Country superstar Tim McGraw is leaving wife and sometime touring partner Faith Hill at home when he performs at Jiffy Lube Live, but he’s bringing up-and-comers Cassadee Pope and Kip Moore with him. K.P.K.
Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va.; June 14, 7 p.m., $45.50-$70.25; 703-754-6400.
Wolf Trap regular Ben Folds returns to the outdoor stage once more, bringing his piano skills and quirky performance style with him. This time “The Sing-Off” judge has the entire National Symphony Orchestra as backup. K.P.K.
Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; June 25, 8:15 p.m.; $25-$60; 703-255-1868.
The word “legend” is overused, but when it comes to Crosby, Stills & Nash it works. They’re coming to Wolf Trap and a lot of people want to see them. If you want to go, hit a ticket resale site now. K.P.K.
Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; July 3, 8 p.m.; sold out; 703-255-1868.
Part of the fun of watching “American Idol” is to see who falls on his or her face during auditions and who cries upon elimination. But do you really want to pay to see that? The good thing about the American Idol Live! Tour is that the performers — this year’s top 10 — already earned their place on stage. L.M.
Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; July 6, 8 p.m., $30-$70; 703-255-1868.
What is it about Beyonce and Jay Z that gives them such a hold over the world? Is it that even when a video is released of Beyonce’s sister, Solange, attacking Jay in an elevator, they pull off a classy apology without anyone crying “rehab”? Is it that Beyonce can release a secret album out of nowhere and it becomes the fastest-selling album in iTunes history? Or maybe it’s their expertly directed trailer for their On the Run Tour, which featured cameos from Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rashida Jones. In the end, we can’t help but think it’s because they’re a pair of incredible musicians who know how to put on a great show. And yes, of course, it’s also because we’d watch them perform “Drunk in Love” together all day if we could. For enough money, you can see it up close. The only tickets left on Ticketmaster will run you at least $500, but, Yonce willing, you can find resale tickets somewhere. L.M.
M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Baltimore; July 7, 8 p.m., $495-$1,750; 410-261-7283.
Jason Aldean makes his Nats Park debut accompanied by openers Tyler Farr and Florida Georgia Line, a band that should really have a hyphen or a slash or something in its name. His “Burn It Down” tour is sure to feature many songs about parties, tractors and other rural things of interest. K.P.K.
Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE; July 25, 8 pm, $64-$84; 202-675-6287. (Navy Yard)
After 46 years of performing, you could forgive Billy Joel for getting in a groove and sticking to the same plan when he takes the stage. Not the case: The piano man has been known to mix up each performance with unexpected covers. At Madison Square Garden earlier this year he played songs by the Beatles, and he’s been known to invite friends to the stage (Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine were two). Who might join him at Nationals Park? Quick — someone check Obama’s calendar for July 26! L.M.
Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE; July 26, 8 p.m., $99.50-$124.50; 202-632-6287. (Navy Yard)
We see you rolling your eyes at One Direction. Like every other boy band of substance (is that an oxymoron?), they’ve amassed legions of diehard fans, and that’s not even counting all the adults who guiltily tap their feet to “What Makes You Beautiful.” When they take Nats Park, you’ll be able to hear the screaming city-wide. L.M.
Nationals Park, , 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Aug. 11, 7 p.m., $99.50; 202-632-6287. (Navy Yard)
R&B group Boyz II Men takes the stage at the Fillmore, bringing their signature smooth harmonies to the substantial number of people in their 30s who remember the music from their high school proms. K.P.K.
Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Aug. 15, 8 p.m., $39.50; 301-960-9999. (Silver Spring)
The Silopanna Music Festival has had a rocky road — it was canceled in its inaugural year because of Hurricane Irene, and in 2013 it didn’t happen for reasons the organizers didn’t specify. It looks like a go for 2014, and the bands include The Flaming Lips, Dashboard Confessional, above, Hellogoodbye and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. K.P.K.
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, Md.; Aug. 16, $69.50-$175; silopannafestival.com.
Sibling trio The Band Perry won the Academy of Country Music’s 2013 Vocal Group of the Year award, and they did it with a blend of a somewhat dark country twang and often-bubbly pop. And without calling their mom to tattle on one another. K.P.K.
Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; Aug. 28, 8 p.m., $35-$60; 703-255-1868.