Spring concerts regional roundup

Pack up the gang for a rocking roadtrip.

A lot of music fans spent their winter under the warm glow of their computer screen or mobile device, getting their live music fix by pouring over clips on YouTube. However, nothing matches the visceral charge of getting in the crowd with like-minded fans to see one of your favorite acts perform.

With the warm weather coming, it’s time to start planning your spring concert itinerary. Living legends such as Stevie Wonder, The Who, Smokey Robinson and Neil Diamond and modern acts including Wilco, Linkin Park, Earl Sweatshirt and Flaming Lips, will be bringing tours through the region in April and May.

Here’s a rundown of just some of the upcoming concert offerings in town or within a short-drive from Dayton.

April 1: Stevie Wonder at Schottenstein Center, Columbus. www.ticketmaster.com.

April 2: Smokey Robinson at the Schuster Center, Dayton. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

April 3: Earl Sweatshirt with Vince Staples and Remy Banks. Bogart’s, Cincinnati. www.livenation.com.

April 8: The Moody Blues at Palace Theatre, Columbus. www.ticketmaster.com.

April 9: John Mortensen Trio at Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 937-223-4ART (4278) or www.daytonartinstitute.org.

April 10-11: “Singing in the Rain” with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Schuster Center, Dayton. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

April 11: Blackberry Smoke with the Temperance Movement and the Ben Miller Band. LC Pavilion, Columbus. www.ticketmaster.com.

April 12: The Escher String Quartet at Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. www.daytonartinstitute.org.

April 17: Neil Diamond at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. www.ticketmaster.com.

April 19: Sha Na Na in Sidney High School auditorium, Sidney. www.gatewayartscouncil.org.

April 21: Faith & Friends Radio presents its fourth annual fundraiser with SELAH and Point of Grace. Victoria Theatre, Dayton. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

April 24: John Prine with Leo Kottke. Palace Theatre, Columbus. www.ticketmaster.com.

April 24-25: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra with Valentina Lisitsa. Schuster Center, Dayton. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

May 1: Daryl Hall & John Oates with Mutlu. LC Pavilion, Columbus. www.ticketmaster.com.

May 2: NEEDTOBREATHE with Ben Rector and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors. The Rose Music Center at the Heights, Huber Heights. www.ticketmaster.com.

May 5: Wilco with Steve Gunn. Taft Theatre, Cincinnati. www.ticketmaster.com.

May 9: Kenny Chesney with Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion. Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. www.ticketmaster.com.

May 14: Dayton Jazz Orchestra at Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. www.daytonartinstitute.org.

May 15: The Who with Joan Jett. Nationwide Arena, Columbus. Www.ticketmaster.com.

May 15-17: Rock on the Range with Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Slipknot and dozens of others: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus. www.rockontherange.com.

A World A’Fair returns to the Dayton Convention Center, Dayton. 937-299-8429 or www.aworldafair.org.

May 16: An Evening of Rogers & Hammerstein presented by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. Rose Music Center, Huber Heights. www.ticketmaster.com.

May 17: Big Brews and Blues benefit for Diabetes Dayton. RiverScape Pavilion, Dayton. www.bigbrewsandblues.com.

May 22: Jane’s Addiction with O.A.R. and 38 Special perform at Indianapolis Carb Day 2015. Indianapolis Speedway, Indianapolis. 317-492-8500 or www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

May 22-24: Dark Star Jubilee 2015 with Los Lobos, Railroad Earth, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and others. Legend Valley, Thornville. www.darkstarjubilee.com.

May 23: Alon Goldstein at Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. www.daytonartinstitute.org.

May 26: New Kids on the Block with TLC and Nelly. U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati. www.ticketmaster.com.

May 28: Lana Del Rey at Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. www.livenation.com.

May 28-31: Nelsonville Music Festival with the Flaming Lips, Merle Haggard, St. Vincent and others. Robbins Crossing at Hocking College, Nelsonville. www.nelsonvillefest.org.

May 30: Rubber Soul & Revolver: Back to Back with Jeans ‘N Classics and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Schuster Center, Dayton. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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