Ruoff Home Music Center will host the most concerts it has since the outdoor venue opened as Deer Creek Music Center in 1989 in Noblesville, spokesman Andy Wilson said.
Nearly 50 concerts have already been announced so far.
The center was slated to open its concert series with country star Jason Aldean May 19. The series’ second concert will be perennial crowd favorite Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band. Buffett played at the venue 25 consecutive years before skipping in 2015, returning in 2016 and skipping again in 2017.
Kenny Chesney will appear May 31, then the calendar really heats up starting with Dead & Company June 6.
Dave Matthews will play two concerts July 6-7. Lynyrd Skynyrd will stop on its farewell tour Aug. 4.
The September schedule has five shows, capped by Ozzy Osbourne Sept. 23.
The final scheduled performance for 2018 is Chris Stapleton Oct. 5.
The venue has finished in the top 5 worldwide amphitheaters in ticket sales the past five years and before that as well, Wilson said.
“The 2018 season highlights many different genres with a little something for everybody, from country to hip hop to metal to pop,” Wilson said.