Big Sean, Kacey, Weeknd lead fall’s can’t-miss concerts

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Summer is wrapping up, but Metro Detroit — and Joe Louis Arenam, in particular — is gearing up for a hot fall music season.

A slew of superstar artists — several of them homegrown — have Detroit in their sights in the coming months. They include Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Detroit rapper Big Sean, who is set to cap a career year with a celebratory homecoming concert at the Joe.

Others on the horizon include country stars, rappers, reunited rock bands and classic rockers. The lineup comes at a time when the concert business has been booming; ticket sales for the first half of the year were up 5.8 percent compared with 2014, according to concert industry trade publication Pollstar.

And no matter the season, Detroit loves a good concert. Here are the season’s Top 15 can’t-miss shows:

1. Big Sean, Nov. 6, Joe Louis Arena: The Detroit rapper’s previous Detroit headlining affairs at the Palace (2012) and at DTE (2013) were blockbuster, star-studded affairs, but this Joe Louis Arena outing — which comes on the heels of February’s “Dark Sky Paradise,” his first No. 1 album — should be his crowning achievement.

2. Madonna, Oct. 1, Joe Louis Arena: The Material Girl returns to her hometown, after making some not-so-nice comments about her hometown. Still, even though this year’s “Rebel Heart” stiffed, no one puts on a show like Madonna. With floor seats going for $358, it’s sure to be an expensive night out.

3. The Weeknd, Nov. 7, Palace of Auburn Hills: The year’s breakout star and the force behind two of the year’s biggest singles, the “50 Shades of Grey” anthem “Earned It” and the summer smash “Can’t Feel My Face,” comes to town on his first arena tour, a huge leap from his modestly attended Fox Theatre show in 2013. But that was then, this is now.

4. Stevie Wonder, Nov. 21, Joe Louis Arena: Wonder’s landmark 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life” gets another live run in Detroit, following last year’s powerful, emotional show at the Palace, which stretched three-plus hours and found a teary-eyed Wonder performing with 40 some musicians.

5. Paul McCartney, Oct. 21, Joe Louis Arena: Sir Paul hasn’t performed in Detroit since a Comerica Park concert in 2011, and he returns this fall to the Joe, his first-ever concert at the Red Wings’ home. The show is part of his “Out There” tour, which also included a headlining slot at this summer’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

6. Luke Bryan, Oct. 30, Ford Field: Can you celebrate spring break in fall? In the case of country superstar Luke Bryan, playing his first stadium concert in Detroit — on the night before Halloween, no less — well, do you even have to ask?

7. Kraftwerk, Oct. 5, Masonic Temple: The German electronic music pioneers have always had a strong relationship with Detroit — Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter recently described it to Rolling Stone as a “spiritual connection” — and that bond will be reinforced when the group brings its 3-D Concert tour to town, its first Detroit visit since a June 2005 engagement at the State Theatre.

8. Kacey Musgraves, Oct. 1, Royal Oak Music Theatre: The Grammy-winning country singer follows her arrow to Detroit on the heels of this year’s “Pageant Material” album.

9. Chance the Rapper, Oct. 18, Fillmore Detroit: The Chicago rapper has played huge slots on major festivals and become a hip-hop superstar in his own right all without the benefit of a hit single or a major label machine. His latest sidestep: Earlier this year he followed his breakthrough 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap” with “Surf,” an R&B-funk-soul project he recorded with Chicago pals Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. Oh, and he also raps on Madonna’s latest album. No big deal.

10. The Who, Oct. 17, Joe Louis Arena: Age ain’t nothin’ but a number. This group commemorates its 50th anniversary in style with this splashy arena tour, which finds them playing hits from at least three of those five decades.

11. Ride, Oct. 1, Saint Andrew’s Hall: The pioneering shoegaze rockers reunited earlier this year for their first concerts since splitting in the mid-1990s, and this performance will be the group’s first Detroit concert since 1991.

12. Jason Aldean, Friday, DTE Energy Music Theatre: The everydude country rocker follows last year’s two-night stand at the Palace with this outing, still in support of last year’s “Old Boots, New Dirt” album.

13. A$AP Rocky, Sept. 26, DTE Energy Music Theatre: Following this year’s “At. Long. Last. A$AP” album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart in May, Rocky headlines his first amphitheater tour, with guests Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples.

14. Luna, Oct. 15, Saint Andrew’s Hall: The college rock outfit, fronted by Dean Wareham, is back together and on tour for the first time in a decade.

15. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday, Meadow Brook Music Festival: After landing the only appearance by a rock band on this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, the raucous twosome from Columbus, Ohio, crashes onto the Meadow Brook stage with its biggest local headlining concert to date.

Fall concert season

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom

7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren

(586) 268-3200

Stephanie Mills, Oct. 4

Three Dog Nights, Oct. 23

Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, Nov. 6

Eric Burdon, Nov. 13

Dramatics, Nov. 28

The Scintas, Dec. 10-12

Mark Randisi, Dec. 20

Caesars Windsor

377 Riverside Drive E., Windsor

(800) 9991-7777

Joe Walsh, Saturday

Scorpions, Sept. 25

Charley Pride, Oct. 4

Rick Thomas, Oct. 10

Gordon Lightfoot, Oct. 17

Train, Oct. 23

Kings of Chaos, Oct. 29

Three Days Grace, Nov. 14

Jennifer Nettles, Nov. 15

Donny & Marie Holiday Classics, Nov. 28

Kenny Rogers, Dec. 6

Celtic Woman, Dec. 10

The Tenors, Dec. 22

Crofoot Ballroom

1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac

(248) 858-9333

Shapes & Colors, Friday

Godflesh, Sept. 24

Tremonti & Trivium, Sept. 28

Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Sept. 29

Atreyu, Oct. 2

Armor For Sleep, Oct. 8

Knuckle Puck, Oct. 15

Putnam’s Halloween, Oct. 16

Peaches, Oct. 18

Soulfly, Oct. 19

Mayday Parade, Oct. 25

Blind Guardian, Nov. 6

Copeland, Nov. 14

Silverstein and Senses Fail, Nov. 21

The Menzingers and Mewithoutyou, Nov. 22


Digitour Slaybells Ice, Dec. 15

Fillmore Detroit

2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit

(313) 961-5450

Detroit Performs Live, Friday

Frankie Ballard, Saturday

Riverfest with Cake and Kaleo, Sunday

Godsmack, Wednesday

Breaking Benjamin, Sept. 25

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Sept. 27

Warren Haynes, Sept. 29

Prince Royce, Sept. 30

Hollywood Undead, Oct. 2

Korn, Oct. 3

Buddy Guy, Oct. 9

Seether, Oct. 10

The NBHD, Oct. 13

Mac Miller, Oct. 14

Adventure Club, Snails and Kayzo, Oct. 16

The String Cheese Incident, Oct. 17

Lee Brice, Oct. 22

The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack, Oct. 23

STS9, Oct. 24

Motionless in White and The Devil Wears Prada, Oct. 25

Insane Clown Posse, Oct. 31

MisterWives and Waters, Nov. 2

City and Colour, Nov. 5

Chase Rice, Nov. 7

Rise Against, Nov. 8

Parkway Drive, Miss May I and more, Nov. 11

Jamey Johnson, Nov. 20

King Diamond with Exodus, Nov. 28

Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit

(313) 471-6611

Josh Groban, Oct. 9

Jaheim, Oct. 10

Willie Nelson with Merle Haggard, Oct. 20

Jethro Tull, Nov. 3

Don Henley, Nov. 7

Brian Setzer Orchestra, Nov. 18

Michael W. Smith, Dec. 9

Straight No Chaser, Dec. 16

Mannheim Steamroller, Dec. 18

Hill Auditorium

825 N. University, Ann Arbor

(734) 763-8587

Wilco, Sept. 24

Joe Louis Arena

19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit

(313) 471-6611

Festival of Praise with Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond and more, Nov. 14

Magic Bag

22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

(248) 544-3030

Atlas Genius, Sept. 24

The Orb, Sept. 26

Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel, Sept. 29

The Bellfuries with Jessica Lee Wilkes, Oct. 1

Matt Nathanson, Oct. 4

Taylor Davis, Oct. 7

The Purple Xperience featuring Dr. Fink, Oct. 8

Saint Motel, Oct. 9

The Kingbees, Oct. 17

The Maccabees, Oct. 21

The Mega 80s, Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 23

Dead Again’s Halloween Bash, Oct. 24

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Oct. 29

Twistin’ Tarantulas with Broadzilla, Oct. 30

The Stone Foxes, Oct. 31

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds, Nov. 7

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Nov. 11

Cas Haley with Collin Hauser, Nov. 12

Flamin’ Groovies, Nov. 13

Lez Zeppelin, Nov. 14

Ryn Weaver with ASTR and Holychild, Nov. 15

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Nov. 17

Mark Kozelek, Nov. 20

The Smiths United with Re-Cure and Music for the Masses, Nov. 25

The English Beat featuring Dave Wakeling, Nov. 19

Majestic Theatre

4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit

(313) 833-9700

Wavves, Sept. 26

Ghost, Oct. 2

Duke Domont, Oct. 17

Leon Bridges, Oct. 24

The Front Bottoms, Oct. 28

Twiztid, Oct. 30

RAC, Nov. 1

Infected Mushroom, Nov. 14

Deerhunter, Dec. 12

Masonic Temple Theatre

500 Temple, Detroit

(313) 832-7100

Gino Vannelli, Rachelle Ferrell and Roy Ayers, Sept. 25

Of Monsters and Men, Sept. 29

Avant, Ginuwine, Case, Dru Hill and more, Oct. 3


Zedd, Oct. 23

Excision, Oct. 31

ODESZA, Nov. 20

DMX, Juvenile, Chubb Rock, Trina and Fat Joe, Nov. 28

Michigan Theater

603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

(734) 668-8397

Punch Brothers, Wednesday

Mark Knopfler, Oct. 4

Norah Jones, Nov. 2

Arlo Guthrie, Nov. 9

Guster, Nov. 18

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

350 Madison, Detroit

(313) 887-8500

Haflah Arab Fusion Fest, Saturday

Atif Aslam, Sept. 25

Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel, Oct. 11

Chrisette Michele with Eric Roberson, Oct. 16

Michael Henderson, Ronnie Laws and Norman Connors, Oct. 17

Andersonponty Band with Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, Nov. 6

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, Dec. 2

The Palace of Auburn Hills

6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills

(248) 377-0100

The Weeknd, Nov. 7

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 29

Royal Oak Music Theatre

318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak

(248) 399-2980

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Friday

Beach House, Saturday

Father John Misty, Sept. 24

Stromae, Sept. 25

George Ezra, Sept. 26

Grace Potter, Oct. 8

Garbage, Oct. 19

Timeflies, Oct. 20

Nero, Oct. 21

Run the Jewels, Oct. 24

Jesse Cook, Oct. 26

Circa Survive, Oct. 31

The Mavericks, Nov. 7

Kamelot, Nov. 25

Sleater-Kinney, Dec. 8

Greensky Bluegrass, Dec. 331

Saint Andrew's Hall

431 E. Congress St., Detroit

(313) 961-8961

Melaine Martinez, Friday

Ben Rector, Saturday

The Fall of Troy, Wednesday

Young Thug, Sept. 24

Tech N9ne, Sept. 27

Lianne La Havas, Oct. 3

Stuff You Should Know, Oct. 5

Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton and more, Oct. 7

Grits & Biscuits, Oct. 9

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Oct. 11

Luna, Oct. 15

SOJA, Oct. 16

Lucero, Oct. 17

The Darkness, Oct. 21

Andy Mineo, Oct. 22

Smallpools, Oct. 23

Kurt Vile and The Violators, Oct. 24

Collective Soul, Oct. 26

Gorgon City, Oct. 29

Iration, Oct. 30

Big K.R.I.T., Nov. 1

New Found Glory and Yellowcard, Nov. 5

Maddie & Tae, Nov. 6

JJ Grey & Mofro, Nov. 7

Everclear, Nov. 8

Hudson Mohawke, Nov. 12

Granger Smith, Nov. 13

Minus the Bear, Nov. 14

Allen Stone, Nov. 17

GTA, Nov. 19

Between the Buried and Me, Nov. 20

Mayhem and Watain, Nov. 21

The Birthday Massacre, Nov. 22

Lights and the Mowgli’s, Nov. 24

Papadosio, Nov. 28

Modern Baseball, Dec. 2

The Get Up Kids, Dec. 4

Electric Six, Dec. 31

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel and Casino

2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit.

(313) 309-4700

Earl Klugh, Sept. 25

Vanessa Williams, Oct. 11

America’s Got Talent Live All-Stars, Oct. 15

Meat Loaf, Nov. 3

Indigo Girls, Nov. 15

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert, Nov. 29

Kenny G, Dec. 16

Will Downing’s Sounds of Christmas featuring Kenny Lattimore and Maysa, Dec. 20