If you have a summer bucket list watching your favorite singer belt out tunes in an outdoor venue is probably at the top of it. You can buy expensive seats way down in front or opt for the cheapest option way out on the lawn. No matter what you choose there is nothing quite like listening to the rhythms of your favorite songs while waiting for the sun to set and the gentle breezes to blow.
Any outdoor venue will suffice, (even those that house football games throughout the rest of the year), but some arenas make for a truly memorable experience.
If you live in California, be sure to listen to music at the Hollywood Bowl, which has been graced by legendary singers including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. In Colorado you can watch a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which includes a naturally acoustic stage constructed from two 300-foot rocks and sandstone.
In Chicago you can purchase cheap seats out on the lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The great lawn seats 7,000 concertgoers, along with another 4,000 fixed seats closer to the stage. The pavilion features 120-feet of stainless steel ribbons and a trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes that support the sound system. If you make a trip to Washington, DC rock out to your favorite musicians at Merriweather Post Pavilion; a music venue located inside 40 acres of forest known as Symphony Woods. This spot is famous for hosting legendary rock acts including Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Green Day and Led Zeppelin.
Picking a venue is important, but of course, the most important part of going to a concert is choosing the band. There are so many incredible acts to choose from that you may find yourself buying tickets for every weekend from now until the summer ends. If you feel nostalgic for the 1980s buy tickets to listen to Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper. Looking for more recent hits, why not order tickets to see OneRepublic belt out hits like “Kids” and “Counting Stars” or Lady Gaga perform in the Joanne World Tour. Then of course, there are bands like U2, who’s tunes cross generations and decades. This month The Joshua Tree Tour may bring Bono straight to your hometown.
This summer check one item off your bucket list. Choose a top notch outdoor venue and buy tickets to see your favorite band. For the best concerts of the summer check out Ticketmaster and StubHub. You can also search for free concerts and festivals all season long.