Many big names will be making their way through the Garden State as the summer concert season gears up. From James Taylor to Nicki Minaj, we have the breakdown on your best bets for performances in New Jersey. By Emily Tamburri.


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Dave Matthews Band concert series have become a favorite summer ritual among many. The two day tour on June 26th and 27th at the Susquehanna Bank Center will continue in this tradition, as concert goers have plenty of space to spread out on the lush grass and listen to the mellow music of DMB.

Everclear, Sugar Ray & Gin Blossoms – a combination which sound  like the CDs you rotated through your Sony DiscMan in the nineties. Take a ride down to the PNC Bank Arts Center on Saturday, July 21st for the fun, feel good music of your formative middle school years.


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Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, two country legends will be together this summer on the “Brothers of the Sun” Tour, stopping at the New Jersey MetLife Stadium on Saturday, August 11th in East Rutherford. Tickets are currently on sale, so don’t miss these famed country headliners.

Hip Hop/R&B

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Maxwell has emerged for a brief two day concert in the New Jersey Prudential Center for August 3rd and 4th to showcase four of his most popular albums, two on each night. As his fans know, a live concert from Maxwell is a rare and special occurrence, so this event is sure to be one to remember.

Rock & Pop

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Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, David Marks, and Mike Love perform during the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images)

James Taylor’s music seems to be a summer staple, as he repeatedly draws huge crowds during his warm weather tour dates. This year is expected to be no different when he performs with his classic melodious guitar on Saturday, June 23rd at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ.

Santana and The Allman Brothers, an eclectic formation that you might not have expected to be lucky enough to see together will be hitting the New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center on Wednesday, July 25th for a night of intricate guitar solos and jam sessions.

The Beach Boys, with their original singer/songwriter, Brian Wilson, will be performing in one of music’s biggest comebacks. Their beach-y summer tunes will be blissful at the “down the shore” arena of PNC Bank Arts Center on Wednesday, June 27th. Can’t wait that long? Head to southern NJ for a June 16th show at the Susquehanna Bank Center.

As the leader of the Four Seasons, Frankie Valli’s music represents a timeless era, and classic hits so popular that they’ve made it onto the Broadway stage. Frankie will be performing on June 8th at the intimate Borgata Music Box.

Venue Information

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The Prudential Center (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Prudential Center
165 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 757-6000

PNC Bank Arts Center
116 Garden State Parkway
Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 203-2500

Susquehanna Bank Center
1 Harbor Boulevard
Camden, NJ 08103
(856) 365-1300

The Borgata Music Box
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 317-1000

MetLife Stadium
1 MetLife Stadium Drive
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201) 559-1300
CBSNewYork’s MetLife Guide

Emily Tamburri is a New Jersey-based publishing professional and freelance lifestyle writer.

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