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One advantage of Houston’s warm climate is the season for outdoor concerts starts in April and stretches for several months. The extended summer concert season will once again bring many top musicians to Houston for a variety of outdoor performances and festivals. Residents seeking a night out under the stars can find acts at just about all price levels. Grab a cold beverage and check out these five events for a memorable summer evening.

Dancin’ In The Street: Motown & More Revue
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(281) 373-3386

Dates: May 23-26, 2013 – 8:15 p.m.

Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston’s Hermann Park is a great venue to catch a free concert throughout the summer. On Memorial Day weekend, the soul-sounds of Dancin‘ in the Street take over the venue for four feet-stomping shows. The performers are known for belting out the classics from Motown artists and other soul legends. In store for this year’s show is a Jackson 5 tribute and the return of James Brown. Each day of the show, free tickets for the covered seating portion of the theater are available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the theater box office. If you don’t snag one of those tickets, just show up and sit on the hill.

Related: Best Shows To See At The Miller Outdoor Theatre

Dave Matthews Band
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
(281) 363-3300

Date: May 17 – 7 p.m.

The Dave Matthews Band has decided to launch its four-month 2013 summer tour with a stop just north of Houston. The group chose The Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands as the venue to kick off the tour promoting its last album, “Away From the World.” Devoted fans of DMN return year after year for the music and dazzling stage show, which in the past has included lasers and lights across the audience and artsy images of masked people, natures and elevators. With its blend of rock, blues, R&B and funk, DMB tickets usually are a hot commodity, so plan ahead.

Houston International Festival
Downtown Houston
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 654-8808

Dates: April 20-21 and April 27-28

A celebration of international art, food and music takes over the streets of downtown Houston the last two weekends of April. Festival attendees have their choice of five different stages of music, including one dedicated exclusively to international music. International performers can range from the Ari-rang Korean Folk Dance Group to the Cuadro La Tempestad Flamenco Company. Houston residents in the mood for more mainstream fare can head to the Bud Light World Music Stage. This year’s headliners are Los Lobos on April 27 and Aaron Neville on April 28. A complete list of musical performers is on the festival website.

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
(281) 363-3300

Date: Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.

With radio standbys “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “Hey Soul Sister” and “Save Me San Francisco” chances are good Houston residents will be able to sing along with plenty of numbers by the band Train when they hit The Woodlands for an August tour stop. Also expect some songs from the band’s newest album, California 37. The band has a reputation for putting on a fun show with a touch of spectacle. Leader singer Patrick Monahan is a master of crowd participation, and he’s been known to mix things up by playing the tenor saxophone. The concert will kick off with performances by The Script and Gavin DeGraw.

Vans Warped Tour ‘13
Reliant Park Parking Lots
8400 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Date: Aug. 4 at 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Prices: Click here for prices.

While Dave Mathews launches his tour in Houston, the Vans Warped Tour will make Houston it’s final stop with a show in the parking lots of Reliant Park. In its 19th year, the tour is still the top showcase for punk rock music, though other related genres such as pop punk, alternative rock and metalcore bands can be found. Stages are set up throughout the venue and the list of performers is almost a mile long. This year’s top acts include Hawthorne Heights, Allstar Weekend, Reel Big Fish and The Early November. Bowling for Soup is only playing at three tour stops, and Houston is one of them. Check the website for a full list of scheduled bands.

Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.