Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer of 2020 had many traditional warm weather, outdoor events canceled. Things slowly began to look more promising for opening back up. Even well into this Spring, many of these types of gatherings were still in question. One significant type of event that questions still surrounded was Raleigh Summer Concerts. This was until restrictions and regulations began being lessened. Then finally, in mid-May, it was announced that this massive part of any music lover’s summertime fun would be returning. Then it was announced that Triangle area concert venues would be opening their doors once again.
Thus, some of the biggest names in music have been announced as appearing in the area. The most impressive lineup of any venue is Raleigh’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek. Some of the music industry’s most famous names from all genres will take the Walnut Creek stage under 20 miles from your new home in Fuquay Varina at the South Lakes community. So, the Summer of 2021 is one that all music lovers under your roof can look forward to. Especially when Raleigh Summer Concerts return and return in a big way.
The Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek originally opened on July 4, 1991. It is the premier venue for Raleigh Summer Concerts. Located at 3801 Rock Quarry Road, it was built originally by the city of Raleigh. Between its upfront pavilion seating and beautiful, sprawling lawn section can host 20,000 fans at capacity. Even with capabilities to fit such a large crowd, there truly is not a bad seat in the house. With the Raleigh Summer Concerts schedule set to kick off in July, this will mark the popular venue’s 30th anniversary. Whether you prefer country, classic rock, pop, or any genre in between, there is no question something for everyone to enjoy with the return of live music to the facility.
Had Tickets Last Summer? Not to Worry: Rescheduled and Returning Raleigh Summer Concert Acts
As we all can attest to, there were many events we all had planned last summer. Each we wound up disappointed in their cancelation. But, as they say, good things come to those who wait. This tried, but true saying certainly holds true for many on the Raleigh Summer Concerts schedule at Walnut Creek. They had been announced and many plans had been made to see them last summer. Manyof the favorites you missed out on will grace the Walnut Creek stage at some point between July-September. Thus,all will be right in the world of Raleigh Summer Concerts once again.
Kicking off the venue’s 30th summer with a bang will be one of those reschedules, as, on Friday, July 23, the Dave Matthews Band will take center stage. Area country music fans were no doubt disappointed when last year’s appearance by Luke Bryan was not able to take place. However, they can rest easy as Bryan, who has sold over 75 million records in his career, comes to Raleigh on Saturday, July 24.
Many Great Returns to Walnut Creek
Another one of country music’s most popular acts and recognizable voices, Chris Stapleton, was initially set to be here last August. However, just about one year later, to the date, on Friday, August 13, Stapleton brings his soulful, note-bending sound to the forefront as part of the 2021 Raleigh Summer Concerts. Other country acts that were scheduled at Walnut Creek for 2020 that will be returning to “make-up” the date missed this summer or fall are Brooks and Dunn (Fri. October 1) and Thomas Rhett (Sat. October 9).
While there certainly are many excellent country acts that have rescheduled to return as part of the Raleigh Summer Concerts, there are several other huge names set to come back for their fans this year. On Sunday, August 22, one of the 1990s most popular artists on the back of her smash hit record, “Jagged Little Pill,” Alanis Morisette will be at Walnut Creek. Also, set to return is arguably the most spectacular, theatrical live rock and roll band of all time comes to town on Saturday, August 28, when, “you wanted the best, you got the best,” Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and the iconic, Kiss are back in town. The Black Crowes (Sat. September 11) and Maroon 5 (Wed. September 15) also will be at Coastal Credit Union Music Park, making up for their cancellations from last year.
A Variety of Sound as Summer Winds Down
As the Raleigh Summer Concerts get back in full swing, the months of August and September will be “red-hot” at Walnut Creek. In addition to the aforementioned “make-up” shows in those months, a trio of popular rock acts will start August out on a heavy note. Sunday, August 8, brings the unique sounds of Kings of Leon, and a twin-bill featuring Korn and Stained will no doubt have Raleigh rocking on Tuesday, August 10.
On August 16, original member of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir and his current incarnation of the group are in town. Dead and Company, featuring John Mayer on the lead guitar, will come through with no doubt with their loyal following of Deadheads sure to be in tow. A pair of country favorites close out August’s Raleigh Summer Concerts at Walnut Creek. On Thursday, August 19, Jason Aldean takes front and center; then Brad Paisley rolls through the “Capital City” on Friday, August 27.
Raleigh Summer Concerts Move Toward the Fall
Closing out the end of the Raleigh Summer Concerts will be two more incredible country shows on the same weekend at Walnut Creek. Starting it off will be Dierks Bentley on Friday, September 17. This will be followed by Willie Nelson’s “Outlaw Music Festival” on Saturday, September 18. In addition to the legendary Nelson, this lineup also boasts the amazing Sturgill Simpson. In addition is the southern rock/blues stylings of Warren Haynes and his band, Government Mule. Moving along from Summer into the Fall of 2021, four concerts are scheduled for October. Those are as follows:
- Wed., October 13– The Jonas Brothers
- Fri., October 15– Zac Brown Band
- Thu., October 21– Florida Georgia Line
- Fri, October 22– Slipknot
The incredible Raleigh Summer Concerts taking place at Walnut Creek will t have us feeling back to normal. They’re only a short drive from your front doorstep in the South Lakes neighborhood. So, whatever type of music you prefer, the sounds of summer are back, and they are very nearby.
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