Here are the Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week
1. BRITNEY SPEARS
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If you dismissed Britney Spears after her meltdown moments of head shaving and attacking a photographer with an umbrella a decade ago, you must have forgotten she is a pop music icon and among the best-selling music artists of all time — easily the best-selling artist to ever play Sands Bethlehem Event Center.
Spears’ concert will be part of a tour of just six East Coast venues for her “Britney: Piece of Me” show. It broke most-tickets-sold and gross-revenue records in a four-year headlining residency in Las Vegas.
The Sands show sold out in seconds — a venue record — and even $850 VIP seats are gone. Oh baby, baby.
Read a preview of the show in Sunday Go Guide.
8 p.m. July 17, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd. Sold out, but resale tickets available. www.sandseventcenter.com, 610-297-7414.
2. TAYLOR SWIFT
With a recording career that has stretched more than a decade and seen her sell more than 40 million albums sold, Taylor Swift by now is a juggernaut.
Her album “Reputation,” released eight months ago, already is triple platinum and had four singles that went gold or platinum (the first, “Look What You Made Me Do,” was triple platinum). None of her previous studio albums sold fewer than 6 million or had fewer than four Top 20 singles.
Her tours are huge stadium extravaganzas, and this one’s no exception. But reviews say the best moment may be when Swift sits at the piano by herself to play a short medley. Maybe when the juggernaut fades, some of that quiet talent can be seen more often.
7 p.m. July 13 and 14, Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Way, Philadelphia. Tickets: $183-$550 (other sections sold out), www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
3. CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
Charlie Daniels has never been a conformist, and never been afraid to show his feelings in his songs.
Hence, his hits “Uneasy Rider,” “The South’s Gonna Do It,” “Long Haired Country Boy” and “In America.”
Now 81, nearing 50 years into his recording career, with album sales totaling 20 million and more than a dozen Top 40 Country chart hits — including the No. 1, triple-platinum “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” — don’t expect Daniels to change his approach now.
His recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame shows that he has support for his message, or at least an audience interested in hearing it.
8 p.m. July 12, Univest Performance Center, 501 W. Mill St., Quakertown. Tickets: $20-$50. quakertownrec.com.
4. SHANIA TWAIN
Three years ago, country singer Shania Twain announced she was going out on the final tour of her career — her first in more than a decade, after a health scare that threatened her voice.
But Twain, the second-best-selling female country singer of all time, sounded wistful about being on the road again and not like someone who’s ready to walk away from singing her 22 Top 20 country hits, seven of which hit No. 1.
So it’s no surprise that after her 2017 album “Now,” her first in 15 years, went to No. 1 and her tour was a success, that Twain is not quitting after all. Our gain: Her songs “You’re Still the One,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” still sound great.
8 p.m. July 12, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets: $52.75-$139.95 (other sections sold out). www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com, 800-298-4200.
5. ANTIGONE RISING
In 2005, all-female alt-country rock band Antigone Rising they became the first artists to be promoted in Starbucks’ Hear Music Series, created to discover and spotlight new music.
The high visibility, in-store promotion and airplay at Starbucks across the USA helped the band’s acoustic album, “From the Ground Up,” go gold and its single “Don’t Look Back” got heavy airplay on Country Music Television. The group shared stages with The Bangles, Joan Jett, The Rolling Stones, moe., Aerosmith and The Allman Brothers.
Since then, Antigone Rising never again reached that level, but it’s not because its music is any less good.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, World Café Live, 3026 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets: $15 adv., $17 door. www.worldcafelive.com, 215-222-1400.