Best Summer Concerts

Best Summer Concerts
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 10, 2011

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June 16-July 17, Nationwide

Fresh off of the success of her album Soldier of Love, Sade is teaming up with John Legend and touring first time in nearly 10 years, making stops in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Atlanta, just to name a few. Grab your tickets early because you never know when the ultra-private songstress will hit the road again.

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June 19 – July 17

J-Hud kicks off her “I Remember Me” tour in San Diego on June 19th. Catch her at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday, July 1st.

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August 1-September 2, Nationwide

Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty!) is back and doing what she does best: putting on an amazing show. This summer Janet will be taking her “Up Close and Personal” tour through the States and giving fans what they want. Wear comfortable shoe is all we can say.

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June 22-26, South West England

For our brothers and sisters across the pond the Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest events in the summer. This year’s concert features an endless line up with Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Cee Lo Green and other hitting the stage.

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June 4-July 24, Nationwide

Rihanna is still lighting up the charts with her 2010 smash album, “Loud” and this summer she’ll be coming to an arena near you.

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Catch Jilly from Philly at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Saturday, July 1st.

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Usher brings his “OMG” tour to the ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday, July 1st.

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Catch ’Tasia at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday, July 1st.

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August 5-7, Chicago

Cee-Lo Green joins the roster at Lollapolooza. Celebrating its 20th year, Lolla will be showcasing some of the best acts including Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and Nas and Damian Marley. Along with being one of the biggest festivals, Lollapolooza is also one of the greenest. So grab your girls and your reusable picnic basket and have a great time.

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Catch Trey Songz at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Sunday, July 3rd.

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June 17-October 15, Nationwide

Known for their smooth grooves and talented front man Frankie Beverly, Maze will be touring the South and Midwest for most of the summer, starting June 17th.

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Catch the legendary singer at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Saturday, July 2nd.

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MJB always closes the weekend with a bang at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Sunday, July 3rd.

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June 29-July 3 & July 5-10, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dubbed “the world’s largest music festival” by the Guinness Book of World Records, Summerfest boasts over 700 bands including Raphael Saadiq, Kanye West featuring Kid Cudi, and Stephen Marley, just to name a few.

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Catch Yeezy at Summerfest (June 30th) and the ESSENCE Music Festival on Saturday, July 1st.

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June 4-July 3, Nationwide

For nearly 40 years Earth, Wind, & Fire have been making hits and selling out shows around the globe. This summer the ultimate jam band is at it again, bringing the classics to audiences in San Francisco, Austin, Dayton, Chi town, and New York City.

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Jun 11- Sept. 3rd, Nationwide

Mint Condition takes their soulful sounds on the road. Catch them at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday, July 1st.

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June 7-September 2, New York City

One of the best free concerts in the world; Summer Stage has been entertaining fans in the five boroughs for 25 years. This year’s Summer Stage welcomes Rakim, Roy Ayers, Wiz Khalifa, Donald Lawrence, EPMD, Special Ed, Slick Rick, Jon B, Olivia, and so many more.

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