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.
IN BATON ROUGE
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. varsitytheatre.com
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. varsitytheatre.com
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. thespanishmoon.com
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. bluebayou.com/summer-concert-series.html
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. manshiptheatre.org
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. batonrougegallery.com/movies-music-on-the-lawn
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. brrivercenter.com
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. lbatonrouge.com
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. reddragonlr.com
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. manshiptheatre.org
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. brrivercenter.com
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. varsitytheatre.com
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. facebook.com/dysonhouselisteningroom
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. facebook.com/philbradys.bar
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. facebook.com/thegrouseroom
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. bluemoonsaloon.com
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. thedistrictlafayette.com
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. facebook.com/concertsatcouret
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. bluemoonsaloon.com
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. paragoncasinoresort.com
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. cajundome.com or (337) 265-2208.
IN NEW ORLEANS
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. essence.com/festival
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. saengernola.com
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. thejoytheater.com
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. mbsuperdome.com
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. facebook.com/gasagasaonfreret
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