There are many reasons to love summer, but concerts have to be the BEST part of the hot, muggy weather. Some people might say, “There is nothing like 97% humidity, throngs of people entirely too close together and grown adults testing their alcohol threshold on an empty stomach.”
I admit that there are a few irritants that occur on the steady, but you should pack some patience when going to summer concerts. I’ve had my share of foot-stabbings from stumbling chicks in stiletto heels, but nothing can take away from the bliss of my favorite artists standing right in front of me, singing their hearts out. Concerts are the quintessential symbol of summer. Summer is just a few short months we get to wear skimpy clothes and dip ourselves into any body of water available, even if it’s a baby pool.
Concerts aren’t for everyone, but there is something magical that happens during live music. Even if you are enjoying live amateur music at a local festival, there is an honesty and intimacy when a musician stands before the crowd and lays it all out there. Concert music is loud and overwhelming, but your only duty at a concert is to listen, enjoy and find an escape.
Finding music you enjoy is easy. Concerts can be enjoyed anywhere; outdoors, indoors, in small arenas, in parks, at festivals, at massive pavilions or even airfields. Camden even has a band consisting of Camden employees. Camden’s band is called The Birds (to my knowledge they aren’t Angry Birds). They are simply amazing.
Since I live in Raleigh North Carolina, I am thrilled that Farm Aid 2014 will be held at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh. The concert travels around the country in different locations to raise money for one mission: Keeping farmers on their land. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline the concert each year.
What’s the best reason to go to a summer concert?
- When you go with a pack of your best friends for some classy tailgating with solo cups
- When you go with your best friend, your sibling, your main squeeze, your child, or even yourself (no shame in that game, you gotta get your music on).
- When you run into a friend you haven’t seen in a long, long time and capture it in a picture
- When you realize you actually love country music
- When you get a picture of your best friend doing “spirit fingers”
- When you realize your sister is the side show because she’s dancing extremely provocatively in the aisle
- When someone gets a picture of you singing with your 7-yr-old who also loves this obscure band
- When you wonder how to become a groupie
- When you hope your kid will rock-out.
- When you take a picture of everyone in front of you…taking a picture
- When you roll up a poster made in hopes of getting Carter Beauford’s drumstick at encore