As we get closer to July and the sun starts to make our souls smile, summer concerts are kicking into high gear. There’s nothing better than the combination of live music, community, and – at a lot of area venues – the great outdoors. If you find yourself in New Hampshire’s scenic Seacoast region and you want to make a musical memory, it’s a hotbed of concert experiences regardless of your taste in tunes. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks for summer concerts in the Seacoast.
Research and Plan Ahead:
To make the most of your summer concert experience, it’s crucial to research the concert venues, dates, and performers well in advance. The Seacoast area of New Hampshire offers a variety of venues ranging from intimate clubs to sprawling outdoor amphitheaters. Some popular concert destinations include the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Prescott Park Arts Festival, and the Music Hall. Check their websites or social media platforms for concert schedules, ticket availability, and any COVID-19 safety protocols you need to be aware of.
Secure Your Tickets:
Once you’ve identified the concerts you want to attend, it’s time to secure your tickets. Popular shows often sell out quickly, so it’s advisable to purchase your tickets as soon as they become available. Keep an eye out for pre-sale opportunities or early bird discounts that can save you some money. Many concert venues offer online ticketing options, making it convenient to reserve your spot from the comfort of your own home.
Plan Your Outfit:
Dressing appropriately for a concert is an art form in itself. Since you’ll be enjoying the concerts in the Seacoast area, where the ocean breeze can be a delightful companion, it’s essential to dress comfortably while embracing a touch of summer style. Opt for light, breathable fabrics, such as cotton or linen, paired with comfortable footwear for those long hours of dancing. Don’t forget to pack a light jacket or sweater for the cool evening air that may roll in from the water.
Pack the Essentials:
Attending an outdoor concert means being prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Be sure to pack sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, a hat to shield your face, and sunglasses to keep your eyes cool and comfortable. A reusable water bottle will help you stay hydrated throughout the day, and a small backpack or tote bag can hold all your essentials like snacks, a blanket or towel to sit on, and a camera to capture precious moments. Tip: Whether outdoors or indoors, always check a venue’s bag policy online before walking to the show!
Explore the Seacoast Area:
The Seacoast area of New Hampshire offers a treasure trove of scenic beauty and exciting attractions beyond the concert venues. Make the most of your visit by exploring the charming coastal towns, taking leisurely walks along the beach, or indulging in local culinary delights. Discover hidden gems such as the historic Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth or the picturesque Rye Harbor State Park. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich history and enjoy the vibrant coastal atmosphere.
Embrace the Concert Experience:
Once you arrive at the concert venue, soak in the electrifying atmosphere and let the music take hold. Whether you’re witnessing a legendary artist, a rising star, or a local favorite, be fully present in the moment. Chat with fellow concertgoers, dance like nobody’s watching, and let the memories happen! Remember to be respectful of those around you, follow any venue rules, and have a blast listening to live music in the beautiful Seacoast area.
Here are some of the shows I am attending this summer in the Seacoast and a few that are just a drive away:
June 28: Steve Miller Band & Dave Mason, MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Aug. 11: Lionel Richie & Earth, Wind & Fire, TD Garden
Aug. 24: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Gillette Stadium
Sept. 3: Zac Brown Band, Bank of NH Pavilion
Sept. 7: George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Sept. 15: A.J. Croce, Tupelo Music Hall
Sept. 24: Oteil Burbridge & Friends, The Music Hall, Portsmouth