Summing up the summer of concerts in KC


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2015 was a very musical summer in Kansas City. A variety of artists performed in differing venues, from the Uptown Theater to to Penn Valley Park. Besides annual local entertainment, there were other concerts and tours, ranging from country to metal. Some students were asked about their experiences at concerts this summer.

Without seats, bodies were pressed together in tight which was oddly comfortable for sophomore Abby Fincher. Fincher went to the Full Circle Tour and Warped Tour. She went on to describe both as “passion filled, once in a lifetime experiences.”

“You can relate to everyone there since you all have the common love for music, and it’s always fun to meet people who love music as much as I do. As cheesy as it sounds, concerts are like a second home for me.“ Fincher said.

Her deep love and trusted experience with these festivals is enough to take her advice when attending a tour. With each genre there is a different mood that affects the whole audience, and an audience member may find themselves kicked in the head if they aren’t careful.

“To rookie rock concert goers: drink a ton of water and eat before you go because you’ll need all the energy you can get and most likely won’t be sitting down for four hours. I always feel bad for the people who faint from dehydration. Also, be prepared to get pushed a little bit, and not gently. Watch out for crowd surfers or else they’ll kick you in the head, don’t get into mosh pits unless you’re strong enough to hold your ground.” Fincher said.

Fincher describes the typical “punk” stereotype as another stereotype that isn’t fair to anyone who enjoys that type of music. A man with piercings and tattoos wearing all black may have a colorful personality. He also could be the one who doesn’t hesitate to pick up those who’ve been pushed down or fallen during the concert.

“If someone falls down, you pick them up. You’ll find that rock lovers are some of the most compassionate people out there, they’ll do anything to help each other out. And one of the most important tips: Don’t be on your phone the whole time! I get wanting to get a few pics here and there and taking a video of your favorite parts of a song, but do not watch the whole concert through your phone screen. Live in the moment, I promise you won’t regret it. If you let it happen, it’ll be the most fun you’ve had in your life.” Fincher said.

At Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Fincher walked onto the grounds of Kansas City’s Warped Tour. Warped is the largest traveling music festival in the United States. It had a mix of punk artists, metal artists, rock artists, some rap, and some DJs and MCs. There’s a little something for everybody.

“I believe that no matter what music you’re into, every single person should be able to experience warped tour because it’s insane. My favorite part of every concert is when the performer holds their microphone out to the crowd and we all sing the words together. It gives me chills every time, and the musicians on stage just look so happy to see how their music has impacted all these faces in the crowd. In that moment, we’re all connected.” Fincher said.

Being out in the heat for 11 hours can be very dangerous for Warped rookies. Sunscreen, proper attire, and water every hour can prevent any serious effects. She also reminds newcomers to stray from only viewing the popular bands but to also try out the more underground type in the spirit of having a chance to find a new favorite band. She again mentions to venture away from electronic devices and instead live in the moment.