January: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
February: Julieta Venegas
Quick thing about March—SXSW happened
I can't believe I haven't disclosed this yet, but I live in Austin, Texas aka "The Live Music Capital City of the World." I moved here 5 years ago and have loved every moment of it. Being a naturalized Austinite means I get to enjoy all the perks of a city that loves music and South by South West (SXSW) is one of them. (See ACL below for more.) If you don't already know about it, SXSW is a week-long (now like two weeks) festival where people from all over the world come together to share their music, films, and much more. This year, I got involved as much as I could and got to see some really cool shows. For the sake of brevity, I'll only include the main bands I knew and took pictures of. There were plenty more that I listened to but I'm not counting them for this challenge.
March: Jesse y Joy at SXSW
March: 2 Chainz at SXSW
March: FLO RIDA AT SXSW
March: Intocable at SXSW
April: March Madness Music Festival ft Aloe Blacc, Flo Rida, PITBULL♥️, and Maroon5
April: iHeart Country Festival 2016
April: iHeart Country Festival 2016 (continued)
May: The Tamale Kingpin aka Chingo Bling (saaaas)
June: Random band at Son's Island
July: Drake (bonus video)
August: Blues on the Green
Agosto: Tigres del Norte
September/October: ACL Fest
ACL Bonus: Two Door Cinema Club
November: Andy Grammer
November: Gavin DeGraw
November: Maná (bonus)
December: Sin Bandera
December: Sin Bander (Bonus Instagram post—sorry the caption is in Spanish)
Recap, Thoughts, & Advice
Okay I'm not sure if you kept up, but I completely overdid my challenge. I was hoping for one concert a month and in some months I had as many as THREE! (I'm not even counting the dozen artists I saw during SXSW and ACL.) I learned a lot about this and I'm hoping you can take some of my advice.
Here's what I learned and some advice for you:
* Find a buddy who's crazy enough to take this challenge with you
* Subscribe to all the newsletters/emails/alerts from any music venue or ticket seller you know of. (Ticketmaster, iHeart Radio, ATT Center, etc.) The reasoning here is that you'll get first notice of shows and that will help you get the best seats
* Try to win tickets or go to free events! Half the shows I went to this year were free! It's not that hard if you dedicate a little bit of time to this!!
* Buy tickets early and make a plan!
* Don't be afraid to drive to another city if you really like the artist
* Look online for the concert setlist. This will help you prepare for it by knowing which songs they're going to play! (this one is optional if you want to be taken by surprise!)
* Take pictures for the memories! I always record videos when I'm up-close but you don't have to. I know a lot of people get annoyed. Just make sure you have some memories you can look back to later (and for social media posts)
* Always have a portable charger cause you might run out of battery #21stcenturyprobz
* If no one else is down to go with you to a show, go alone! It's not weird. You're gonna have a blast if you really like the artist. I've done it three times now and they've probably been some of my best experiences. Plus, be social and you'll make friends at the venues!
* Find a creative way to display all your ticket stubs after the shows
* You gotta have fun with this! Get out there and have a good time!!
Happy concert going!
Hope you got something from my experience and can use it as inspiration for a future challenge of your own. I promise you it's a blast!