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Best Outdoor Concerts To Look Forward To This Summer In Seattle

April 11, 2013 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: concerts.livenation.com)

(photo credit: concerts.livenation.com)

(photo credit: concerts.livenation.com)

(photo credit: concerts.livenation.com)

Summer is a favorite time of year for everyone, as most students are taking a break from school, families are going on vacation and Seattle-area residents get to experience warm-weather temperatures and multiple days of sunshine. The greater Seattle area offers a few outdoor concert venues ranging from expansive amphitheaters to stadiums shared with professional sports teams. Check out these summer concerts, which will be some of the hottest in the Pacific Northwest for 2013.

Sasquatch! Festival
Gorge Amphitheatre
754 Silica Road
George, WA 98848
(509) 785-6262
www.gorgeamphitheatre.net

Date: May 24-27, 2013

The Sasquatch! Festival is a lengthy four-day concert event presented by the House of Blues that takes place in one of Washington’s best outdoor amphitheatres, the Gorge at George. Although about a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle, this is one concert that cannot be missed. While a majority of the tickets for this event have sold out, fans can still check with Ticketmaster and Live Nation ticket sales for private sales tickets. This year’s indie artist lineup includes stellar performers such as Elvis Costello, Mumford and Sons, Red Fang, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and Primus 3D. Musical content includes alternative rock, hip-hop, electronic dance and even some independent comedy acts.

Kenny Chesney: No Shoes Nation Tour
CenturyLink Field
800 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 381-7555
www.ticketmaster.com

Date: June 1, 2013

For country music fans, downtown Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is hosting an all-star lineup this summer with the Kenny Chesney: No Shoes Nation Tour. Chesney is headlining the event, but has brought along additional great country acts like the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, Kasey Musgraves, Eric Church and the Eli Young Band. CenturyLink Field is the perfect outdoor concert venue, with its amazing acoustic capabilities (just ask Seattle Seahawks’ fans) and seating for up to 72,000 for any one event.

Vans Warped Tour
White River Amphitheatre
40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road
Auburn, WA 98092
(360) 825-6200
www.livenation.com

Date: June 15, 2013

The Seattle area’s White River Amphitheatre has been a constant draw for music festivals since its inception as it can cater to thousands of people per event and is located just a few miles southeast of Seattle. The 2013 Vans Warped Tour features an extensive lineup of bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, The Used, Billy Talent, Goldfinger, Hawthorne Heights and dozens more. Sponsored primarily by Vans shoes, the festival is a favorite with extreme sports enthusiasts, skateboarders and fans of punk and rock music.

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Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 
White River Amphitheatre
40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road
Auburn, WA 98092
(360) 825-6200
www.rockstarmayhemfest.com

Date: July 3, 2013

The 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival lineup will be announced on March 18, 2013 via the festival’s website. This particular summer festival was created by the founder of the Vans Warped Tour and takes place each year at the White River Amphitheatre, Seattle’s newest and largest outdoor concert venue that can accommodate up to 20,000 people. Past lineups for this festival have included Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Motorhead, Godsmack, Rob Zombie and Korn. While this year’s lineup has yet to be revealed, festival fans are rarely disappointed with bands that sign on to perform.

JamBase Live
Gorge Amphitheatre
754 Silica Road
George, WA 98848
(509) 785-6262
www.gorgeamphitheatre.net

Dates: July 5 and 6, 2013

JamBase Live is a two-day festival being held at the Pacific Northwest’s Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. The 2013 artist lineup won’t be announced until later in March, so keep checking the festival website for further updates. JamBase administrators did give some vague hints as to what bands may be playing this year’s festival with the following statement: “Roughly a dozen acts have been slated to perform on the main stage, and for half of these acts, this is the first time that they will appear on what many would agree is the world’s most majestic stage. Several of the repeat performers will return to play The Gorge after as long as a decade.” Keeping this in mind, there are numerous bands who have played the Gorge at George over the last decade, with many not performing there in some time, including No Doubt, Van Halen, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, Nine Inch Nails and more.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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