It's March and it's freezing, but already the spring/summer outdoor calendar is taking shape.
There are more than a dozen shows announced for the First Niagara Pavilion so far -- eight of them country -- to go with a Stage AE lineup that will probably exceed 30 events.
We missed on the Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z stadium tour, but, again, the country is always reliable, this summer with Kenny Chesney and the occasionally banjo-playing Taylor Swift.
Consol Energy Center recently added Bruno Mars and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, generally an outdoor band, to its robust indoor schedule.
Here is what we know so far:
FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION
May 18: Tim McGraw/Brantley Gilbert/Love and Theft
May 19: Styx/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent
May 31: Dave Matthews Band
June 1: Brad Paisley/Chris Young/Lee Brice
June 15: Toby Keith/Kip Moore
July 12: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest (lineup TBA)
July 17: Vans Warped Tour (with Hawthorne Heights, The Early November, Allstar Weekend, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, The Used and more)
July 18: Jimmy Buffett
Aug. 2: Blake Shelton/Easton Corbin
Aug. 16: Jason Aldean/Jake Owen/Thomas Rhett
Sept. 6: Rascal Flatts/The Band Perry
Sept. 13: Keith Urban/Little Big Town/Dustin Lynch
Sept. 28: Luke Bryan/Thompson Square/Florida Georgia Line
May 12: Soundgarden
May 21: Fall Out Boy
June 10: Local Natives (indoors)
June 11: The National (indoors)
June 12: Of Monsters and Men
July 13: Belle & Sebastian/Yo La Tengo
July 18: Fun.
June 22: Kenny Chesney/Eric Church/Eli Young Band/Kacey Musgraves
July 6: Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran
CONSOL ENERGY CENTER
March 31: Green Day
April 6: Eric Clapton
April 19: Barry Manilow
April 26: Fleetwood Mac
April 30: Black Keys/Flaming Lips
June 11: New Kids on the Block/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men
June 20: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
July 2: Bruno Mars/Ellie Goulding
July 8: One Direction
Scott Mervis: firstname.lastname@example.org; 412-263-2576.