Jones Beach summer preview- concerts for every listener

Summer is just around the corner and students are surely going to be spending some time at the beach over the next few months, and what better way to pass the time than listening to some music while you’re there.

Every year, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater hosts a plethora of concerts with artists ranging from country all the way to punk rock. This is your guide to this year’s lineup.

Kicking off the concert series is 103.5’s KTUphoria on Saturday, June fourth.  This year, appearances will be made by Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull; everyone’s childhood favorite, Backstreet Boys; famous EDM artist, the Chainsmokers; and Mike Posner.  Also performing will be Spanish heartthrob, Enrique Iglesias; and Bebe Rexha.

The annual BLI Summer Jam is always a hit at Jones Beach and features several popular artists. Every year, the concert sells out and the audience jams to their favorite tunes.  This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 11.

The Dave Matthews Band will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary at the beach on Tuesday, June 21. The band visits the theater almost annually and performs a great show for rock fans all over Long Island.

Journey is yet another band that books Jones Beach every summer.  Music lovers, both young and old, gather to enjoy the classic songs, including their unforgettable hit, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Some even pull up beach chairs and sit outside the venue to enjoy the music without paying for a ticket.

Weezer will be playing with Panic! At The Disco and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness on Thursday, June 30.  Panic! At The Disco has gained popularity with their new album Death Of A Bachelor, while Weezer was mostly popular during the late 90’s and early 00’s.

Heavy metal fans will be pleased to know that Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and Of Mice and Men will all be performing on Wednesday, July sixth.  

Immediately following this concert is VANS Warped Tour, an annual event which features rock, metal, and punk bands from all over the world, even some smaller, lesser known bands.  This year, the Jones Beach event will feature performances by New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Good Charlotte, and Yellowcard.

The concert on Monday, July 11 including Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, and Tesla is definitely one your parents are not going to want to miss.  These bands were mostly popular during the 80s, yet their tunes are classic, so consider joining them for this one.

Country fans will love the concert on Sunday, July 17 which will include Florida Georgia Line, famous for their song “Cruise.”  Also appearing will be Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, and Kane Brown.

Pop artist, Gwen Stefani will perform with Eve on Thursday, July 21.  Surely we all remember her hit songs “Hollaback Girl” and “The Sweet Escape” from our childhood.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will play alongside Heart and Cheap Trick on Thursday, July 28. The first band is famous for their song “I Love Rock and Roll” and the impact they have left on the rock world.  Meanwhile, Cheap Trick is most well-known for “I Want You To Want Me.”

Lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas will be performing with Counting Crows on Sunday, July 31.  Both rock bands were at their height in the late 90’s and early 00’s.

Rap enthusiasts will be at joy to know that Wiz Khalifa will be performing with Snoop Dogg, Kevin Gates, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama.  Last year, Wiz Khalifa performed with Fall Out Boy and Hoodie Allen.  The concert was a hit.

The Goo Goo Dolls, performers of “Iris,” will appear alongside Collective Soul and Tribe Society, an exciting event for rock fans.

Blink-182 will perform alongside All Time Low and A Day To Remember, quite an exciting event for those who love punk rock.  Blink-182 is known for “I Miss You” while All Time Low is remembered for “Missing You.”  The concert can be seen on Saturday, August 13.

Black Sabbath and Rival Sons will be on stage on Wednesday, August 17. These bands have gained fans old and young with their universal music that has made a great impact on the heavy metal world.

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival is yet another annual event that takes place exclusively at Jones Beach.  Though a lineup has yet to be released, there are guaranteed to be several popular artists who have made their mark on 2016.  This year, it will take place on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.

Last, but certainly not least, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefers will reappear for his annual concert on Thursday, August 25.  This event always attracts thousands of fans, most of which camp out days in advance in order to get a good spot.

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