Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to start planning some fun activities for the chilly weekends that lay ahead. With plenty of live music to be had and a lot of good company potential, concerts are the perfect way to unwind with friends after a long week on campus. There’s just something therapeutic about rocking out to your favorite band or hearing a soulful new singer for the first time. Plus, it’s a great way to meet cute, (i.e. male) music lovers!
Beyonce Knowles’ bootylicious husband has played a huge role in the hip-hop scene during his impressive career, with classic party anthems like “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “99 Problems” under his belt. This fall, Jay-Z is touring with N.E.R.D (remember their crazy video for “She Wants to Move?” It still amazes me every time!) Wale and J. Cole. With so much talent in one room, this energetic tour is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
The U2 360 Tour has already been garnering huge praise from fans and critics alike. This A-list band needs little introduction, as they have been thrilling live audiences for over three decades. U2 concerts are practically a religious experience, with fans of all ages sharing a mutual appreciation for the soaring chorus in “Beautiful Day” and sentimental opening chords of “With or Without You.” These tickets might be a little on the pricey side, but if you’re a big fan it’s a worthwhile investment!
Confession time: I’m a secret MC fan. “Party in the USA” is my official homework anthem, even though my dance moves are slightly distracting. Luckily, Miley is currently on tour and my trusty sources report that her setlist is jam-packed with feel-good dance songs and fun special effects. Since she deleted her Twitter, I’ve been going through Hannah Montana-withdrawal, so I’m seriously considering buying a ticket to one of her shows. Who’s with me? Anyone? Anyone?
There’s something about listening to Lenny Kravitz that just makes me feel cool. Rocking out to “American Woman” in my car is probably one of my favorite activities of all time. A live Lenny experience is undoubtedly powerful and will get you in touch with your inner superstar. Dress up with friends, put on your baddest shades and get ready to rock. Check online concert listings for tour dates and locations!
A Fine Frenzy
If you like Rilo Kiley and Regina Spektor, you’ll love A Fine Frenzy. Known as Alison Sudol to her friends, A Fine Frenzy is an alternative singer who combines piano-based melodies with dreamy lyrics. She has the unique ability to sing you a lullaby in one breath and get you dancing in the next. Over the next few months she’s performing in intimate clubs and big-name theaters like House of Blues in New Orleans and Gramercy Theater in New York City. If you’re in the mood for a mellow night in your closest city, acquaint yourself with A Fine Frenzy’s smooth sound.
— By Sarah Levy, Brown University