Natalie Moses’ Summer Concert Planning

Natalie Moses

In a perfect world, there’d be rainbows and butterflies and Lady Gaga concerts every weekend. In the real world, such extravagant shows are fairly costly and hard to come by. But with a little bit of elbow grease and smart planning, your summer can be filled with fun concerts, road trips and plenty of profile-picture worthy memories. It really just depends on how much you are willing to spend and how far your heart wants to venture. Here are a few options that should satisfy everyone’s taste and will give you an idea of how much you’ll need to squeeze out of that piggy bank. With 15 weeks (give or take a few) until summer, each of these “packages” will tell you all the information you need to make the trip.

Package 1: Local Fun

Who: Katy Perry

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Distance from Kent: About 30 minutes

When: July 5

Decent Ticket Price: $90.00

To save up: You’ll need to put aside $6.00 every week for 15 weeks. That’s about two unnecessary trips to Starbucks

Who: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Distance from Kent: About 30 minutes

When: July 27

Decent Ticket Price: $130.00

To save up: You’ll need to put aside about $9.00 every week for 15 weeks. Maybe that means no late night pizza on Saturdays or eliminating a few Pulp visits.

Package 2: Under Four Hour Round Trip

For this package, you may want to keep in mind that with 4 to 5 people in a car, each may have to pitch in around $20 for gas. It is probably less than that, but for the sake of planning, we’ll keep it on the safe side. These trips are close enough that you won’t need a hotel and can swing it in one day.

Who: Taylor Swift

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

Distance from Kent: About 1.5 to 2 hours

When: June 18

Decent Ticket Price: $105.00

To save up: With the ticket price plus gas money, you’ll need to save about $8.50 a week for 15 weeks. If you go to the movies, you can give that up or just stick to cutting back on unnecessary food trips.

Who: Keith Urban

Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus

Distance from Kent: About 2.5 hours

When: July 19

Decent Ticket Price: $120.00

To save up: With gas and ticket prices, you’ll need a little under $9.50 a week for 15 weeks. Plan accordingly, and you may also want to invest in cowboy boots for this one.

Package 3: Get a Room

You’re going to have to do a little bit more than hold back on coffee and late night Jimmy John’s delivery for these ones. Pick up an additional shift or two at work and cut back on unnecessary splurges like tanning, manicures, textbooks and other indulgences. Go all out – invite all of your friends, and make a summer vacation out of these. You can find cheap hotels on websites like Expedia, and you might even find that flights booked through Southwest end up being cheaper than epic gas bills and a lot less of a hassle than a road trip. These are conveniently located near beaches and cool cities that you may have wanted to visit this summer anyway.

Who: Ke$ha

Where: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Distance from Kent: 4 hour flight; 1 day, 12 hour road trip

When: May 6, 2011

Decent Ticket Price: $70.00 – floor

*The floor is suggested for two main reasons. The first reason- you’re going to a Ke$ha concert, you might as well do it the way she would and get nitty-gritty in the pit and dance like the secret freak you are. Secondly, if you make it out to Los Angeles, chances are you spent your life’s savings getting there, and this is about as cheap as it gets.

Who: Lil Wayne

Where: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans

Distance from Kent: 1 hour 50 minute flight; 16.5 hour road trip

When: April 14

Decent Ticket Price: $130.00

*Obviously classes will still be in session when this concert is happening, but what better place to see Dwayne Carter perform than his hometown? Plus, the history and culture of New Orleans is an attraction all its own (not to mention the night life).

Who: Kylie Minogue

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Distance from Kent: 3 hour 45 minute flight; one-day, 8-hour road trip

When: May 22

Decent Ticket Price: $145.00

*And by decent, this means the cheapest ticket available. But in all seriousness, what’s cooler than Kylie in Vegas?

Who: U2

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Distance from Kent: 45-minute flight; 6-hour drive

When: June 22

Decent Ticket Price: $81.00

Who: 2011 CMA Music Festival

Where: LP Field, Nashville

Distance from Kent: 1 hour flight, 8.5 hour road trip

When: June 9th through June 12

Decent Ticket Price: $363.00 (four-day pass)

Who: Big & Rich

Where: Wells Fargo Theater, Denver

Distance from Kent: 2.5-hour plane ride, 21-hour road trip

When: July 2

Decent Ticket Price: $147.00