Carroll County Times

Summer concert preview: The Band Perry, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 all headed for the region

Last September, slow-moving thunderstorms forced a cancellation of The Band Perry's concert at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium.

The group promised to return for another concert in the area, honoring all tickets purchased for the State Fair date.

That concert is rescheduled. And the sister-brother trio is returning as one of the hottest acts in music today.

The summer concert season in the Baltimore-Washington area will feature performances by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Fun., and dozens of other top musicians in the industry.

The Band Perry's rescheduled show is among the first significant concerts of the summer. The rescheduled show is 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.

"Pioneer," The Band Perry's second album, sold 129,000 copies in its first week. It's currently second on "Billboard Magazine's" 200 albums chart for sales for all genres, trailing only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."

The Band Perry, a former Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair act, will return to the region with lots of momentum. Here's a look at some of the huge concerts coming to our area this summer:

The Band Perry

What to expect: Lead singer Kimberly is a live wire. They put on a high-energy show. Easton Corbin and Jackie Lee are the opening acts.

The details: 5:30 p.m. May 18, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $30-$45. 410-715-5550 or


Taylor Swift

What to expect: Swift is much more pop than country now. Not that her fan base cares. Both her concerts in Washington have been sold out for months. Tickets on the third-party site Stub Hub start at $100.

The details: 7 p.m. May 11-12, Verizon Center, 601 F St., Washington. $100 or more. 202-628-3200 or

WMZQ Fest featuring Luke Bryan

What to expect: Bryan, the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, headlines this show, which also includes performances by Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line.

The details: 4 p.m. May 18, Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow Va., $40-67.35. 703-754-6400 or


Kenny Chesney

What to expect: Chesney continues to headline stadium shows with his unique blend of country with a Caribbean flavor. Eric Church and the Eli Young Band are opening acts.

The details: 5 p.m. May 25, FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover. $45-300.


What to expect: This is the first chance to see Fun. headlining a major concert in our region. The popular pop rockers' hits include "We Are Young," "Some Nights" and "Carry On."

The details: 6:30 p.m. July 20, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $35-$45. 410-715-5550 or


What to expect: Remember the Super Bowl halftime show? Well, that's simply a teaser. With so many hits to choose from, the supremely talented Beyonce is sure to put on a show to remember.

The details: 8 p.m. July 29-30, Verizon Center, 601 F St., Washington. $59.25-280.75. 202-628-3200 or

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z

What to expect: This is almost certainly the concert of the summer. Two of the biggest names in music combine for this stadium show tour.

The details: 8 p.m. Aug. 8, M&T Bank Stadium, 1100 Russell St., Baltimore. $57-281.

Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson

What to expect: This is quite a unique combination. Maroon 5 is fronted by Adam Levine and has become one of the most notable pop rock bands in the country. Clarkson, the former "American Idol" winner, has had success in both the country and pop genres.

The details: 7 p.m. Sept. 7, Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, Va. $38.50-116.30. 703-754-6400 or