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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 06:45 AM
I see a lot of people post threads about multiple festivals and shows that they are going to over the summer and some of these involve some distance to travel.

I was just wondering how people get the time to do all of this stuff? Either you have no life and you travel around in a VW making hemp bracelets, have a good job that pays you alot of money and your boss can give you alot of time off of work, have no children and responsibilities, or just lucky to do so and it all works out to your convenience.

The last part kinda works out for me..luck and convenience...this summer. I can't remember the last time I was able to see this many show in one summer yet alone maybe two years!
It just kinda worked out to my advantage this summer with my work at the hospital , children being gone and so forth that I am going to see Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and maybe Rush, CSN and possible Heart and Cheap Trick.
This is pretty rare for me. Like I said I am lucky enough to see this many shows in a two or three year period. Some are definite , but with gas and ticket prices I will probably have to delte a few unfortunatley.

[Edited on 5/15/2008 by jszfunk]

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 07:53 AM
"I was just wondering how people get the time to do all of this stuff? Either you have no life and you travel around in a VW making hemp bracelets, have a good job that pays you alot of money and your boss can give you alot of time off of work, have no children and responsibilities, or just lucky to do so and it all works out to your convenience"

none of the above.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 07:57 AM
It's called budgeting and using vacation days.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 07:58 AM
And I ain't even got a VW bug, you can call home and ask my wife!

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 08:19 AM
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And I ain't even got a VW bug, you can call home and ask my wife!


Her name is Doris, right?!?!

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 10:13 AM
make friends & plan ahead to create an economy of scale and added value. go see lots of bands that that play nearby & cost $5 - 30. eschew overpriced shows in giant arena by bands whose best is far behind them unless they're really your favorites. sit on the lawn. use pollstar, myspace & other resources to find wonderful & less-expensive music outside your comfort zone. remember that just because the one thing is familiar and the other isn't, the former isn't necessarily better than the latter - all your favorite musicians were good when they were young and unfamiliar to you.

but what do i know? i only saw forty-some bands and one big multi-day festival last year. i didn't realize it was that many until i looked, didn't SEEM like that many.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 10:17 AM
I can't afford it. I just DO it.

So far this year, I have attended WaneeFest.

Future shows include, so far;

Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Charlotte, NC - Friday June 13
Allman Brothers Band - Atlanta, GA - Friday October 10
Allman Brothers Band - Atlanta, GA - Saturday October 11

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 10:17 AM
I'll speak for Rusty because:
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He belongs to the Antioch Baptist Church.
Thanks, Rusty, I was just listening to some old CDB this morning.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 11:35 AM
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I can't afford it. I just DO it.


Same here. I'm in debt up to my eyeballs. But I don't get to go to as many shows because I'm out in the middle of nowhere. LOL!! I also have the added task of finding a babysitter....that ain't easy.

Future shows:

RED ROCKS BABY!!!
And I'm seriously thinkin' about the Atlanta gigs.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 11:42 AM
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I can't afford it. I just DO it.


Same with me. I just tend to pick smaller venues with cheaper prices or get lawn seats. I'm lucky that I'm in Philadelphia and close to a lot of good venues. Plus I have family/friends all up and down the east coast, so I never have to pay for a place to stay.

Future Shows:
James Taylor, Philadelphia,- June 1
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Columbia, MD-June 13 (still deciding on this one...)
Honeytribe with the Outlaws, Sellersville, PA- June 18
Honeytribe, Isle of Palms- July 24 (I'll be in SC for a wedding that weekend too)
ABB in Camden, and quite possibly at PNC- August 15/23
I'm also thinking about heading to Atlanta in October...it's the week before my birthday, so I may have to treat myself

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 12:50 PM
For a reasonably priced fest, I recommend bluegrass/ old time fests. For the last 9 yrs, Ive gone to Galax. A week's pass costs $40! I usually do about 3 days and it runs $22. No name acts to speak of, but plenty of talent. We rent a house for $400 for the week and usually 6-8 split that. A really wholesome atmosphere for the family too, if'n you have one. You can bring in beer to the fest, as long as you drink it from a cup; fair enough!

http://www.oldfiddlersconvention.com/

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 01:47 PM
I go to Mountain Jam every year so far which is an expensive weekend when you add in fuel, tolls, food, hotel, and tickets. The rest of the summer I go as cheap as I can. I buy the cheap upper deck seats for Jones Beach shows although I move down a level 95% of the time. The summer is where I look for value. As long as the sound is good and I can see the stage. Most of these shows I will buy the night of the show and if the weather is stinky you can find many good deals from people outside the venue looking to unload extras. Even when it's nice out sometimes. I have actually gotten free tickets handed to me by strangers. Just last year as I was walking to the box office I was given a free orch seat for Heaven and Hell from a very generous man in a wheelchair.

These cheaper shows allow me to afford the Mule and ABB Beacon runs every year which are getting quite pricey.

I will also do a one day roadtrip in July to Asbury Park in Jersey to see the Mule in a different setting. Those tickets were very reasonable. Also gonna try to do one day at gathering of the vibes to see Phil & Friends.

It's getting harder in the rising economy to afford all the shows I want to see so I just have to pick and choose. This might be my last Mountain Jam this year unless I cut it down to one or two days and stay further away from the mountain where hotels are cheaper.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 01:50 PM
DAVE! see ya down front at Dickey!
 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 02:23 PM
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DAVE! see ya down front at Dickey!
Hope to be down front....or back stage.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 02:27 PM
Luckily for me, I live 5 mins from PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ


Pete... here are some"free" Jones beach tix

http://www.bgfoods.com/freetickets/jones.asp

They have a similar deal for PNC as well

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 02:27 PM
But thats a lotta beans

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 02:30 PM
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Thanks, Rusty, I was just listening to some old CDB this morning.


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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 02:33 PM
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But thats a lotta beans


Let me know where you're sitting so I can get a seat far away.

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 03:02 PM
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Luckily for me, I live 5 mins from PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ


Pete... here are some"free" Jones beach tix

http://www.bgfoods.com/freetickets/jones.asp

They have a similar deal for PNC as well


Thank you so much WharfRat. I took advantage of the same promotion last year and saw two great shows for free. Also moved down into better seats to make it an even bigger bargain. I'm gonna do both The Doobie Brothers as well as Yes. I was planning on going to Yes anyway and now it will just be cheaper. Thanks again for the info!!!

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 03:10 PM
Last year...Jazz fest Aspen

This year.. Telluride Blues and Brew Festival

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 03:21 PM
I love live music and try to do whatever time (pesky job) and pocketbook (pesky job) allows. Also depends on who's going to be in my area (Middle Earth). No major festivals this summer but I did see Santana and DTB a couple of weeks ago, have tix for ABB at Red Rocks and for Tom Petty and Steve Winwood. Am thinking about attending an annual free music fest a couple of hours away to see Phil and Friends. Also try to catch any shows at smaller venues which come through the area (outdoor summer music on the river - price is right and they get some good entertainment, Widespread Panic usually hits the area in fall, just read that John Hiatt is coming to town). Whatever I can make work. I do have to arrange 'childcare' for Lola if I'll be travelling over night.

 

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Live music - it just has to be done! With careful budgeting [not always] and making good use of holidays, I have managed to travel to many wonderful gigs over the years. Living on a small island [JERSEY] between UK and France, I initially have an hour's flight into London.
This year to date, gigs have included:
Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow [Transatlantic sessions with jerry Douglas etc]
Neil Young - London
Greg Brown/Bo Ramsey - London
Merlefest, North Carolina
Steve Winwood [ London next week]
Should have been in New York today for ABB at Beacon!!!!!
1 or 2 Folk Festivals later in the Summer - UK
Edmonton Folk Festival??

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 04:51 PM
i hope you get to go wherever you want. we'll be happy with the area down front. i'm hoping it's a show without seats on the floor.

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DAVE! see ya down front at Dickey!
Hope to be down front....or back stage.


[Edited on 5/15/2008 by ron_e]

 

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www.riverbendfestival.com

Chattanooga, TN - June 6-14

 

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  posted on 5/15/2008 at 06:14 PM
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I can't afford it. I just DO it.

So far this year, I have attended WaneeFest.

Future shows include, so far;

Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Charlotte, NC - Friday June 13
Allman Brothers Band - Atlanta, GA - Friday October 10
Allman Brothers Band - Atlanta, GA - Saturday October 11


Yep...all them and don't forget Jam For Duane....

 

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