Hot Fun in the Summer

A summer music guide to soul songsters and pop princesses

Summer is here, and with it comes some great musical offerings, including the hottest pop and R&B acts of the past, present and future. Begin the season with Erykah Badu. The neo-soul songstress just released New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, which features “Window Seat.” The single’s controversial video showcases Badu stripping on the streets of Dallas, but this June 24 performance at the Pearl Theater ($45-$65) is more likely to include fan favorites such as “Tyrone” and “Next Lifetime.” Check it out anyway.

Cut the July heat with a little romance and nostalgia by catching the Temptations and the Four Tops at Star of the Desert Arena (July 10, $38.50-$55). Then turn up the volume with Rihanna and Ke$ha. The pop princesses pack a one-two punch with their bevy of hits. Rihanna, the veteran and headliner of the July 17 show at Mandalay Bay Events Center ($50-$130) has “S.O.S.,” “Rude Boy” and “Umbrella” under her belt, while her opening act, Ke$ha, will lethargically scream her way through “Tik Tok” and “Your Love Is My Drug.”

Wind things down with Al Green’s shows (Aug. 13-14, $55-$79) at the Las Vegas Hilton. Always a classic, the good reverend’s sermon will most likely feature career highlights “Let’s Stay Together” and “I’m Still in Love With You.” Take Mom and Dad along for awkward revelations of the Soul Doctor’s inspiration for your conception.

No pop-and-soul summer is complete without seeing her highness Lady Gaga (MGM Grand Garden Arena, Aug. 13, $52-$183.75) on her “Monster Ball” Tour. Hate arena shows, but still need your pop fix? Look no further than one of the first pop princesses, Cyndi Lauper, on Aug. 21 (House of Blues, $35.50-$41). End the summer in grace by confessing your sins at the House of Blues’ weekly Gospel Brunch (10 a.m. Sundays, $37). Can we get an Amen?

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