The South Shore Rocks! Summer has arrived, and with it comes major music acts on stages across northwest Indiana. You’ll find the perfect music to your ears whether you’re a classic music fan or enjoy evenings listening to artists like Ludacris. Check out our list below and make your way to the lawn for some summer tunes!

Dick Diamond and the Dusters

1) Wicker Park Summer Concert Series

Select Thursdays in Summer 2016
Wicker Memorial Park, Highland, Ind.

Remember what we said about a wide range of music? Expect the same during this year’s Wicker Park Summer Concert Series on Thursdays throughout the summer in Highland. You’ll find everything from Led Zeppelin cover bands to some trippin’ billies covering Dave Matthews. Intrigued? We thought you might be. Here’s what is happening this summer:

July 14: Dick Diamond & The Dusters
July 21: Bonfire
July 28: trippin’ billies
August 4: Infinity
August 11: Kashmir
August 18: Echoes of Pompeii


Dustin Lynch - Newton County Fair

2) Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair

July 11-16, 2016
12100 S. Punkin Vine Road, Kentland, Ind.

You don’t need a “mind reader” to tell you you’ll want to see this show. Dustin Lynch is joined by The Wolfe Brothers for a Tuesday night show on July 12. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. Here’s how you can make room for yourself:


Valparaiso's Central Park 

3) Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

Select Thursdays in Summer 2016
Central Park Plaza, Valparaiso, Ind.

Experience the sounds of the season with the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival on select Thursdays this summer. Multiple artists fill the talented bill, which plays in Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso. If your ears have an eclectic palate for music, you’ll like what you’ll hear:

July 14: Summer Rhapsody Music Festival Orchestra
July 21: Classical Blast
July 28: Spazmatics
August 4: Triple Dose
August 11: Nicole Jamrose Band


Parmalee at Jasper County Fair

4) Jasper County Fair

July 16-22, 2016
Jasper County Fairgrounds, Rensselaer, Ind.

Get ready for it to feel like Carolina in Jasper County. Parmalee headlines this year’s Jasper County Fair and their music is all in the family. The band consists of two brothers and two cousins that know how to jam. See the band live with special guests, LANco, by visiting here:


Boyz II Men - Festival of the Lakes

5) Festival of the Lakes

July 20-24, 2016
Wolf Lake Memorial Park, Hammond, Ind.

The highlight of the summer in the city of Hammond features five nights of spectacular live music acts. The best part may be the admission price – you get all this headlining entertainment for free (much cheaper than one bourbon, one scotch and one beer): 

July 20: Boyz II Men
July 21: Eli Young Band
July 22: George Thorogood & The Destroyers
July 23: Ludacris
July 24: Band El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga

You can get up close and personal to the action on the lake with the VIP Experience. Aside from being right next to the stage, you’ll be able to enjoy discounted beer and private restrooms for the duration of the festival.


Cole Swindell - Porter County Fair 

6) Porter County Fair

July 21-30, 2016
Porter County Fairgrounds, Valparaiso, Ind.

Hey girl, the Porter County Fair has wrangled country superstar Cole Swindell to perform on July 22. ACM’s ‘New Artist of the Year’ is coming to Porter County to make you swoon. Swindell will be joined by Drew Baldridge for a show you won’t want to miss. Get on your big, black boots and secure your seat now for three nights of amazing acts.


The Village People - Pierogi Fest 

7) Pierogi Fest

July 29-31, 2016
Downtown Whiting, Ind.

It’s the zaniest fest of the season. Eat, toss and worship the blessed pierogi and clear room on your plate for The Village People. They left the YMCA for a trip to Whiting and here’s how you can see them on July 30:


Funky MojoDaddy - Lake County Fair 

8) Lake County Fair

August 5-14, 2016
Lake County Fairgrounds, Crown Point, Ind.

The capstone event of a Lake County summer – free entertainment performs across two stages nightly August 5-14. You’ll find acts ranging from gospel to rock and even doo-wop oldies. Take a gander at the schedule for yourself and slate out the best nights:


NW Indiana Symphony Orchestra summer concert 

9) Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra Summer South Shore Summer Music Festival

Let the cellos make you mellow. Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor, knows a thing or two about taking audiences through sweeping orchestral waves, and we don’t mean the waves at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A night with the symphony is a break from the everyday mundane. If you’ve never seen a symphony perform before, you’re in for a treat. The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra is truly music to your ear. Here’s a breakdown of their summer concert series and their locations:

July 23: The Town Complex Grounds in Cedar Lake
July 30: On the Lawn at Franciscan Communities in Crown Point
August 5: The Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond
August 6: Central Park in Griffith
August 13: Redar Park in Schererville


Matthew Sweet - Popcorn Festival 

10) Popcorn Festival

September 10, 2016
Downtown Valparaiso, Ind. and Central Park Plaza

Grab some popcorn and listen to Matthew Sweet as he rocks out the South Shore CVA Main Stage at Popcorn Festival. This free festival and concert is a perfect place to round out the warmer months with your family and friends. The Muddsharks, Planetary Blues, Digital Hair and The Crawpuppies will open up before Sweet takes the stage.


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