Top Country Artists You Need To See Live This Summer
BY: BEN PAPAGEORGE
Country music concerts and summer go together like bread and butter. Seeing your favourite artists perform live is always great but there is just something that makes the whole experience more enjoyable during the summer. Whether you’re spending the weekend at an outdoor music festival or catching a marquee tour stopping in your city, country music concerts are abundant during the summer time and because it might not be possible to see every single show, we’ve put together a list of some of the artists you need to see live this summer!
The Hunter Brothers are fresh off of opening for High Valley during their tour in Ontario and just played at the tribute concert in Saskatchewan supporting the victims of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos. This summer, the Hunter Brothers will have a busy schedule playing festivals including both Country Thunder dates in Craven and Calgary as well as the Havelock Jamboree in Ontario.
Always one to put on an electric performance, Dallas Smith is hitting the festival circuit this summer with performances on some of the biggest stages in Canada. You can see Dallas live at Dauphin’s Countryfest, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Rockin’ River Music Festival and Boots And Hearts among many others.
Keith Urban’s Graffiti U tour is stopping all across Canada this summer with a special treat for Canadian country music fans; Lindsay Ell is opening for most of the Canadian dates! His brand new album, Graffiti U includes a song called “Horses” which features Lindsay Ell. This is a two for one that you won’t want to miss.
River Town Saints are another band playing a bunch of festivals this summer which gives fans across Canada a great opportunity to see them live. Some of the festivals they are playing include Boots And Hearts, Dauphin’s Countryfest and the Manitoulin Country Fest.
Country mega-star Luke Bryan will be coming to Canada to headline multiple festivals including the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede, and Country Thunder in Craven. His What Makes You CountryXL tour will be opening in Toronto on May 31st and stopping in Vancouver on October 13th to cap of the summer which gives fans across the country a chance to see one of the biggest names in the genre.
Madeline Merlo is ready to light it up this summer with performances lined up all across the country. Her latest single “Neon Love” is a perfect summer party anthem and watching the amazingly talented singer perform it live is something everyone needs to experience.
After last summer’s landmark performance at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage that featured many big names in Canadian country music, Dean Brody is returning to do it all again on June 28th. This time he is billed along with Alan Doyle along with what we’re sure will be some amazing special guests.