20 Concerts Worth Checking Out this July

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Concerts of all shapes and sizes are taking over St. Louis this month, so there is no lack of great music to go check out. From big pop concerts to country shows, classic rock concerts, soulful performances and so much more, this July is all about the music.

Vans Warped Tour 2014
July 2, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
The Vans Warped Tour is one not to be missed with numerous bands performing in this annual event. Plan to see and hear from groups like Yellowcard, Anberlin, Cute is What We Aim For, Mayday Parade, We the Kings, The Maine, Finch and more. 

Brand New
July 5, The Pageant
Well-known emo punk-rock band Brand New is back in St. Louis this July with the group’s signature style and some new work. Fans should plan to hear music from albums like “Your Favorite Weapon” and 2009’s “Daisy” as well as new tunes the band has been writing over the last year or so.

311 and The Urge
July 5, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Funk-meets-alternative-rock group 311 heads to St. Louis to show off some new music as well as play from favorite albums like “Evolver,” “Transistor,” “From Chaos” and more. Get to the show early to see opening band The Urge pay homage to St. Louis roots and rock out to tunes like “I Need More Time” and “Bad Neighborhood.” Special guest The Wailers are the first opener.

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Fall Out Boy. Photo courtesy of LiveNation.

Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and Paramore
July 6, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
In this year’s “Monumentour” fans get to witness punk-alt-rock musicians Fall Out Boy headline a huge show. Opening up the show is the punk-pop group Paramore, led by the extremely talented Hayley Williams. This rock party is sure to be a high-energy event. 

Sarah McLachlan
July 6, The Fox
On her “Shine On” tour 2014, the multitalented Sarah McLachlan sings, performs and shows off her best new music to fans. This multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning musician plays from her latest album, “Surfacing,” including songs like “Building a Mystery.”

Jackson Browne
July 7, Peabody Opera House
Known for composing some of the most well-loved and well-recognized songs in pop history, the incredibly talented Jackson Browne is ready to perform his emotional and intelligent work for fans on this 2014 tour. Prepare to hear tunes like “Take it Easy,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “For a Rocker.”

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Motley Crue. Photo courtesy of LiveNation and taken by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage.

Motley Crue: The Final Tour
July 9, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Heavy metal group Motley Crue has been performing since the early 1980s. Announced in January and kicking off this month, the band’s “Final Tour” takes the band to 70 different locations in its retirement tour. Motley Crue is joined by American metal-rocker Alice Cooper as the group travels and performs.

Journey and Steve Miller Band
July 11, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
San Francisco-based progressive rock-pop group Journey and blues-rock group Steve Miller Band head to Verizon Wireless for a huge show featuring their biggest hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Rock’n Me” and more.  

Toby Keith and Colt Ford
July 12, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Country fans won’t want to pass up this big show featuring country-pop party-loving superstar Toby Keith with some of his recent tunes like “Drinks After Work” as well as older hits such as “High Maintenance Woman” and “Love Me If You Can.” Opening up the show is country rapper Colt Ford who shows off his rhyme skills and laid-back style by performing tunes from his 2014 album “Thanks for Listening.”

Beck
July 16, The Pageant
Opened by The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, alternative folk rocker Beck performs for a crowd at The Pageant, showcasing his experimental style and instrumental skills. Beck should play from the recently released album “Morning Phase,” including songs like “Waking Light” and the chorus-driven “I Won’t Be Long.” 

Old Crow Medicine Show
July 18, Peabody Opera House
As of Sept. 17, 2013, this band was finally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. After this honor and success at winning a Grammy Award, Old Crow Medicine Show is ready to play their big hits like “Wagon Wheel” and more.

Jack White
July 20, The Fox
Modern guitar and instrumentalist legend Jack White again harkens back to his Americana influence, but with a new feel in this solo concert at The Fox. After acts with his different bands like The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, White plays from his new solo album, “Lazaretto,” and wows fans all over again. 

Three Days Grace
July 20, The Pageant
Hard-rock fans come out to hear Canadian band Three Day Grace play classic screamin’ hits like “I Hate Everything About You” and “Animal I Have Become” as well as some of the newer songs, including 2014’s rock hit single “Painkiller.” Tickets online.

The Voice
July 20, Peabody Opera House
Watch as singers compete to be selected in this live version of the hit NBC show “The Voice.” With prizes like $100,000 and record deals, those who do compete are not joking around. Go see if any performers can compete with the likes of past winners such as Javier Colon, Cassandee Pope and more. 

Dierks Bentley Riser Tour
July 20, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Promoting his latest album, “Riser,” Nashville-based country music star Dierks Bentley performs hits like “Bourbon in Kentucky” and older tunes like “Sideways.” Expect to hear from the likes of Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Chase Rice as well.

 

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Gary Clark Jr. Photo courtesy of The Pageant.

Gary Clark Jr.
July 23, The Pageant
Described as the future of Texas blues, Gary Clark Jr. is a blues, R&B, hip-hop and rock talent. With a Grammy Award under his belt, numerous recognitions and plenty of great music to perform, this concert should satisfy even the toughest critics. Arrive early to hear the Nick Moss Band.

Panic! At the Disco
July 26, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
With a show opened by bands like twenty one pilots, Fitz & the Tantrums and Walk the Moon, this Panic! At the Disco evening on the group’s “Gospel Tour” is not to be missed. Complete with these guys’ typical theatrical performance, dramatic flair and unmistakable talent, new fans and older fans alike won’t be disappointed

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
July 26, Old Rock House
Indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah perform hits from their newest work, including recently released singles like “Coming Down.” Fans will want to hear from albums like “Some Loud Thunder” and “Hysterical” as well.

Gaelic Storm
July 30, Old Rock House
Increasingly popular, the Celtic rock group Gaelic Storm heads to St. Louis again for another spectacular show. Complete with numerous instruments and talented vocal skills, this group is expected to play traditional Irish music, Scottish music, original Celtic tunes and even modern songs with a new twist. 

Kings of Leon Mechanical Bull Tour
July 31, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Soulful alt-rockers Kings of Leon have continued to grow in skill, popularity and, certainly success over the last few years. With the recent release of the band’s sixth LP, “Mechanical Bull,” Kings of Leon will play new tunes like “Wait for Me” and “Supersoaker” as well as old favorites like “Sex on Fire.” Prepare to hear Kongos and Young the Giant open the evening’s show.

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