The soundtrack of Fleetwood Mac still plays in my head after seeing them on tour this week. On a beautiful night, that outdoor concert was nirvana note by note, & I wasn’t even a big fan going in.
Amazing what a man on guitar can do to elevate the level of enjoyment. (But this isn’t any guitarist – Lindsey Buckingham has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the top.)
“If you wake up and don’t want to smile If it takes just a little while Open your eyes and look at the day You’ll see things in a different way..”
Summer concert and music festival season upon us! Bring it!
Here are some festivals to watch, with some amazing talent slated to appear… very seductive and tempting.
“She rings like a bell through the night And wouldn’t you love to love her? She was alive like a bird in flight And who will be her lover?”
1) Bonnaroo, Manchester TN – Headlining: Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bjork. June 13-June 16
2) Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI – Fun, Eagles, John Mayer, Pitbull, Tim McGraw, Go-Gos, Cake, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, New Kids on the Block, Billy Idol. June 26- June 30 and July 2- July 7
3) Austin City Limits, Austin TX – Depeche Mode, The Cure, Fun, Muse, Phoenix – Oct. 4-Oct 6, & Oct 11- Oct 13.
4) Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA – Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Daryll Hall & John Oates – this is also a gourmet food fest! Aug 8-Aug 11.
5) Lollapalooza, Chicago – The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Nine Inch Nails, Lumineers. Aug 2- Aug 4
6) Bumbershoot, Seattle WA – Fun, Heart Aug 31- Sept 2
“Why not think about times to come? And not about the things that you’ve done If your life was bad to you Just think what tomorrow will do..”
But – there’s more than going to a music festival than just showing up. You need to be rockin’ ready. Beyond the obvious (sunscreen, etc.) here are some tips:
1) You can never predict summer weather in some areas, so bring a rain poncho. Lightweight, easy to pack, and won’t block the view of concert goers behind you like an umbrella would.
2) Make sure you have proper ID – some concerts I have read won’t let you in if the name on the ticket doesn’t match the ID.
3) Look at the map beforehand so you know where to park… and if possible, look into public transportation.
4) Bottles aren’t allowed in most concert areas, so pack soft containers for beverages.
May your summer be filled with much music…. no time like today to make plans.
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you….
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too….”