You’ve heard it all before — it’s hot, it’s the summer, and there’s nothing to do.

You’re right about two things, but dead wrong about the other.

Throughout Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans, a number of fine musical acts will grace those cities’ stages.

If you dig on rock ’n’ roll, there’s Guns N’ Roses at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in August.

Want a little country music from a legend? Why not see Loretta Lynn at the Paragon? Or how about Kevin Costner at Dixie Landin’?

And that’s just three of the many choices.

Get out the calendars and call a babysitter if you have to. Here are a few shows from each city that you absolutely should not miss.


JULY 11: Aesop Rock/Rob Sonic/DJ Zone at The Varsity

The brilliant New York MC Aesop Rock is touring behind his seventh solo album, “The Impossible Kid.” Though his career has spanned two decades, Aesop Rock continues to improve on his crafty and smart wordplay.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance.

JULY 14: Phil Brady’s 30th anniversary of the Blues Jam

All the biggest and best blues players will be on deck for this party. It apparently is the longest-running jam in the country. You can expect players like Kenny Neal and Two-Tone Malone among many others to make appearances.

8:30 p.m. $5 cover. For information, call (225) 927-3786.

JULY 18: Ted Nugent at The Varsity

The cantankerous rocker returns to Louisiana. Chance of him saying something controversial — 100 percent.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 in advance.

JULY 19: Anna Wise and Sonnymoon at Spanish Moon

Anna Wise is the Grammy-winning collaborator known for her guest vocals on Kendrick Lamar’s albums. Now, she’s touring behind her new EP, “The Feminine: Act I.”

Doors open at 9 p.m. $8.

JULY 23: Kevin Costner & Modern West at Dixie Landin’

Kevin Costner, the star of classics such as “Field of Dreams” and “Dances With Wolves,” is also a country rock ’n’ roller. He and his band are performing as part of Dixie Landin’s summer concert series.

Free to park guests. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.

JULY 28: Edwin McCain at Manship Theatre

Edwin McCain can be your crying shoulder, but in late July, he and his acoustic trio will perform hits and more in an intimate show in Baton Rouge.

7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40-$50, plus fees.

JULY 30: Movies & Music on the Lawn at Baton Rouge Gallery

The local gallery continues to stun with its Movies & Music series, which pairs a silent film classic with a never-before-heard score from a regional musician. This time around, it’s a screening of “Metropolis” with music from the electronic wizard Matsy.

8 p.m. or sunset (whichever comes last). Free for members, $7 for nonmembers.

AUG. 4: Boston/Eddie Money at the River Center

The legendary rockers will bring more than feelings to the Capital City. Songs you will most definitely hear — “More Than a Feeling” and “Take Me Home Tonight.”

7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $23.

AUG. 5: Clint Black at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

The country star, known for hits like “Killin’ Time” and “When My Ship Comes In,” performs an intimate set at L’Auberge’s Event Center.

Doors at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

AUG. 6: Keith Sykes/Chris Canterbury at Red Dragon Listening Room

Keith Sykes has earned the title of songwriters’ songwriter. He’s considered a favorite by artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine and Jimmy Buffett.

8 p.m. $30, $40 VIP.

AUG. 11: Us The Duo/The Gardiner Sisters at Manship Theatre

The YouTube sensation, Us The Duo, is touring behind its sophomore album, “No Matter Where You Are,” which peaked into the top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts.

7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus fees.

AUG. 21: Jill Scott at the River Center

For fans of smooth R&B and a little bit of the truth, Grammy winner Jill Scott will bring her powerful voice and soul music to Baton Rouge. Her last album, “Woman,” in 2015, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

7 p.m. Tickets start at $37.

AUG. 27: Futurebirds at The Varsity

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before — an indie rock band out of Athens, Georgia, that amasses a cult following due to its live shows. Futurebirds, like R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel before them, are on that trajectory.

Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.

AUG. 27: The Wilder Janes/Ralph Goodson at Dyson House Listening Room

The all-female folk band The Wilder Janes will celebrate the release of its Kickstarter-funded album.

6 p.m. $10.

AUG. 27: Bradystock IV at Phil Brady’s

Get ready to headbang. This year’s bill features the pummeling riffs of The Axes of Evil and Big Frank. Overall, you get eight bands for $8 in advance. Not a bad deal at all.

3 p.m. $8 in advance. $10 at the door.


JUNE 30: Soul Track Mind at The Grouse Room

The contemporary soul/rock band brings its grooves to the downtown Lafayette bar and venue.

9:30 p.m.

JUNE 30: Daikaiju/Lost Bayou Ramblers at Blue Moon Saloon

A “psycho-surf” rock band, Daikaiju, meets the Cajun rock of Lost Bayou Ramblers in this one-off show. It will be a sweaty, good time.

9:30 p.m.

JULY 1: Plies at The District

The rapper who was nominated for the Ringtone of the Year in 2008 at the BET Hip-Hop Awards is coming. Plies’ new album, “Purple Heart,” is set to drop anytime now.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance.

JULY 15: Marc Broussard/Soul Express Brass Band at Couret Farms

A new concert series to Lafayette, the music continues with some soul from Carencro native Marc Broussard.

Free. 6 p.m.

JULY 15: Prince Hoot Night

It still seems unreal that Prince is gone, but some of the city’s best musicians will help remember him by performing his hit songs at this one-of-a-kind show.

10 p.m.

JULY 16: Loretta Lynn at Paragon

Her career spans six decades, and it’s still going strong. Loretta Lynn is touring behind her March release, “Full Circle,” which was produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. $40 assigned seating, $55 premium seating.

JULY 25: Drums Across Cajun Field

The annual band competition returns, featuring performances from the world’s most elite marching band ensembles.

7 p.m. $28 in advance, $31 the day of the show. or (337) 265-2208.


JULY 1-3: Essence Festival at Mercedes-Benz Superdome

This year’s headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell and Mariah Carey. Other performers include Common, Tyrese and Leon Bridges.

Tickets start at $55.

JULY 11: Flight of the Conchords at Saenger Theatre

It’s business time. The New Zealand-based comedy duo will bring the house down with all its hits, including “The Most Beautiful Girl” and “Foux du Fafa.” Extra points awarded if they perform “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenocerous.”

8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

JULY 31: case/lang/veirs at Joy Theater

Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs have teamed up to create their own pop-rock supergroup, and the results are nothing but great. This will be the act’s first Louisiana performance.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

JULY 31: Guns N’ Roses/The Cult at Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Do you know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby! OK, maybe not the jungle, but the Superdome, and one of hard rock’s classic bands will be visiting during its “Not in This Lifetime” tour.

8 p.m. Tickets start at $52.

AUG. 13: Deerhoof at Gasa Gasa

The quirky rock quartet continues to dominate college radio airwaves and is touring behind its recently-released, 15-track album “The Magic.”

Doors open at 9 p.m. The show starts at 10 p.m. $14.

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