The Summer’s Top Country Concerts


Country music fans, consider putting your cowboy hats to use and pouring yourself some strong moonshine, because over the next month the Valley is welcoming some of country music’s top names.

July 9: Darius Rucker, Ak-Chin Pavilion
He may have been the face of Hootie and the Blowfish in the 90’s, but nowadays Rucker is lighting up the country music stage. His debut country album Learn To Live was a success, achieving platinum status in its first year. His most recent album Southern Style was released in March 2015.
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July 15: Rascal Flatts, Ak-Chin Pavilion
The popular trio first emerged onto the scene in 2000 with their self-titled debut album and never looked back. Their second album Melt, released in the same year produced “These Days,” the group’s first number one country hit. Their most recent album Rewind was released in May 2014.
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July 17: Dixie Chicks, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Another popular trio, the Dixie Chicks were formed in 1989 and went on to become the highest selling female group in America. Known for their loudly voiced opinions, the Dixie Chicks at times have caused waves, however their contemporary sound still remains popular. Currently on their first American tour in a decade, the Dixie Chicks may or may not be ready to make nice.
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July 28: Martina McBride, Celebrity Theatre
The ever-popular “Independence Day” still rings out as one of McBride’s signature tunes however she’s earned many other hits like “A Broken Wing” and “Wrong Again.”
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August 6: Brantley Gilbert, Ak-Chin Pavilion
With two platinum hits in 2012, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” Gilbert reached even more success with “Bottoms Up,” in 2014, his biggest hit to date.
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August 12: Jason Aldean, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aldean’s self-titled debut album was released in 2005 but it wasn’t until 2009 when his third album Wide Open, produced three number one singles. The next album My Kinda Party was even more successful with hits like “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” and “My Kinda Party.”
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September 22: Luke Bryan, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Writing songs since he was 16, Bryan finally scored a record deal and released his first album I’ll Stay Me in 2007. Since then, Bryan has seen quite the success, winning AMC’s Entertainer of the Year award in 2013 and having multiple hits and albums climb to the top of the charts.
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