In Wisconsin, my favorite time of the year is, for more than just the obvious temperate reasons, Summer. Besides Spring, Wisconsin truly comes alive in the Summer. Before I get too far into this diatribe on why Summer is obviously the best time of year anywhere, Winters in Wisconsin are great too.
But Summer…that’s the time when the hibernation truly ends. Music is flowing through the air. The gentle buzz of millennials on patios with an ice cold beverage is twirling in the wind off of Lake Michigan. That’s when you know Summer is here.
One of my favorite things about Summer is the return of outdoor concerts, on whatever size stage. Whether it’s the free stages at SummerFest or a stage that fills the end zone at Lambeau Field, there is literally no better feeling than watching some of my favorite popular artists express their talents through their songs on stage, outdoors.
The lineup for this summer started last weekend with OAR playing after a Brewers game at Miller Park. This weekend it’s off to Lambeau Field for Kenny Chesney+Jason Aldean and I couldn’t be more excited. There’s something to be said about the formula for fun that includes good friends, country music, a cold beer, and Lambeau Field. Next week begins SummerFest and the lineup is stacked. Get at me Andrew McMahon, Walk the Moon, Zedd, Kendrick Lamar, Motion City Soundtrack, Aloe Blacc, Billy Currington…and the list goes on.
Following SummerFest, I take a few weeks off until I’m in Soldier Field for Taylor Swift. The queen of high-waisted bikinis, the perfect red lip, and cats herself. Thanks to my special friend for getting me tickets for Christmas, the day is soon arriving.
Though we took last summer off due to scheduling issues, we will be returning to the tradition of seeing Dave Matthews and the gang this summer, but with a slight change of venue. I love Alpine Valley, it breeds good times, but this years scheduling at those hallowed grounds didn’t work as well. So we are taking our talents to Cali to enjoy those 20-minute instrumentals.
And the last but certainly not least concert scheduled for this summer is (and I’m slightly embarrassed to say it) is One Direction at Soldier Field. Sometimes you just have to do things you’re only mildly interested in, but I can’t help that their songs are so catchy and my 25-year old self loves a good British accent and baby-face just as much as the next girl. A guilty pleasure addition to the concert series if you will.
All I can say as I reread the list is, bring it.