Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Summer Concerts: Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Dixie Chicks, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Summer Concerts: Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Dixie Chicks, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez

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Must-see show:Coldplay, July 21, Scottrade Center

It's been way too long, fellas.

Must-see pop:Gwen Stefani, Aug. 10, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Stefani is proving her stuff is still bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

Must-see country:Chris Stapleton, June 30, Fox Theatre

Don't be shocked when he visits arenas and amphitheaters this time next year.

Must-see soul:Chaka Khan, Aug. 27, Fox Theatre

She unleashes her killer vocals at the Fox once again.

Must-see hip-hop:Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, Aug. 17, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Why did it take so long for this tour to happen? (Also,must-see pairing.)

Must-see sellout:Paul McCartney, Aug. 13, Busch Stadium

Who knew St. Louis was so ready to see Sir Paul again? Apparently everyone; this show sold out in seconds.

Must-see throwback:Culture Club, July 20, Family Arena

We'll still tumble for ya, Boy George.

Must-see comedy:Martin Lawrence, July 29, Chaifetz Arena

Urban comedy shows in St. Louis are in a rut, making this show all the more appealing.

Must-see comeback:Dixie Chicks, Aug. 24, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

The women are back to reclaim their rightful place.

Must-see buzz show:Hiatus Kaiyote, Aug. 9, the Pageant

Who? Come and find out.

The busiest concert season of the year officially takes off this weekend with the opening of Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

Country star Miranda Lambert gets things started there, a great beginning to a full lineup of shows throughout the area. We'll see Paul McCartney, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Culture Club, Chris Stapleton, Dixie Chicks, Twenty One Pilots, Wilco, 5 Seconds of Summer, Paul Simon, Selena Gomez, Leon Bridges, Keith Urban, Eagles of Death Metal, Fetty Wap, Wiz Khalifa, Margaret Cho, Chaka Khan, Ellie Goulding, Martin Lawrence, New Edition and many more in the coming months.

Here's a guide to the season.


Miranda Lambert's "Keeper of the Flame Tour" with Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, $30.25-$65,

AndersonPonty Band, 8 p.m. Friday, the Pageant, $45-$50,

Cracker, 8 p.m. Friday, Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, $25,

Scarlet Tanager, Cara Louise Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Old Rock House, $7,

Pat Martino Trio, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $36.50,

An Evening of Laughs hosted by Susan Olsen (of "The Brady Bunch), 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Hey Guys Comedy Club, $17- $20,

Steve-O, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Helium Comedy Club, $22-$36,

Har Mar Superstar, Solid Gold, Catstax, 8 p.m. Friday, the Firebird, $15

Fivefold, Robby Kallery, 8 p.m. Saturday, the Firebird, $10,

J*Davey, Radames, Boogieman, Black Spade, 9 p.m. Saturday, Blank Space, $10,

The Icons of Hip-Hop Block Party with Jalil and Ecstasy of Whodini, Slick Rick, Dana Dane, 8 p.m. Sunday, the Pageant, $35- $50,

Ellie Goulding, Years and Years, 7 p.m. Monday, Chaifetz Arena, $35-$59.50,

Snarky Puppy, Charlie Hunter, 8 p.m. Monday, the Ready Room, $32- $35,

Lucius, 8 p.m. Wednesday the Ready Room, $18-$20,

Emblem3, the Ready Set, Megan Nicole, 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Pageant, $25-$27.50,

Peter Martin Trio featuring Rubin Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Ferring Jazz Bistro, $25,

Greg Fitzsimmons, 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. May 20-21, Helium Comedy Club, $15-$31,

Asleep at the Wheel, 8:30 p.m. May 20, Old Rock House, $30-$40,

Keith Sweat, Avant, hosted by DJ Kut, 8 p.m. May 20, the Ambassador, $35-$55,

Founding Fathers: Celebrating George Duke and Joe Sample with Good for the Soul, 7:30 and 9:30 p. …

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