Life’s too short to not splurge on concert tickets.
My mother always says I learned how to dance before I could walk. She said I used to hold on the edge of the coffee table so I could bend my knees and bounce along to the music. Since my mother is a connoisseur of the arts, two-person dance parties became a norm after that. I was even in dance for 12 years. My favorite part of every competition was when the music started. The beat was so strong it felt like a second heartbeat pulsing in my chest.
I had never felt that feeling in any other way except dancing – until I went to my first concert.
It was Mother’s Day 2015. I had just made my mother what was possibly the worst pan of brownies in history (always make sure the oven is on bake and not broil). She was a real sport about it and ate them anyway. Right after, she bought tickets for me to see my first concert with her.
I was ecstatic.
September 10th was a beautiful day filled with sunshine, blue skies, cotton ball clouds, and the full-fledged excitement of a teenage girl. We were en-route to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota to see Hozier (the guy that sings “Take Me to Church”). It’s like there was electricity in the air. I smiled so much my cheeks physically hurt.
On September 10th, I discovered concerts give the best feeling in the world. Very rarely in life are there moments where people are collectively happy together. They
That night with Hozier sparked a chain reaction. I’ve seen almost 40 live acts, and I can’t wait to add to the list (too much will never be enough).
The Midwest isn’t a mecca for musical acts, but it should not be overlooked. The Twin Cities, Chicago, Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis draw in a wide range of artists and an even larger audience.
Some of the most popular artists I’ve seen include:
- Florence + the Machine
- Judah and the Lion
- WALK THE MOON
- X Ambassadors
- Ariana Grande
- Charlie Puth
- Shawn Mendes
- Little Mix
- Andy Grammar
At the end of the day, life is about deciding whether you’re going to the concert or if you’re sitting at home. I always choose to go to the concert (and I think other people should too).