I love live music, when I lived “up north” I usually made it to a concert once a year. Now that I live in the metro and don’t need to plan a 3 hour drive and a hotel room for a concert, I try to go to shows more often.
As a single person I can… buy one ticket and go solo, try to find a friend to buy tickets together, or just buy two tickets and figure it out when the show gets closer.
I almost always just buy two tickets, and there have been a few very rare times where I can’t find a buddy. Once I let the tickets go unused, because I ended up having other plans. And once I went solo (Haim and Lizzo) and I would have gone to Lizzo solo again if her next tour wasn’t sold out!
So when I saw Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra tickets go on sale, I reached out to a few groups of friends, no one responded, but I wanted to go. So eventually I pulled the trigger and bought another 2 seats at a concert where I didn’t know who would be my date.
Thankfully my dear friend is used to these invitations and was interested in joining me. We grabbed a quick dinner at Barrio and settled in at orchestra Hall. Balcony A was a great choice as it gave us a full view, but slightly cheaper than other options.
Dessa was incredible. Hearing her voice, her backup singers, and a full orchestra was a thing of beauty. As an added bonus, she had an interactive light display behind her. It was a live recording that will become a record, and I cannot wait to buy it.
I’m so thankful that I’m able to take a Thursday night to catch up with a friend, experience music, and not need to take time off work to make it all happen. Now I just need to find a partner that also values attending live music.
Do you enjoy live music?
Do you buy tickets in advance, or just wait to see what’s available?