Kenny Chesney will play Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena on May 18.

Concert season is here.

Three big acts come to CHI Health Center this month. Stir Cove season kicks off. And lots of great smaller shows are happening, too.

May is when things start to heat up, and before I do a larger preview looking ahead at the whole summer concert season, I wanted to highlight the shows that are happening a little closer on the calendar.

The month kicks off with Pink, Jack & Jack and lots more, which you can read about in Ticket Booth.

River Riot at Westfair

May 10: Once again, 89.7 The River will rock the amphitheater with a host of bands. This year’s show features Halestorm, In This Moment, I Prevail and Sevendust, as well as Palaye Royale and Beasto Blanco. Local acts Through Fire and The Impulsive will kick off the show. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

The Lemonheads at The Waiting Room

May 12: Led by Evan Dando, the alt-rock band has a new album, “Varshons 2.” The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson will open the show with a solo set. Tickets via etix.com.

Elle King at Sokol Auditorium

May 13: Elle King has a smash hit with “Ex’s and Oh’s,” which earned her a couple Grammy nominations. She’s also scored with songs like “America’s Sweetheart” and “Wild Love.” Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Cher at CHI Center

May 14: The 72-year-old icon is back on the road. Maybe it’s the last time? She’d never say. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Yngwie Malmsteen at Royal Grove

May 15: You wanna hear somebody shred? Guitar master Yngwie Malmsteen will show you how it’s done in Lincoln. Tickets via etix.com.

LoCash at Stir Cove

May 15: The first Stir show of the season will be a flood benefit for Farm Aid’s family farm disaster fund featuring country acts LoCash and Russell Dickerson. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Tool at Pinnacle Arena

May 16: They don’t play a lot of shows. But Tool will be coming to Lincoln for an epic set. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Chicago at Stir Cove

May 17: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band and its horn section will play a (hopefully) nice summer night. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Kenny Chesney at Pinnacle Arena

May 18: The singer of “When the Sun Goes Down,” “Setting the World On Fire” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” will play Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

The Faint at The Waiting Room

May 24 and 25: Omaha’s favorite electronic punks have a brand new record, “Egowerk,” and they’ll play a couple of buzzing hometown shows. It’s gonna be fun. Tickets via etix.com.

Dwight Yoakam at Stir Cove

May 23: The country legend will bring his brand of Bakersfield country and honky-tonk rock to town once again. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Todd Snider at The Bourbon Theatre

May 29: A couple months back, Snider released an excellent album, the return-to-form “Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3.” Tickets via ticketweb.com.

Dustin Lynch at Stir Cove

May 31: “Small Town Boy” country singer Dustin Lynch has a new release, the three-song EP “Ridin’ Roads.” Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Sleep at Slowdown

May 31: Purveyors of doom metal for nearly 30 years, the masters of Sleep will shake the walls at the old Slowdown. Tickets via ticketfly.com.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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