Ok everyone. Time for MY picks of the shows I am most excited about over the next couple months. They are ALL over the place. So listen up!
Phish- (July 18-20) Calm down everyone. I know, I know. I have avoided this mega tour since 1995. And today, it's finally happening. I have always enjoyed Phish's studio albums, especially in high school and college. I have been super anti-jam band basically because I lack patience and don't wanna hear a 18 min song. But I have relented, and thanks to a free ticket, I WILL be attending a show this weekend at Northerly Island. It's all happening folks...
Down With Webster- (July 24th) Subterranean in Wicker Park. My favorite Canadian band (and also besties) are back in town. I am SO excited for this venue, mainly because it won't let in their usual under 21 screaming girl fans. These 6 guys are so talented and their style covers hip-hop to rock to pop. They are awesome to listen to and not bad to look at. They give Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber a run for their money at all the Canadian music award shows, and sell out shows to thousands of screaming fans in the Great White North...Yet are still under the radar in the US. So get in while you can and see them up close and personal... because they are going to be HUGE here soon. Mark my words.
Panic! At The Disco- (July 25th) Northerly Island- If you're unfamiliar with Brendon Urie (lead singer) and how hilarious this man is, you're missing out. Check out his Vine videos. But more importantly, the band rocks. Their newest album (Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die) is a hit, especially with tracks like Miss Jackson and Vegas Lights, and Far Too Young to Die. It's more electro-pop than their past albums, and if you like Fall out Boy you'll love Panic! as they're the cooler, sexier, bad-boy LA version of the Chicago band.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Aug 23rd) United Center- Honestly, I can't... Can't being to explain how FUCKING PUMPED I AM FOR THIS!!!! Out of the hundreds of shows I've been to in my life... Tom Petty may be number ONE. Dead serious, can't top it. I've never heard such badass guitar riffs and instruments fill an arena more than when I've been at a Tom Petty concert. He's a legend... so is his guitarist Mike Campbell. Case closed.
Zac Brown Band (Sept. 13th) Wrigley Field- I know, y'all were wondering where the country music was on my list. Fear not. ZBB is my favorite modern day country artist. Part Southern Rock, part jam band, part bluegrass, ALL hardcore talent. Zac has some of the strongest vocals in the biz and he can shred the shit out of an acoustic geetar. Whether you're a "country" fan or not, you will not be disappointed seeing this Georgia crew tear up the Friendly Confines.