Carroll County Times

Sharing the stage: Major concerts with co-headlining acts dominate 2012 summer schedule

Once again, many of the most recognizable names in music will be playing in the region during the summer concert season.

Sometimes, it will be a two-for-one deal.

Several top artists are touring together this summer, giving concertgoers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the business in the same show.

Here's a look at some of the concerts cramming in hits from multiple artists this summer:

Brothers of the Sun Tour featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Why it's intriguing: This might be the most anticipated concert coming to this area regardless of genre. Consider: McGraw and Chesney have combined for 41 No. 1 hits and five Entertainer of the Year wins at the Country Music Association Awards. Fans will be singing familiar tunes all night.

When: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12

Where: FedEx Field,1600 FedEx Way, Landover

Admission: $47-295



Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat

Why it's intriguing: The pop-rockers are co-headlining a tour this year. DeGraw's debut album sold more than 1 million records. He's currently a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars." Caillat has sold more than 6 million albums. She won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals on the 2008 single "Lucky" with Jason Mraz.

When: 6 p.m. June 10

Where: Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

Admission: $30-65

Information: 410-783-4189 or

Sarah McLachlan with The National Philharmonic Orchestra

Why it's intriguing: McLachlan has sold more than 40 million albums in her career, and she'll sing her powerful ballads while being backed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra. This is the second summer in a row that McLachlan has performed shows with an orchestral backdrop.

When: 6 p.m. July 5

Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Admission: $41-96

Information: 410-715-5550 or


Ted Nugent, Styx and REO Speedwagon

Why it's intriguing: Classic rockers rejoice: Dozens of hits from the 1970s and 80s will be performed at this show with tickets ranging from $20-$90. That's not a bad deal considering tickets for last year's REO Speedwagon concert at The Great Frederick Fair were $42-$47.

When: 7 p.m. May 18

Where: Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, Va.

Admission: $20-90

Information: 703-754-6400 or

Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker

Why it's intriguing: Lady Antebellum is the clear headliner here and has now amassed seven Grammy wins and six No. 1 hits. But Rucker, the former front man for Hootie and the Blowfish, is about as good an opening act as you will see this summer. He has five No. 1 hits since switching over to the country genre

When: 5:30 p.m. May 20

Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Admission: $40-75

Information: 410-715-5550 or

Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks

Why it's intriguing: No shortage of hits here. Nicks and Stewart have both sold more than 100 million albums. Stewart, with his familiar raspy voice, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nicks, who enjoyed much of her success with Fleetwood Mac, released her first solo album in a decade back in 2010.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 27

Where: Verizon Center, 601 F. St., Washington, D.C.

Admission: $55-149

Information: 202-628-3200 or