Music festivals haven’t descended upon Cincinnati just yet, but this week is jam-packed with concerts you won’t want to miss.
1. Beyoncé and Jay ZQueen Bey and Jay come through Cincinnati on Saturday for the second stop of their On The Run Tour. A decade after launching her solo career with Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé dropped a self-titled surprise album last December. And in case you missed it, Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail (also released in 2013) changed the certification rules for gold and platinum albums. Who knows what really happened in that elevator with Solange; we’re just glad the tour is still on. Saturday, June 28, 8 p.m., Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown, 513-381-7337, beyonce.com/tour
2. Old 97’sStart off the week with these alt-county champs at The Southgate House Revival. Old 97’s were formed in 1993 by frontman Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond in Dallas. Since then, the group has released 10 albums, including this year’s Most Messed Up. The four-man band combines rock, acoustic, and country twang with its upbeat and catchy tunes. Tuesday, June 24, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, 859-431-2201, southgatehouse.com
3. Journey and the Steve Miller BandA trifecta of San Francisco-based bands is coming to Riverbend Music Center to cure your mid-week blues. Journey (sans Steve Perry, of course) and The Steve Miller Band are headlining an international tour featuring R&B group Tower of Power. Don’t stop believin’, baby. Wednesday, June 25, 6:45 p.m. (doors at 5:15 p.m.), 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-6220, riverbend.org
4. Bruno Mars with Aloe BlaccGet ready for a night of serenading. Bruno Mars of Super Bowl stardom will be at U.S. Bank Arena with special guest Aloe Blacc. A performer from childhood, Mars took the music scene by storm in 2010 with a retro-inspired wardrobe and a Grammy-winning performance of his hit, “Just The Way You Are.” Since then, he was named the 2013 Billboard Artist of the Year, won another Grammy for his sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox (2012), and headlined the Super Bowl 48 Halftime Show. Friday, June 27, 8 p.m (doors at 6:30 p.m.), 100 Broadway St., downtown, 513-421-4111, usbankarena.com
5. Tim McGrawGrab your cowboy boots for Tim McGraw’s annual concert at Riverbend Music Center. His 2014 Sundown Heaven Town Tour, which began last month, precedes the release of his new album expected to hit stores September 16. McGraw recently debuted two new songs, “City Lights” on the season finale of The Voice and “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” featuring his wife, Faith Hill. Sunday, June 29, 7 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.), 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-6220, riverbend.org
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