Summer: the season of free time for college students. Also, for many, the season of finally getting back to being paid. Part-time jobs and paid internships certainly have their share of hardships, but there is nothing quite like the feeling of that minimum wage direct deposit hitting your checking account. With money, time and great weather, the question of how to spend these three long months remains. One of the best options? Summer concerts with friends!
VALLEY researched the best tours to go see this summer so that you don’t have to!
Ariana Grande has been on a roll recently, and her tour announcement is sure to keep it going all through summer 2019. Grande is kicking off her “Sweetener” tour on March 18 in Albany, New York and hitting tons of U.S. cities until her U.S. tour comes to an end on July 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there, Grande is taking her world tour to Europe.
John Mayer’s newest single, “I Guess I Just Feel Like,” just released on Feb. 22, following an announcement of his summer 2019 tour. The U.S. leg of his tour begins on May 31 in Mountain View, California and will span multiple cities across the country until Sept. 14, where he ends back in California. Many of Mayer’s folk-like love songs have a happy, summery feel to them, and listening to his voice and guitar playing live would certainly be the perfect way to spend a summer night.
Nothing quite says summer like blasting country hits on a warm, sunny day. Luckily for country fans, the talented country-pop singer Thomas Rhett will be going on tour this coming summer. Rhett was just in State College this past fall as a stop on his “Life Changes” tours. For those that missed it, this summer is your chance to relive this concert! Rhett is starting off his “Very Hot Summer” tour in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 23 and bringing his country tunes to venues throughout the U.S. until it winds down in Nashville, Tennessee on Oct. 12.
In between performing in Europe and Australia, Shawn Mendes is bringing his 2019 tour to multiple locations across Canada and the U.S. over the summer. Before going to Canada for a few shows, Mendes will start of his North American leg of the tour by performing in Portland, Oregon on June 12 and end it on Aug. 31 in Montville, Connecticut.
The American Idol winner has gone on to perform multiple nation-wide and world tours, and she’s back for another one this summer. Carrie Underwood will be traveling the country to bring her fans “The Cry Pretty Tour 360.” She’ll kick it off in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1 and continue through until Oct. 31 where she will end her tour in Detroit, Michigan.
There’s nothing quite like summer when there are no classes to worry about and much more free time for many students. And there’s nothing better than spending a summer night listening to live music with great company.
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