Upcoming Must-See Concerts in the Area

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While there are always concerts to attend throughout the year, there’s just something about seeing a great music show during a great stretch of weather. A memorable musical experience can be the highlight of the summer, or even the year, and this season there is plenty in the area worth seeing, no matter your tastes. Here are some of the biggest shows worth checking out this summer.

Kidz Bop Kids – July 23, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ

Chances are that if you’re reading this, you don’t particularly care for Kidz Bop, the musical troupe made entirely of kids who cover pop songs in a kid-friendly way. It’s true that, among adults, Kidz Bop has a less-than-stellar reputation, but if you’ve got some tykes, what better way to introduce them to the concept of a live show while also indulging their musical senses? You might be tempted to plug your ears for the entire concert, but it could make for an overall worthy experience for the whole family.

Art Garfunkel – July 30 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ

Sure, you might feel a little shortchanged in getting to see only half of the famous ‘60s folk group, Simon & Garfunkel. And although it’s the Paul Simon half of the group who’s found more fame since the duo split up, Art’s still worth seeing. While the two have performed together in recent years, it’s an infrequent occurrence and who knows when they’ll get together for a show again. Plus, with Garfunkel’s worsening throat issues and ever-increasing age, if you’ve ever wanted to hear “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water” live, you’d be better to go sooner rather than later.

Wiz Khalifa and Kevin Gates – August 5 at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ

These two hip-hop artists are no longer just up-and-coming names – they’re full-blown stars. Wiz has been a well-known name for a little longer than Gates, but both now have big hits to their names. If you’ve listened to the radio in the past year, you’ve probably heard “See You Again” or “2 Phones” at least once. The lineup for this sure-to-be pleasantly raucous outdoor concert also includes Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama.

98 Degrees – August 12 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ

Embrace your inner ‘90s kid with this reunion tour of one of the most popular boy bands of the turn of the millennium – 98 Degrees. Perhaps that’s not enough to induce a nostalgia attack, so they’ll also be joined by other mainstays of the era: O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera. If you missed them the first time around, now’s your chance!

Philadelphia Folk Festival – August 18-21 in Salford Township, PA

As the end of summer approaches, there are few better ways to wind down than with some soothing folk music. The Philadelphia Folk Festival, billed as the longest continuously-running outdoor festival in North America, celebrates its 55th anniversary this year with performances from Los Lobos, the Lone Bellow, and many more. While you could stick around for just one day, you could also bring a tent and make it a weekend – this festival is camping friendly.

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