We generally don’t get out to too many concerts these days, so when I say that we’re going to three concerts, that’s a big number for us!
Back in the day, it was common to go to a few shows per year, but now that we have kids and that the price of tickets have gone up so much, we’ve really cut back on our numbers.
Still, this year, we’ve upped our game, and as it so happens, all three concerts we have on the slate are country music artists. This is totally cool with me as I like country music quite a bit. In fact, my wife is a big reason I started to like country music in the first place. Back when we first met, and before we were even dating, I did a work assignment for a few months down in Panama City, Florida. Country is about all there is there, and being that she liked it anyway, she made me a couple of CDs with various country songs, and I listened to them all the time when I was down there, and it was a good intro to country music!
Since then, I’ve enjoyed country music a lot. I’m not a diehard country fan. I would consider myself more of a casual fan, where I can turn on a country station, listen to it for a couple of hours, and be perfectly OK with it, but at the same time I probably couldn’t identify a good portion of the artists by name.
Well, since it’s my wife that’s a bigger fan, it should come as no surprise that all three concerts for the year are her doing.
- Lady Antebellum – They’re one of the few bands where I actually know most of their music, so I was completely on board once she suggested this concert. This one already took place, in June, and it was a lot of fun. I’ve been to a lot of different concerts in different genres, but this was my first country concert, and the people are really fun without being too rowdy or crazy. I also learned something else during this concert that seems to be pretty common with country shows: The opening acts are really good, as well! They brought along two singers that both are good in their own right, Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes, both with songs that I’ve heard regularly. Many times the opening act is a waste (last year, we saw Lionel Richie, which was completely amazing, but his opener was….Cee-Lo Green…yeah, thanks but no thanks!). So, while the tickets weren’t cheap, the amount of entertainment was all there.
- Jason Aldean – My wife is a big fan and asked for tickets for her birthday, and I purchased them. We’ll be heading to that show next month and every time a Jason Aldean song comes on the radio, my wife points it out, and I can say that I recognize and like a lot of them. He’s also bringing three openers, and I know at least two of them (Tyler Farr and Cole Swindell) have multiple songs that I know. This should be a great show as well.
- Luke Bryan – This will be an arena show and on the day before Halloween in Downtown Detroit, should be some good fun. He’s another artist that I know has a lot of hits, and is also bringing at least one solid opening act (Dierks Bentley), so it should be a fun atmosphere.
That’s it for planned concerts for the year. My wife definitely took control and from what I can tell, it should be a fun year for live music.
Readers, do you go and see any shows? What concerts have you attended or have planned for the year?Copyright 2015 Original content authorized only to appear on Money Beagle. Please subscribe via RSS, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or receive e-mail updates. Thank you for reading.