Wow, the past four months have been a bit insane in my world – looking for, and then getting a new job, then leaving the old one behind has been a bit intense; and the reason why I’ve been M.I.A. However, now that I’ve climbed out of the hole known as “Being an Adult” I am now getting ready for the best season – Summer.
For me, summer has always been that time of the year when I would be able to attend concerts, or at least hear them from where I lived on Cape Cod. About 2 miles from my house was theCape Cod Melody Tent – a really neat theater in the round that was literally underneath a giant tent. While growing up I saw acts like The Monkees, New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, The Pharcyde and Kriss Kross (I was tricked by a friend into going to the Kriss Kross concert as I thought it was just Ed Lover and The Pharcyde – the things we do for people).
Summer concerts, and music festivals, are such a great way to get out and listen to great music. In the next month I’ll be seeing the phenomenal Alice Smith at Howard Theatre – yes, every time she comes to DC I see her, it’s mandatory – as well as attending the DC Jazz Festival. Being as it’s the 10 anniversary, this year’s Jazz Fest is actually turning into an awesome event. There will be a weekend-long concert at the Capitol Riverfront with the likes of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gregory Porter, Brass-A-Holics and the awesome Mos Def making appearances. WHAAA!? My fav group The Brass-A-Holics will be taking over at Hamilton Live –one of the “main stages” in the District — and a ton of family-friendly events to get the young ones into the arts. It’ll be five days of pure summer fun in and around the city.
I’ll admit, I’m a bit psycho when it comes to summertime and the concert options that are laid out — but, I have to say, I can’t pass up any opportunity to, hopefully, sit outside to listen to beautiful music with a cold drink in my hand. So, to make sure I’m not spending the entire paycheck on concerts, I try to at least start building my wishlist around March of every year. Apps like Bandsintown and Songkick are a Godsend to me. I have Songkick on my IPod, and by scanning my music it automatically tags and follows the artists in my library. These lists can be edited and updated by hand, if I want, on its website. What I love about both of these services is that I can determine which city, or cities, I want to keep track of and I am sent push notifications or emails when an artists on my list announces a concert.
Yes, I have at times fallen into a rabbit hole of concert planning, but I’d rather know too much than be caught off guard when someone I really like comes into town and I don’t find out until it’s too late.
So, be forewarned, I’m almost settled in at the new job and I have a ton of concerts I’m about to hit up — this means I’ll be rambling up a storm in the coming weeks. To the folks who have been kind enough to send me clips of their music: I’m not ignoring you, I’ll be listening and posting in the coming day. I appreciate you sharing your stuff with me, and also wanting me to help pass all this good stuff on.
Until the next time…..