Once upon a time, we all looked forward with great anticipation to that marvelous springtime release of the Summer Concert Series lineup at Jones Beach Theater. There was a certain excitement upon hearing an entire summer's worth of twilight concerts all announced at once. Acts from KISS to Cher, Jimmy Buffet, Chicago, Sade, the Beach Boys and many, many more artists from all genres and ages of music. These days, things are done differently.
Today the announcements of acts appearing at the famed venue trickle in throughout the spring, little by little. Here, in mid-March, only a few upcoming shows have been made public, and they include a long-awaited reunion of Fleetwood Mac, the return of One Direction, and a couple of old standbys, Jimmy Buffet and Phish. Check out the upcoming shows at Jones Beach Theater Summer Concert Series 2013 so far:
The Jones Beach Air Show - Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
This annual event featuring aerial dynamics by the US Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Air Force Snowbirds always draws thousands of spectators to this unofficial opening of summer at Jones Beach. Watch this very entertaining and popular event that features US Air Force and other military planes performing some of the most death-defying and acrobatic feats around. The air show runs Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there is a parking cost of $10 per car. For more information, check out the show’s website here.
Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry, with Cassadee Pope: Live & Loud Changed Tour - Friday, May 31
Country music phenoms, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts, bring their 'Live & Loud Changed Tour' to Jones Beach this May, with special guest Cassadee Pope.
Fleetwood Mac - Saturday, June 22
One of the most anticipated tours of the year is making a stop at Jones Beach this June. Four of the five original members of Fleetwood Mac have reunited for a tour that will have them reliving classics from the albums 'Rumours,' 'Tusk,' and more. Other than two possible new cuts they may perform, the tour's mostly about celebrating the great, great hits from their catalog.
RUSH - Sunday, June 23
Canadian rock band RUSH has been touring in support of their critically acclaimed 20th album, 'Clockwork Angels,' and they'll be hitting the beach for a show in June.
Dave Matthews Band - Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and 26
It just wouldn't be summer at Jones Beach without an appearance by the legendary Dave Matthews Band.
One Direction - Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29
British boy band One Direction make a return to Wantagh for two nights of bubble gum fun this June.
Phish – Friday, July 12
Yes, the phunky Phish are back for a night of pure, unadulterated fun. There’s no new stuff to be promoted here, just a whole slew of some great Phish classics.
Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer: Ten Times Crazier Tour - Sunday, July 21
Blake Shelton is one of the most prolific stars on the country music scene, and he'll be bringing his 'Ten Times Crazier Tour' into Jones Beach this July, with special guests Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer.
train, with The Script and Gavin DeGraw, Mermaids of Alcatraz: California 37 Tour - Tuesday, July 23
Grammy Award-winning alternative band train will be hitting the road this summer in support of their 2012 'California 37' record, featuring performances by Gavin DeGraw and Mermaids of Alcatraz.
Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band – Lounging at the Lagoon Tour – Thursday, August 30th
Jimmy Buffet is a staple at Jones Beach Theater every summer and Parrotheads always look forward to his annual visit, complete with shark fins, cheeseburgers, and of course, Margaritas.
Depeche Mode - Sunday, September 8
New wave rock gods Depeche Mode have reunited for a new record, 'Delta Machine.' Legions of area Depeche fans are sure to gobble up tickets to this September show.
Stay tuned to this page for more updates, and for more information or tickets to any of these great shows, please visit the Jones Beach Theater.