(Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for BET)

(Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for BET)

From the banks of Belle Isle to the urban grit of Hart Plaza, Detroit offers music fans some of the coolest venues to catch a show this summer. The performers who will take center stage represent all genres of music, illustrating the diversity of the industry and fans. Below are some of the best outdoor events in the Detroit area.

Kendrick Lamar With Steve Aoki
Meadow Brook Music Festival
3554 Walton Blvd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(248) 377-0100

Date: April 12, 2013

Kendrick Lamar was crowned the “New King of the West Coast ” by the old monarchy, Dr. Dre and Snoop, and Lamar is on his way to fulfilling this proclamation. His debut album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” burned up the charts at a steady pace since its 2012 release, propelling Lamar to gold status with its unconventional style and unparalleled artistry. Mainstays of the rap game clamored to work with Lamar, most notably Drake, Lil Wayne and Tech N9ne. Producer and dubstep superstar Steve Aoki will be the opening act on this tour. Aoki performs to crowds worldwide who come to see him work his magic on stage. He is the founder of the Dim Mak Records label.

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Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft
DTE Energy Music Theatre
7774 Sashabaw Road
Clarkston, MI 48348
(248) 377-0100

Date: May 19, 2013

Tim McGraw is one of the most popular acts in his genre. He has been a widely popular musician since the 90s, reaching a high level of success throughout his expansive career. This country artist fills stadiums to capacity with his solid performances. The Two Lanes of Freedom Tour will be heading to DTE Energy Music Theatre. Singer Brantley Gilbert and duo Love and Theft will be the opening acts.

Hart Plaza
1 Hart Plaza
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 877-8057

Dates: May 25-27, 2013

Movement is one of the best music events in the country. It has been around since 2000 and is the premiere festival of its kind, paving the way for talented artists to showcase their music. Movement has achieved worldwide status as the place to see the best electronic music. The event has been instrumental in bringing underground acts to the forefront. Staying true to its roots, Movement continues to highlight musicians that are game changers, rather than being driven by trends. Seventy-seven confirmed acts will perform on the five stages at Hart Plaza, with more acts to be announced.

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Orion Music and More Festival
Belle Isle Park
6925 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48218
(313) 628-2081

Dates: June 8-9, 2013

Orion Music Festival and More will be held in Detroit. It will take place on Belle Isle, whose idyllic riverside setting will provide the backdrop for heavy metal veterans Metallica to perform to legions of fans. The festival features a mix of indie, hardcore, experimental, rock and punk, in addition to heavy metal. Over 30 bands will perform during the two-day extravaganza, with Metallica headlining the show both nights. This is Metallica’s second year hosting this event; the inaugural festival was in New Jersey, where the numbers reached 30,000. An auto and motorcycle show, film festival, memorabilia museum and graffiti expo will occur in conjunction with the festival.

Mayhem Fest
DTE Energy Music Theatre
7774 Sashabaw Road
Clarkston, MI 48348
(248) 377-0100

Date: July 28, 2013

Mayhem Fest is one of the most anticipated metal festivals in North America. This festival covers the hardcore genre including death metal, heavy metal, industrial, heavy metal, thrash metal and more. A main stage and secondary stages are set up around the festival grounds with a special menagerie of side attractions.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.