Perfect Duluth Day Outdoor Summer Concert Primer 2017

Summer is upon us (you can tell because that big hot bright ball is occasionally up in the sky), and that means a gaggle of outdoor concerts are in the PDD Calendar, ready for consideration. Of course, the usual suspects like Bayfront Festival Park and Big Top Chautauqua are in there, as are smaller series like Bayside Sounds, Chester Creek Concert Series and Summer (Mostly) Thursdays. Here’s a peek at some of the upcoming sure-to-be highlights:

June 16
Canal Park
1990’s hitmakers Everclear, Vertical Horizon and Fastball perform during Grandma’s Marathon weekend in Canal Park.

June 16
Lake Ave Live 2017
Canal Park
Local original artists also get some tent time at this two-day tenttacular.

June 23
Warren Nelson
Big Top Chautauqua
The founder of Big Top Chautauqua, Warren Nelson, celebrates 50 years in show business with a concert of songs chosen from way back to now.

June 24
Asleep at the Wheel
Big Top Chautauqua
The classic western band performs with guest Dale Watson.

July 4
Fourth Fest
Bayfront Festival Park
Duluth’s Independence Day celebration features live music throughout the day and fireworks at 10:10 p.m.

July 8
Hippo Campus
Bayfront Festival Park
Hippo Campus, Polica, Low, Remo Drive and J.S. Ondara share the bill at Bayfront Park.

July 8
Travis Tritt
Big Top Chautauqua
Travis Tritt is an American country music singer, songwriter and actor who has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992.

July 13
Hodag Country Festival
Hodag Country Festival Grounds
The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, Neal McCoy and many others perform at this large, multi-day country-music festival.

July 13
Rock Fest
Cadott, WI
Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Korn, Megadeth, Anthrax and many, many more heavy bands perform in Cadott, Wisconsin over three days.

July 15
Grand Kissino Hinckley
The makeup-slathered sexagenarians return to Minnesota to barf blood and ask you if you want to get licked.

July 15
Bayfront Reggae Festival
Bayfront Festival Park
The 12th annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival features various artists celebrating cultural equality through reggae and world music.

July 30
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Big Top Chautauqua
The multimillion-selling artist performs for the second time in Bayfield.

August 11
Bayfront Blues Festival
Bayfront Festival Park
Three days of blues and related music.

September 2
Bonnie Raitt
Big Top Chautauqua
Raitt has been named one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone.

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