For the first time in what feels like eternity, spring weather hit New York City this past weekend and I couldn’t be happier. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the Frisbees were frisbeeing, and my nice red burn tan started to form. Walking in the park yesterday I couldn’t help but reflect on some of the things I love when the weather gets hot. From trying to learn how to surf in frigid east coast water, to outdoor concerts by artists like O.A.R and The Black Keys, nothing beats clear skies and 80 degrees. Whether you’re a big music fan or not, I truly believe that everyone should go to at least 3 outdoor concerts before the hot weather fades.
Though this past weekend I was not able to satisfy that urge, I thought I would share some of my memories and recommend a few great concerts coming this summer.
The first outdoor concert I ever attended was Dave Matthews Band when I was 16 . Dave was playing a few hours from my camp and for whatever reason my counselor took me along with a few friends. This was back in the days when the band was still doing renditions of “Crash into Me” and “Ants Marching” so I was pumped to get a chance to experience them live. Until that concert the only band I had ever seen was an Offspring cover band, so the bar was set pretty low. The concert was held at The Toyota Pavilion in Scranton Pennsylvania the day after a thunderstorm. I only remember that it had rained because it was the also the first time I had ever seen a mosh pit. Only now do I realize that it was strange to see mosh pits at a Dave concert, but at the time I thought seeing guys elbow and throw mud at each other was a pretty regular thing when “Grey Street” played. Though I have yet to find the track list for that show, I still remember singing along to “Where are you going” standing miles away from the stage next to a bunch of old hippies passing around objects that were definitely not cigarettes. Now that was a hot day I won’t ever forget
A more recent concert I attended that was no less memorable was a few springs back in Israel. DJs like Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, and Girl Talk, to name a few, come almost every spring to hold massive concerts out in the deserts there because it just never seems to rain. The concert I went to was Infected Mushroom and if you haven’t heard them yet and if you’re ever in the mood for trance music, check out the song “Becoming Insane” it’s incredible. Me and group of friends were about to leave on a camping trip when we heard Infected was playing a show that was supposed to start around 2AM. We got tickets immediately and were on a bus an hour later. The venue was in a desert somewhere with tents and lights set up across the grounds. We got there around 1am and soon found out that they wouldn’t be coming on till after 230. We were a little bummed but it didn’t matter because the energy and atmosphere of the concert was indescribable.
Before that concert I only thought it was a myth that bands could play till the sun came out but I will never forget the feeling when Becoming Insane came on just as the sun was rising – it was quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever experienced. What made that weekend also so memorable was that we still decided to go camping that weekend and by the end of the day we were laying out on the beach with camping gear by our side.
So now that you have heard a few of my stories here is a list of a few concerts coming this summer that I hope you do not pass up. There’s Governors Ball (Kid Cudi, Passion Pitt, Explosion in the Sky) in June, Catalpa Music Festival (The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Snoop Dogg) in July, and Electric Zoo (David Guetta, Pretty Lights, Laidback Luke) in August. And for all of you outside NYC, be sure to catch Dave Matthews Band at the Toyota Pavilion in Scranton Pennsylvania on May 28th. If you happen to see a 16 year old kid standing next to a bunch of hippies, think of me.
For this week’s poll, tell us which artist performing this summer you are most excited to see in concert:
Dave Matthews Band
The Black Keys
For the latest pop culture news and voting, make sure to sign up for the People’s Choice newsletter!