Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Beyonce performs during the halftime show in Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

American Acts Take Over Second Half Of Summer Concert Schedule

As the summer concert season bends into August, the barrage of British bands touring the U.S. is giving way to an end-of-summer season populated by American acts.  One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney all led the way in June and July with tours that had average prices as high as $650. Now that those tours have ended or are beginning to wind down, there is a plethora of more-affordable American tours to choose from.

Of all the American acts playing in August and September, only Beyonce Tickets have an average price above $300.  If that’s too rich, and you have enough patience to wait out the summer, the Mrs. Carter tour picks back up after a three-month hiatus on November 30th, and tickets for the final 12 shows the tour can mostly be had for under $100. If you can’t wait that long, though, Bruno Mars tickets are available as low as $56…if you’re in Salt Lake City. Most other nights, you can see Bruno and U.K. star Ellie Goulding for around $75.  Critics have given Mars’ “Moonshine Jungle Tour”, which mixes original compositions and covers, strong reviews.

If you like a U.K. opening act with your American superstar, Taylor Swift is also touring with a U.K. opener—Ed Sheeran, whose single “The A Team” was nominated for song of the year at the 2013 Grammys. Taylor Swift tickets are available for under $100 most nights. If you couldn’t bring yourself to pay the $674 average price for One Direction tickets, Ed Sheeran or Ellie Goulding are a nice way to get your U.K. fix without breaking the bank.

Other Great American acts touring in the late summer and fall include John Mayer, the Voice’s Blake Shelton, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Pink, and the most America of acts. Kid Rock. Pink Tickets for her ‘Truth About Love Tour’, which kicks off, it’s U.S. leg on October 10th, are not cheap at a $265 average price.  However, having sold over 40 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide, she has a lot of fans looking to hear her soulful, husky sound live.  If you’re looking for something less expensive, check out Kid Rock’s ‘Rebel Soul Tour’, which runs through September 22nd.  Rock made ticketing history when he announced that the entire tour would be priced at the flat rate of $20.  To make up for the lost ticket revenue, Kidd Rock is sharing in food, beverage and parking revenue with LiveNation. If the model is successful, others tours will surely follow suit, and it could have a significant impact on how much it costs ours kids to see summer concerts in the future.  In the meantime Kid Rock tickets for most shows remaining on the tour are priced under $50.  Now’s that’s what you call good, old-fashioned, American value.

Below is a list of the 2103 Tours, from most expensive to least:

One Direction


The Rolling Stones






Fleetwood Mac




Michael Buble


Depeche Mode


Bruno Mars


Maroon 5 & Kelly Clarkson


Bon Jovi


Paul McCartney


Tim McGraw


Black Sabbath


Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran


Justin Timberlake


Dave Matthews Band


John Mayer




Selena Gomez


Blake Shelton


Kenny Chesney


Lil Wayne


Jason Aldean


Brad Paisley


Miranda Lambert


Matchbox 20 & The Goo Goo Dolls




Ke$ha & Pitbull




The Lumineers


Justin Bieber


Kid Rock








Train, The Script, & Gavin DeGraw


New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men


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