Sophia’s guide to concert season


Colin Lloyd

Spring not only brings good weather and flowers, but ultimate concert gatherings.

Sophia Melin, Staff Writer

Along with a week off from school and seasonal allergies, spring brings the ultimate pastime: concert season. As artists resume tours, fans are more eager than ever to get their music fix. Here is what you need to know to make the ultimate decisions for your concert experience.

Greta Van Fleet, “Dreams In Gold Tour”

Date: March 13 

Location: PNC Arena

Witness a fledgling rock band discover their sound with the album “The Battle at Garden’s Gate.” Known as the band that revived rock and roll, with alluring bell bottoms and 70s inspired vests, fans of all ages remain on the edge of their seats for their tour to resume. The four-person band made up of twins Jake and Josh Kizka, brother Sam Kizka and childhood friend Danny Wagner unleash built up chemistry of several years through numerous ballads and extensive guitar solos, accompanied by impressive Soprano vocals. With a fan base consisting of the modern day hippie, Greta Van Fleet is the closest reincarnation of rock music that encompassed the mid 1960s. 

Stevie Nicks

Date: May 12

Location: PNC Arena

Come out to see the witchy women herself in Raleigh, North Carolina! With a setlist consisting of numbers from her Fleetwood Mac days (such as “Rhiannon”, “Gold Dust Woman” and “Dreams”), her solo career (“Edge of Seventeen”, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, and “Wild Heart”), and a mix of Tom Petty and Buffalo Springfield covers (“Free Fallin’” and “For What It’s Worth”), fans from her past and present reunite.

The Backseat Lovers, “Waiting To Spill World Tour”

Date: May 27

Location: The Ritz

This alternative rock band is a perfect chance to reminisce over the closing year with friends. Their newest album Waiting to Spill consists of softer, gloomy tracks compared to their previous album: “When We Were Friends.” From the depths of Utah, The Backseat Lovers take the stage in a intimate venue, ideal for the nostalgic flicker the new blend offers. With a surf rock feel, the band is expected to play previous hits such as “Kilby Girl”, “Pool House”, “Davy Crochet” and “Maple Syrup”. 

Mt. Joy

Date: April 14

Location: Red Hat Amphitheater

Hit the road with Mt. Joy and their third studio album, “Orange Blood”. An americana/soul fusion, the bands returns with another energetic but gritty soundtrack, perfect for the summer breeze that’s right around the corner. Practically demanding windows down, the album has songs for a rainbow of emotions, from slow acoustic tracks like “Don’t it Feel Good” to cheerful, energetic songs resembling a cliff jump into icy water such as “Evergreen”. 

Dead & Company, “The Final Tour”

Date: June 1

Location: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Calling all Deadheads– join in and jam out with the band for the very last time. With a lineup of former members Bob Weir (guitar), Mickey Hart (drums) and Bill Kreutzman (drums) accompanied by John Mayer (guitar) and others, Dead and Company continues to honor the psychedelic rock wave that swept the books since the mid-60s. Hits you can’t miss such as “Shakedown Street”, “Sugar Magnolia” and “Casey Jones” are expected to be played in an outside venue under the moonlight. Grab your tie-dye and finish out the “long, strange trip it’s been” with the legacy that Jerry Garcia started!

Noah Kahan, “Stick Season”

Date: June 14

Location: Red Hat Amphitheater

Dive into the depths of vulnerability with Noah Kahan and his newest album “Stick Season.” Swinging into folk music at full throttle, Kahan’s sucker-punch lyrics move away from the fixation of commercial success and into vivid descriptions of his own personal experiences. You can’t help but sing along to tracks such as “She Calls Me Back”, “Homesick” and, of course, “Stick Season” as Kahan mastered the art of vividly depicting the reminiscence of people and place. 

Tyler Childers, “Send In The Hounds Tour”

Date: August 13

Location: Red Hat Amphitheater

Pop out to see Applaichian-inspired folk turned greasy, country funk, Tyler Childers. Best known for his 2017 album Purgatory,  Childers continues to bring back the thump-based, bluegrass groove we all know and love.  From evolved renditions of tracks like “Lady May” and his leading single “Angel Band”, “Send In The Hounds” is a must on your concert lineup. 


Date: September 6

Location: Red Hat Amphitheater

After opening for the Lumineers, West-Coast folk-pop Caamp returns to the road with their third and newest album. The cheerful strums of “Lavender Days” is the epitome of a sunny road trip with a clear sky. With wistful guitar solos and hints of melancholy joy, tracks like “The Otter”, “Lavender Girl” and “Believe” are a reasonable excuse for a night out with friends.