SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Now in its 30th year, the Hot Summer Nights concert series is keeping the rhythm going with higher attendance than ever before, in addition to a record-breaking crowd for Lights on the Lake last Wednesday.

From performances by Don Felder and Easton Corbin in downtown Sherman to the Beach Boys at Pecan Grove West Park, the City of Sherman is seeing thousands of music lovers flock to the free performances this summer.

"We love seeing people come in from outside of Sherman, especially if they're going to stay here in Sherman in our hotels, because that is what we use to pay for the show for the next year," said the city's tourism and Main Street manager Sarah McRae. "So we love using that hotel-motel hot tax to bring in entertainment right here."

The city said roughly 22,000 attended the Hot Summer Nights series in 2023, with 70 percent visiting from surrounding cities. Staff expects their numbers this year to surpass that figure.

Lights on the Lake last Wednesday brought in an audience of nearly 14,000, making it the largest concert in Grayson County history.

Five for Fighting will be headlining the next Hot Summer Nights free concert this Thursday at 405 North Rusk Street. 

The 2024 Hot Summer Nights concert schedule.