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The Most Anticipated Boston-Area Concerts This Fall

The music scene of Boston is anything but restricted to one or two different genres. Rather, it's a diverse and varied medley of different music types, allowing almost anyone to find a concert in or around the city by an artist that he or she likes. The shows happening in the Boston area this fall reflect this mixed spirit, with the appearances of artists ranging from Lil Yachty to Alice Cooper. Use this list as a guide to Boston's most anticipated performances of the upcoming month:

  • Kenny Chesney/Thomas Rhett - Gillette Stadium - Friday/Saturday, Aug. 25/26
    • This weekend, on both Friday and Saturday (Aug. 25/26), country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett will be putting on dual concerts at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Despite its northern location, the Boston area is a hot spot for a number of must-see country concerts during the summer, hosting the likes of Sam Hunt, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, and Zac Brown Band. Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett may be your last chance to catch one of these fun and festive shows.
  • Lil Yachty - The Wilbur - Saturday, Aug. 26
    • Replacing cowboy hats with a head full of red, beaded braids, the young rap star Lil Yachty will be performing at the Wilbur this Saturday (Aug. 26). The rapper, who is perhaps most known for co-creating "Broccoli" with fellow rapper D.R.A.M., will be filling the theater with his iconic low, mumbling rap style this weekend in a show you don't want to miss.
  • Deep Purple/Alice Cooper - Xfinity Center - Aug. 27
    • Taking a sharp turn from the style and generation of Lil Yachty, the classic rock band Deep Purple will be performing at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield alongside the metal legend Alice Cooper. Deep Purple is almost undisputedly most well known for "Smoke on the Water," which has served as both a classic hit and an iconic riff for beginning guitarists. Alice Cooper is surely known for his classic song "School's Out," and while that may only be true for the next few days, the concert is a must-see for rock fans.
  • The Weeknd - TD Garden - Sept. 12
    • Rising in worldwide fame in recent years, The Weeknd has been dominating music charts with songs such as "I Can't Feel My Face," "Starboy," and "I Feel it Coming," three songs you will certainly get to hear live if you see him at the TD Garden on Sept. 12.
  • Ed Sheeran - TD Garden - Sept. 22/23
    • Although much of the talk surrounding him has been about his recent Game of Thrones cameo, British pop star Ed Sheeran will be performing at the TD Garden on Sept. 22 and 23. Constantly churning out hits like "Thinking Out Loud," "Lego House," and "Shape of You" for several years, Sheeran puts on concerts that appeal to fans of many different kinds of music, making either of his back-to-back Boston shows an experience you won't want to skip.
  • Kesha - House of Blues - Oct. 4
    • After a long hiatus, the "Tik Tok" pop star is back, now on her Rainbow Tour. Kesha made a huge comeback this summer with her soulful song "Praying," which surged to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Some other songs that are likely to be performed are "Woman," "Rainbow," and "Godzilla." The garage rock band Black Lips will be opening for Kesha.
  • Glass Animals - Agganis Arena - Oct. 7
    • The Glass Animals' recent summer release of their newest album, How To Be A Human Being, is filled with vibrant indie electronic melodies. Although the album is composed of hypnotic beats and lush harmonies, some songs ease back in familiar territory that is reminiscent of the band's previous albums.
  • The Kooks - House of Blues - Oct. 9
    • The Britpop indie band is back and will be performing a compilation of their best songs at the House of Blues. The Kooks, known for their catchy alternative pop-rock, will be playing fan favorites including "Naive," "Always Where I Need To Be," and  "Ooh La." Fans, get ready for a trip down memory lane.
  • Blind Pilot - The Sinclair - Oct. 16
    • The indie folk group will be performing songs from their most recent album, And Then Like Lions, at The Sinclar in Cambridge. The upbeat yet gentle sounds of Blind Pilot evoke an almost childlike nostalgia that will transport you to a space away from from the BC bubble.
  • Iron & Wine - Berklee Performance Center - Nov. 11
    • The soft-spoken folk artist, Sam Beam, will be strumming guitar and performing songs from his newest album, Beast Epic, this November. From slow ballads to upbeat acoustic compositions, the album provides a delicate range of songs that showcase Beam's growth as a singer-songwriter. The music on the album is the equivalent of a home-cooked meal, warm and comforting, and is perfect for unwinding after a stressful week.
  • Jay-Z - TD Garden - Nov. 25
    • At 47 years old, the eminent and well-established rapper will be performing songs from his recently released album 4:44, proving to critics that age is just a number. Jay-Z's lyrically conscious and socially provocative songs demonstrate his continuous growth as an artist as he constantly works to perfect his craft. The Garden is sure to be packed with fans bobbing along to everything from classic Jay-Z anthems ("99 Problems," "Empire State of Mind") to his freshest hits ("4:44," "The Story of O.J").

Updated on September 19, 2017 by Louise Nessralla.

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