At one time, I used to like going to music festivals. Of course, it means leaving the house and being around people. A few years ago, I had some issues with kidney stones. Then I had a job that took up a lot of time that I used to spend going to concerts. Since 2016, my concert attendance has dropped to almost zero unless you count going to see my kid’s band concert. You’re probably all out there thinking –
It’s time to stop whining about not going anywhere and just do it. I still like the idea of going to festivals. This spring and summer, the plan is to go to smaller events and get back into the habit of being social in real life. There are three things that are really enjoyable about music festivals – music, band merch and meet & greets.
Music everywhere. At most of the festivals that I’ve been to, there are bands playing on at least three different stages. Bigger festivals have more stages. However, at small festivals you can get closer to the stage.
Band Merch. I’m a sucker for band t-shirts. Unfortunately, I don’t have the space for every band t-shirt. It doesn’t mean I won’t buy band shirts ever again.
So if I find something – like a cool print or a patch- and don’t regret anything. If I could get Manny Pacquimeow to wear shirts, I would buy him one. He’s so cranky though. Maybe he’s jealous because he doesn’t get to go to the show.
Meet & Greets. There are opportunities to meet your favorite bands. Sometimes you have to pay too much. Sometimes you might only have to spend $5-$10 for a poster that the band signs. How much it means to you + your festival budgest = whether you can or will seize the opportunity. I love meet & greets. Obviously.
Honestly, I have been to many, many concerts. It’s hard to say which one was the best. So I’m going to name my top twelve favorite concerts. I tried to just live five or ten but I could not do it.
1. Santana. It was an amazing show. Unfortunately, I can’t find any pictures. I think my camera was broken or misplaced.
2. Joni Mitchell. She did an album of jazz standards. I think she still sounds great no matter what she sings.
3. Miss May I. They are awesome.
Miss May I
Levi Benton of Miss May I and I.
Miss May I
4. Chaka Khan. I could see the color of her eyeshadow. I had never been so close to the front stage before.
5. Stone Sour. Epic. I wish it didn’t have to end.
6. Lyrnrd skyrnd. They rock. Probably more than most of the young dudes in bands.
7. Parliament. I blame this concert for my hearing loss. This picture is so old that I had to login to Myspace to find it.
8. Being As an Ocean
10. Ben Harper
11. Heartsick. One of my favorite local bands. Always a good time.
I was hoping to see D’Angelo but he cancelled. I think he has potential to be my favorite.
This a summer, I missed every show that I wanted to see. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Prophets of Rage. Slipknot (FYI: I used to be able to tie a slipknot.) Whenever I get to take a vacation, I’m just going to concerts and the beach. Maybe a concert on the beach. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.
While running some mommy-related errands, I was totally daydreaming about going to concerts this summer. I found a few things that you may also need for going to concerts this summer.
1. I found these pretty cool earplugs. I feel like I could wear them and hardly anyone would steal them.
2. Sunglasses. Maybe even a spare pair of sunglasses. I had a pair break in the middle of a concert. It was a pretty rockin’ show.
3. Chapstick. No joke. There’s nothing worse than having chapped lips and not having chapstick at a concert. Ok. Maybe getting your nose broken in the mosh pit would be worse. Still. Chapped lips are awful.
Some dude bought my chapstick for $10 at a concert. He was really thankful that I was prepared. Being a mom comes in handy even at rock concerts.
Concert tickets are my favorite reward. The tickets in this picture include Days of the New, Mushroomhead, Santana, Ben Harper, Rock on the Range 2013 and Erykah Badu. My musical taste is all over the place.
We went to Rock on the Range this year!! The bands were awesome. I really loved Stone Sour even though I wasn’t sure if I knew who they were. They rocked it out!
Smashing Pumpkins and Korn were also excellent.
Apparently, I do not like mosh pits. I felt like someone was going to invade my bubble from every angle. But it was amazing to see the crowd because it was enormous and loud.
The prices were outrageous for food, beer and parking. I guess it was a trade-off to see so many bands. I would go again if I had the chance. Is it illegal to hide protein bars in my purse?