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Summer concerts worth seeing in St. Louis

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Will Ortbals ’25
Experiencing music live takes your listening pleasure to another level. Here are some top shows coming to St. Louis this summer that you may find entertaining.

The most important aspect of summer is the music. Summer isn’t the same without some good tunes as you are basking in the sun. With summer just around the corner, here is a list of the most anticipated concerts you should see. No, 21 Savage is not on the list. That is because it takes place on graduation night, which is the Sunday before exams for underclassmen. It doesn’t qualify as summer. Enjoy!

LUKE BRYAN

July 28 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Bryan is a renowned country artist with hit songs like, “Country Girl (Shake it for Me)” totaling over 400 million plays on Spotify, and “That’s my Kind Of Night” totaling just under 350 million. These songs embody what it means to be in the summer and create a lively atmosphere in the amphitheater. The concert will be very popular with younger people, so it will be a great place to meet up with friends and meet new people. The atmosphere at an outdoor country concert is truly unparalleled compared to any other concert, which is why this deserves first on your summer concert bucket list.

TRAIN

July 16 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Train started in the 90s, and reminds all high schoolers of simpler times, with a large sense of nostalgia. This American pop band came out with songs like “Hey Soul Sister” and “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” which have totaled over 2 billion plays when combined. These songs help transport the listener to a time of less stress and worry when you were just a child. These songs are so prominent in our generation, that everybody will be singing it together. Train has been so influential to music and continues to be as their old classics are still popular.

 

DEF LEPPARD W/JOURNEY

July 6 – Busch Stadium

Def Leppard is a hard rock ‘80s band with iconic songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Hysteria” which are still popular today. Although Def Leppard is more popular with older generations, their songs are still recognizable by most. With Journey opening, it’ll make the rest of the performance way better. Def Leppard was a definitive hard rock band of the ‘80s and changed music with their album Hysteria, where they hit the peak of their career.

Journey is one of the most influential artists of our generation. Songs that are all engraved in our memory like “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Any Way You Want It” are so iconic that even reading over the song title, it plays in our heads.  Everybody knows their songs even if you don’t know their name. Everybody in the stadium will be singing, and it will be an amazing experience compared to anything else. With its genre being stadium rock, they’re fitting right in at Busch Stadium and it should be an amazing performance. With the vibes that Leppard and Journey bring, the concert will be one to remember.

GREEN DAY

August 15 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Green Day is a Punk Rock band that started in the 90s and is still going strong. With their recent album release, Saviors, they are now going on tour. Making a stop in St. Louis, this is one you can’t miss. With iconic songs like “Brain Stew” and “American Idiot,” this concert will be rocking out. Especially with Brain Stew on the rise with TikTok, and its catchy melody, this is a song that will have the amphitheater electric. This is concert will be

 

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

July 30 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Red Hot Chili Peppers is an older band with still a lasting impression on the newer generations. WIth classics like “Can’t Stop” with over 1 billion plays and “Under the Bridge” with over 1.3 billion, this Alt Rock band’s concert is going to be eccstatic. Even if you don’t know their name, you will recognize their songs. With their history of amazing live performances, this is one you can’t afford to miss. It will help you wind down the summer with songs being held at the end of July. Even though it’s an old band, it still has several songs that impact the modern generation.

Honorable Mentions

These didn’t make the top five but are still performances that could make your summer:

HARDY

May 31 – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre

Hootie & the Blowfish

June 1 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Noah Kahn

June 4 – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre

New Kids On The Block with Paula Abdul & DJ Jazzy Jeff

Jun 22 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago

July 10 – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre

Dan + Shay

July 20 – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre

Alanis Morissette

July 23 – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre

Creed

August 9 – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre

Pink

August 11 – The Dome at America’s Center

Dierks Bentley

August 22 – The Dome at America’s Center (technically after school starts but close enough!)






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