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Recap of Darien Lake summer concert announcements so far

The Buffalo summer concert schedule is quickly becoming overwhelming. With recent and frequent concert announcements by the major venues, and much more to follow down the pipeline, it's easy to lose track of all of the great shows set to be presented this summer season, so we thought a refresher course may be in order.

Western New York's go-to summer music hotspot Darien Lake (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien) has been very active with its announcements as of late.

A bonus to concertgoers this season: Every concert ticket purchased includes free admittance to the theme park on the day of the concert in celebration of Darien Lake's 25th anniversary.

Here's a recap of concerts in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, in order of date. (For tickets, visit and


Nobody Safe Tour with Future and Migos, 7 p.m. May 24
Darien Center will open its summer season with a hip-hop showcase headlined by envelope-pushing Atlanta MC Future. The buzzing Migos, mix-tape MC Torey Lanez and Florida breakthrough rapper Kodak Black will complete the show. Tickets: $39.50-$89.50.

Sofia Carson with Jacob Whitesides, 6 p.m. May 27
Included with Darien Lake admission is this family-friendly show in the amusement park's amphitheatre. Carson rose to prominence through the Disney Channel, while Whitesides was a YouTube sensation turned chart-topper. Tickets: Free with paid park admission.

Chance the Rapper, 8 p.m. May 31
Fresh off his Grammy win for Best New Artist, the positive-minded Chicago MC will ride his surge of hype into a much-anticipated area performance to continue to support his award winning record "Coloring Book." Tickets: $36-$66.


Jason Aldean (Country Megaticket show), 7 p.m. June 3
The kick-off show for this summer's five-date Country Megaticket, the Georgia-bred superstar will be exactly what Darien's country loving audiences ordered, setting a high bar for the rest of Aldean's fellow Megaticket acts. Tickets are currently available only for the entire Megaticket festival for $150-$600. Individual ticket prices to be announced.

Florida Georgia Line (Country Megaticket), 7 p.m. June 16
The normally good-times country duo unapologetically mellowed out on the 2016 release "Dig Your Roots." Expect the party tunes to to ring heavy, though, once the pair hits the stage for its celebratory set. Tickets are currently available only for the entire Megaticket festival for $150-$600. Individual ticket prices to be announced.

Train with O.A.R., 7 p.m. June 20
San Francisco's long-running contemporary-rock group continues to share radio-friendly hits and will take its latest record "Play That Song" on the road. Popular jam/roots vets O.A.R. and soulful UK pop singer Natasha Bedingfield will help fill out the eclectic bill. Tickets: $26-$80.50.

Forever in Your Mind, 6 p.m. June 24
Teen pop trio Emery Kelly, Ricky Garcia and Liam Attridge has released its debut EP "FIYM" with the songs "Hurricane," "Enough About Me," "Compass" and "Whistle." The trio has been seen in videos for its remakes of "Shake Your Booty" and "Cake By the Ocean." Tickets: Free with park admission.

Zac Brown Band, 7:30 p.m. June 25
It would not be unheard of to see hippies and country music fans rubbing shoulders during a performance by the laid-back singer and his band. With Brown's latest record "Welcome Home" being released this May, expect the crossover appeal to continue this summer. Tickets: $34.75-$80.75.

Third Eye Blind, 7:30 p.m. June 29
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the popular Bay Area rock act will perform its self-titled debut album in full on tour. The record includes the nostalgia-heavy tracks "Semi-Charmed Life" and "How's It Going to Be." Tickets: $21-$96.


R5, 6 p.m. July 1
The pop band features siblings Riker, Rocky, Ross and Rydel Lynch, along with friend Ellington Ratliff. The group released its debut EP "Loud" in February 2013, quickly followed by its full-length debut "Louder" in 2013 and "Sometime Last Night" in 2015.

Nickelback with Daughtry, 7:30 p.m. July 12
The rather divisive Canadian rock group continues to chug along, once again hitting the road with a set list full of billboard-topping hits. Former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry and his band will open the show. Tickets: $25-$125

Vans Warped Tour, 11 a.m. July 13
Annual daylong punk showcase covers seven stages and invites notable bands like Anti-Flag and GWAR. See the entire list of bands coming to Darien here. Early-bird tickets are $29, with full-price admission set at $41.

Chris Stapleton, 7:30 p.m. July 16
After spending his early days writing hits for fellow country stars, the Nashville songwriter turned outlaw country sensation has stepped into the spotlight to find success of own with his debut album "Traveller." Up-and-comers Anderson East and Brent Cobb will join Stapleton for his local engagement. Tickets: $30.75-$70.75.

Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, 7:30 p.m. July 18
Expect a plenty of horns and a heavy dose of yacht-rock when the two veteran groups team up for another go-around of baby boomer approved seasonal dates. Tickets: $25-$125.

Foreigner and Cheap Trick, 7 p.m. July 21
With a catalog full of anthems and power ballads, the arena rockers are getting back on the road to celebrate 40 years in the music business. Joining the New York band will be iconic power pop group Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. Tickets: $25-$99.95.

Kidz Bop, 3 p.m. July 22
The family geared juggernaut will return to town to deliver re-imaged (and much cleaner) takes of some of pop music's biggest songs. The afternoon start time has to be music to all parents ears. Tickets: $35-$45.

OneRepublic with Fitz and the Tantrums, 7 p.m. July 25
After leaving its opening gig on U2's "The Joshua Tree Tour" behind, anthemic alt-rockers OneRepublic will bring its headlining Honda Civic Tour to Buffalo. Buffalo regulars Fitz and the Tantrums will be joining the party. Tickets: $25-$135.

Brantley Gilbert, 7 p.m. July 30
Country renegade singer and songwriter, who has written six chart-topping song including "Dirt Road Anthem," brings his "Devil Don't Sleep Tour" to Darien Lake along with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs. Tickets: $25-$56.25.

Kings of Leon, 7 p.m. Aug. 2
The Nashville family band, which has evolved from a ragged, Southern-fried garage outfit into a polished arena hit-maker, will roll through town to play selections of its latest album "Walls." Tickets: $29.50-$79.50.

Dierks Bentley (Country Megaticket), 7 p.m. Aug. 4
Still touring to support his dark 2016 album "Black," the lauded singer-songwriter is set to make his crowd-pleasing return to the Megaticket lineup. Tickets are currently available only for the entire Megaticket festival for $150-$600. Individual ticket prices to be announced.

Lady Antebellum (Country Megaticket), 7 p.m. Aug. 10
The soul-pop infused, award-winning Tennessee trio will follow up the late spring release of its seventh studio album "Heart Break" with the "You Look Good World Tour," a well-timed showcase for the group's much-anticipated new material. Tickets are currently available only for the entire Megaticket festival for $150-$600. Individual ticket prices to be announced.

Goo Goo Dolls, 8 p.m. Aug. 12
John Rzeznik and Robby Takac return home for an annual summer stop. With Phillip Phillips. Tickets: $20-$85.

Luke Bryan (Country Megaticket), 7 p.m. Aug. 25
Recently seen by millions performing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI, the Georgia entertainer's brand of party-country will be the perfect soundtrack to the lively summer nights at Darien Lake. Tickets are currently available only for the entire Megaticket festival for $150-$600. Individual ticket prices to be announced.

Green Day, 7 p.m. Aug. 26
After releasing its focused, back-to-basic new album "Revolution Radio," the long-time punk trio will deliver a rousing performance to help wave goodbye to Darien's summer concert season. Tickets: $30-$89.95.

John Mayer, 7 p.m. Aug. 27
The versatile Mayer's "The Search for Everything Tour" will include solo, full band and John Mayer Trio sets when the guitarist makes his latest area appearance near the end of summer. Tickets: $36-$125.

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, 6:45 p.m. Sept. 11
After touring together last summer, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and Counting Crows' Adam Duritz formed such a strong working relationship that the two bands will join together on the "Brief History of Everything" tour. Tickets range from $29.50 to $99.50.

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