Our full Summer Music Guide comes out June 3, but temperatures are already rising, so we’re rolling out preview sections early. Here’s a selection of musical events that might warrant leaving the city.
FESTS BEYOND THE CITY
Through June 7: Kerrville Folk Festival. A Hill Country tradition since 1972, this fortnight-long favorite among fans of acoustic music features performers every day, with highlights on weekends. kerrville-music.com.
June 24-26: Vans Warped Tour. The sound of teen spirit sweeps through Dallas on the 24th, San Antonio on the 25th and Houston on the 26th. Lineup includes New Found Glory, Tonight Alive, Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, among many more. vanswarpedtour.com
July 16-17: Float Fest. The mid-summer music-’n’-tubing extravaganza on the San Marcos River hits the Cool River Ranch, with a lineup featuring Chromeo, Rick Ross, Santigold, Big Gigantic, Future Islands and more. floatfest.net.
July 28-31: Viva Big Bend. Head farther out on I-10 for this annual bash in the heart of West Texas, with shows at venues in Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis and Marathon. Performers include Los Lonely Boys, Little Joe y la Familia, Mike & the Moonpies, Soul Track Mind, the Peterson Brothers and the Deer, with more to be announced. vivabigbend.com.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2:: Utopia Fest. The ninth annual event in Utopia, not the mythical nirvana but the small town three hours southwest of Austin, has a reputation as a good time for live music and a community spirit of overnight camping. If you’re looking for a small alternative to ACL Fest, this might be your ticket. utopiafest.com.
June 22: Steely Dan at the American Airlines Center in Dallas
July 22-23: Garth Brooks at the AT&T Center in San Antonio
Aug. 3: Guns N’ Roses ‘Not in this Lifetime’ tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington
Aug. 5: Guns N’ Roses ‘Not in this Lifetime’ tour at NRG Stadium in Houston
Aug. 27: Coldplay ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington
Sept. 7: Black Sabbath ‘The End’ tour at Gexa Energy Pavillion in Dallas
Sept. 10: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas at the AT&T Center in San Antonio (also has dates in Dallas and Houston)
Sept. 16: Bad Boy Reunion Tour at the AT&T Center in San Antonio (also has dates in Dallas and Houston)
Sept. 20: Carrie Underwood at American Airlines Center in Dallas
Sept. 22: Beyonce ‘Formation’ tour at NRG Stadium in Houston