I rarely buy tickets for the Ampitheater. Instead, my preference is to get there mid-afternoon, listen to whatever appeals on the various free stages, crowd watch and "take my place in the freak parade." Of course, I pick the date because I want to see a particular band, and in the early evening I try to get myself situated for the big act.
My plans for this year are to attend on July 3rd and 4th - with a stayover in Milwaukee with friends. I'm very excited to see Thievery Corporation on Thursday, and then enjoy the Fourth of July at the festival grounds. It should be a crazy night with Phil Lesh and Friends taking the stage at 8:00pm; following a set by old favorites, Lotus. (The Roots are also scheduled to perform that night, but I suspect I'll have to wait until their Madison appearance in September to see them again.) Other dates that tempt me include:
|Thurs June 26||Gnarls Barkley |
Eric Burdon and the Animals
|Sat June 29||Galactic|
|Sun June 30|| |
|Tues July 1|| |
Zappa Plays Zappa
|Wed July 2||The Crystal Method|
|Sun July 6||Mickey Hart Band|
TIP: For those weeknight return drives to Madison, I usually pull out before final encores. This will get you home an hour sooner - or more! And you will appreciate that when you get up for work the next day.
- Mister Bill