A guide to Mid-Missouri summer concerts

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Concertgoers enjoy a previous concert held at the Capital Region MU Health Care Amphitheater. The 2023 summer season kicks off May 26.
News Tribune file photo: Concertgoers enjoy a previous concert held at the Capital Region MU Health Care Amphitheater. The 2023 summer season kicks off May 26.


Many people associate the long, hot days of summer with outdoor events like concerts and fairs. Local amphitheaters have begun to kick off their 2023 summer season, offering concert-goers plenty of options to choose from.

Whether you're looking for some bigger names on tour or hoping to support local musicians, here are this summer's concert lineup at Capital Region MU Healthcare Amphitheater, Camdenton's Ozarks Amphitheater and the Missouri State Fair.

Capital Region MU Healthcare Amphitheater

Kicking off the summer season May 26 will be award-winning country singer Scotty McCreary. McCreary has five consecutive No.1 hits, has earned one Double Platinum, four Platinum and four Gold singles and won the 10th season of "American Idol" in 2011. McCreary will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $36 to $69 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

Ian Munsick will be gracing the Jefferson City stage with his album "White Buffalo", an 18-track album that spans tales of romance and ranch life with country hooks. Munsick has earned nearly 400 million global streams and a host of accolades during the past three years. The 29-year-old has been named an "Artist to Watch" by Spotify, CMT, Fender, MusicRow and more. Munsick will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 8. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster, ranging from $34 to $59.

Recently announced, Sawyer Brown will be joining the amphitheater's lineup on July 14. The four person group has earned CMA, ACM, CMT and MCN awards. Their hits include "Step That Step," "The Walk," "Thank God For You," "The Boys and Me" and "Some Girls Do." Sawyer Brown will be performing at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $29 on Ticketmaster.

UK Queen tribute band Killer Queen had its first public shows at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen, which played its first shows there decades earlier. Killer Queen's popularity grew to such an extent in the UK that it soon secured a residency in London's Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage -- the first tribute to have a show in the West End. Killer Queen will perform at 8 p.m. on July 15. Tickets range from $34 to $69 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

Now in its fifth decade, Three Dog Night claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 No. 1 singles, 11 Top 10s, 18 straight Top 20s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Created in 1968 by Danny Hutton, Three Dog Night recorded the music of new songwriters, including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton, among many others. Three Dog Night's Jefferson City concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on July 16. Tickets, ranging from $41 to $79, can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

All Capital Region MU Health Care Amphitheater entertainment events can be found at www.crmuamphitheater.com/events/concerts. The amphitheater is located off of Ellis Porter Drive at Ellis-Porter Riverside Park.

Ozarks Amphitheater

Country music performer Dwight Yoakam will grace the Ozarks Amphitheater stage at 7 p.m. May 26. A recording artist since the early 1980s, Yoakam has appeared in films, on more than thirty charting singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and a plethora of albums and compilations selling well in excess of 20 million units worldwide. Yoakam will be performing at 7 p.m. on May 26. Tickets start at $45 on Ticketmaster.

Chicago, the American rock band that formed in 1967 is coming to the Ozark Amphitheater on their 2023 tour. With a total of 38 albums, they have sold more than 100,000,000 records and are one of the longest-running and best-selling music groups of all time. Their stop at the Ozark Amphitheater will be at 7 p.m. on May 27. Tickets start at $36 on Ticketmaster.

The Avett Brothers, with special guest Gov't Mule, will appear on June 16.

Country singer and songwriter Walker Hayes will be making a stop on his Duck Buck Tour to perform at the Ozark Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. on June 22. Special guest Ingrid Andress will also be performing on June 22. Tickets start at $35 on Ticketmaster.

More information about the concert coming to the Ozark Amphitheater can be found at https://ozarksamphitheater.com/all-events/. Ozark Amphitheater is located in Camdenton, 2629 North Business Route 5.

Missouri State Fair

Formerly one half of the hit band Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Hubbard is making a stop on his tour to perform at the Missouri State Fair. His debut solo single, "5 Foot 9," has almost 9 million global streams. Platinum-selling duo Parmalee will be performing their country hits. Consisting of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and lifelong friend Josh McSwain, Parmalee had become a multi-week No.1 hit on country radio. Hubbard and Parmalee will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Grandstand tickets will go on sale June 27 through Etix. Tickets start at $45.

CMA 2022 Female Vocalist of the Year Lainey Wilson will be performing her country hits at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the State Fair. Her critically acclaimed album, "Bell Bottom Country," reached No. 9 on Billboard's Country Albums Chart, quickly rose to No. 1 on iTunes charts and has amassed more than 161 million streams to date. Also performing will be country singer/songwriter Jackson Dean, 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist performer. Tickets start at $50 and will be available for purchase starting June 27 through Etix.

Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down is set to play Aug. 12 on their "Away From the Sun" anniversary tour. The band will play all the songs from the album, along with all their hits, in amphitheaters across the country. Joining the lineup is Candlebox, a band that formed in Seattle in the 1990s. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 9 a.m. June 27 on Etix. Prices start at $35.

Worship leader, singer, songwriter and speaker are just some of the titles Cory Asbury holds. Asbury has accumulated countless accolades over his career, including two GMA Dove Awards and two K-Love Fan Awards. CAIN, a band made up of siblings, will be joining the day Aug. 16 with their Christian music. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and will go on sale June 27 on Etix.

St. Louis native Grammy-winning artist Nelly will be closing out the Missouri State Fair concert series on Aug. 18. Nelly topped Billboard's 2000 year-end chart as the Top Male Rap Artist, and was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, two Source Awards, two BET Awards, a Soul Train Music Award, and an American Music Award. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and go on sale June 27 on Etix.

More information about the entertainment at the Missouri State Fair can be found at https://www.mostatefair.com/attraction-type/live-music/.

Other concerts in Jefferson City

Need even more live music options this summer? Check out Thursday Night Live, a downtown Jefferson City outdoor summer concert series. Soulroot will kick off the Thursday Night Live series from 7-10 p.m. tonight, followed by Kricket Alley on June 15 and Eastern Heights on July 20. 

Thursday Night Live's Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/thursdaynightlivejc/.

The Jefferson Landing State Historic Site is excited to kick off another season of their backyard concerts on the Lohman lawn, 100 Jefferson Street. They will start off with Rod and John Music on June 17, a band that plays folk, rock, country and traditional from the 1970s to today. John Williams and Robert Mackey will perform June 22 with their traditional Missouri fiddle and guitar music. To close out the season on August 26, The Gibson Girls will be playing a blend of Americana, folk, blues and original music. These are family-friendly concerts. Don't forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

More information about the historic site is available at https://www.visitjeffersoncity.com/listing/jefferson-landing-state-historic-site/65/.

The Salute to America Fourth of July event in Jefferson City will feature a wide range of musicians this year, including The Kay Brothers, an old-time fiddle and country blues band, The Sensational Barnes Brothers, a funk, gospel soul and R&B band, Ernest James Zydeco, a French Creole dancing band, Lindley Creek, a traditional bluegrass group and Love Seats, an original garage/psych rock band based in Jefferson City. The Salute to America festival will take place from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4 surrounding the Capitol, as well as on Jefferson Street, High Street, Broadway Street and Capitol Avenue. 

See https://www.salutetoamerica.org/ for more information.