Ohio did away with nearly all of its coronavirus pandemic restrictions earlier this month and Kentucky soon will do the same, so concert announcements have been pouring in. Cincinnati already has established a strong Rock lineup for the summer of 2021, and Rap, Country and Comedy acts are beginning to fill in the gaps. Look below to see who's on the way!
Dropkick Murphys & Rancid, August 18, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
90’s Punk Rock groups Dropkick Murphys & Rancid co-headlining a tour together as a part of the “Boston to Berkeley II” tour. The two bands, which are signed to the same record label, will perform after opening act The Bronx. Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. June 18 at ticketmaster.com and iconmusiccenter.com. Read CityBeat’s story about Dropkick Murphys & Rancid.
Trippie Redd, August 27, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
Trippie Redd, the rapper who rose to fame in 2018 after the release of his album Life’s a Trip, is scheduled to make an appearance in Cincinnati this summer. The Ohio native has continued his success with his newest single “Miss the Rage (feat. Playboi Carti),” which debuted at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Iann Dior and SoFayGo will open for Redd. Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. June 18 at ticketmaster.com and iconmusiccenter.com.
KISS, September 2, The Nutter Center
Glam Rock legends KISS will take the stage at The Nutter Center on Wright State University’s campus on September 2. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are reportedly on their final world tour, hitting the road after the pandemic had previously paused the “End of the World” tour. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on livenation.com. Read CityBeat’s story about KISS.
Brooks & Dunn, September 4, Riverbend Music Center
The veteran Country duo will come to Cincinnati as a part of the “Reboot 2021" tour, which marks ten years since Brooks & Dunn’s last nationwide tour. The two-time Grammy Award winners will tour with Travis Tritt and Elvie Shane. Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and riverbend.org.
Incubus, September 5, Rose Music Center at the Heights
Multi-platinum Alternative Rock band Incubus will be in Huber Heights, Ohio, as a part of a six-show series that spans August 31-September 6. The band, which has more than 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, released the single “Our Love” in 2020, along with its B-side “Trust Fall.” Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and rosemusiccenter.com.
Coheed and Cambria + The Used, September 14, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
Coheed and Cambria will pair its Hard Rock roots with The Used’s Emo style to rock the ICON Music Center on September 14. Both bands, which helped lead the Rock movement from the 2000s into the 2010s, will welcome Meet Me @ The Altar as the opener. Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and iconmusiccenter.com.
Brett Eldredge, September 17, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
Country artist Brett Eldredge will come to the ICON Music Center in September as part of his 21-date “Good Day" tour that launches in the fall. The tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and iconmusiccenter.com.
Rod Wave, September 27, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
Hip-Hop artist Rod Wave will perform at Cincinnati’s ICON Music Center on September 27 as a part of the SoulFly Tour with the Rolling Loud Music Festival. Rod Wave had an explosive 2020 with the release of Pray 4 Love, which includes the song “Rags2Riches 2” that has amassed over 100 million streams on Spotify. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and iconmusiccenter.com.
Chelsea Handler, September 30, Taft Theatre
Comedian Chelsea Handler is launching her 2021 “Vaccinated and Horny” nationwide tour, which will include a stop in Cincinnati this fall. Handler recently released her first comedy special on HBO in years, and this tour will be her first since the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and tafttheatre.org. Read CityBeat’s story about Chelsea Handler.
Andrew McMahon, October 22, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
The singer, songwriter and pianist is bringing the “Three Pianos” tour to Cincinnati. The former member of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin is touring in support of his memoir of the same name, Three Pianos. Tickets will be available to purchase at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and iconmusiccenter.com.
#IMOMSOHARD, October 23, Taft Theatre
The weekly Facebook series created by Jen Smedley and Kristin Hensley is launching a nationwide tour that will include a stop in Cincinnati on October 23. The duo’s stand-up shows strive to make moms as uncomfortably relatable as possible. Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com and the Taft Theatre Box Office.
Ledisi, November 5, Taft Theatre
Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Ledisi will visit Cincinnati as a part of her “Wild Card” tour. The tour is in support of her most recent album, The Wild Card, which was released in August. Kenyon Dixon will open for Ledisi. Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and the Taft Theatre Box Office.
Heather McMahan, November 12, Taft Theatre
Instagram storyteller and comedian will be coming to town on November 12 to support McMahan’s podcast, Absolutely Not with Heather McMahan, which debuted last summer. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 at ticketmaster.com and the Taft Theatre Box Office.
Dillon Francis & Yung Gravy, January 8, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
Longtime friends Dillon Francis & Yung Gravy will coheadline the “Sugar, Spice and Everything Ice” tour in 2022, which will include a stop in Cincinnati on January 8. Partnering with TikTok, which will sponsor the show, the two artists merge humor with music in a combination that has led to more than 1 billion streams. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and iconmusiccenter.com.
Fran Lebowitz, April 12, Aronoff Center for the Arts
The journalist and public speaker is coming to the Queen City for "An Evening with Fran Lebowitz," which will feature a book signing, a moderated conversation and a Q&A. Lebowitz’s shows are known for their wide range of topics, which include her views on current events and the media as well as her biggest pet peeves. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on cincinnatiarts.org. Read CityBeat’s story about Fran Lebowitz.
Welcome to Night Vale, June 21, 2022, Taft Theatre
Welcome to Night Vale, the twice-monthly podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, will broadcast live from Taft Theatre on June 21, 2022. The mysterious podcast features weather, news and announcements from the Vale Sheriff’s Secret Police. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 18 on ticketmaster.com and the Taft Theatre Box Office. Read CityBeat's story about Welcome to Night Vale.