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The best country music concerts to see this summer

Catch country music concerts from the genre’s biggest stars when they come to beaches and arenas near NYC this summer

By Kelsey Dubinsky
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Country music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about NYC's amazing summer concerts, but that doesn’t stop some of genre's top artists from showing the city what they’re made of. With many bonafide chart-toppers, coming to live music venues around the city and seaside arenas at our favorite New York beaches, we’ll be singing the praises of cold beers and boot-tapping all season long.

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June

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Jason Aldean

Music Folk, country and blues

You’ll definitely know why you went to Jason Aldean’s “They Don’t Know Tour” when you experience the artist first hand, bound to be one of the summer's most rocking and energetic concerts. If hearing Aldean isn’t enough, your night will be filled with jams from fellow country stars Chris Young, Kane Brown, and Dee Jay Silver as well.

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Florida Georgia Line

Music Folk, country and blues

One of the most popular country duos on the charts today, Florida Georgia Line is bringing their talents to Jones Beach this June. Opening in the past for artists like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, don’t miss your chance to see FGL put on a show of their own.

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Dierks Bentley

Music Folk, country and blues

If “Drunk on a Plane” had you jamming out all summer long in 2014, then grab tickets to Dierks Bentley’s ocean-adjacent concert. You’ll hear some of his older classics combined with songs off his most recent album, 2016's Black. You will find yourself singing along to “somewhere on a beach” well, somewhere at Jones Beach.

Sam Hunt

Music Folk, country and blues

Before June had even started, Sam Hunt’s new chart-topping hit “Body Like a Back Road” was already our anthem of the season. Join Hunt, Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese for a night of smooth sing-alongs.

July

Zac Brown Band
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Zac Brown Band

Music Folk, country and blues

Thanks to sharing bills with the Dave Matthews Band and pulling in crowds at Bonnaroo, the Zac Brown Band has become that true rarity: a bona fide country act that has successfully crossed over to broad appeal. With the release of their new album, Welcome Home, ZBB continues to combine the lyrics of classic country with the sounds of classic rock with songs like "Your Magesty" and "Roots."

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Lady Antebellum

Music Pop

With Lady Antebellum’s new album, Heart Break, only coming out one month prior, this concert will be full of new music from the country-pop sensation. Singing alongside the trio that night, will be 2017 Grammy Nominated Kelsea Ballerina and "West Coast-meets-Southern" singer Brett Young.

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Chris Stapleton

Music Folk, country and blues

Chris Stapleton will be bringing his twist of southern-rock and bluegrass to the New York area this summer, with a two day performance starting at PNC bank arts center, and finishing at Jones Beach. There is no doubt that he will be belting tunes from his May- released album, From a Room: Volume 1.

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Brantley Gilbert

Music Folk, country and blues

“The Devil Don’t Sleep” and neither will you when Brantley Gilbert returns to New York in support of his new album. The Georgia-bred country singerweds a hard-rock image with Nashville-friendly songs about girls, rural life and, above all, partying. Crack open a cold one, and shout for "The Weekend."

August

Toby Keith

Music Folk, country and blues

Deep-voiced Oklahoman country bigwig Toby Keith takes the stage in Coney Island. With an impressive sixty-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, you’ll be hearing some of his most famous hits. We dare you to try not to sing along.

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Luke Bryan + Brett Eldredge

Music Folk, country and blues

What better way to end your summer than with two of country music’s hottest stars on Jones Beach. Luke Bryan is bringing along special guest Brett Eldredge for a night that will leave you saying “Play It Again” and feeling the “beat of the music” all night long. Rising star Craig Campbell opens.

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