Atlanta summer concerts: your guide to R. Kelly, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Guns ‘N Roses and more

R. Kelly will share his "Buffet" of music at Philips Arena June 11. Photo: Getty Images.
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R. Kelly will share his "Buffet" of music at Philips Arena June 11. Photo: Getty Images.
R. Kelly will share his "Buffet" of music at Philips Arena June 11. Photo: Getty Images.

R. Kelly will share his “Buffet” of music at Philips Arena June 11. Photo: Getty Images.

Whether you want to simmer with Anthony Hamilton, slither with Pitbull or shake it with Meghan Trainor, there are plenty of summer concerts to keep your pulse racing.

Here is a look at 21 of the live music offerings worth checking out this sticky season.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to all shows can be purchased via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Keith Urban. On his new album, “Ripcord,” the multifaceted New Zealander teamed with Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Nile Rodgers. With that in mind, it’s more electro-pop than country, but it hardly matters once Urban starts shredding guitar solos, which are always a highlight of his live shows. With Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris. 7:30 p.m. June 11. $35.50-$79.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.

Harry Connick Jr. will steam up Chastain in June.

Harry Connick Jr. will steam up Chastain in June.

Harry Connick Jr. The same night former “American Idol” judge buddy Keith Urban performs in the suburbs, the jazz-pop maestro returns to Chastain, which he played in 2013. Connick’s most recent album, “That Would Be Me,” arrived last year, and this fall, he’ll turn his attention toward TV with his syndicated daytime show, “Harry,” which debuts Sept. 12 on Fox 5. 8 p.m. June 11. $45-$85. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta.

R. Kelly. The R&B superstar will be joined by a live band and dancers for the trek along with a “crazy” stage production. Last year, we talked with Kelly before he performed at the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre Funk Fest; in December, he released “The Buffet” album, which includes guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Tinashe and Juicy J, among others. 8 p.m. June 11. $75-$125. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta.

Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia. The soulful duo originally planned only a few dates together for their joint outing, but it was so successful that more shows, including Atlanta, were added. Brace yourselves for a “Proud Mary” cover from Fantasia and lots of “Cool” from Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. June 17. $41.50-$125. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.

Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash. The radio station’s 21st Birthday Bash is front-loaded with home talent, with T.I., Jeezy, Migos and Rich Homie Quan sharing the bill with Kevin Gates. Surprises are always expected (Nicki Minaj popped by last year). The radio station will also hold a classic hip-hop concert on June 17 at the Tabernacle and a block party with live performances the afternoon of June 18 at Centennial Olympic Park. 7 p.m. June 18. $10.79-$189. Philips Arena.

Kenny Rogers will play his final Atlanta show at Chastain.

Kenny Rogers will play his final Atlanta show at Chastain.

Kenny Rogers. The country icon’s “The Gambler’s Last Deal” tour will roll through the end of the year after launching May 13 in Minnesota. He will be joined by Linda Davis (“Does He Love You”) on all of his U.S. dates. The concerts will be packaged as a retrospective of Rogers’ 50-year career, enhanced with vintage photos and never-before-seen video clips. The singer plans to present all of his hits, but also perform songs that he hasn’t in years. 8 p.m. June 19. $30.50-$60.50. Chastain.

B.o.B. The Atlanta hip-hop star has struggled to reach the success he achieved a few years ago with the pop-tinged “Airplanes,” “Magic” and “So Good,” but he’s still grinding. Last summer, he released a “special project” called “Psycadelik Thoughtz” and a few months ago dropped the new tune, “Roll Up,” with Marko Penn. With Scotty ATL and London J. 9 p.m. June 23. $15-$20. The Loft at Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com.

Jay Farrar. Farrar’s resume is one of the most impressive in alt-country — founder of Uncle Tupelo, leader of Son Volt and collaborator with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard are just a few highlights. The Illinois musician will reach into the Son Volt vault for his two performances at City Winery. With Duquette Johnston. 8 p.m. June 26-27. $25-$32. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 615-324-1010, www.citywinery.com/atlanta/.

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas. A few tweaks to their itinerary mean that the pair’s “Future Now” tour is launching in Atlanta. Lovato is promoting her fifth album, “Confident,” which has spawned hits with the title track, “Cool for Summer” and “Stone Cold,” while the hunky Jonas brother will present songs from his new album, “Last Year Was Complicated.” 7 p.m. June 29. $29.95-$89.95. Philips Arena.

Shawn Mendes will play the Fox as part of his second world tour. Photo: Getty Images

Shawn Mendes will play the Fox as part of his second world tour. Photo: Getty Images

Shawn Mendes. Last year, Mendes gave his multitude of female fans in Atlanta plenty to squeal about with two appearances — opening for Taylor Swift and performing at the Power 96.1 Jingle Ball. This is his second world tour — not bad for a 17-year-old — and the singer-songwriter will surely perform plenty from his debut, “Handwritten,” including the hits “Stitches” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” 7:30 p.m. July 17. $52.70. Fox Theatre.

5 Seconds of Summer. Has the 5SOS revolution cooled a bit since last summer’s tour? Depends who you ask. For their second headlining tour, “Sounds Live, Feels Live,” a takeoff on their latest album, “Sounds Good, Feels Good,” the Aussie punk rockers will undoubtedly give you plenty of reasons to pogo with hits “She Looks So Perfect,” “Jet Black Heart” and “Hey Everybody” in the set. With Hey Violet and One OK Rock. 7:30 p.m. July 24. $25-$89.95. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta.

Guns N Roses. Since Axl Rose has been warming up his vocal cords during his stint as the frontman for AC/DC (they’re in Europe through June 12), he should be in fine form by the time the GNR stadium jaunt launches June 23 in Detroit with bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan. Prepare for some face melting. 8:30 p.m. July 27. $45.50-$250. Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive N.W., Atlanta.

Pitbull. Miami native Pitbull will launch the Latin-tinged “The Bad Man Tour” with Prince Royce July 6 in California. Along with his snappy attire, Pitbull is known for his business acumen and a string of Top 40 hits — many featuring other pop stars — including “Timber” (with Kesha), “Don’t Stop the Party” (with TJR) and this year’s “Bad Man” with Robin Thicke, Travis Barker and Joe Perry. The song comes from his just-released 10th studio album, “Climate Change.” With Prince Royce. 7 p.m. July 28. $29.95-$139.95. Philips Arena.

Gwen Stefani said she's eager to make a connection with fans on her summer tour. Photo: Getty Images

Gwen Stefani said she’s eager to make a connection with fans on her summer tour. Photo: Getty Images

Gwen Stefani. Following the success of her new album, March’s “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” Stefani decided to embark on her first tour since 2007. “My goal is to get out there and connect with people and have this exchange of love,” she said during a recent chat with reporters. Fans might want to thank a certain male country star for this reinvigorated Stefani. With Eve. 7 p.m. July 29. $29.95-$149.95. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Angie Aparo. The Atlanta singer-songwriter known for his robust voice and for writing Faith Hill’s showcase ballad, “Cry,” will perform two nights at the cozy Eddie’s Attic to record a live album. Each set will be unique and include some newer material. With Ali Blake and Caroline Glaser. 9:30 p.m. July 29-30. $15-$20. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849, www.eddiesattic.com.

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson. After Georgia native Phillips won “American Idol” in 2012, he became one of the rare recent “Idol” winners to launch a successful career with the Dave Matthews-lite hits “Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire.” He’s working on his third studio album, while Nathanson, of “Come on Get Higher” fame, supports his latest album, “Show Me Your Fangs.” With A Great Big World. 7 p.m. July 30. $69.50 ($67.50 for members). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859, www.atlantabg.org.

Meghan Trainor. It’s beyond “All About That Bass” for the songwriter-turned-performer, who was forced to cancel her Atlanta appearance last summer because of a vocal cord issue. Her second album, “Thank You,” landed new hits in her arsenal with the spunky “No” and “Me Too.” With Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings. 7 p.m. Aug. 4. $25.45-$55.45. Chastain.

Twenty One Pilots will bring their spirited rock-hip-hop-pop to Gwinnett in August. Photo: Getty Images

Twenty One Pilots will bring their spirited rock-hip-hop-pop to Gwinnett in August. Photo: Getty Images

Twenty One Pilots. The duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun launched their “EMOTIONAL ROADSHOW” last month — their first tour playing arenas. The “Stressed Out” and “Tear in My Heart” hitmakers are directly targeting their young demographic with one of the most affordable tickets of the summer. With Mutemath and Chef’Special. 7 p.m. Aug. 6. $28-$48. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, www.infiniteenergycenter.com.

Dixie Chicks. Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison recently launched a 40-city summer tour, their first since their short “Long Time Gone” run in 2013. This will be their first performance in Georgia since 2006. With Vintage Trouble and Smooth Hound Smith. 7 p.m. Aug. 14. $29.50-$149.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Drake and Future. Drake is already having another stellar year with his “Views” album, which he will spotlight on the “Summer Sixteen” tour with Atlanta rapper Future (and “special guests” not yet named). Drake performed in Atlanta last fall as one of the main stage headliners at Music Midtown. 7 p.m. Aug. 25. $49.50-$179.50. Philips Arena.

Air Supply. Last summer’s Chastain performance by the soft-rock duo was their first in Atlanta since 1996. My review noted that a speedier return was inevitable — and here it is. Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock — a Marietta resident – still wring the magic from hits “Even the Nights are Better,” “Here I Am” and “All Out of Love.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. $29.50-$99.50. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta.

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