The 2023 GOVX Guide to the Summer Concert Season

Secure your savings and slam-dance your way through the setlist.

By Devin Pangaro – June 6, 2023

Look, whether you’re grilling in the backyard or getting in a workout at the gym, music just makes everything flow better. That’s just a fact. When it comes to seeing your favorite artists perform live, however, that’s something else entirely. As most music fans can attest to, it’s damn near a religious experience. A rite of passage. A chance to bring their personal soundtrack to life, belt out every lyric, and enjoy themselves the American way. Especially during summer. We’ve gone ahead and curated the ultimate list of the season's must-see shows. Every genre. Every big name artist. On top of that, each concert or festival is eligible for exclusive savings via your GOVX membership.

If that ain't music to your ears, we don't know what is.

Here’s the breakdown:


Country Boom, July 13-15

Maple Grove Venues | West Salem, WI

Headliners: Jo Dee Messina, Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch

Details: Join more than 20,000 fans for the biggest country music festival the Midwest has to offer. Activities include a cornhole tournament benefitting the Sara Rose Hougan Foundation, first-class food and drink options, as well as camping and lodging packages.

Country Fan Fest, July 26-29

Desert Peak Complex | Grantsville, UT

Headliners: Sawyer Brown, Parker McCollum, Cody Johnson, Hardy

Details: Four days. Two stages. 20+ artists. Utah's most epic country festival is all systems go. Founded by and for fans, this summer staple for 8 years running feature a powerhouse lineup, stellar merch, local food and drink favorites, and fun for everyone who attends.

Evolution Festival 2023, August 26-27

Forest Park | St. Louis, MO

Headliners: The Black Keys, The Black Crowes, Brandy Carlile, Ice Cube, Morgan Wade

Details: Offering a bit more of an eclectic mix (Ice Cube, anyone?), The Evolution Music Festival is a massive celebration of music, bourbon, and BBQ. The Show-Me State hosts the nation’s greatest pitmasters and acclaimed BBQ chefs from all corners of the country, an unforgettable bourbon experience led by expert Fred Minnick, and live performances by legendary artists.


Rock, Ribs, and Ridges Festival, June 23-25

Sussex County Fairgrounds | Fairfield, NJ

Headliners: 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke, Artimus Pyle Band

Details: Come hungry, leave happy. The ultimate two-day party of southern rock jams and really good BBQ, returns for another summer showdown in the great state of New Jersey. Clocking in with a full lineup of live performances and a full menu of top choice eats, there’s no better way to spend a weekend this summer.

INKcarceration Festival,

July 14-16

Ohio State Reformatory | Mansfield, OH

Headliners: Limp Bizkit, P.O.D., Pantera, Megadeth, Slipknot, Bush

Details: Any chance you’ve got to rock out and get tatted, you take it. No questions asked. No consultations with the significant other. Half tattoo convention, half concert, INKcarceration is a heavy favorite to become the most unique event you’ll experience all summer long. Packing a powerful lineup of 80s, 90s, and early 2000 rock titans, you’re well within your rights to rewind time and rejoin the mosh pit.

Rocklahoma 2023,

September 1-3

1421 West 450 Rd. | Pryor, OK

Headliners: Godsmack, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Daughtry

Details: Just another opportunity to see Fred Durst do his thing and rock a baseball cap backwards. The biggest stars of the last 30 years take the stage in Soonerville to close out summer and rock the house one last time.


New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning, July 28-30

Solberg Airport | Whitehouse Station, NJ

Headliners: Everclear, Lit, KC & The Sunshine Band, Fitz & The Tantrums

Details: This one isn’t just a whole lot of hot air. Combining the thrills of nearly 100+ hot air balloons taking flight and the music of some of the biggest bands anywhere, you’d be hard-pressed to land on a better event for the whole family.


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