So with March almost upon us, many summer concert tours and festivals have already been announced, tickets have gone on sale, and people are already planning their summer concert-going schedules. As an avid fan of live music, I always look forward to going to as many shows as I can. Budgets are still tight for many people though (including yours truly), and thus many people are planning accordingly. For instance, many may be opting to get the cheap seats, will only buy tickets to see their favorite band, are going to multiple-headliner shows where they can get more bang for their buck, or may be opting to go to their local town festival for more affordable live music. As an example of me being budget-conscious, I am foregoing Van Halen this year, as I know both Aerosmith and Van Halen tickets are expensive, and I just can't do both this year.
Nevertheless, I'm pretty excited about this concert season. Here's who I'm planning to see:
- Aerosmith. They are slated to tour North America this summer in support of their new album, which is supposed to be released in May. I'm anticipating a June or July date from them in the greater Chicago-Milwaukee area. I just hope it isn't the same day as these other shows...
- ZZ Top. They will be coming to my local suburban "Ribfest". Ribfest tix are usually pretty cheap, but the park often reaches capacity fairly quickly, so I intend to get there in the afternoon.
- Country Thunder. A 4-day country music festival in mid-July in Twin Lakes, WI. A rowdy party atmosphere and good ol' American country music. Doesn't get better than that. I will be camping on-site with a couple friends of mine. I secured the last available campsite too! This is a very popular festival that sells out quickly. This is my first time going to a festival/camping thing like this, so it should definitely be an interesting experience. The headliners include Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Dwight Yoakam. Should be a good time. I'm treating this as a more affordable mini-vacation.
So, who do you have tickets for this season? Who do you want to see? Will you be going to a major festival like Lollapalooza, Coachella, etc? Is Survivor or Firehouse or some other band from yesteryear coming to play in your little town? Going to any other events, like a day at the ballpark or racetrack?