The outdoor concert season ends at many venues in August with a final burst of music.
No matter what era or style of music you prefer, you’ll likely find it somewhere in the state this month. You’ll find rock of all kinds, rap, blues, country, opera pop, R&B and more.
Somewhat newer artists – including Lauv, Leon Bridges and the Kid LAROI – will perform at Kemba Live.
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Festivals range from bluegrass to electronica.
This list is not exhaustive, and some artists will appear in more than one location, so check out the sites for more options
Where to find live music at outdoor venues in Ohio in August
Blossom Music Center
On nights when the Cleveland Orchestra isn’t performing at its summer home, big names will perform at this out-of-town venue.
• August 2, Phish. Tickets start at $49.50. The vintage jam band is on the road again, much to the delight of their many followers.
• August 3, Rob Zombie and Mudvayne. Tickets start at $18.75. Shock-rocker Zombie takes the time to make a film version of “The Munsters” to tour with heavy metal band Mudvayne.
• August 9, Incubus. Tickets start at $20. The Californian rock band has been going strong since the 90s.
• August 23, Korn and Evanescence. Tickets start at $29.50. Nu-metal pioneers Korn team up with goth band Evanescence, fronted by Amy Lee since the ’90s, for what should be a high-decibel gig.
• August 24, Pitbull. Tickets start at $29.50. The Miami-based rapper is known for his upbeat and high-energy shows.
• August 30, Wiz Khalifa. Tickets start at $29.50. The Pittsburgh-born rapper and staunch cannabis advocate has been touring regularly for a decade.
695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering (fraze.com)
The 4,300-seat amphitheater in southwest Ohio promises “the best live music of the summer under the stars.”
• August 3, Joe Bonamassa. Tickets start at $69. The stellar blues guitarist will perform his new album, “Time Clocks,” in its entirety.
• August 25, Rick Springfield, Men at Work and John Waite. All three acts will take listeners back to the 80s.
405 Neil Ave. (www.promowestlive.com)
The outdoor area behind the site will be bustling with shows rain or shine this month.
• August 6, Beartooth. Tickets: $35. The hardcore punk band has been active in Columbus for a decade.
• August 7, dispatch and OAR Tickets: $49.50. Indie-roots band Dispatch are back after several breakups and tours with rock band OAR.
• August 8, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Dashboard Confessional. Tickets: $39.50. The rock pianist and singer-songwriter is on tour with old emo favorites.
• August 19, The Kid LAROI. Tickets: $35. The 19-year-old Australian rapper, probably best known for collaborating with Justin Bieber on ‘Stay’, promises to release his debut album, ‘Kids Are Growing Up’.
• August 21, Leon Bridges. Tickets: $59.50. The young soul and R&B singer-songwriter adheres to the traditions of these musical forms.
• August 23, Lauv. Tickets: $39.50. Anyone who has listened to pop radio will probably have heard the young singer’s hit, “I Like Me Better.”
• August 30, Interpol and Spoon. Tickets: $42.50. ’90s rock band Interpol, who have just released a new album, “The Other Side of Make Believe,” will be joined by co-headliners and contemporaries Spoon, a rock band from Texas.
Riverbend Music Center
6295 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati (riverbend.org)
The 5,000-person venue brings major acts to Cincinnati.
• August 2, Chris Brown and Lil Baby. Tickets start at $29.50. Controversial R&B star and Grammy Award winner Brown co-headlines with rapper Lil Baby.
• August 13, Zac Brown Band. Tickets start at $30.50. The traveling country band is known for its crowd-pleasing gigs.
• August 16, The Beach Boys and the Temptations. Tickets start at $52.75. Current incarnations of two bands that debuted in the ’60s might satisfy those with a fondness for the past.
• August 18, Alicia Keys. Tickets start at $49.50. R&B singer-songwriter Keys, who won 15 Grammy Awards, is in the midst of a world tour to promote her latest album, “Keys,” an expanded version of which will be released in August.
• August 25, Jason Aldean. Tickets start at $39.75. The country superstar is bringing his Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour to Ohio.
• August 28, Imagine Dragons. Tickets start at $49.50. The influential and hugely popular pop rockers are celebrating a decade of success by following up last year’s “Mercury – Part 1” with this year’s “Mercury – Part 2”.
• August 31, Il Divo. Tickets start at $24.25. The pop opera trio pays tribute to former member Carlos Marin, who died in 2021, with their “Greatest Hits” tour.
pink music center
6800 Executive Boulevard, Huber Heights (rosemusiccenter.com)
The 4,200-seat hall offers a complete and varied program.
• August 3, Goo Goo Dolls. Tickets start at $41. While the Dolls could have stayed on “Iris” indefinitely, they continued to release albums, including the August release “Chaos in Bloom.”
• August 6, Elvis Costello and the Imposters. Tickets start at $23.50. Singer-songwriter Costello has been on the rise since the ’70s, with his new album, “A Boy Named If,” receiving as much acclaim as his previous work.
• August 11, Ted Nugent. Tickets start at $23.50. The controversial rocker will play guitar and will likely voice an opinion or two.
• August 14, Boz Scaggs. Tickets start at $43. Township-born guitarist Scaggs has been playing rock, jazz, R&B and blues since the ’60s, with his latest album, “Out of the Blues”, returning to his blues roots.
• August 26, Osborne Brothers. Tickets start at $23.50. The Nashville-based duo warn that their music is “not for everyone”.
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• August 3-6, Gathering of the Juggalos, Legend Valley, 7585 Kindle Road, Thornville. (juggalogathering.com). Tickets: $220. When you’re not listening to music from Insane Clown Posse, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Sex Waffles, Really Bad People and more, you can enter costume, graffiti and “iron throat” contests. “.
• August 12-13, Neon Nights Country Music Fest, Clay’s Park Resort, 12951 Patterson St. NW, N. Lawrence. (www.theneonnights.com). Tickets start at $89.99 per day. A comprehensive roster of artists includes headliners Alabama and Hank Williams Jr.
• August 12-13, Everwild Festival, Legend Valley, 7585 Kindle Road, Thornville. (everwildfestival.com). Tickets start at $79 per day. Cleveland-based funk and reggae band Tropidelics will headline the family event, alongside Hawaiian singer-songwriter Hiri and California hip-hop/reggae band Dirty Heads.
• August 13-14, Latin FestivalGenoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. (festivallatino.net). Admission fee. Enjoy children’s activities, food, art and dance plus performances by La Sonora Dinamita, Milly Quezada, Liusito Ayala and Elvis Martinez.
• August 24-25, Bash on the Bay, Put-in-Bay Airport, 1494 Langram Road, Put-in-Bay. (bashonthebay.com). Tickets start at $89 per day. Find a spot on the island or take a boat and listen to Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band.
• August 26-28, Breakaway Music Festival, Historic Crew Stadium, 1 Black and Gold Blvd. (www.breakawayfestival.com). Tickets start at $74 for Friday admission. Electronic music is at the center of a festival that includes performances by the Chainsmokers, Lane 8, Griz and Slander.
• August 26-28, Wonderbus, the lawn of Chemical Abstract Services, 2540 route de la rivière Olentangy. (wonderbusfest.com). Student tickets start at $50. Three days of music on the lawn, with performances from Duran Duran, Lorde and the Lumineers.