Jimmy Buffett packed the house at Toyota Stadium last year, and he's doing it again May 30.

Jimmy Buffett packed the house at Toyota Stadium last year, and he's doing it again May 30.

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Are you looking to catch some of the highest-profile live-music experiences to be found in North Texas? Here's a glance at the 15 biggest concerts of this summer's packed slate:

Jimmy Buffett, Huey Lewis and the News at Toyota Stadium

Jimmy Buffett in Frisco

Jimmy Buffett in Frisco

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Why it's a big deal: Buffett's stadium gathering in Frisco is a yearly event, one that gives otherwise mild-mannered folks a reason to cut loose and sing along to alcohol-drenched odes. Huey Lewis and the News join this year's party with their infectious '80s pop-rock hits.

The fans you'll meet: Parrotheads decked out in their tackiest shirts and hats, carrying around their little parakeets.

Learn the lyrics to: "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" from Buffett, "The Heart of Rock & Roll" and "The Power of Love" from Lewis and company.

May 30 at Toyota Stadium, Frisco. $44.50-$126. fcdallas.com.

Tim McGraw at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Why it's a big deal: The eternally fit, vocally nimble country star tends to drive women wild. And he's had so many memorable hits that even Taylor Swift named one of her first songs after him.

The fans you'll meet: Ladies in their snazziest boots and outfits; tag-along husbands filling up the beer line.

Learn the lyrics to: "Highway Don't Care," "Live Like You Were Dying."

With Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, June 6 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $33.75-$74.75. Live Nation.

Tim McGraw performed at Gexa Energy Pavilion last year.

Tim McGraw performed at Gexa Energy Pavilion last year.

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The Rolling Stones at AT&T Stadium

Why it's a big deal: It's the Stones' first show here in 10 years, and it's in the biggest indoor venue available. If you aren't going, stay off the roads.

The fans you'll meet: Rock 'n' roll students of all ages, grown men crying.

Learn the lyrics to: "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

June 6 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington. $65-$395.Ticketmaster.

The Rolling Stones performing in San Diego

The Rolling Stones performing in San Diego

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D'Angelo and the Vanguard at the Bomb Factory

Why it's a big deal: D'Angelo released one of the finest albums of the last year, Black Messiah, and he's just now taking its soulful, politically powerful material on tour. Bring on the funk.

The fans you'll meet: Music fanatics of all stripes bobbing their heads to the endless beats and grooves.

Learn the lyrics to: "The Charade," "Really Love," "Devil's Pie."

June 16 at the Bomb Factory, Dallas. $68-$83. thebombfactory.com.

D' Angelo and the Vanguard at the Apollo Theatre in New York.

D' Angelo and the Vanguard at the Apollo Theatre in New York.

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Best Coast at the Granada Theater

Why it's a big deal: It'll be the first chance for fans of the critically acclaimed surf-rock duo to hear the material from brand-new album California Nights live. And it's in the intimate, comfortable Granada.

The fans you'll meet: The up-to-date music nerds who absolutely don't want to hear your incessant chatter during the show.

Learn the lyrics to: "Boyfriend," Heaven Sent."

With Bully, June 24 at the Granada Theater, Dallas. $24. granadatheater.com.

Bethany Cosentino, lead singer for the band Best Coast, performs at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta.

Bethany Cosentino, lead singer for the band Best Coast, performs at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta.

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure Tour with special guest Rodriguez

Brian Wilson at Verizon Theatre

Why it's a big deal: Wilson wasn't part of the Beach Boys tour that just came through here, so this gives classic-rock fans their chance to see the creative genius behind all that music.

The fans you'll meet: Budding musicians and songwriters who want a glimpse of one of the craft's masters.

Learn the lyrics to: "Good Vibrations," latest single "The Right Time."

With Searching for Sugar Man's Rodriguez, June 24 at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $39.50-$86-50. axs.com.

Kings of the Mic with LL Cool J at Gexa Energy Pavilion

LL Cool J 

LL Cool J 

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Why it's a big deal: Sure, LL Cool J is now known for hogging airtime on CBS, but one can't overlook his crucial contributions to hip-hop. And he'll be joined by several other legacy artists, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big Daddy Kane, the Sugarhill Gang and Doug E. Fresh.

The fans you'll meet: Lifelong hip-hop heads and listeners to Boom 94.5, which is putting on the concert.

Learn the lyrics to: "I Need Love," "Going Back to Cali," "Mama Said Knock You Out."

June 26 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $25-$99.50. Live Nation.

Maná at American Airlines Center

Why it's a big deal: Fans of Mexican pop see this group as legendary: It's set chart and attendance records aplenty in its nearly three decades making music.

The fans you'll meet: All kinds of kinds - anyone with a special love for Latin pop and rock.

Learn the lyrics to: "El Verdadero Amor Perdona," "Vivir Sin Aire."

July 5 at American Airlines Center, Dallas.$50-$281. Ticketmaster.

Mana, fronted by lead singer Fher Olvera, in Las Vegas

Mana, fronted by lead singer Fher Olvera, in Las Vegas

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Nicki Minaj at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Why it's a big deal: Simply put, she's currently the top female rapper in the game, and she's got plenty of offbeat pop style to match her lyrical venom.

The fans you'll meet: Lots of ladies (and more than a few men) rocking colorful wigs and getups.

Learn the lyrics to: "Anaconda," "Starships," and Minaj's career-making guest verse on Kanye West's "Monster."

With Rae Sremmurd, Dej Loaf, Meek Mill and Tinashe, July 17 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $30-$119.50. Live Nation.

Nicki Minaj performs at the Billboard Music Awards.

Nicki Minaj performs at the Billboard Music Awards.

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Steely Dan, Elvis Costello & the Imposters at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Steely Dan / Elvis Costello & The Impostors

Why it's a big deal: It's a seemingly odd combo, but the passion from fans is equally intense for both Steely Dan's noodling jazz rock and Costello's expertly written pop tunes.

The fans you'll meet: Die-hards for both. We just hope the Costello followers hold no bitterness about their boy being relegated to the opening slot.

Learn the lyrics to: Steely Dan's "Do It Again," Costello's "Alison."

July 19 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $29.50-$139.50. Live Nation.

Kid Rock, Foreigner at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Why it's a big deal: There's no bigger show for a beer-drinkin', classic-rock vibe. Foreigner, of course, has lived that life since the '70s, and Kid Rock has slowly transitioned into it after starting out a rock-rapper in the '90s.

The fans you'll meet: Packs of partiers who are ready to go a little wild on Gexa's lawn.

Learn the lyrics to: Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time," Kid Rock's "All Summer Long."

July 23 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $20. Live Nation.

Kid Rock performs  in New York

Kid Rock performs  in New York

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Randy Rogers Band at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Why it's a big deal: Understandably, Texas country is huge in these parts, but it's gotten even bigger in the face of all the tailgate-centric stuff churned out by Nashville. Randy Rogers Band is one of the leading bands in Texas' scene, and fans of the sound will treat this show as an all-out party.

The fans you'll meet: Those people you chugged beers with in college and those other people you met at the Rustic last weekend.

Learn the lyrics to: "Kiss Me in the Dark," "One More Sad Song."

With Stoney Larue and uber-talented Americana artist Jason Isbell, Aug. 1 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $26.75-$56.75. Live Nation.

Randy Rogers Band

Randy Rogers Band

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Shania Twain at American Airlines Center

Shania Twain

Shania Twain

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Why it's a big deal: Aside from her wildly successful Vegas run, it's been years since the queen of pop-country hit the road. It should be one massive singalong.

The fans you'll meet: Anyone who ever did karaoke to "Any Man of Mine" or "Man! I Feel Like a Woman."

Learn the lyrics to: The aforementioned hits, plus "You're Still the One" and "From This Moment On."

Aug. 10 at American Airlines Center, Dallas. $46-$136. Ticketmaster.

Sam Smith at Verizon Theatre

Sam Smith

Why it's a big deal: The Grammy darling with the golden voice hasn't yet played an arena show in Dallas, so scads of fans are waiting for the chance to cry while he croons.

The fans you'll meet: People who've endured broken hearts and need some catharsis. But you may not be able to tell as much until they start crying.

Learn the lyrics to: "Stay With Me," "I'm Not the Only One."

Aug. 17 at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $45-$89.50. axs.com.

Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Why it's a big deal: Two of the most beloved current acts in pop music happen to both have roots in North Texas, so it will feel like a melody-packed homecoming show.

The fans you'll meet: Pop radio listeners, recent breakup victims who need to scream along to "Since U Been Gone."

Learn the lyrics to: Clarkson's "Heartbeat Song," Pentatonix's "On My Way Home."

With Eric Hutchinson, Aug. 30 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $25-$99.50. Live Nation.

Kelly Clarkson performs during the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington.

Kelly Clarkson performs during the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington.

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