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Music tourism is a booming enterprise, and flying hundreds of miles to see your favorite band headline a remarkable venue is a recipe for an unforgettable weekend. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled what are sure to be some of the most exciting concerts of the summer, so if you’re in town you can have your cake and eat it, too. Live music under the midnight sun? You don’t have to ask us twice!


Who: The Shins
How you know them: From replaying the “Garden State” soundtrack over and over again in 2004, and a Grammy nomination for best alternative album in 2008.
Where: Moose’s Tooth, Anchorage
When: June 10
Tickets available here.


Who: Sally & George
How you know them: You might not know this duo yet, but they’re hot off the release of their debut album and NPR has compared this vintage rock ‘n’ roll pair to the likes of Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers.
Where: The Seaview, Hope
When: July 15
Tickets available at the door.


Who: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
How you know them: Ben Harper’s blend of blues, soul, reggae and folk has earned him two Grammys, not to mention a headlining spot on international concert tours. You also might recognize his 2000 radio hit “Steal My Kisses,” an infectious jam that won’t leave your head anytime soon.
Where: Moose’s Tooth, Anchorage
When: July 24
Tickets available here.


Who: Jewel
How you know her: Jewel Kilcher is one of Alaska’s most famous exports, soaring into the public eye when her first album sold 12 million copies. Her hits like “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “You Were Meant For Me” will still be inspiring singalongs for years to come.
Where: Salmonfest, Ninilchik
When: August 6
Tickets available here.


Who: Zac Brown Band
How you know them: One of the most popular country bands touring today, Zac Brown Band has won three Grammys, gone multiplatinum and has had four consecutive No. 1 Billboard 200 debuts.
Where: Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage
When: August 11-12
Tickets available here.


Who: Third Eye Blind
How you know them: This 90s favorite charmed us all with hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper.”
Where: Alaska State Fair Grounds, Palmer
When: September 1
Tickets available here.


Who: The Doobie Brothers
How you know them: Are you kidding? Of course you know these classic rockers. And if you can’t recall, just “Listen to The Music.”
Where: Alaska State Fair Grounds, Palmer
When: September 2
Tickets available here.


Who: Miranda Lambert
How you know her: Arguably one of the most talked-about concerts of the year, Lambert will be coming to Alaska as an 8-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Female Vocalist of the Year.
Where: Sullivan Arena, Anchorage
When: September 25
Tickets available here.