Fresh Beats & Fresh Air: Outdoor Summer Concerts in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | June 30, 2014

The only thing better than spending a beautiful summer evening outdoors is spending a beautiful summer evening outdoors at a concert. Whether you like pop music, old school rock or rap, you’ll find something to enjoy from the list below!

Check out these outdoor music venues in the Metro Detroit area for music that will be, well, music to your ears:

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston, shows include:

  • Tuesday, July 8: Fall Out Boy and Paramore
  • Saturday, July 12: Aretha Franklin
  • Saturday, July 26: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden with Death Grips
  • Friday, August 1: Kings of Leon with Kongos and Ashes of Soma
  • Saturday, August 9: Motley Crue with Alice Cooper
  • Saturday, August 16: Drake and Lil Wayne
  • Friday, August 22: Lady Antebellum with Billy Currington and Joe Nichols
  • Sunday, August 24: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood
  • Friday, August 30: Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars with AFI

Meadow Brook Music Festival, 35554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills, shows include:

  • Thursday, July 3: “1964”…The Tribute with Cliff Erickson
  • Saturday, July 12: Sarah McLachlan
  • Tuesday, July 22: An Evening with Yes
  • Thursday, July 24: Detroit Symphony Orchestra featuring Joshua Bell
  • Friday, July 25: Gavin DeGraw with Matt Nathanson featuring Andrew McMahon
  • Sunday, July 27: Panic! At the Disco with Walk the Moon and Magic Man
  • Wednesday, August 6: Buddy Guy with Eric Johnson
  • Sunday, August 17: David Gray

Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights, shows include:

  • Wednesday, July 2: The Fray with Barcelona and Oh Honey
  • Sunday, July 6: 311 with The Wailers
  • Thursday, July 10: Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder
  • Saturday, July 12: Mo Pop Festival
  • Sunday, July 13: Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • Wednesday, July 23: Sammy Hagar: A Journey Through the History of Rock
  • Wednesday, July 30: Peter Frampton with Gary Hoey
  • Sunday, August 10: The Beach Boys
  • Friday, August 15: Tony Bennett
  • Friday, August 22: Live and Loud: Telsa, Skid Row, Winger, FireHouse
  • Wednesday, August 27: The Doobie Brothers with John Waite

Chene Park Amphitheater, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit, shows include:

  • Wednesday, July 2: Morris Day and the Time
  • Wednesday, July 9: El Debarge with L’Renee
  • Saturday, July 19: T.I. and K. Michelle
  • Wednesday, July 23: S.O.S. Band and Atlantic Starr
  • Friday, August 1: Fantasia with George Tandy
  • Wednesday, August 6: Brian Culbertson
  • Tuesday, August 19: Lalah Hathaway with Rahsaan Patterson

Rockin’ on the Riverfront Summer Concert Series, which takes place outside of the GM Renaissance Center, includes:

  • Friday, July 11: The Guess Who
  • Friday, July 18: Leon Russell
  • Friday, July 25: Starship
  • Friday, August 1: April Wine
  • Friday, August 8: Eddie Money
  • Friday, August 15: America

Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, shows include:

  • Saturday, July 26: Jimmy Buffett and The Coral reefer Band
  • Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23: Eminem and Rihanna

You can purchase tickets to each show (except the Riverfront Summer Concert Series performances, which are free of charge) by clicking the links provided. You’ll also find helpful information on each official site, like when doors to the show open and what you are allowed and not allowed to bring into the venue. If you’ve got lawn seats, be sure to get there early to snag yourself a great spot on the grass!

Remember: your summertime outdoor concert will be just a smidge better with an ice-cold beer in hand.