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Summertime concerts that will leave you sweating

August 1 - Jack Johnson, Matt Costa, ALO
(Verizon Wireless Theater)

A former pro surfer, Hawaiian native Jack Johnson plays a lazy blues/folk/hip-hop mix in the tradition of G. Love and Special Sauce.

August 5 - Hiroshima
(Verizon Wireless Theater)

Floetry
Floetry
Collective Soul
Collective Soul

Smooth-jazz pioneers Hiroshima integrate traditional Japanese instruments into their charming musical blend.

August 7 - "Guitars & Saxes" with Jeff Golub, Mindi Abair, Warren Hill and Wayman Tisdale
(Verizon Wireless Theater)

What's up with the smooth jazz at Verizon and the metal at Mary Jane's this year? Two huge jazz joints in one week will be a great way to soothe your tensions as a hard, hot summer gets even harder and hotter during its final month.

August 13 - John Legend
(HUSH)

It's unfair to label John Legend as merely R&B -- he's so much more. He has an original but classic style that harks back to some of the original pioneers of the genre, while always looking forward. He's not some overproduced sap intent on keeping you dancing -- he's got something for the mind and the dance floor.

August 16 - Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw
(Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

She's the mouthy punk-rock chick your parents tried to warn you about but didn't understand. She's really a cool person, really. An intelligent alternative to the Britneys and Jessicas of the world, and a hellafied performer. This will be one hot back-to-school event.

August 21 - Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago
(Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

The classic '70s soul sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire and the smooth rock sounds of Chicago from the same era should prove to be one hell of a combo tonight under the stars.

August 27 - Ozzfest 2005 with Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Shadows Fall, Mastodon, Black Label Society, A Dozen Furies, the Haunted, In Flames, Arch Enemy, the Black Dahlia Murder, Bury Your Dead, It Dies Today, Soilwork and Trivium
(Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

Oh, man, it's Ozzfest time again -- a time when some of the most aggressive metal bands of our time team up to try to outdo the original metal pioneers, Black Sabbath. Unfortunately, even though Ozzy and Co. are pushing 100 years old, they still outperform every other goofball act on this bill. Black Sabbath is not to be missed, kids.

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