It’s rock ’n’ roll season as summer brings pop stars to the Bay Area 

Chart-topping pop stars past and present will shimmy across Bay Area stages this season, with something for everyone — both in and out of doors — slated in upcoming weeks. Even fans of bands with a doomsday outlook and Cookie Monster vocals have something to smile about.

Click the picture at the right to see a photo gallery of the artists.


Stern Grove Festival

Among the pop acts slated for the 74th season of The City’s popular free festival are Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on June 19; Neko Case on July 3, the English Beat on July 17 and Aaron Neville on Aug. 7. [2 p.m. Sundays June 19-Aug. 21, Sigmund Stern Grove, free]

Vans Warped Tour

Against Me!, Hellogoodbye, Lucero, A Day to Remember, Moving Mountains and Ask Alexandria are among the lineup. [11 a.m. July 2, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $45]

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Muse, Girl Talk, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, the Shins, MGMT, Arctic Monkeys, Beirut and the Decemberists are just a few of the multitude of bands scheduled to appear at this event’s fourth outing. [Aug. 12-14, Golden Gate Park, $199.50 and up]


New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys

The question is whether or not fans still have their “I Heart Joey” buttons to wear to the concert. [7:30 p.m. July 2, HP Pavilion, $30-$105]

INXS, Berlin

The 1980s Australian pop rockers return on a double bill with iconic ’80s synth-pop heavyweights. [7:30 p.m. July 19, Mountain Winery, $69-$107]

KFOX’s Kihncert 2011

Old-school prog-rockers Styx and Yes co-headline the show, which also features appearances by Kansas and the Greg Kihn Band. [5:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $18-$79.50]


The enigmatic pop-soul act comes back to the stage for the first time in a decade. John Legend opens. [8 p.m. Aug. 25 at HP Pavilion; 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Oracle Arena, $53-$179]


Lucinda Williams

The evocative songwriter, a longtime critics’ darling, headlines a show featuring opener David Lindley. [7:30 p.m. June 25, Mountain Winery, $35-$69.50]

Dolly Parton

The brassy, bold singer songwriter doesn’t let her bedazzled denim and sequined leather get in the way of her excellent music. [7 p.m. July 24, Sleep Train Pavilion, $82.90-$235]

Toby Keith

Eric Church opens for the top-selling country star who came to fame in the 1990s. [7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $29.75-$90.75]


Matt and Kim

The infectious duo has an effortless gift for spreading its love of sing-along rock-pop guaranteed to make listeners smile.  [8 p.m. June 18, Fox Theater, $25]

Okkervil River

Vocalist Will Robison Sheff’s soulful vocals and a penchant for distortion-twinged folk have turned the band into indie icons. Rabble rousing punksters Titus Andronicus and Julianna Barwick also perform. [7:30 p.m. June 22, Fox Theater, $25]

Dr. Dog

The performer’s lo-fi psychedelia has grown into a captivating live performance. Billy and Dolly support the bill.  [7:30 p.m. June 28, Independent, $25]

Ty Segall

The artist’s captivating cocktail is a mix of 1960s pop, distorted surf guitar, garage rock and endearingly scratchy vocals. [9 p.m. July 2, Independent, $10]

Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile

The Sonic Youth legend co-headlines with Matador Records’ latest rising star. [8 p.m. July 26, Great American Music Hall, $22]




The death metalers show off virtuosic chops headlining the brutal night, which also includes Hate Eternal, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn. [8 p.m. June 21, Slim’s, $19]

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

The all-day headbanging festival features Disturbed, Megadeath, Godsmack, Machine Head, In Flames and Trivium. [2 p.m. July 10, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $35.50-$75]

Summer Slaughter Tour

The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Six Feet Under and more perform. [3:30 p.m. July 29, The Fillmore, $39]



Britney Spears

Brit Brit is making a comeback with her latest album “Femme Fatale,” which debuted on Billboard this year at No. 1. [7 p.m. June 18, HP Pavilion, $46.50-$374]


The chart-topping dance-pop songstress is back at the top of the charts with hit single “S&M.” Cee-Lo Green and J. Cole also perform. [7:30 p.m., June 30, Oracle Arena, $20.25-$115.80]

Katy Perry

Russell Brand’s bride has expanded on her perky pop aesthetic to territories more surreal and galactic with her single “E.T.” [7:30 p.m., Aug. 12, HP Pavilion, $45.25-$57.50]


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