Syosset-native singer Idina Menzel of Disney’s Frozen fame may get ribbed for this winter, but fans will melt to hear she’s on the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 2015 summer concert calendar.
The early draft of the calendar has more than a dozen dates starring over three dozen performers, including alt-rockers Dave Matthews Band, comedian Kevin Hart, country crooner Tim McGraw and the return of the Van’s Warped Tour—the nation’s longest-running, mostly punk rock music festival.
After the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach—featuring the return of the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds this year—on Memorial Day weekend May 23 and 24, the first concert date set is May 29 with the return of country band Lady Antebellum, who is joined on its “Wheels Up” tour by opening acts Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.
DMB then takes the stage June 9. That show is followed by Tim McGraw, with supporting acts Billy Currington and Chase Bryant on June 11. Pop rockers Train will play their breakout hit “Drops of Jupiter” on June 16 with special guests The Fray and Matt Nathanson.
By this point in the summer, the concerts booked so far mostly take a turn for the harder rock. Pop-punkers Fall Out Boy take the stage June 24 with Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen followed by the Warped Tour on July 11. Headliners on this year’s tour include Front Porch Step, Handguns, Kosha Dillz, Neck Deep and Palisades.
Country music fans will be glad to hear Darius Rucker will grace the beach on July 12 with Brett Eldrege, Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses. On July 17, Menzel—who is also known for her songs on Glee and in Wicked—will sing her infectious hit “Let it Go” on July 17.
Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla return on July 23 followed by metal acts Slipknot, Lamb of God and Bullet for My Valentine on Aug. 1. Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago take the stage Aug. 16. Parrot heads will be out in force when Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band with Huey Lewis and The News return on Aug. 18.
Everyone will be glad to hear Nickelback is coming to town Aug. 14 before The Wedding Ringer comic Kevin Hart gets the beach laughing Aug. 28. And rounding out the summer schedule as it stands as of this post is Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer on Sept. 1.
All tickets will be on sale through LiveNation.com. More performers will be added to additional concert dates once it gets closer to show time. Who do you want to see play at the Jones Beach amphitheater this year?