The 10 Biggest Concerts in Cincinnati in July. (This Place is Awesome)

The 10 Biggest Concerts in Cincinnati in July. (This Place is Awesome)


Summer is here, and with it comes the best chances to see epic live performances. We’ve scoured the concert calendar for shows that offer tons of entertainment for your hard-earned dollar. And hey, if you’ve got the cash, there are also a few sold-out shows listed here – where the only tickets available are via the resale market. (There’s always a way if you’re willing to pay!)

Below you will find an overview of the 10 best shows taking place in July.

July 5: Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Unlimited Love Tour’

Red Hot Chili Peppers were a staple on college radio in the 80s, but it wasn’t until 1989’s “Mother’s Milk” that the rest of the world discovered their unique blend of funk and punk rock. Since then, they’ve become a must-see live band that always gives fans their money’s worth. DOMi & JD Beck open the show.

Details: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Sold out/Resale tickets only.

July 13: Luke Bryan ‘Mind of a Country Boy Tour’

This country music star and American Idol celebrity judge is a five-time Entertainer of the Year, awarded by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Awards. The opening acts are Alana Springsteen, Larry Fleet and Dillon Carmichael.

Details: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $59.75 lawn, pavilion through resale tickets only.

July 20: 311 ‘Unity Tour’

Omaha’s 311 blends rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid. The band kicks off their Unity Tour in Cincinnati, playing the outdoor stage of Hard Rock Casino with special guests Awolnation and Neon Trees.

Details: Hard Rock Casino, 1000 Broadway, Downtown. $64.50-$105.

July 22: SERPENT Festival

This new traveling blues festival is the brainchild of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and is accompanied by his latest blues album, “Orgy of the Damned.” The festival’s name is an anagram for Solidarity, Engagement, Restore, Peace, Equality, N’ Tolerance. A portion of each ticket goes to the Equal Justice Initiative, Know Your Rights Camp, the Greenlining Institute and War Child. The tour features Slash, Keb’ Mo’, ZZ Ward and Jackie Venson.

Details: PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $24-$141.

July 24: Tate McRae ‘Think Later Tour’

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Tate McRae was named Artist of the Year at this year’s Juno Awards, and her single “Greedy” won Single of the Year. Her current tour is sold out everywhere, including here in Cincinnati, with the only tickets available through the resale market. Presley Regier is opening.

Details: Andrew J. Brady Music Center, 25 Race St., Downtown. Starring Presley Regier. Sold out/Resale tickets only.

July 24: Alanis Morissette ‘Triple Moon Tour’

Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette’s career skyrocketed after Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM played her single “You Oughta Know,” featuring LA musicians Flea and Dave Navarro of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Her brilliant songwriting and style kept her 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for over a year and it remains one of the best-selling albums by a female artist to this day. Supporting songs included Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Morgan Wade.

Details: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $39.50 lawn, $119.50 pavilion.

July 25: Foo Fighters ‘Everything or Nothing at All Tour’

Dave Grohl and co. are heading out on a stadium tour this summer, and he’ll never forget the cities that helped destroy both the Foo Fighters and his previous band, Nirvana. The show at GABP will be supported by The Pretenders and Mammoth WVH.

Details: Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. Sold out/Resale tickets only.

July 25-27: Cincinnati Music Festival

The Queen City’s biggest music festival is a three-day downtown party that brings together some of the biggest names in R&B and hip-hop. Thursday: MC Lyte, EPMD, KRS-One, Black Sheep. Friday: Maxwell, Ne-Yo, Fantasia, October London, The Original Lakeside. Saturday: New Edition with Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, KEM, Coco Jones, En Vogue, Stokley.

Details: Thursday performances are at the Andrew J Brady Music Center (25 Race St.); Friday and Saturday shows are at Paycor Stadium (1 Paul Brown Way). $65-$600.

July 26-28: Nelsonville Music Festival

After a scenic, relaxing drive from Cincinnati to Athens County, get ready for three amazing days of music. Performers include Killer Mike, Courtney Barnett, Thee Sacred Souls, Indigo De Souza, Amyl & the Sniffers, Michael Hurley, Bonnie Prince Billy, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, The Nude Party, Bob Mould, The Felice Brothers, The Heavy Heavy, Joanna Sternberg and dozens more.

Details: Snow Fork Event Center, 5685 Happy Hollow Road, Nelsonville. Weekend passes start at $160 and day passes start at $100. Weekend passes with a camping wristband start at $190. VIP passes start at $360 and camping VIP starts at $390. Campground info: $75 hike-in, $150 car, $200 RV. Parking: $25 off-site with shuttle, $25 ADA accessible, $100 on-site parking.

July 27: Totally Tubular Festival: 80s New Wave Tour

Dress in day-glo neon, throw on some fun sunglasses, and be totally tubular for a day. This 80s new wave tour features Thomas Dolby, Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Modern English, Men Without Hats, Wang Chung, Bow Wow Wow, Tommy Tutone, and Eddie Munoz of The Plimsouls.

Details: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. $18.75-$75.