Weekends are always busy when it comes to music during the summer, but August will kick off with a strong thump at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre.
Although the venue lost Toby Keith’s planned show on Friday August 5 when he canceled his tour dates due to cancer, award-winning hitmaker Maren Morris will step up on Saturday August 6 with a stop on her Humble Quest Tour pm Joy Oladokun will open the show at 8 p.m.
Goo Goo Dolls will follow, premiering their upcoming album “Chaos in Bloom” (released August 12) at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 7 with the opening of Blue October. For an interview with Goo Goo Dolls, visit theoaklandpress.com.
MLA is located at 14900 Metro Parkway. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.
Other shows taking place in the metro area the first weekend of August include:
• New Orleans hip-hop duo $uicideboy$ are joined by Ski Mask, the Slump God and others at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 5 at the Pine Knob Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Independence Township. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.
• Seattle indie rockers Fleet Foxes perform Friday August 5 at the Masonic Temple Theatre, 500 Temple St., Detroit. Unwade opens. Doors 7 p.m. 313-548-1320 or themasonic.com.
• Jesse Manns & the Bluegrass Band host Barbie’s Bluegrass Bash at 8pm on Friday August 5th in the Houses of Parliament at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.
• Rock Never Stops pays tribute to Def Leppard, Poison and Ratt at 7 pm Friday, August 5 at the Wildwood Amphitheater, 2700 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion. wildwood.events.
• Garage rock trio LA With visit on Friday August 5 at Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors 7 p.m. 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.
• Rapper Hoodie Allen throws himself Friday, August 5 at Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors 6 p.m. 313-961-8961 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.
• The Devil Wears Prada will be in fashion with Stray From the Path and Dying Wish on Friday, August 5 at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors 6:30 p.m. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.
• Revival: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band hits the whipping post at 7 p.m. Friday, August 5, at the Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit. 313-882-8560 or cadieuxcafe.com.
• The Trenton Jazz on the River Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 at Elizabeth Park, 4461 Elizabeth Drive. Performers include George Benson, Stephanie Mills, art director Alexander Zonjic and others. Free entry. zonjic.com for more information.
• Musiq Soulchild headlining featuring Chrisette Michelle, Dave Hollister and Keke Wyatt at 7pm on Saturday, August 6 at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, 2600 Atwater in Chene, Detroit. 313-933-7128 or thearetha.com.
• Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets with Tommy McLain and CC Adcock perform Saturday August 6th at The Magic Bag, Ferndale. Doors 7 p.m. 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com. For an interview with Lowe, visit theoaklandpress.com.
• The Kid LAROI hits the town with their End of the World Tour on Saturday August 6th at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.
* Detroit rock troupe Downtown Brown is hosting a ‘most ridiculously ridiculous 20th anniversary show’ on Saturday, August 6 at Shelter in Detroit. Doors 7 p.m. 313-961-8961 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.
• Acoustic sextet Full Cord debuts at 20 Front Street at Lake Orion at 8 p.m. on Saturday August 6th. 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.
• Hanson returns from his pandemic hiatus with a performance on Sunday, August 7 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Alan Mack Meyers Moore opens doors 7 p.m. 248-399-2980 or royaloakmusictheatre.com.
• Alabama hard rockers Erra headbang Sunday, August 7 at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors 6 p.m. 313-961-8961 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.
• Joyce Manor goes punk on Sunday August 7 at the Majestic Theater in Detroit, with Citizen, Prince Daddy & the Hyene and Phony also on the bill. Doors 6 p.m. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.
• Former country prodigy Billy Gilman, now 34, plays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 7 at The Ark, 316 W. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-716-1818 or theark.org.