May 12, 2024 - Things to Do

Staff picks: Cheap summer shows

Photo of performers dancing on a stage

Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block during "The Mixtape" tour in 2022. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

This week, Live Nation ran a $25 promotion for upcoming shows.

  • The gimmick was designed to get people in summer seats, acknowledging the rising costs of tickets, especially for big summer concerts.

Friction point: By many accounts, the buying process was laborious at best.

We'll step in. Here are our recommendations for cheap shows to check out this summer:

ğŸŽ¤ Carrie: I'm going full circle. The first concert I went to was New Kids on the Block, and NKOTB, Paula Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff are in Tinley Park in June. Fun … or depressing?

🌭 Monica: I am so bummed that Fitzgerald's American Music Festival, featuring The Jayhawks and Old '97, is already sold out.

  • So I'll try standing outside the fest's music tent on Roosevelt Road listening to the music from the sidewalk with a Lucky Dog in my hand.

🍗 Justin: This isn't a music show, but a live taping of the YouTube sensation "Hot Ones." Who wouldn't want to watch a celebrity eat really hot wings?

  • It's free to attend this late-summer mystery show, but you have to snag tickets through a ticket drawing.

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