From the moment the hot dogs hit the grill until the first fireworks light up the night sky, good music is a must-have for any Fourth of July backyard BBQ. If you’re looking for a true-blue, American summer playlist for your party, the one we created below has songs—including hits from Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, The Beach Boys, Toby Keith, Kanye West and more—that every guest will enjoy.
The days of chowin’ down on burgers and chips while hanging off the back of a pickup truck are long gone. Today, tailgating at the NASCAR Sprint Cup is almost as competitive as the race itself. Look around the lot and you’ll see seasoned tailgaters—with setups that look like outdoor party machines—sitting next to first timers who are trying not to set their truck on fire. It’s a jungle out there, but we’ve pulled together some key things to pack so you can survive and thrive out there in the NASCAR lot. Read the rest of this entry
Think you’ve got what it takes to attend a country music festival this summer? Sure, it may seem like all you need to do is get the tickets and show up, but if you want to go all out at any of the Country Music Festivals we’ve listed below, we recommend bringing the following to survive:
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Remember the time you begged Mom to let you see your favorite band perform? And—after some room-cleaning or chore negotiations—she finally agreed? She even bought the tickets, played chauffeur and enjoyed music that wasn’t quite her style—all so you and your friends could have the best night ever.
Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, why not surprise mom with tickets to see a show, event or concert that she’d go crazy for? Take a look at the reviews below to see the events moms raved about the most on Ticketmaster.com. Give her a gift that’s “way, way better than a brunch!” (unless, of course, you’re taking her to a House of Blues Gospel Brunch—now that’s an experience mom won’t want to miss.)
The theater darkens, anticipation rises, and the words, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…” come into focus. Then those iconic yellow letters burst onto the screen and the Star Wars theme song crashes over the audience. In that moment, when the unmistakable overture plays, you can’t help but feel like anything’s possible—like you could single-handedly (pun intended) face Darth Vader and defeat the Empire.
Like birthdays or Halloween, we’re always bummed when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday. But if you’re ready to turn this year’s Monday blues into Kelly greens, we recommend starting the fun a few days early with some killer performances coming to a city near you.
We’ve pulled together a sampler of events happening the weekend before—and the day of—March 17 in three major cities from coast to coast. Whether your goal is to go out and get your Irish on or sit back and have a good time, check out the following shows that’ll help kick-start your Saint Paddy’s Day plans.
Smokin’ hot concerts and wild performances: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Looking for a buckin’ good time? Starting March 4 to the 23, this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will offer excitement and entertainment for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. If this is your first rodeo (and even if it’s not) you can be sure to expect bull riding, calf scrambling, horse and livestock competitions, world championship barbeque contests and of course, rocking concerts.
It’s where anything can happen—and does—during a live performance. Where the shows are discussed around the water cooler as much as the commercials or big game itself. Yeah, the Super Bowl halftime show is a pretty big deal. And you can bet that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are planning to rock the socks off of millions of viewers during Super Bowl XLVIII (while hopefully keeping their own socks securely in place). Read the rest of this entry