2011 KJStJ Summer Concert Wish-List

Hey folks…it’s been forever since I’ve posted a new piece. With my new job — and all the extra work (which is great), I haven’t wanted to look at my computer when I got home, much less write anything.

So…..this is what has been happening the past couple of months:

  • Adele’s new album was officially released (PHENOMENAL!)
  • Ben Harper announced a new album coming out in May (I will marry him one day)
  • Mia has dealt with pneumonia and a little weight gain (no fun at all)
  • Spring has started

And…my favorite — the 2011 concert dates and tours are starting to be announced. Below, I have listed who, of the tours I know about, I would like to get tickets. It’s pretty early in the season, so some tickets have not been released, but I have been stalking certain websites. Oh yeah, I’d like to make a plea that Ticketmaster either just disappear totally, stop charging a ridiculous fee — or just add the fee into the ticket prices while you’re looking them up. Nothing like seeing a $30 ticket for a concert and then end up paying $45/50 once all the “convenience” fees are added. Bastards.

Just a quick explanation of my two favorite venues (which will be where the majority of my concerts will be taking place): Wolftrap and The Birchmere. Wolftrap is an outdoor   venue that’s run by the National Parks Service. For those of you in Massachusetts, think of a much smaller Greatwoods (or Tweeter-something). Big difference, you can bring your own food and drink (yes, adult bevs) and lawn chairs — and people know how to freakin’ act. I’ve never had a bad concert experience there — rain or shine. 

The Birchmere……my heart. It’s a small venue here in Alexandria that draws (are you can see) a great list of acts. It’s general admission, but — unlike the 9:30 Club — one side, where most of the concerts happen, has caberet-style seating. So, when you go in (after getting a number for when you’re called to sit) you find a table to sit down — and then order dinner and drinks. Another venue that I have not had issues with at all. The sound is phenomenal in the place — and the highlight for me is that most artists come out afterwards to take pictures and sign autographs.

This list is in no specific order, sorry:

  • Maceo Parker (The Birchmere) — will Prince show up?
  • Kindred (The Birchmere) — I’ve seen them multiple times and love their overall vibe. Great people, beautiful music.
  • Hall & Oates (Wolftrap) — I will be stalking the Wolftrap website when these tickets go on sale on Saturday.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire (Wolftrap) — Saw them last year and had an absolute BLAST
  • Sade (MCI Center) — tickets have been purchased. No need to share the reason why I have to go to this concert
  • Morris Day & the Time (The Birchmere) — Tickets have been purchase!. Really? REALLY?! I get to see Morris Day and the Muthafuckin’ TIME live? I’ve obviously been a good girl this year
  • Eric Benet (The Birchmere) — yeah, he’s a sex addict who messed around on Halle Berry, but he’s got a nice voice.
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama (The Birchmere) — I have the album they did with Ben Harper, spiritual experience can’t begin to describe it.
  • The Go-Go’s (Wolftrap)
  • Dolly Parton (Wolftrap) — come on…a change to see Dolly live? In all her glory…I’m all over this concert
  • Sound of Music sing-a-long — yes…..I honestly think this would be hilarious. This was sold out when it was at the Kennedy Center like 7 or 8 years ago, and it hasn’t been back since.

So..there you go — the initial list of summer concerts I will be attending. If you are in the DC area and are planning on going to stuff at Wolftrap or The Birchmere, hit me up — we can go together (cool thing about both these venues, general admission).

See you all…and I’m out!


About KJStJ

Proud nerd who loves music, animals and making the world a better place
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6 Responses to 2011 KJStJ Summer Concert Wish-List

  1. Jeannine says:

    Welcome Back!!!!!! I hope Mia gets better soon!

  2. Laura says:

    Did you know that you can go to the Birchmere and just sit at the bar and watch the show for free? Sure you need to buy a drink but hey – if you aren’t totally hyped on the show – Its free!

  3. Kristin Nielsen says:

    The Birchmere sounds a lot like Showcase Live in Foxborough. It’s awesome to see a show here http://www.showcaselive.com/. We should go see Ben Harper together someday 😉

  4. Dawn says:

    On the real, I see Eric Benet every time he comes to town. He gives a really good show. Last time Dwele opened for him and they both were really REALLY good.

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