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February 21, 2012
Sure, we're having another unusually nice week of February weather, so it seems perfectly normal to be looking ahead to summer already. After all, it has been feeling like April, so why not?
It's a good time to nail down those friends you only see a couple times a year, to lock in some dates to get together. Next week it will be March, then school will be almost over for the year, then everyone will take off for vacations, so plan now.
Concerts are a great excuse to connect with friends. You may either see a nostalgic show (Madonna is coming to town on her world tour for all of you Material Girls of the '80s), or something mellow; go to dinner before or plan to bring a grill and cook out so you don't have to stand around in a restaurant waiting for that one friend who has never been on time.
The Comcast Center in Mansfield is a great venue when the weather cooperates. A big show like Jimmy Buffet's is an unparalleled opportunity for people-watching and outdoor partying throughout the acres of parking lots. Although the summer schedule hasn't firmed up yet, part of June is already booked, with tickets to the Dave Matthews Band going on sale March 9.
Would you pay to see the Beach Boys on their 50th Anniversary Tour this summer (shown here at Grammy Awards)?
For a more intimate setting, the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boardinghouse Park can't be beat. Here you lay out under the stars on blankets on a first-come-first-served basis and are never far from the performers. Regular appearances are made by the Indigo Girls and the likes of Rickie Lee Jones. Tickets to some of the shows go on sale this Friday.
If it's big you like, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro does big shows. Kenney Chesney and Tim McGraw will play there in August, and they are doing it up big: special ticket packages in the “Sandbar” area alongside the stage can include limo service and a pre-show dinner for over $1,000 each.
Also big, but less dependent on weather, is TD Garden, which has several big shows scheduled for this summer, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers in May, Rihanna in July and Madonna in September. No bugs, no sitting on the ground, and all of those great restaurants and bars to choose from in the North Station/North End area!
The funny-shaped tent on the waterfront, called the Bank of America Pavilion but still referred to as Harborlights sometimes, is another airy summer concert venue (and they do some graduations too). Expect to see a great variety of acts there, from Yanni to Foster the People and the Beach Boys.