Hot sun and live music.

It’s one of the best combinations in this life, isn’t it?

Whether it’s an outdoor fest or intimate gathering, there’s magic in those summer concert vibes.

So my friends, I have my SouthCoast Summer Concert Guide for you here. I’ll go in chronological order. Get your calendars out, and get ready to rock.

 

LOS LONELY BOYS

These guys simply rock.

The Grammy-winning Tex-Mex trio of brothers have played SouthCoast regularly in the past few years, and always put on a helluva show. Why are they so popular? “Los Lonely Boys really know how to throw a party and get people dancing,” Narrows Executive Director Patrick Norton told me.

You probably know their 2004 chart-topper “Heaven.” They’ve since recorded with Carlos Santana, performed at the 2008 World Series — and do fantastic covers of everyone from The Doors to John Lennon.

DETAILS: June 6. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River. $52 advance, $55 doors. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. 508-324-1926. http://www.narrowscenter.org

 

BETTYE LAVETTE

Icon alert!

Do not miss Miss LaVette, who comes to the Narrows on June 7. An American treasure, and a vocalist in the first degree, LaVette, 72, isn’t a songwriter — like Judy Collins, her gift is her ear.

She has an uncanny knack for selection the perfect songs to interpret and give the Bettye treatment, from the Beatles to Dolly Parton. Her new album of Bob Dylan covers, "Things Have Changed," is tremendous.

DETAILS: $35 advance, $40 doors. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.

 

NEW BEDFORD JAZZFEST

Hep cats, get ready to take in a stunning water view, hours of groovy jazz on two stages, full bar, and plenty of food trucks at the 7th annual New Bedford JazzFest.

Head to Pier 3 on the New Bedford waterfront, rain or shine, from 2 to 7 p.m. June 9. There will also be an Artists' Colony of fine art and crafts vendors curated by New Bedford Art Museum, and, I love this: kids 15 and under who arrive with an adult get in free. Because when it comes to good jazz, start 'em young.

As of press time, the line up is still pending, but includes Matthew Hartnett and the Gumbo All Stars, the Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, and the Southcoast Brass Band.

DETAILS: Free parking with shuttle to Whales Tooth Lot. For ages 16 and up, $20 in advance, $25 door. Check for details and updates: www.newbedfordjazzfest.com

 

RHIANNON GIDDENS

Love her.

The lead singer, violinist, banjo player and a founding member of the Grammy-winning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Giddens, 41, made a solo splash in 2013 with her stunning cover of Odetta’s “Water Boy” at a T-Bone-curated concert celebrating the music of the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” T-Bone asked her right there if he could produce an album. She’s also on T-Bone’s “New Basement Tapes,” a compilation of Dylan’s partial, unreleased lyrics.

A. She’s got taste. B. She’s got pipes.

DETAILS: At the Narrows, June 12. $50 Advance, $55 doors. Doors 7 p.m, show 8 p.m.

 

JIMMY VIVINO

Yes, that Jimmy Vivino.

Musical director for Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS, Vivino plays the Narrows June 28 with The BlueSoul Rockers. Vivino has been O’Brien’s longtime pal, starting with the first episode of NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien" in 1993. He currently leads Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band on “CONAN" on TBS. (Gotta love that band name.)

This one looks to be fun.

DETAILS: $27 Advance, $30 doors. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.

 

JONATHAN EDWARDS AND THE POUSETTE-DART BAND

The setting alone, the Westport Rivers Winery, sets a great stage here. The vineyard, with its acres of rolling green farmland, is Westport in a postcard. Bring your own picnic. There will be flowing wine and beer, folk stars, music as the sun goes down. Heaven.

Edwards, perhaps best known for his anti-war anthem “Sunshine” and his single, “Shanty,” will play July 14. I’ve interviewed him a few times now. “I’ve always had a love affair with coastal New England. Massachusetts folks know their music, and once in your camp, their loyalty is such a gift," he told me in 2015.

The Pousette-Dart Band are awesome '70s folk-rockers who have toured with The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Emmylou Harris, Robert Palmer, Randy Newman, Journey, Billy Joel… I’ll stop there. A great double-bill.

DETAILS: 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport. $50 Advance. Doors open at 5 p.m. https://www.showclix.com/event/jonathan-edwards-and-pousette-dart-band

 

NEW BEDFORD FOLK FEST

Oh, God. I could go on for about three pages on this one. #SoPumped.

Dozens of my favorite folk musicians jam into one fest in downtown New Bedford on July 7 and 8, including folk legend Tom Rush, Swansea’s treasure Cheryl Wheeler, John Gorka, The Mammals, Cliff Eberhardt, Brooks WIlliams, The Kennedys, Ronnie Cox, Matthew Byrne, Grace Morrison, Chuck Williams, Garnet Rogers, J.P. Cormier… I’ll stop there. Plus delicious food, brews, wine, all at the height of summer. Be still my heart.

Presented by the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, the Folk Fest, nee Summerfest is a sprawling, downtown-wide folk-rocking fest that’s established itself as one of the premier summer music fests in New England. Grammy-winners, musical icons, local favorites, and talented up-and-comers— it’s two days of continuous music. Food and artisan kiosks —90 of ‘em—round out the awesomeness.

DETAILS: Ticket prices through June 23: $22.50 single day, Weekend pass $30, premium pass $125. For more information visit http://newbedfordfolkfestival.com

 

THE FEAST

Two words: The Feast.

Yup, that four-day cornucopia for the senses, the 104th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, aka “the Festa,” aka “The Feast” arrives Aug. 2, bringing with it thousands of pounds of meat, thousands of Portuguese rolls, casks of wine — and the music, oh, the music! Four stages-worth of continuous live music for four days. It’s a music-lover’s —and foodie’s— dream come true.

As of press time, this year’s artists hadn’t been announced yet, but typically, dozens of artists, both American and Portuguese, play on four stages over the course of the feast, on four stages, with one headliner per night at 10 p.m. on the main stage. The daytime musicians range all genres, from folk singers to fadistas. The Big Names come out for the main stage. And yes, all of them free.

DETAILS: Stay tuned for the lineup at http://feastoftheblessedsacrament.com/

Lauren Daley is a freelance writer and music columnist. Contact her at ldaley33@gmail.com. Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/daley.writer She tweets @laurendaley1.