School’s out. It’s getting hot. You look around and you’re thinking, “What the heck am I gonna do with all this time?”
Well, you won’t be bored this summer in south Louisiana if you love going to a good concert.
Weekend after weekend is full of good shows. In the next few days, Baton Rouge alone will host R&B superstar Maxwell and the ever-soulful St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
After that? Take your pick.
Country legend Garth Brooks will visit the Cajundome in Lafayette for five shows at the end of June. Rapper J. Cole will head to the Varsity for a sold-out show at the top of June. And a few locals will host some big shows as well.
What follows is 20 concerts you can’t miss this summer. So, next time someone tells you, “There’s nothing to do around here,” tell ’em, “No sir,” and show them this list.
JUNE 6: The Bacon Brothers at the Acadiana Center for the Arts
Though he’s commonly known as the actor in films such as “A Few Good Men” and “Tremors,” Kevin Bacon is no musical slouch. He and his brother, Michael, will bring their folk sounds to Lafayette early next week. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. $90-$120. acadianacenterforthearts.org.
JUNE 7: J. Cole at Varsity Theatre
He went platinum with no features. Again. And again. Rapper J. Cole will bring his 4 Your Eyez Only world tour to Baton Rouge next week. Hopefully you have tickets for this one, because it is sold out. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. varsitytheatre.com.
JUNE 9: Jay Leno at L’Auberge Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel
Whether you like him or not, many cannot argue that comedian Jay Leno is one of the hardest-working men in show business. His blue-collar style won audiences night after night while he hosted “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC. Now, he continues to do what he did — work. 8 p.m. $65 and up. lbatonrouge.com.
JUNE 9: Adam Dollar$ at Spanish Moon
A young rapper on the Baton Rouge scene, Adam Dollar$ continues to impress. Next Friday, he’ll celebrate the release of his stellar new EP, “W8T4IT,” with a hometown show at 9:30 p.m. $10. thespanishmoon.com.
JUNE 15: Mutoid Man/Helms Alee at Spanish Moon
If your summer needs a little metal, look no further than this show. Mutoid Man, a trio formed from members of the mighty Cave-In and Converge, is touring behind its forthcoming “War Moans.” Expect a head-banging good time. $17-$20. thespanishmoon.com.
JUNE 16: Tracy Lawrence at The Texas Club
Time might march on, but the country sounds of Tracy Lawrence are still golden. The singer-songwriter will bring his hits to the Baton Rouge club for what should be a packed show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. $29. ticketweb.com.
JUNE 17: Quinn Sullivan at Manship Theatre
At 17 years old, this blues performer has played with legends like Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeshi, and B.B. King, all while holding his own. To say Sullivan is the real deal might be an understatement. But you can witness his greatness at this intimate show in downtown Baton Rouge at 8 p.m. $33 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org.
JUNE 23: Humble Kind at Varsity Theatre
The legitimately nicest (and most humble?) guys in Baton Rouge rock, Humble Kind, headline a summer show at the Varsity with special guests Hudson Long & The Wild Blue Yonder. Some sweet guitar solos and three-part vocal harmonies will be on display. If that’s your cup of tea, put this on the calendar. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. $10 in advance. varsitytheatre.com.
JUNE 23, 24, 25, 30, and JULY 1: Garth Brooks at Cajundome
Get your pina coladas ready because the thunder will roll in Lafayette in late June (two puns in one sentence, yes!). Garth Brooks is back in Louisiana for the seventh leg of his world tour. The country singer and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, will perform five shows in Lafayette. No word on whether Chris Gaines will make it, though (and a Gaines mention? This graph is en feugo!). Showtimes are as follows: 7 p.m. June 23 and 30; 7:30 p.m. June 24, 25 and July 1. $74.98. cajundome.com.
JUNE 30: Tony Cobb at Dyson House Listening Room
If you want to hear some more down-home country sounds, head to this intimate venue on Jefferson Highway. Singer-songwriter Tony Cobb will celebrate the release of his full-length debut, “Leave Behind a Song.” Showtime is 7 p.m. facebook.com/dysonhouselisteningroom.
JULY 4: The Funk of July at Spanish Moon
Get funky this Fourth of July with a couple of locals. The Baton Rouge venue hosts a triple bill featuring Captain Green, Alabaster Stag and Lemon Stevies (great band name). Doors open at 8 p.m. $10. thespanishmoon.com.
JULY 8: Wish You Were Here at Dyson House Listening Room
The Charles Brooks Collective will mold its improv jazz into a tribute night for Pink Floyd’s classic album, “Wish You Were Here.” The show features guest performances from vocalist Margaret Fowler, as well Brooks on the vibes, Chris Lee on drums, Bob Kling on bass, and John Bishop on electric guitar. 7 p.m. $20-$35. facebook.com/dysonhouselisteningroom.
JULY 9: Sean Patton at Club 337
A former New Orleanian, Sean Patton returns to Louisiana for a stand-up set at Club 337 inside the Doubletree Hotel in Lafayette. If you’re unfamiliar, Patton has appeared on “Conan,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “@midnight,” and “Maron,” to name a few. Also, he’s damned funny. Jason P. Leonard hosts the show. Tyler Arceneaux will also perform. 8 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. facebook.com/lafayettecomedy.
JULY 14: Aaron Neville at Acadiana Center for the Arts
Soul, funk, R&B, even a scene-stealing role in Adam Sandler’s “Sandy Wexler” — New Orleans’ own Aaron Neville does it all. The singer behind hits such as “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Don’t Know Much” performs at the Lafayette venue in mid-July. 7:30 p.m. $30-$70. acadianacenterforthearts.org.
JULY 15: Hunter Hayes at Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin’
The young country superstar visits Baton Rouge for an outdoor concert. Hunter Hayes performs during the 2017 Dixie Landin’ Summer Concert Series, free to park guests. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. bluebayou.com.
AUG. 11: Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory at Dyson House Listening Room
If you’re in the mood for some soulful blues, head to Dyson House Listening Room in mid-August for this show. Alvin Youngblood Hart will perform with his band at 7 p.m. $15 online, $25 at the door, and $30 VIP. facebook.com/dysonhouselisteningroom.
AUG. 12: Hayes Carll/David Borné at Manship Theatre
Americana sounds is what Manship Theatre is cooking in August. The downtown venue hosts two singer-songwriters in a special Red Dragon Productions show. While Carll is known for winning audiences and awards with his albums such as “Lovers and Leavers,” Borné released a new EP, titled “Break My Heart,” last year. 7:30 p.m. $39.95-$59.95 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org.
AUG. 17: Flow Tribe + Brass Mimosa at Jefferson Street Pub
Beat the heat with some funk in downtown Lafayette. Flow Tribe and Brass Mimosa will bring the jams at the Jefferson Street venue. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. $10 in advance on eventbrite.com. facebook.com/socialentertainment.la.
AUG. 25: Shabazz Palaces at Spanish Moon
The summer winds down with some hip-hop flavor from the critically-acclaimed Shabazz Palaces at Spanish Moon. The group is touring behind it summer releases, “Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star” and “Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines,” both due July 14. $17-$20. thespanishmoon.com.
AUG. 26: Kansas at Raising Cane’s River Center Theatre
“Carry on, my wayward son” into the twilight of summer with the prog-rock sounds of Kansas. The platinum band performs at 8 p.m. at the downtown venue’s theater. Expect the hits and some cuts from the group’s latest album, “The Prelude Implicit.” $59.50-$99.50. raisingcanesrivercenter.com.