And then there are some fresh faces, both from the indie side (Of Monsters and Men, Belle and Sebastian) and the teen-pop one (Bruno Mars, .fun, Pitbull, Ke$ha and that One Direction show that went on sale, like, three years ago).
• Taylor Swift is back after a two-year absence.
• If she's not country enough for you, there are plenty of others to fill that role, from Tim McGraw to relative newcomers Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.
• Maroon 5 is doing its first show here in three years, as are John Mayer and Brad Paisley, whose stadium concert here was canceled in 2011.
• Mr. Smalls has a special run of shows celebrating its 10th anniversary, including Metric, the Bloc Party and Anti-Flag.
• With the addition of Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller, there are now four outdoor hip-hop shows. Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne being the other two.
• Classic rock isn't the dominant force it once was, but there are handful for the 'DVE crowd, including Styx/REO/Nugent, Heart/Jason Bonham and Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd.
• There's a whiff of '90s nostalgia in the air with the return of Soundgarden, a Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls bill and two shows that split off from that canceled cruise: Sugar Ray's Under the Sun Tour and Everclear's Summerland Tour.
• If it all seems too sunny and upbeat, Alice Cooper and his creepy disciple Marilyn Manson are joining forces for an evening of evil rock.
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KENNY CHESNEY/ERIC CHURCH/ELI YOUNG BAND/KACEY MUSGRAVES: June 22, 5 p.m. $29-$125.
TAYLOR SWIFT/ED SHEERAN/AUSTIN MAHONE: July 6, 6:30 p.m. $65-$120.
FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION
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TIM McGRAW/BRANTLEY GILBERT: May 18, 7 p.m. $40-$85.
STYX/REO SPEEDWAGON/TED NUGENT: May 19, 7 p.m. $20-$150.
BRAD PAISLEY/CHRIS YOUNG: June 1, 7:30 p.m. $33.75-$89.
PITBULL/KE$HA: June 2, 7 p.m. $25-$99.50.
TOBY KEITH/KIP MOORE: June 15, 7 p.m. $20-$85.
MATCHBOX TWENTY/GOO GOO DOLLS: June 29, 7 p.m. $32-$111.75.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL: With Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, more, July 12, 1 p.m. $25.50-$63.50.
BIG TIME RUSH/VICTORIA JUSTICE: July 14, 7 p.m. $12.50.
LIL WAYNE/TI/2 CHAINZ: July 16, $25.50-$63.50.
VANS WARPED TOUR: July 17, 11 a.m. $23.50-$37.50.
JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE CORAL REEFER BAND: July 18, 8 p.m.
ZAC BROWN BAND: July 20, 7 p.m. $31-$65.
HEART/JASON BONHAM: July 21, 7:30 p.m. $15-$99.50.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD/BAD COMPANY: July 19, 7 p.m.
BLAKE SHELTON/EASTON CORBIN: Aug. 2, 7 p.m.
WIZ KHALIFA/A$AP ROCKY: Aug. 3, 6 p.m.
MAROON 5/KELLY CLARKSON: Aug. 6, 7 p.m. $19.50-$93.50.
JASON ALDEAN/JAKE OWEN: Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. $25.50-$55.25.
JOHN MAYER/PHILIP PHILLIPS: Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. $24.50-$63.50.
RASCAL FLATTS/THE BAND PERRY: Sept. 6, 7 p.m. $35.50-$75.50.