Escape to a cool musical performance or festival

05/27/2013 12:00 AM

05/29/2013 9:02 AM

Summer's sneaking up on us, so let's grab a map and plot courses to some choice concerts. While Sacramento will see its share of live music over the next few months, outdoor concert festivals and other gigs are a great excuse to sneak out of town.

A jaunt to the Bay Area is always a good escape from Sacramento's sizzling summer heat, whether it's checking out a new waterfront concert venue in San Francisco or the massive Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park. You can also head toward Napa wine country, Lake Tahoe and other Northern California locales to check out a concert.

Here's a list of recommended summer concerts that are worth a road trip:

STING

June 2

America's Cup Pavilion, San Francisco; $52.50-$128

A 9,000-capacity outdoor concert venue has come to San Francisco between Piers 27 and 29. Sounds like the perfect spot to hear Sting play "Message in a Bottle." Also look for summer shows with Weezer and Steely Dan.

Information: (800) 745-3000, www.americascup.com

BERLIN AND BIG COUNTRY

June 29

Uptown Theatre, Napa; $40

Pretend your car is a DeLorean and head to Napa wine country for a wayback trip to the 1980s. Berlin and Big Country will bring back those new wave-y memories of dayglow, long bangs and a time when MTV still showed music videos.

Information: (707) 259-0123, www.uptowntheatrenapa. com

YES

July 7

The Mountain Winery, Saratoga; $49.50-$89.50

This show will make for a pilgrimage of prog-rock fans from throughout Northern California. Yes will play three classic albums in their entirety: "The Yes Album," "Close to the Edge" and "Going for the One."

Information: (408) 741-2822, www.mountainwinery.com

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JAY-Z

July 26

Candlestick Park, San Francisco; $39.50-$250

The singer who brought sexy back and the multiplatinum rapper who once lived a "Hard Knock Life" team for one of the summer's biggest tours. This double bill of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z is being held in some of biggest stadiums across the country.

Information: (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

PHISH

July 30-31

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's, Stateline, Nev.; $60

Jam on it to Lake Tahoe for a two-night stand featuring Phish. This outdoor venue will be the perfect spot to take a break from the Sacramento Valley summer heat and hear some tunes by Phish, the long-running favorites of improvised rock.

Information: (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

OUTSIDE LANDS

Aug. 9-11

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

$249 for three-day ticket

Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails are among the headliners of this multigenre three-day festival in Golden Gate Park. Other must-see acts include Wavves, D'Angelo, Willie Nelson and Phoenix.

Information: www.sfoutsidelands.com

REGGAE ON THE RIVER

Aug. 1-4

Piercy, Humboldt County

$190 for three-day pass, $250 for four-day early arrival pass

Head to this concert site for a chillaxing weekend of reggae and camping. Performers include Julian Marley & the Uprising Band, Les Nubians, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and Junior Kelly.

Information: (707) 923-3368, www.reggaeontheriver.com

BOB DYLAN AND HIS BAND

Aug. 4

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View; $25-$89.50

Bob Dylan headlines this "Americanarama Festival of American Music" with a heavyweight lineup that includes Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Count this as one of the summer's best concert bills.

Information: (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL

Sept. 11

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View; $20-$69.50

Relive the glory days of early 1990s alternative rock with Jane's Addiction and Alice in Chains, and rock out to newer bands including Coheed and Cambria and Sacramento's own MC Rut in this daylong festival.

Information: (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Call The Bee's Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. On Twitter @chris_macias.

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