Anyone that has experienced a stadium concert from one of their favorite artists can attest that there are few live music events that can compare to singing under the stars with an audience made up of tens of thousands of like-minded fans. In the summer of 2014, many country musicians will play big stadiums across the U.S., and you won’t want to miss out on these exhilarating concert experiences from acts like Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, and more.
George Strait | The Cowboy Rides Away Tour
This summer, George Strait will celebrate the finale of his farewell tour with two massive stadium concerts. The second to last stop on the venture will take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on May 31, with an opening set from the beloved duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Just eight days later, on June 7, the ongoing two-year tour will culminate with arguably the biggest country music event of the year: Strait’s final concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The event will include a full set from the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, but at least 10 guest artists will also help celebrate what’s being billed as Strait’s final live show. Among the celebrities on the bill for June 7 are Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Kenny Chesney.
Luke Bryan | That’s My Kind of Night Tour
The year ahead will be the biggest one yet for rising country star Luke Bryan, as the singer announced on Jan. 14 that he would be headlining the first stadium shows of his career this summer. The upcoming concerts will take place at four NFL stadiums across the U.S., including Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field (June 21), Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (Aug. 10), Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field (Aug. 15), and Chicago’s Soldier Field (Aug. 31). Dierks Bentley will be on hand for the performances at Gillette Stadium and Soldier Field, while Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are supporting all dates on the tour.
Zac Brown Band | Fenway Park
Zac Brown Band booked its first-ever performance at Boston’s Fenway Park for June 28, but thanks to an amazing outpouring of support from fans, the “Chicken Fried” band has added a second show at the historic stadium on June 27. In 2013, Jason Aldean paved the way for the GRAMMY-winning group to perform here, as he was the first country musician to headline at the ballpark. Zac Brown Band will be looking to break Aldean’s attendance record, as the singer drew more than 70,000 attendees last year.
Jason Aldean | Burn It Down Tour
After his landmark performance at Fenway last year, Jason Aldean will again make history in 2014, as his concert at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on July 19 will give the “Night Train” singer the great distinction of being the first country artist to perform at the stadium. Miranda Lambert will be a special guest at the Cincinnati concert, as well as at Cleveland’s Progressive Field (July 18) and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park (Aug. 1). Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr are also on hand for all upcoming tour dates, including the remaining stadium concerts on the Jason Aldean 2014 tour in Washington, D.C. (July 25) and Philadelphia (July 26).
Blake Shelton | Ten Times Crazier Tour
Wrigley Field, historic home to the Chicago Cubs, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014, and Blake Shelton is one of the lucky two musicians selected to perform during this monumental year. The “Boys ‘Round Here” singer will perform at the iconic stadium on July 19, just one day after Billy Joel takes the stage at the same venue. The Band Perry, Dan and Shay, and Neal McCoy will all support Shelton at this summer concert.
Country Music Festivals Hit Stadiums in 2014
Make your concert experience an even bigger event this summer by attending one of the country music festivals set to take place at football stadiums around the country. Bayou Country Superfest (May 23-25) will take place at LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., featuring headlining acts like George Strait, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, and Hunter Hayes. Later in the summer, the CMA Music Festival in Nashville will place a spotlight on LP Field from June 5-8 with sets from Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, and Rascal Flatts, among others. Later in the month, Florida Country Superfest—which is celebrating its first year from June 14-15—will take place at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. The event will host Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, and more.