As summer approaches, and your level of stress finally begins to decrease, the number of music festivals and concerts start to increase. I love to go to concerts. Whether it’s seeing bands that I know and love, or choosing one with the coolest name. To me, the concert isn’t just about going to see a band live, it’s about helping you to gain a more personal connection to the music,and the band. Last year I went to see Catfish and the Bottlemen at a tiny venue in the middle of Atlanta. It was easily my favorite concert of all time. There were no more than 100 people there, and at the end of their set, the lead singer/guitarist hung his guitar up in the rafters by his lead. It was by far the most incredible thing I had ever experienced. With that being said, here are some of the bands that I can’t wait to see this summer concert season, sorted by genre.
This summer concert/festival season, I’m personally excited to see The 1975 play there new set with both their last, very successful, self-titled album, and their new album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. Luckily! They’re coming to Rochester Hills, Michigan, May 21 for the Meadow Brook Music Festival.
Another Band I can’t wait to see is Tame Impala. If you’re not familiar with them, I strongly recommend you get familiar. After being compared to bands like Pink Floyd and The MGMT, how could you not. Their latest album Currents, was regarded one of the best albums of 2015, and they will be doing a handful of shows with Mac Demarco. Sadly, Tame Impala won’t be touring in Michigan this year, but they will be in Chicago on June 9th, at the UIC Pavilion.
And if those two bands don’t fit the bid for you, then one of my favorite rappers Tyler, The Creator might. His latest album, Cherry Bomb, released a little over a year ago, has gained some good and bad press, but nevertheless takes away from this great album. The closest Tyler will be coming to Michigan is Clive, Iowa on June 4th.
Along with all these awesome concerts, there are multiple festivals and special tours coming to Michigan. DTE Energy Music Theater is hosting the “I Love The 90’s” tour, which pays tribute to some of the most popular names in 90s hip-hop and R&B, with Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio and Vanilla Ice just to name a few. The Electric Forest Music Festival will take place June 23-26 in Rothbury, Mich., which is where you can get your EDM fix, with headliners being The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar and Major Lazer. Contrary to Electric Forest, Hoxeyville, a mostly bluegrass line up, showcases Michigan’s talent and landscape. Hoxeyville is a three day festival in beautiful Manistee National Forest, where patrons are encouraged to camp, hammock, bike and hike.
Though only a handful of these bands/artists are coming to Michigan, but that shouldn’t stop you from grabbing some friends and taking a summer road trip to see them.
For more information:
Visit www.ilovethe90stour.com for lineup and ticket prices
Visit www.hoxeyville.com for lineup adn ticket prices
Visit www.electricforestfestival.com for lineup and ticket prices
Visit www.dteenergymusictheatre.org for lineup and ticket prices