By John Hanley
Summer is here, and for many people, that means shows, concerts, and festivals. Whether or not you feel like you’ve outgrown the childhood wonder of Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin’, the water and amusement park has a few concerts coming up to be on the lookout for. Here’s what’s on the lineup for the summer:
1. Dan + Shay (Saturday, May 30)
This country duo, coming out of Nashville, is made up of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Their debut album, Where It All Began, peaked at #1 on the U.S. Country chart.
2. MercyMe (Saturday, June 6)
MercyMe is a five-piece Christian rock band hailing from Greenville, Texas. The band behind the popular hit “I Can Only Imagine,” MercyMe recently released their eighth studio album, Welcome to the New, which peaked at #4 on U.S. charts.
3. Thompson Square (Saturday June 13)
Thompson Square is a husband-and-wife country duo made up of Keifer and Shawna Thompson. The duo has reached international recognition with #1 hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You.”
4. Neon Trees (Saturday, June 20)
Gaining exposure by opening several shows for The Killers, Neon Trees is a pop/alternative rock band out of Utah. All five of the men in Neon Trees are practicing Mormons, and they come to Dixie Landin’ as part of their “An Intimate Night With Neon Trees” Tour.
5. Austin Mahone (Saturday, June 27)
Austin Mahone is a young, Bieber-esque up-and-comer signed to Young Money Entertainment and Republic Records. The tween-friendly pop singer made it up the ladder posting YouTube videos, and completed his “MTV’s Artist To Watch” Tour last spring.
6. Panic! At The Disco (Saturday, July 11)
The pop-punk rock band hardly needs introducing after radio hits like “Nine in the Afternoon” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Offering the soundtrack for many an angst-ridden tween during the mid-2000s, Panic! At The Disco’s Dixie Landin’ concert is sure to be a nostalgic throwback to current college kids. The band recently released a new single, “Hallelujah,” for their upcoming fifth studio album.
7. Scotty McCreery (Saturday, July 18)
This deep-voiced country crooner won the 10th season of American Idol with a unique sound and modest character. His most recent album, See You Tonight, was released in fall 2013, but he is currently on a nation-wide tour, which includes Dixie Landin’s concert.
8. Fifth Harmony (Saturday, July 25)
Fifth Harmony is an all-girl pop group from Miami that placed third on the X Factor’s second season. Their Dixie Landin’ show is at the front end of “Reflection: The Summer Tour,” an extension of their widely successful Reflection Tour that took place in the spring. The Reflection Tour followed the February release of their debut album, Reflection, which peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
9. American Authors (Saturday, Aug. 1)
American Authors is a rock band out of New York. The quarter released their debut album, Oh, What A Life, in March 2014, and has performed at festivals at like Lollapalooza and SXSW.
All concerts are free to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin’ patrons. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows start at 7 p.m.