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A parent’s guide to tween-friendly concerts

Anyone who is a parent of young kids can get in tune with this dilemma: You want to bring “tween”-ager to a concert (or two, or three). But the music, the onstage banter and – especially – the crowd have you nervous.

What’s appropriate? We’re here to help. Here are some shows that should be PG or cleaner and feature stars your Disney and Nickelodeon fan will know:

• Teen singer-songwriter Jacob Whitesides and Disney Channel star-turned-pop artist Laura Marano star in the first of Darien Lake Theme Park’s in-park concert series at 6 p.m. May 28. The show is free with admission at the theme park. It also features another kid-friendly, Disney-fied young performer, Shane Harper.

• Rachel Platten, the breakout star whose hits “Fight Song” and “Stand By You” are ubiquitous, plays an in-park show 6 p.m. June 4 at Darien Lake.

• Sabrina Carpenter, star of Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” continues Darien Lake’s free-with-admission concerts with a 6 p.m. June 25 show.

• Darien’s in-park show series wraps 6 p.m. July 2 with a show headlined by Shawn Hook and Daya.

• Canadian teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes headlines the Erie County Fair’s Gusto Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Tickets are $35-$45 (box office or

• Country-styled singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes stars at the fair’s grandstand one night later, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Tickets are $30-$40 (box office,

• This one will veer especially young — your 12-year-old may feel more like a baby sitter than a fan – but it’s guaranteed to be squeaky clean. Kidz Bop Kids: Life of the Party Tour comes to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for a 3 p.m. Aug. 28 show. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50 (,


These next options are good for teens and, depending how you feel about PG-13 content, may work for older tweens:

• Kiss the Summer Hello, WKSE’s annual outdoor show, begins at 4 p.m. June 19 at Canalside. Because it’s an open-air general admission event, it can get a little more raucous than, say, an Erie County Fair show where everybody sits or stands in place. Older teens should be fine; the best advice for parents of younger kids is to attend with them. The lineup is youth-friendly and familiar to Kiss 98.5 listeners: Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Magic!, Troye Sivan, Melanie Martinez and Jonas Blue. Tickets are $35 general, $50 premium, $200 VIP package (,

• Justin Bieber’s tour – which, be warned, isn’t aimed at the 12-year-old in your life – hits First Niagara Center for a show at 7:30 p.m. July 12. If you’re iffy on whether to send a kid, take heart in this: It’s sold out. Of course, if you want to dish out some extra bucks to resellers, tickets can still be yours.

• Former — and let us emphasize the word “former” when it comes to content – Disney stars Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas play First Niagara Center at 7 p.m. July 17. Tickets are $29.95-$79.95 (box office,

Other shows and festivals that may appeal to teens (not so much tweens), depending on their musical tastes: Twenty One Pilots (June 21, Canalside); Vans Warped Tour (July 14, Darien Lake); Kerfuffle (July 23, Canalside); Parachute (July 27, Buffalo Iron Works); G-Eazy with Logic (July 29, Darien Lake); Edgefest (July 31, Canalside); Drake with Future (Aug. 12, First Niagara Center); Blink-182 (Aug. 24, Darien Lake).