Must-see summer concerts in Vegas

Mark your calendar for these 10 shows!

Beyoncé brings curls—and curves—to Vegas this summer.
The third and final night of the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

The third and final night of the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

Electric Daisy Carnival (June 21-23, Las Vegas Motor Speedway)

Still not riding the electronic dance music wave? This all-night festival’s third Vegas edition is an ideal way to dive in. And if you’re already on board, well, you’ve surely been doing your no-wind dance for months.

Beyoncé (June 29, MGM Grand Garden Arena)

BET called the worldwide launch of the pop superstar’s Mrs. Carter Show tour “the hottest thing to hit Serbia since the Ottoman Empire.” We’re not sure, but we think that’s a lot of hotness.

Vans Warped Tour (June 28, Silverton)

After stops Downtown and on the Strip, the annual all-ages sweat-fest tries the Silverton’s parking lot on for size. Can’t wait to see the culture clash inside Bass Pro Shops.

Widespread Panic (July 12 & 13, the Joint)

Jam-band fans openly wept when this Southern six-piece went on hiatus after years of hard touring and setlist shuffling. What better town to celebrate its recent return in than Las Vegas?

Alabama Shakes (July 19, the Pearl)

These rootsy Alabamans have followed a path blazed by The Black Keys and Kings of Leon to national prominence, so it’s about time they played their first show on the Strip.

Peter Murphy (July 24, LVCS)

The British Gothfather is playing only the music of his best-known band, Bauhaus, on his current Mr. Moonlight tour. We’re talking “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” “She’s in Parties” and “God in an Alcove,” people.

Gary Clark Jr. (August 8, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool)

If you never saw Hendrix—and who out there did, really?—don’t miss this Austin, Texas, native, whose guitar style conveys emotion as much as technical wizardry.

Emeli Sandé (August 9, House of Blues)

The Scottish R&B singer’s Great Gatsby soundtrack rendition of “Crazy in Love” is the current craze, but she also helped pen songs for Rihanna and Susan Boyle, along with her own hit, “Next to Me.”

Baroness (August 28, Backstage Bar & Billiards)

Months after these Southern badasses barely survived a brutal bus accident in England, they’re back on the road, playing tunes from last summer’s acclaimed Yellow & Green and beyond. Now that’s heavy metal.

Black Sabbath (September 1, MGM Grand Garden Arena)

Speaking of metal, the genre’s founding fathers have reunited for their first full tour since 2005. Admittedly, drummer Bill Ward’s absence will be felt, and the condition of Ozzy’s voice is anyone’s guess, but that’s not gonna stop us from finally hearing “Snowblind” live.


Ryan Bingham (June 13, Boulevard Pool); Fall Out Boy (June 15, House of Blues); Reggae in the Desert (June 15, Clark County Amphitheater); She & Him (June 19, Boulevard Pool); Ne-Yo (June 28, Boulevard Pool); Ian Anderson (July 5, Smith Center); Lord Huron (July 18, Beauty Bar); Rancid (July 21, House of Blues); Weezer (July 27, Boulevard Pool); Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (August 1, Boulevard Pool); The Flaming Lips (August 1, House of Blues); Hall & Oates (August 2 & 3, the Joint); Bruno Mars (August 3, MGM Grand); 311 (August 4, the Joint); The Monkees (August 10, Green Valley Ranch); George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (August 16, LVCS); Steely Dan (August 23, the Pearl); MGMT (August 26, Boulevard Pool); Brad Paisley (August 31, Mandalay Bay).

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