It's been 11 months since I've been to my last MLB game. It's been 14 months since my last NBA game. But what seems like an eternity if the fact that it has been almost 3.5 weeks since I have been to my last concert.
This weekend, I will be attending not one but two concerts. And while many just make sure that the gas tank is full and that the tickets are on-hand, it is promotional products that are helping me plan ahead.
On Saturday, I will be making the trek to New York City for my first Summerstage show of the year in Central Park. The billing includes Kurt Vile & The Violators and Dawes. I am reviewing the concert as part of my freelance work so I needed to know as much as I could about both groups. While I was rather confident in my knowledge of everything Dawes, I could not identify a Kurt Vile & The Violators song if it was played by the band themselves in the same room. Luckily, my girlfriend is my +1 to the show and can belt the discography in her sleep. So I used a large promotional USB Flash Drive to exchange the Dawes discography in exchange for anything Kurt Vile.
Central Park's Summerstage is a great area but the surrounding trees do little to shield from the elements. The sun can be rather blinding (as it was at the Friendly Fires and The xx shows I attended) and the torrential downpour of rain is sure to have you sick for days to come. (as was the case at the Vampire Weekend and Pavement concerts) I will surely be bringing both my promotional Companion Umbrella and sunscreen. I should also have a promotional pen/jotter combo on-hand.
On Sunday, after preparing for Father's Day festivities, I will be making the 2 hour trek to Bethel, NY to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The venue and museum is the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. I will be seeing a little known band called The Beach Boys. It is their 50th Anniversary tour with Brian Wilson taking a break from Gershwin and Disney reworks to join Mike, Al, Bruce and David as the original line-up. From the reviews of their set at Bonnaroo and on Good Morning America this morning, I am in for a great night of all their pop classics. I just hope they play anything from Pet Sounds. I opted for lawn seats at Bethel because lawn seats allows me to pick and choose which side of the venue I want to sit on and the opportunity to stand, sit or even lay down. I simply bring my promotional blanket, a nice custom imprinted hoodie and relax.
So if you have any plans this weekend or any weekend, be sure to rely on promotional products to set your mind at ease.