The hottest concerts of the season are all over the map this summer.
Rock on! Each summer DMV fans pack outdoor venues, such as Wolf Trap, for concerts by the likes of Shawn Mendes, Brothers Osborne, Pat Benatar, and Dierks Bentley.
When the sun goes down, the volume goes up on a DMV summer night. Concert season is in full swing, and there are countless rocking acts to choose from in every direction.
North: For your summer pop fix, head north to check out “Stiches” singer Shawn Mendes during the Baltimore stop on his world tour. Situated on the harbor, Pier Six is an easy drive from DC—or boat ride from Annapolis. Those who don’t mind missing the view can hear the show from the comfort of their own boat on the water. Travel tip: If you’ve been shuffling the kids around all evening and dread the idea of driving back to DC, treat yourself to a room nearby at The Ivy hotel (theivybaltimore.com). August 12 at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, 410-783-4189
East: Miranda Lambert flies into town with special guest Kip Moore on her Keeper of the Flame tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion. This is Lambert’s first headlining tour since her highly publicized split from husband and fellow country star Blake Shelton, and the firecracker singer promises to bring the heat with hits like “Automatic,” “Gunpowder and Lead,” and “Mama’s Broken Heart.” Hometown love: Brothers Osborne, a sibling duo from Deale, Maryland, opens the show. Brothers John and TJ hit it big in Nashville in 2014 with their single “Rum” and have continued to climb the charts with “Stay a Little Longer.” August 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-715-5550
West: Nostalgia alert! ’80s icons Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo join ’90s rocker Melissa Etheridge to burn through decades of favorites at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on their We Live For Love tour. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” “Come to My Window”—the set list practically writes itself. July 7 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna
South: On July 23, Dierks Bentley brings Randy Houser along with country newcomers Cam (“Burning House”) and Tucker Beathard (“Rock On”) to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, on his Somewhere on a Beach tour. Bentley is hot off the May release of his latest album, Black, and Houser will surely be bringing favorites like “How Country Feels” and “We Went.” July 23 at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, 703-754-6400