‘Tis the season for music classics



Summertime is almost upon us, and you know what that means: Every recording artist who can still hold a microphone is going to be on the road, performing for their faithful fans. With the never-ending parade of artists competing for your hard-earned dollars, we thought we’d compile a list of concerts  sure to make your summer even hotter.    

Summer Block Party with Jill Scott, Boyz II Men & DJ Jazzy Jeff, June 30 at Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.

All your ‘90s neo-soul and R&B dreams come true with this dream lineup, in an outdoor concert headlined by the incomparable “Jilly from Philly” holding court on her home turf.

Sam Smith, July 4 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

The real fireworks are going to be indoors when out English Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer Smith serenades the masses on his “The Thrill of It All” tour. 

Barry Manilow, July 6-7 at Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City

The Borgata is celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer and pulling out all the stops. The first must-see concert, of course, is Barry Manilow, coming to Atlantic City for a pair of performances.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, July 13 at Festival Pier, 601 N. Columbus Blvd.

The R&B singer is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her award-winning blockbuster album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” with a tour. Sure, she hasn’t released a proper studio album since, but given her reputation of late, her fans will be happy if she shows up relatively on time for what is sure to be a roof-raising concert. 

Erasure, July 18 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

It’s time to party like it’s 1989 when the synthpop pioneers finally bring their “World Be Gone” tour to the U.S. after spending months on the road in Europe opening for Robbie Williams.   

Britney Spears, July 19-21 at Borgata Event Center,

It’s been a while since the pop superstar has toured in these parts, which is probably why the three smaller-than-arena-sized concerts at the Borgata sold out faster than you can say “Oops!” But hey, maybe you know a high roller at the casino who can get you a ticket to catch Britney one more time. 

Jay-Z & Beyonce, July 30 at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

The king and queen of hip-hop and R&B are hitting stadiums across the country this summer fora dual mammoth tour.   

Pentatonix, Aug. 14 at BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden 

Just a few short years ago, this plucky a capella group was packing clubs when it came through Philly. This summer, the group is packing arenas and amphitheaters for its feel-good take on popular music.

Cher, Aug. 17-19 at the Borgata Event Center

Every gypsy, tramp and thief within a 100-mile radius will be converging upon Atlantic City as Cher makes her debut at the casino for a pair of concerts loaded with hits.   

Love the ‘90s Tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Biz Markie, 2 Live Crew and Rob Base, Aug. 24 at BB&T Pavilion,

The hip-hop legends that rocked the party before gangsta rap took over are back for an evening of nonstop hits that’ll make you remember why your threw your hands in the air, waved them around like you just didn’t care and pushed it real good.