2014 Summer Pop Concerts In Connecticut

Summer in Connecticut means lobster rolls, backyard barbecues, decent weather (for a change) and some of the best live music on the planet, as some of the biggest names in pop roll into the state for a night (or two).

Here are must-see shows to add to your entertainment calendar.

Tim McGraw

 He's lookin' for that girl. Will he find her in Hartford? If the country superstar, who scored three top-selling smash hits in 2013, is as good with the smooth talk as he is with the songs, he'll do just fine. June 13, 8 p.m., $30.25-$70.25. Xfinity Theatre, Hartford. Information: 860-548-7370, ticketmaster.com.

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Mr. Starkey doesn't take many pics of himself, but we'll give him a pass — after all, he's one of the most photographed people in history, ever. Ringo brings a stellar band (Todd Rundgren!) to Wallingford's Toyota Oakdale Theatre in mid-June, and there's a good chance they'll play "Photograph." June 14, 8 p.m., $45-$75. Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford. Information: 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

Willie Nelson and Family & Alison Krauss and Union Station

 At 81, the Red Headed Stranger is still country-strong, and Krauss, who's achieved her own level of legendary Americana status, is the perfect foil. Kacey Musgraves opens. June 15, 6 p.m., $38-$98. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury. Information: 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

Fall Out Boy and Paramore

Two '00s rock acts, each of whom has overcome fly-by-night status to achieve a respectable level of pop permanence, head to Hartford's Xfinity Theatre for a night of radio hits and newer material, with indie rockers New Politics opening. June 19, 7 p.m., $20-$60. Xfinity Theatre, Hartford. Information: 860-548-7370, ticketmaster.com.

Jennifer Lopez

Before she launched her singing career, J-Lo was in front of cameras — as a dancing Fly Girl on the early '90s television show "In Living Color," in feature films and later as a judge on "American Idol" — but she's also a huge concert draw. June 21, 8 p.m., $195-$325. Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. Information: 800-200-2882, foxwoods.com.

Avril Lavigne

The Canadian pop star, who reportedly allowed Brazilian fans to snap pics with her (at $400 a pop), brings mega-hits like "Complicated," "Girlfriend" and the more recent "Hello Kitty" with her to Foxwoods. June 28, 8 p.m., $37.50-$57.50. Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. Information: 800-200-2882, foxwoods.com.

Katy Perry

There are stars who look good in photos, and then there's Perry, a blue-eyed pop siren who takes sultry, sugar-coated imagery to previously unheard-of levels. Perry's Prismatic World Tour, which promises number one hits "Roar" and "Dark Horse" alongside her past chartbusters, arrives in Uncasville for a post-modern, two-screen romp. July 7, 7 p.m., $100.50-$150.50. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. Information: 860-862-7163, mohegansun.com.

Bruno Mars

With his Super Bowl halftime show still fresh in everyone's ears (and eyes), the multi-talented Mars continues his quest for pop-world domination on the current leg of his Moonshine Jungle World Tour. Don't expect the Red Hot Chili Peppers to show up this time. (Aloe Blacc opens.) July 9, 8 p.m., $35.50-$131. Xfinity Theatre, Hartford. Information: 860-548-7370, ticketmaster.com.

Neon Trees

A new Def Jam album, "Pop Psychology," to promote and a fresh, new-wave dance-party vibe are two reasons to go hear the multi-platinum Salt Lake rockers at the intimate Dome at Oakdale. Smallpools and Nightmare the Cat open. July 10, 8 p.m., $22.50. The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford. Information: 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.