5 Outdoor Country Concerts to Catch in July: Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers & More

by Jim Casey
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Can you feel the heat? If not, get outside and experience some country music this summer. While the COVID pandemic had everyone on lockdown last summer, July 2021 is lining up to be a relaunching for both artists and fans.

Country music festivals and outdoor venues are providing the perfect combination of fresh air and loud, loud music. Outsider is here for both.

Check out our list of 5 Outdoor Country Concerts to Catch in July.

1. Windy City Smokeout: Chicago – July 8-11

Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout is a dream come true: BBQ, beer, and bands. The four-day event features some of the best BBQ chefs in the country. The beer flows like water. And the country music lineup is stellar, including Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada & the Departed, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Larry Fleet, and more. Come for the food, stay for the music. Or vice versa.

2. Country Concert: Fort Laramie, Ohio – July 8-10

Country music, camping, and coolers? That’s another winning combination. For its 40th anniversary, Country Concert in Fort Laramie, Ohio, boasts a lineup featuring Alan Jackson, Luke Combs, Deana Carter, Jo Dee Messina, Jon Pardi, Ashley McBride, Justin Moore, and more. Pitch a tent. Bring a cooler. Catch some tunes. Keep it country.

3. Welcome Back Willie: Luck, Texas – July 16-18

Willie Nelson. Need we say more? Okay, just a bit to clarify. Willie will be headlining three shows at the Luck Ranch in Luck, Texas, on July 16-18. The 88-year-old has been a force in country music for more than 60 years. Show the Country Music Hall of Fame member some love July 16-18 as he performs with special guests Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Reckless Kelly, and Morgan Wade. That’s the Willie Way.

4. Under the Big Sky: Whitefish, Montana – July 16-18

The Big Mountain Ranch in Whitefish, Montana, will be both a scenic and sonic destination on July 16-18. You can’t beat the three-day lineup of Dwight Yoakam, Tyler Childers, Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Ryan Bingham, Billy Strings, Colter Wall, and more. Stay the week, because you’re going to want to explore the gateway to Glacier National Park.

5. Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion: Gilford, New Hampshire – July 28-30

Chris Stapleton will headline three concerts at the Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire, on July 28-30. Special guests Elle King and Nikki Lane will open the shows. Fortunately, if you can’t catch Chris in picturesque Gilford, his All-American Roadshow will continue with more than 40 dates in 2021. We’ve been waiting patiently for more than one year to see—and hear—country’s best voice live in concert. The wait is over.

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