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Best Upcoming Summer Concerts In San Francisco

Whether you're a little bit country, a lot rock 'n roll, a grunge band groupie who happens to also dig on the modern jazz scene from time to time, or you yearn for the live concerts and performances from any other kind of genre, San Francisco's got you covered. The concert line ups this city has for the summer will satisfy every music aficionado, no matter how eclectic your tastes may be.
Nightlife & Music Summer Concerts, Outside Lands Music Festival
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Outside Lands Festival
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA  94102

Dates: August 10, 11 & 12, 2012
Ticket Prices: 3-day ticket for $225
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The lineup for this year's 5th Annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Feståival cannot disappoint even the biggest of wallflowers. Jack White, Neil Young, Metallica, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Fitz & the Tantrums, Stevie Wonder, Skrillex, Dr. Dog, Die Antwoord, and Big Boi are just a few of the talents performing during the three day festival.  This year's musicians will share their harmony and foot-stomping beats with a San Francisco crowd in Golden Gate Park, with benefits going to the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. Local musicians, food and wine vendors, and visual artists representing San Francisco's vibrant cultural community, will also be on hand. Parking is extremely limited inside of Park, so alternative transportation or shuttle services are highly encouraged.

Nightlife & Music Summer Concerts, Diana Krall
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Diana Krall – Jazz & Blues
Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA  94102
(415) 864-6000

Date: Sunday, August 19 at 8 p.m.
Prices: Starting at $89.50
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Though many jazz artists sing to stir up romantic, melancholic, essence-searching, intimate scenes within their audience's minds, there's definitely no reading-between-the-lines during Diana Krall's enthralling songs. In an honest manner, Krall unabashedly sings her songs of seduction and sensuality with poised confidence. So ease back in your seat and let the show take you on a wild journey into a straightforward portrayal of human desire and erotic fantasy. Parking is available at the Performing Arts garage at Grove and Franklin. Additional parking is available at the Civic Center Garage.

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The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA  94115
(415) 346-6000

Nightlife & Music Summer Concerts, The Fillmore
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Summer Slaughter Tour featuring: Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me & More 
Date: Friday, August 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Starting at $32.50
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Featuring heavy metal heavyweights Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me, Periphery, Veil of Maya, The Faceless, Job for a Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed and Cerebral Bore, the Summer Slaughter concert is slated to come crashing and thrashing into the Fillmore this summer.  The 6th annual tour, presented by Indiemerchstore, Peavey, Ibanez and Sound Check Hollywood, will be raging, brutal, progressive metal music for its fans of heavy metal. The concert will also include special guests, including The Contortionist, Rings of Saturn or Fallujah.

The Promise Ring
Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 9 p.m.
Price: Starting at $25
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Former emo band, The Promise Ring, will reunite to play a select number of shows throughout 2012.  Though the band has since been reclassified as an Indie Folk band, during the band's zenith in the 90s, they helped catapult a brooding and emotive music style from the punk underground to a wider audience. The Fillmore is a General Admission Ballroom with an open dance floor. The Fillmore does not have a parking lot. Street parking and several public parking facilities are located nearby.  On show nights, the venue normally opens doors one hour prior to show time.

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Nightlife & Music, Shoreline Amphitheatre
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Rock the Bells 2012
Shoreline Amphitheatre

1 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View, CA 94043

Date: August 25 and 26, 2012
Price: $115 and up for a 2-day ticket
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Don't miss your chance to get tickets for this first class, annual hip-hop event that began right here in California and has since expanded internationally. Rock the Bells always features world renowned bands and musical artists, and 2012's show will be one for the books. Hear performances from veteran artists like Ice Cube, Method Man, Redman, Salt-N-Pepper, Naughty By Nature and Mixmaster Mike. Headliners also include such heavy hitters as Kid Cudi, Nas, J Cole, Atmosphere, Common, Jadakiss and Mac Miller. Extra bonus: Special guests Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform "E. 1999 Eternal" in its entirety and will also pay tribute to Eazy E, a fellow rapper and the group's mentor who passed away in 1995. To view a list of set times for the festival, click here.

Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at
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