Concord is home to one of the Bay Area’s best and largest outdoor concert venues, the Concord Pavilion. The amphitheater opened in 1975 and has thrilled audiences ever since with global tours and local community events alike. The City of Concord owns the venue, while its events are operated by Live Nation.
With an impressive capacity of 12,500 people, the Concord Pavilion includes two main audience areas: reserved seating beneath the canopy and an expansive open-air lawn. The lawn has a lively communal feel, with people sitting on blankets, cushions, and small beach chairs they brought from home. Concert-goers are allowed to bring picnic food in sealed one-gallon bags and small, soft-sided coolers with non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy during concerts. Additionally, the Pavilion has a section of private box seats in the center of the venue and a dance pit directly in front of the stage.
The mixture of annual events like the Concord Jazz Festival and a fresh calendar of performers across all genres, from hip hop to classic rock to pop, always keeps it interesting here. This year, put the following 10 concerts on your list of must-sees:
1. Femme It Forward (July 20)
2019 marks the launch year for Live Nation Urban’s new Femme It Forward tour, which highlights the entertainment industry’s most creative and accomplished female artists through all-female concerts and events. The July concert at Concord Pavilion features an impressive lineup of female talent: Brandy, Monica, Mya, Keri Hilson, Amerie, and Lil Mo will take the stage during this one-night event.
2. Concord Jazz Festival (August 3)
Celebrating its 50th year in 2019, the annual Concord Jazz Festival takes over the city for 10 days of concerts, exclusive jam sessions, and unique events. On Saturday, August 3, popular modern jazz musicians like Esperanza Spalding, Dave Koz & Friends, Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band, and The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra will play at the Concord Pavilion for the biggest concert of the entire festival.
The Concord Pavilion attracts some of the top national tours each year.
3. Bush and +LIVE+: The Altimate Tour (August 7)
British rock band Bush will be joined by fusion rock band +LIVE+ for their round-the-world tour. Anyone who likes the sound of alternative and modern rock will love this show.
4. Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie (August 8)
Elvis Costello is the face of the new wave of British punk from the 1970s. Joined by his band The Imposters and opening act Blondie, this performance will make you feel like you’re jamming in a pub in London.
5. Wiz Khalifa (August 11)
One of the biggest names in modern hip hop, Wiz Khalifa will be headlining in 28 cities for The Decent Exposure Tour. Other prominent rappers and hip hop artists—French Montana, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods, and DJ Drama—will join him onstage for the tour.
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour (August 24)
This global tour will be the last chance for fans to see rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd performing live. Concert-goers can expect to hear the band’s classic hits like Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama, along with classics from opening act ZZ Top.
Some of the top acts to visit the Concord Pavilion this year include Wiz Khalifa, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Peter Frampton.
7. Hot Summer Night 2019 (September 1)
Bringing together some of the best R&B acts, the 6th annual Hot Summer Night concert will feature Guy, Blackstreet, SWV, 112, Dru Hill, Ginuwine and 702.
8. Heart: Love Alive Tour (September 6)
The North American Love Alive Tour will feature headliner Heart, the American rock band from Seattle. They’ll be joined on stage by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts along with Elle King for one unforgettable show.
9. Breaking Benjamin (September 18)
Hard rock fans will love this concert with headliner Breaking Benjamin. Popular hard rock and punk bands Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Dorothy, and Diamante round out the lineup at this one-night event.
10. Peter Frampton Farewell Tour (October 12)
The Concord Pavilion show will be the finale of Peter Frampton’s Farewell Tour. Don’t miss this farewell show from one of the class names in English-American rock.
Where to Stay & Eat
Before or after catching a concert at the Concord Pavilion, explore some of the fun places to eat nearby. Head to Mona’s Bar & Grill for some of the best burgers in town served up in a decidedly hip atmosphere—their milkshakes and cocktails certainly don’t disappoint either. Just 1.5 miles down the road from Concord Pavilion, you’ll also find a perfectly laid-back establishment, the Pavilion Bar & Grill. Come to this lively joint for pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and a full bar.
To hit the Mexican food craving, venture just a bit farther from the venue to Guadalajara Grill—tacos, burritos, and a full menu of margaritas await. Nearby Tachi Sushi Bar and Incas Grill Peruvian Restaurant & Bar are also local favorites for grabbing a bit near the Pavilion. When dessert is all you need after the concert, head to Out the Dough for unique safe-to-eat and on-the-go cookie dough creations.
With nine Concord hotels to choose from, you’ll have no problem staying overnight for a weekend festival or to unwind after going to a concert. Closest to the Concord Pavilion, you’ll find the Days Inn by Wyndham, Motel 6, Studio 6, America’s Best Value Inn, and the Best Western Heritage Inn.
Written by Jenna Herzog for Matcha in partnership with Visit Concord and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.