Concert opportunities for the spring, summer and fall


Morgan Browning

There are plenty of concerts to attend this year.

Morgan Browning, Staff Reporter

Spending most of your paycheck on a concert ticket may seem unreasonable, but for some people it’s totally worth it. Seeing your favorite music live can be a great experience for anyone, especially die-hard fans. Concerts often sell out quickly, filling every single seat in the arena. Many new albums have been released this year; therefore, artists have started on their new tours. Living in a small town, not many concerts are scheduled close by, other than Journey performing at the Big Sandy on June 27. However, if you’re willing to drive a few hours, you’re in luck.
Lil Wayne will be performing on April 7 at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Jason Mraz is also scheduled to play at Morgantown for a concert on April 29.
Another venue close to home, the Charleston Civic Center, will be hosting several concerts this year, as well.  TobyMac will be performing there on April 8, Florida Georgia Line on April 28, Casting Crowns on April 29 and Chris Stapleton on June 15.
Right across the river, you will find the state of Ohio, making these venues not too far from home. Ohio is a stop on many tours this year.
Columbus, Ohio is only two and a half hours away from Huntington and will be welcoming lots of popular singers in the upcoming months. Teenage heartthrob, Chance the Rapper, will be performing at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus on May 16. Pop artist John Mayer will be at the Schottenstein Center on April 12, along with Bruno Mars on Sept. 20. The Schottenstein Center will also be hosting two old-time favorites, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and New Kids on the Block, one on May 12 and the other on May 14. Twenty One Pilots will also be in their hometown, Columbus, on June 21 and 22.
Just north-east of Columbus is Cleveland, Ohio, four and a half hours from home. Cleveland will be having many of these artists on tour too. On August 15 Bruno Mars will be at the Quicken Loans Arena, followed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on May 13. The Chainsmokers will perform at the Wolstein Center on April 25, as well. Lastly, country hunk Luke Bryan will be at the Progressive Field on July 15.
Cincinnati, home to the Reds baseball team, is another popular venue. Here, the Riverbend Music Center will welcome Dierks Bentley on May 20, Sam Hunt on July 9 and Green Day on August 20. Other concerts will be held at the U.S. Bank Arena including Eric Church on April 22, The Chainsmokers on April 26, New Kids on the Block May 16, Red Hot Chili Peppers on May 19 and the Weeknd June 9.
One more stop in Ohio for traveling artists is Cuyahoga Falls, just south of Cleveland. Chance the Rapper will be performing at the Blossom Music Center on May 19, Zac Brown on June 9 and Green Day on Aug. 21.
Just across the border, Kentucky will be hosting several concerts this year. The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville will have Panic at the Disco on April 19, Red Hot Chili Peppers on May 16 and Bruno Mars on Sept. 19. As a country favorite duo, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will perform together on April 28 at the KFC Yum! Center, as well. On May 15, J Cole will be at the Mercury Ballroom, and April 14, Lil Wayne will be at the Louisville Palace.
With all these talented artists coming to places near us, you sure won’t want to miss your favorites. You can go online to TicketMaster to order your tickets and find some within your price range. If you can’t afford the tickets, don’t worry, you can watch the full concert on any teenage girl’s snapchat story. It’s like you’re really there, except your ears won’t ring and you’ll still have a voice the day after.