toward a more alive, upbeat sound.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Rapper and singer Drake has made a name for himself in the last few years as one of the biggest stars in music. Known initially for his role on the Canadian television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” Drake segued into rapping in 2006. When he was starting out, there was so much buzz surrounding him that labels were fighting with each other to sign him. His debut album even featured rap royalty Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z. With a multitude of chart-topping hits, Grammy Awards, and critical acclaim galore, Drake has cemented his status as a megastar in the music world, but more importantly, a voice everyone ought to listen to.
Still sparkling at 74
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
With career beginnings that date back to the 1960s, Neil Diamond has become one of the most successful and bestselling recording artists of all time. His legacy, at this point, will be everlasting. Having released over thirty records, written scores of top 40 hits, and been inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Diamond continues to tour and release music to this day. Recently, Diamond put out a 32nd studio album titled Melody Road.
The Mr. Wonderful Tour
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Before pursuing his music career full-time, rapper Action Bronson was a gourmet chef in New York City. He decided to leave the culinary arts behind in 2009 in favor of making music, and released his debut album two years later. Though he diverged from his path as a chef, Action Bronson still shows his love for food by constantly rapping about it. The guy even has his own food series for VICE. Unless you hate food, you can’t hate Action Bronson.
Free Press Summer FestTickets
Starting on Saturday, June 6, 2015
For its sixth year, Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival, often more affectionately referred to as FPSF, has once again landed an incredible lineup. This year’s 2-day event will bring Skrillex, R. Kelly, Weezer, Major Lazer, St. Vincent, and more to the city’s Eleanor Tinsley Park on June 6th & 7th.
The #1 DJ in the World Right Now
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Dutch DJ Robbert van de Corput began DJing at the age of 13 under the name Hardwell. Since, he has grown to become a superstar quite an important figure in the EDM explosion of recent years. Actually, he may be the most important figure, as DJ Magazine has named him #1 on their list of Top 100 DJs. So EDM fans, now is the time to see Hardwell live, as he is experiencing the pinnacle of his career. All that aside, his live set is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
American singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds is best known as the frontman and namesake of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, and also for his successful solo career. He has collaborated with several well-known musicians, including Regina Spektor, William Shatner, and Weird Al Yankovic. Folds recently released a new album with the NYC-based six piece ensemble yMusic, and they just finished a U.S. tour together.
The Second Coming Tour
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
R&B singer D’Angelo came onto the scene in 1995 with his hit debut album “Brown Sugar.” After a several-year hiatus, he came back with the 2000 album “Voodoo,” for which he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. After that, he spent the remainder of the decade making scarce recorded appearances and did not release any new material of his own until 2014, when he dropped his latest album “Black Messiah.” The new album is credited to D’Angelo and his backing band, The Vanguard.
Vans Warped TourTickets
Warped Tour turns 21 this year
Friday, June 26, 2015
The Vans Warped Tour is the largest touring music festival in the United States, and it returns to Houston again this year on Friday, June 26. This year’s event takes place once again at NRG Park, and will include performances from bands like Escape the Fate, Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, Senses Fail, August Burns Red, and more.