Leave your rain jacket behind with 15 of the best outdoor summer concerts coming to greater Seattle this year.
As much as we love Seattle’s sticky-floored rock clubs and acoustically blessed theaters, seeing live music outdoors sans poncho is only a safe bet for about a quarter of the year. These are 15 of the top open-air shows coming to greater Seattle this summer.
The vice queen of pop music’s (sorry Swifties, Bey’s got this) mammoth stadium tour with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX should be one of the summer’s hottest tickets. However, sales have been slower than usual, perhaps due in part to her groundbreaking “dynamic pricing” model, which fluctuates prices based on demand, a la airfare and hotels. 7 p.m. May 22, CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $65.50-$475, centurylinkfield.com
Sasquatch! Music Festival
Quintessential Washington fest gets back to its indie-rock roots, nabbing headliners Bon Iver, the National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne (who also plays the Paramount on May 24) and more. Pro tip: Buying weekend passes in groups of four saves about $100 per person. May 25-27, Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd., George; $129-$325, sasquatchfestival.com
The inventive pop fusionist and award-winning actress has mostly dropped the android act with her liberating new album, “Dirty Computer.” Leading up to its release, the Prince protégé came out as pansexual and the record is both a celebratory fist in the air for those struggling with their sexuality and a danceable push for an inclusive, equitable America. 6:30 p.m. June 11, Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond; $43-$68.50, marymoorconcerts.com
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Dead & Company
At first glance, three of the Grateful Dead’s surviving core and John Mayer — whose mushy solo work is the musical equivalent of cuddling after a first Starbucks date — seem an odd combo. But before spitting up your Skinny Iced Latte, know that Mayer, an unabashed Deadhead and talented guitarist, and the Haight-Ashbury jam heroes have earned high marks since hooking up in 2015. 7 p.m. June 29, Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd., George; $41.50-$495, livenation.com
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Laid-back camping-optional fest of mostly local talent — topped by Car Seat Headrest, Thao, Kyle Craft and Courtney Marie Andrews — promises excessive chill and organized kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding tours and other activities just 45 minutes outside of Seattle. July 12-14, Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31020 N.E. 40th St., Carnation; $20-$99, $20 parking, $40-$1,000 camping, summer.timbermusicfest.com
The synth-pop duo’s slyly intricate pop tunes off their “What Now” LP should make for an irresistible sunset dance party. 7 p.m. July 14, Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond; $39.50-$45, marymoorconcerts.com
Since stepping out from the ghostwriting shadows, country music’s reigning beard has been doing his part to inject some outlaw soul back into mainstream country music. Turns out the Nashville hitmaker was saving his most poignant songs for himself, helping both of his first two solo albums sweep album of the year at the CMAs and ACMAs, plus the Grammys’ best country album category. 7 p.m. July 21, White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., Auburn; $70-$249, livenation.com
Capitol Hill Block Party
Rowdy bash on the Hill returns with Father John Misty, EDM party boy Dillon Francis, breakout hip-hop collective Brockhampton and more. July 21-23, Capitol Hill, East Pike Street and 12th Avenue; $155-$300 three-day pass, $65 single day, capitolhillblockparty.com
The best band in late-night TV is also one of the most exciting acts coming to the zoo since the arrival of Taj the rhino. 6 p.m. July 22, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $59.50-$134.50, zoo.org
Willie Nelson & Family
With country’s weed-lovin’ outlaw humorously pondering mortality on his new album, “Last Man Standing,” it’s hard to know how many tours the 85-year-old icon has left in the tank. But if ol’ Willie still sounds as good as he has in recent years, it’s worth seeing the living legend while you can. 7 p.m. Aug. 1, Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond; $59.50-$99.50, marymoorconcerts.com
It’s been five years since the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers graced their hometown, and the grunge gods’ two “Home Shows” at Safeco Field look to be the biggest Seattle concerts of the year. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 10., Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle; sold out.
Sub Pop 30th anniversary party
Seattle’s big little indie label celebrates the big 3-0 with a beachy bash along Alki Avenue. At press time, the lineup was still under wraps, but if past anniversary shindigs are any indication, it’ll be worth the sunburn. Noon to 10 p.m., Aug. 11, Alki Avenue along Alki Beach, free, subpop.com
Live Nation and dubstep’s dark lord Excision launch this new three-day brodown at the Gorge with some of bass music’s most punishing DJs. Shuttle options from Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport and Spokane are available. Aug. 24-26, Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd., George; $125 three-day pass, $109.50-$640 camping, basscanyon.com
It’s a busy Labor Day concert weekend, with Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band all playing Washington shows. But this annual urban fest is the best reason to stay in town, with hip-hop heavyweights (J. Cole, SZA, Lil Wayne), Northwest indie-rock faves (Fleet Foxes, Portugal. The Man), EDM party starters (Illenium, RL Grimes) and insipid crossover duo the Chainsmokers. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $220-$775, bumbershoot.com
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Aimee Mann
Summer concert season winds down with this doozy of a double bill pairing alt-country troubadour Jason Isbell and folk heroine Aimee Mann at the relaxed amphitheater in the park. 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond; $45-55, marymoorconcerts.com