Top 5 Summer Concerts
Kings of the Mic, Cat Power, Two Gallants, We Still Dream and Louderpalooza 2
KINGS OF THE MIC TOUR
6:30 p.m. June 7
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine
If you’re a fan of ’90s rap and hip-hop, then Kings of the Mic Tour is a must-see. Featuring LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, the 25-date U.S. tour makes only two stops in Florida — and we get one. With Ladies Love Cool James at the helm, the tour's a “chariot of fire from the golden era of hip-hop,” according to Urban Media. Word.
8 p.m. June 16
The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown
Tickets: $33.50, $38.50
Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, is touring in support of her new studio album, “Sun,” which she wrote, played, recorded and produced entirely by herself. It’s been more than six years since her last album of original material; Marshall calls her new record “a rebirth.” With her usual haunting guitar work and provocative vocal hooks, Cat Power’s upcoming show at The Florida Theatre should be amazing.
9 p.m. June 18
The Original Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach
A folk rock duo from San Francisco, Two Gallants grabbed their name from the title of a story in James Joyce's “Dubliners.” Consisting of Adam Stephens (guitar, harmonica and vocals) and Tyson Vogel (drums and vocals), Two Gallants tour this summer in support of “The Bloom and the Blight,” the band’s fourth album dropped in September 2012 on ATO Records.
WE STILL DREAM
8 p.m. July 12
The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine
Tickets: $6, all-ages show.
The Jacksonville-based pop-punk outfit We Still Dream describes itself like this: “With a slightly edgy sound, catchy melodies and up-beat vocals, this band is a definite for crowds of various genres.” The headliners will be joined by fellow pop-punksters On My Honor, .engraved., VICES, Winter Wave and Dead Leaves.
7 p.m. Aug. 3
Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown
The second annual Louderpalooza hits Downtown Jacksonville with a collection of local punk outfits including Shattermat, The Pinz, Self-Employed, Status Faux, XGeezer and FFN. Louderpalooza 2 — if anything like Louderpalooza 1 — is a celebration of some damn loud bands coming together to create a compilation album. Long live the Queen.