15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this August

From Khalid to Shawn Mendes, Jimmy Buffett to Oompa

Singer Shawn Mendes performs on July 17, 2017. Josiah VanDien

Two generations of pop heartthrobs at the Garden and plenty of classic rock are just two ways to make the most of live music here in Boston this August.


Pop superstars

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet’s back, and they’re coming to Boston. The 90’s boy band sensation is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the release of their iconic album “Millennium” and are coming to TD Garden to bring new life to their classics and support their latest record, 2019’s “DNA.” (Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $45-$175; all ages; with Baylee Littrell; tickets available here

Shawn Mendes

One of pop’s most promising young songwriters, Shawn Mendes has built up acclaim with each of his three albums, even earning two Grammy nominations for last year’s self-titled record. Embarking on his third global tour, the Canadian hitmaker will play two nights at TD Garden. (Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $29.50-$89.50; all ages; with Alessia Cara; tickets available here


Classic rockers

Queen + Adam Lambert

Refueled by the success of last year’s hit biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen is back on the road with “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert playing the role of Freddie Mercury. If you’ve ever longed to bang your head to the riffs of “Bohemian Rhapsody” or stomp your feet to “We Will Rock You,” the Xfinity Center is your best bet. (Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $180; all ages; tickets available here

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

The mayor of Margaritaville, the prince of Parrotheads, and the longtime purveyor of beachy sounds, Jimmy Buffett has a longstanding tradition of bringing the party to Boston at least once a summer. The songwriter will return to Xfinity Center to remind you that summer never really ends if you don’t want it to. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $99-$146; all ages; tickets available here

John Fogerty

One of rock’s signature vocalists, Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty not only wrote and recorded eight gold albums in four years with his original group, but has continued to churn out hits of his own in the decades since. Celebrating his “50 Year Trip,” Fogerty will play Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion with the help of next-generation Allman Brothers partnership The Allman Betts Band. (Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion; $36-$138; all ages; with Allman Betts Band; tickets available here



Twenty years ago, Santana’s renaissance album “Supernatural” gave us a new blueprint for collaboration, and the endless radio play of “Smooth.” The record, which swept up eight Grammy awards that year, will be given new life this summer with Santana’s “Supernatural Now” Tour which will stop at Xfinity Center with the help of The Doobie Brothers. (Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $47-$173; all ages; with The Doobie Brothers; tickets available here

Mark Knopfler

Considered one of rock’s most skilled lead guitarists, Dire Straits songwriter and successful solo artist Mark Knopfler is responsible for some of music’s most recognizable riffs. With countless releases to his name with Dire Straits, on his own, and soundtracking hit films such as “The Princess Bride” and “The Color of Money,” Knopfler will have plenty of material to choose from as he plays the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion. (Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.; Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Boston; $215-$750; all ages; tickets available here)

R&B royalty


Starting on Soundcloud just a few years ago, Texas-based songwriter Khalid has made a quick leap to stardom, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 with April’s “Free Spirit.” The singer will make his TD Garden debut with the help of Carlisle’s own Clairo opening the show. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $45-$120; all ages; with Clairo; tickets available here


Jill Scott

Neo-soul stalwart Jill Scott is one of the most celebrated voices of the 2000’s, putting out five albums in the past two decades and picking up three Grammys along the way. Lending a dose of summertime soul to Boston, Scott will appear for an evening at House of Blues. (Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $66; all ages; tickets available here)

Indie sounds


Philly power trio Cayetana has spent the better part of the past decade touring rigorously and steadily releasing some of today’s finest pop punk. No strangers to Boston, the band is embarking on one last tour and making The Sinclair one of its final destinations. (Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $14-$16; all ages; with Katie Ellen, Lilith; tickets available here

Flying Lotus

LA-based beatsmith Flying Lotus has been one of the most in-demand collaborators of the past several years, all while steadily releasing records of his own since 2006. Touring behind his sixth album, May’s “Flamagra,” the producer will bring his Flying Lotus in 3D tour to House of Blues, including an immersive visual experience along with his live music. (Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $30; all ages; with PBDY; tickets available here

Purple Mountains

It’s been more than ten years since songwriter David Berman’s revered outfit Silver Jews disbanded and now the indie folk vet has returned with a new project called Purple Mountains. Touring the U.S. for the first time behind the release of their debut self-titled album, the band will make a stop at The Sinclair. (Friday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $25; 18+; with Jeffrey Lewis; tickets available here


Hip-hop heavy hitters


Roxbury-bred lyricist Oompa has gigged tirelessly in the past few years, proving herself as one of Boston hip-hop’s strongest and becoming a household name far beyond the city in the process. Celebrating the release of her new album, “Cleo,” Oompa will perform at The Sinclair with the help of a handful of fellow local openers. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $12-$15; all ages; with Jefe Replay, TiDES, Red Shaydez, Benji; tickets available here

21 Savage

London-born rapper 21 Savage is one of the latest in a wave of Atlanta-based trap artists to find enormous mainstream success. With two albums, two mixtapes, and two EPs to his name all in the past five years, he’s also one of hip-hop’s most prolific talents. Touring in support of December’s “I Am > I Was,” which featured collaborations with the likes of J. Cole, Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, and more, 21 Savage will make a stop at House of Blues. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $65-$85; all ages; with Young Nudy, Calboy; tickets available here)

Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies

Two of underground hip-hop’s most prolific mixtape kings are joining forces for a monstrous summer tour. Pro Era collective founder Joey Bada$$ and fellow Brooklynites Flatbush Zombies will share the stage at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion as their Beast Coast: Escape From New York Tour rolls through Boston. (Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.; Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Boston; $6-$76; all ages; with The Underachievers, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Powers Pleasant, CJ Fly; tickets available here