Houston may not be known for having a bustling music scene, but its ranking as the fourth largest city in the U.S. makes it a popular stop for big name bands throughout the year. And with the city’s warm climate, it’s a prime pick for concerts year-round at Houston’s outdoor theaters, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion or Miller Outdoor Theatre.  Both feature popular musicians and performing artist events that are guaranteed to draw a crowd, and allow guests to drink in spectacular performances and a relaxing atmosphere on a warm summer night.
Steely Dan
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 363-3300

Date: July 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Steely Dan has been entertaining fans since the early ’70s with their distinct brand of adult contemporary music. Though the band members parted ways after years of commercial success, Steely Dan has toured regularly since reuniting in the ’90s. Both casual fans and cult followers can catch Steely Dan at Houston’s premier outdoor concert venue, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, on Saturday, July 18. Lawn tickets are $35 with reserved tickets ranging from $55 – $129.50. Parking is free and lawn ticket-holders can bring a blanket to sit on or rent chairs at the venue for a nominal fee. Elvis Costello and the Imposters is the opening act.

Fall Out Boy And Wiz Khalifa

Date: July 24, 2015 at 7 p.m.

The Boys of Zummer Tour, with headliners Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa, makes a pit stop in Houston at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Friday, July 24. General admission tickets are $49.75, – $69.75 depending on seat location, with lawn seats reasonably priced at $28.50. Free parking is available in well-lit and patrolled lots nearby the pavilion, while preferred parking may be purchased through Ticketmaster at a $20 premium, plus a service charge. Hoodie Allen is the opening act for the rock and rap concert.

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Chicago And Earth, Wind & Fire

Date: July 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The classic rock all-stars Chicago and Earth, Wind,& Fire join forces during their Heart and Soul Tour 2015 and make Houston the seventh stop on their cross-country trip. Though each band plays their catalogue of classics separately on stage, the highlight of the show occurs when both Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling groups take the stage at the end of the night to collaborate on some of their greatest hits. Tickets for reserved seats are $39.50, – $125, while admission to the lawn is $25.

Classic Albums Live – Rolling Stones
Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(281) 373-3386

Date: Aug. 15, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

Classic Albums Live, one of the most successful cover bands, will be in Houston to perform the Rolling Stones’ entire “Sticky Fingers” album. The band promises a powerful performance — “note for note, cut for cut” — at their Houston show the evening of Aug. 15. Covered seats are free (but limited to four per person) and can be picked up the day of the show at the box office between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. If tickets remain, the box office will open one hour before the show starts to hand out remaining tickets. Seating is free on the hill. Check the venue website for specifics regarding permitted and restricted items before heading to the concert.

Kelly Clarkson

Date: Sept. 1, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Kelly Clarkson is bringing her high-energy, vocal showcase to H-town in September. Clarkson’s massive pop success has blown her original title of “American Idol” winner out of the water. Fans will enjoy songs from her commercially successful, recently-released album “Piece by Piece,” along with a mixture of ballads and rock-anthems from her other six previous albums.Tickets on the lawn are $25 while reserved seating starts at $20 and goes up to $99.50.

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