Best Summer Date Ideas: Concert Dates

Best Summer Date Ideas: Concert Dates
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When it comes to summer lovin', you want to have a blast. And nothing can get you and your boo into the groove more than seeing some sweet tunes together in concert. It's the perfect opportunity to hold hands, dance up on your man, and even sneak in some PDA. 

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This summer especially, there are so many hot tickets available to help you turn up the volume and the heat on you date night out. Here are our top picks for live music that'll put you and your man in the mood.

#11 Pitchfork Music Festival 2011

[http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com/] Get the most bang for your buck—and even though we're talking about a music festival, just let that bang also be a double entendre because not only is the 40 band shindig reasonably priced at $45 a day, it's located in Chicago's romantic, harbor side Union Park. The awesome music blog's seventh annual summer festival has pulled some of the biggest names in indie rock, electronica, hip hop and folk like Animal Collective, Deerhunter, DJ Shadow, Fleet Foxes, and TV on the Radio. Even thought it's three days in the mid-July heat, scoring tickets to these shows will make you seem oh-so cool.

#12 Rihanna's LOUD Tour

[http://rihannanow.com/live] Sexy pop star Rihanna isn't afraid to put it all out there, whether it's shakin' it in skimpy outfits or simulating masturbation on stage, but you know that girl is really gonna bring it when her tour name is all in caps! The LOUD tour is titled after her latest record that features songs like "What's My Name?" and "S&M." Kicking off June 4th in Baltimore, her tour also features "F*** You" soul singer Cee Lo Green. It's a double bill made for a lil' bump and grind.

#13: The Governors Ball Music Festival

[http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/] A teeny island South of New York City will play host to the first annual Governor's Ball festival. Not only are dance your pants off DJ Girl Talk, Hotlanta hip hop hottie Big Boi, and Australian glam synthpop duo Empire of The Sun lined up to make some serious noise, but getting there will also be a fairy-tale ride. Er, make that ferry-tale because you and your beau will have to hop a boat to get to the sets on Governor's Island. So, this festival offers the added bonus of a sexy sea-faring make out session as you pass picturesque Lady Liberty.

#14: Sade & John Legend

[http://www.sade.com/us/live/] In support Soldier Of Love, Sade will be seducing couples across the country with their smooth jams for the first time live on tour in a decade. And as a majorly manly bonus, they're taking John Legend with them! If you want to slow dance and make romance, you have to score a ticket to this irresistible R&B team-up. The tour will tempt audiences starting June 16th in Baltimore and run all summer long through September.

#15: Bonaroo

[http://www.bonnaroo.com/] The Scissor Sisters, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Robyn, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Lil Wayne, Alison Krauss & Union Station… if you aren't already trying to buy a ticket, check your pulse! In its 10th year, laid-back Bonaroo boasts the best lineup of any American summer festival and it is set to rock right outside of Nashville from June 9-12th. Steal some celeb plans and make it your own dreamy date, just like Drew Barrymore and her on-again-off-again BF Justin Long did when they went together back in 2009. Plus, if you and your man are into mud wrestling—as has been known to happen when it rains on this crowd, then this is the event for you! So pick up a cute pair of wellies and get ready for some fun in the Tennessee sun.

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#16: Hooligans In Wondaland Tour: Janelle Monáe & Bruno Mars

[http://www.jmonae.com/blog/cfb578-hooligans-in-wondaland-tour-dates-announced/] The retro rock stars are teaming up to put some heart and soul into this summer. Critically acclaimed Monáe, who was hand picked by Prince to back him up on his Welcome 2 America stint earlier this year, has shimmied her way into the mainstream with hot tracks that sound just as much like they're from the future as they do the past. Prepare to bust a move when she lets loose "Tightrope" off her latest record The ArchAndroid. Her tour partner Bruno Mars also digs a good throwback rockin' pompadour like he's the Hawaiian son of Elvis. And the singer/songwriter will melt your heart with his dimpled smile and hit singles "Nothing On You" and "Just The Way You Are." The two will be on tour together through June.

#17: Kings Of Leon

[http://www.kingsofleon.com/pages/tour] The Kings Of Leon are the perfect soundtrack to get your lay on. Their most recent album, Come Around Sundown, has lusty lyrics to lure your man in with slow jams like "Mary." But the band of brothers also known for raucous hits like "Sex On Fire" and "Charmer." So, you'll get to rock before you roll in the hay. The Kings Of Leon tour kicks off at the end of July in Alabama.

#18: David Gray & Ray LaMontagne

[http://www.ticketnews.com/news/Ray-LaMontagne-David-Gray-tour-US-together-through-late-summer4102993] This double bill is the sonic equivalent of getting spooned. Singer-songwriters David Gray and Ray LaMontagne are teaming up for a month-long, monogamy reaffirming, national tour starting in mid-August. From across the pond, Gray is known for heartbreakingly beautiful songs like "This Year's Love," "You're The One For Me," and "The One I Love." Ray LaMontagne's repertoire is full of sensitive songs like "Let It Be Me" and "You Are The Best Thing." It's sure to be an intimate evening for two full of cuddle up moments.

#19: The ECL1PS3 Tour: Journey & Foreigner

[http://www.retroblog.net/2011/03/09/journey-announces-2011-u-s-summer-dates-for-the-eclipse-tour/] If you're looking for some sentimental songs to reignite the spark, perhaps power balladeers Journey and Foreigner can take you both back to a magical time when you wanted to know what love is. The ‘80s bands are hitting the road, touring in support of Journey's new record Eclipse. While you might have danced back in the day to Foreigner hits "Feels Like The First Time," "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," and Journey's  "Lights" and "Don't Stop Believing," we're sure all those moves with come back to you and you and your date will be waving lighters in the air in no time.

#20: R. Kelly

[http://www.r-kelly.com/events] The King Of R&B has made his name inspiring people to get their freak on. Lucky for all you lovers out there, he's about to launch a summer tour in support of his latest panty-dropping masterpiece, Love Letter. June 2nd, R. Kelly will take the stage in Mississippi and continue on across the country. And after seeing the pervy poet, his lyrics are sure to inspire you to dirty talk all night long… and maybe do a few of the things he described in his hip-hopera "Trapped In A Closet."  As if he wasn't sweet enough, Kelly is also adding some sugar with sultry opening acts Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius.

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