Types of "Season" People

This isn't like a Buzzfeed quiz where I provide you with a bunch of questions and pictures to click on and then at the end you get the opposite of what you thought you were going to get, but you'll take it anyway.

1. Fall Person
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Likes: Pumpkin flavored everything, Halloween, spooky stuff, costumes, fake blood, "sweater weather", raking leaves, bonfires, football, harvest season, lattes, school starting

Dislikes: Raking leaves, humidity, people who skip Halloween and Thanksgiving and go right to Christmas, "I miss summer!" Facebook posts

Wardrobe: flannels, beanies, boots, scarves, cardigans, t-shirts, leggings

Notes: Fall people and Spring people normally get along wonderfully for they are mild versions of Winter and Summer people. Fall is nature's last hurrah, before the kiss of death of winter. Fall people revel in the warm colors, chilled nights, and constant smells of cinnamon and pumpkin.

2. Winter Person
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Likes: Christmas, snow, cold weather, Christmas trees, hot chocolate, being cozy, Christmas music, decorations, Christmas presents, shopping, candles, cookies and other sweets, sledding, New Years Eve, Valentine's Day

Dislikes: warm weather, summer, being sticky, sweating, the sun

Wardrobe: hoodies, sweatpants, lots of red and black, wool, flannel, hats, sweaters--so many sweaters

Notes: The holiday season is a big deal, being cold is never a problem, makes for the best cuddle buddies

3. Spring Person
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Likes: pastel colors, rain, candy, baby animals, wild parties, cleaning, exercise

Dislikes: extreme temperatures, summer people and winter people's constant complaining, allergies

Wardrobe: t-shirts, capris, ankle boots, flats, light cardigans, skirts

Notes: Spring people are a breath of fresh air. They are organized, detail oriented, and peaceful.

4. Summer Person
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Likes: sunshine, the beach, tanning, swimsuits, ice cream, parties, fruity flavored drinks, mason jars, denim

Dislikes: being cold, tan lines, sunburn, warm beer, other seasons, school

Wardrobe: tank tops, bathing suits, shorts, sundresses

Notes: "I live for the summer!" is probably something that is often said, chill and not at the same time, ultimate hosts for parties and gatherings, has great taste in food

 

October 03, 2017 by Lexx Fusco

Back to "Life" Guide

Headed back to school or the regular work flow? Check out this guide! Whether you're looking for clothes, supplies, routines, or tips, this list should provide some guidance.

Supplies

Need pencils, pens, folders, binders, erasers, staples, tape, staplers, envelopes, rubber bands, paper clips, Post It notes, desk caddies, planners, tab pages, labels, highlighters, White Out and all of that jazz? Go to these fine retailers and websites!

Walmart

Target

Dollar Tree

Office Max

Staples

Office Depot

SchoolToolBox.com

Amazon.com

Tip #1: Make a list! Going into one of these stores thinking you just need some Post Its and perhaps a box of tissues, but you'll get so caught in maybe you need glue sticks and cat food too!--even though you don't have a cat. Write up a list to keep you organized. Here's a couple of templates for you:

Tip #2: Coupons are your friend. I know it seems super silly to sit there with scissors and clip, but it will save you so much $$$$$. Go to the Dollar Tree and grab a Sunday paper, sit down with some nice tunes, and just go through and clip coupons for stuff on your checklist. Organize them in an envelope so they're ready to go at check out. Also, go to RetailMeNot! They have specific coupons for you and your shopping needs. 

Tip #3: Don't wait to go shopping. Everyone and their mother is going to be packed wall to wall in every Walmart and Target in the country from now until well into September--making supplies scarce and the experience very annoying. It also makes it less likely you'll snag sales and deals. Go shopping as soon as you can, when you can. Break it up if you have to.

Tip #4: Don't buy it just because you might need it. I have enough orange highlighters, #2 yellow pencils, and funky little erasers that any human should ever own or that I will need simply because I thought I would need them at the time when I was in the store because I was excited about buying supplies. Now, I may be the only person in the world that gets excited about that, but it's still a good tip.

Clothes

Time to transition from flowy, loose and light summer clothes to a warmer, more breezy brisk friendly wardrobe. That means new clothes, accessories or closet clean outs/ups! These retailers and websites are the best for both in store and online shopping for all of your clothing needs.

Redneckcouture.com


Target
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Marshall's
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Lulus.com
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Your local mall
A mall is like shopping online in real life, if that makes sense. You are surrounded by plenty of options that allow you to make all kinds of choices and expand your horizons.

DSW
Get some new shoes or boots...and don't forget to check out our new Boot Bling.
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ModCloth.com 
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TJ Maxx
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Boohoo.com 
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Charlotte Russe
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H&M
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G-Stage.com
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27 Underrated Online Stores

Tip #1: Shop for you. When you are shopping for clothes or shoes or whatever, always keep in mind YOUR budget, YOUR style, YOUR comfort level, and YOUR body. Your wardrobe speaks to who you are and it will influence how you feel.

Tip #2: Sales! Check out your favorite retailers for semi-annual sales, door busters, or rewards sales.

Tip #3: Try something new.

Tip #4: Shop ahead. While it's still summer, you may be able to find winter apparel and fall apparel cheaper before the season starts.

Tip #5: Closet clean outs. Get together with your friends to help them organize their closets and do a bit of shopping in each other's closets.

Tip #6: Thrift shops are your friends. Also, a lot of retailers have a donation discount if you donate your old clothes.

Welcome Back to the Swing of Things

Switching over your wardrobe-
Make sure to reorganize your closet and drawers to be fall ready. Don't forget to store your clothes properly, so that you can find them easily next summer and they are still in a condition to wear!

End of the season yard sale-
Have a final summertime hurrah with a yard sale. Clean out your closet, kitchen and living room of clutter and sit out for one last nice sunny day. Get a few friends involved and make it a party or even a mini flea market.

New recipes-
Try some new dishes or change it up from summer to fall! Go to your local book store and peruse the recipe books ore go to Yummly.com for some really sensational seasonal snacks. 

Summer cleaning-
The tradition is normally spring cleaning, but summer cleaning isn't a bad idea either. You can open up all of the windows, let the house/apartment air out a bit and get some cleaning done nice and slow throughout the day. Starting out clean and tidy will make for organization a lot easier in the adjustment back to every day life.

PACK RIGHT NOW-
If you're headed off to college or somewhere new, GET OFF THE INTERNET RIGHT NOW AND GO PACK YOUR STUFF. I know you're not done. Go. Now. Pack with some kind of strategy, but don't let it ruin your life. If you get a collection of people over--using the incentive of beer, pizza, tunes and good fun--it'll make the process a lot easier and enjoyable.

Finish up your summer wish list. 

We hope you had an amazing summer! Good luck this fall!

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend 8/7

  1. “The Mercury” by Turnpike Troubadours
  2. “Man! I Feel Lik a Woman!” by Shania Twain
  3. “Ocean Front Property” by George Strait
  4. “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” by Tim Hicks
  5. “Settle for a Slowdown” by Dierks Bentley
  6. “Boy’s ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton
  7. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney
  8. “East Bound and Down” by The Road Hammers
  9. “Friday Night” by Eric Paslay
  10. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” by Buck Owens
August 07, 2017 by Lexx Fusco

Southern Style Summer Travel Tips

WELCOME SUMMER!

Time to chill despite the heat, bask in the sun, and enjoy some time off. Here are some southern style travel tips for those of you that find yourself traveling afar for your summer vacation. Let's go!

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Basic Tips:

1. Keep your important stuff close.

I just had to travel to the local Wawa to lose my wallet. Yep. I went to put gas in my car, and placed my wallet on top of the car. Once I was done pumping gas, I got in my car and drove off--leaving my wallet on the top of the car. I have no idea what happened to it to this day. It had my first ever paycheck in it. Now imagine that happening to you in an unfamiliar tourist trap, and your passport was inside or something! When you're traveling, I know everyone has told you a million times, but keep your wallet and important stuff close to you. Whether it's a little backpack that you always wear that has all of the big stuff in it, or it's a fanny pack that no one can get near without seeming super duper shady, make sure you always have your stuff.

2. Be careful when you budget.

Yes, getting a great deal is important and we here at Redneck Couture definitely appreciate quality merchandise for a fair price, but there are some things that you should be careful of going cheap on. Make sure to read reviews of hotels, motels, youth hostels, restaurants, airlines, etc before booking. Despite a great price/cost, you might be paying for an under quality experience. At the same time, be conscious of your spending on your trip! There are things priced specifically for tourists no matter where you go. Don't be a sucker, but don't be afraid to find something fun to keep with you to remember your trip.

3. Make a playlist of travel jams.

Whether you're taking a road trip and need a mix to get you through the many miles, or need something nice to lull you to sleep on the plane, be ready with playlists of your fave jams to get you in the mood for your trip and CHILL OUT.

4. Always have a plan B.

Things go wrong, that's simply the way life is. Don't let it get you down or ruin your trip! Have a few options for yourself just in case.

5. Packing is hard, so go with your gut.

Overpacking and under packing are both not ideal. If you over pack, you're stuck with a metric ton of stuff you don't need, but it's better that you had it and didn't need it, then need it and not have it like you would with under packing. Go with your first instincts when it comes to packing. If you know you are an over packer, have someone go over your bag and takes stuff out--you probably don't need that kiwi peeler--or look at suggested packing itinerary for the location you are traveling to.

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ROAD TRIP TRAVEL TIPS:

In need of a cool adventure this spring break or summer? Road trip! More often than not it is a cheaper way to unwind and have fun all while taking in an epic adventure. Here are some tips, tricks and suggestions to make your road trip awesome!

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1. Prep!

Before you head out, plan ahead.

-How many people are going?
-Where are we going? Select a route and plan it out, but give it a loose outline. Here's where we want to go and how to get there, and whatever happens along the way is just a bonus, but it's good to have a destination in mind. There are a bunch of really great websites to plan your road trip for you: here, here, here and here!
-How long will it take to get there?
-Where can we sleep? Where can we eat? Where's the best place to get gas? Research spots on your route that are best for lodging, dining and refueling so that you're prepared and not just driving around hoping for the best.
-Make snacks
-Purchase a gas card (gas cards more often than not have rewards points, after your first few stops you may have enough points to get gas with just the rewards!)
-Stock up on quarters and small bills to pay tolls.
-Get your car maintenance taken care of (change your oil, refill your windshield wiper fluid, clean out your car, take that laundry bag out of your trunk from two Februarys ago, get a new air freshener, etc)

2. Gather your travel pals and watch some road trip movies to get you all in the mood.

-Little Miss Sunshine                          -National Lampoon's Vacation
-Sideways                                           -Zombieland
-Road Trip                                           -Due Date
-Planes, Trains and Automobiles        -Tommy Boy
-Something Wild                                 -Black Sheep
-Away We Go

3. FOOD.

Snackage is important on any journey; however, eating out can get really expensive after your fourth stop at Lucy's Diner in the middle of west Jabip. Stock up on snacks for your trip before you head out!

-Trail mix         -Juice boxes         -Crackers         -Bread         -Cut up veggies
-Water             -Hard cheeses      -Cheez Its        -Dry Cereal  -Nutella
-100 Calorie Packs                      -Any of our Snack Like a Southerner recipes!

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If you're going to bring alcohol along, make sure to keep it in the trunk and don't drink and drive!

4. Take photos!

There are going to be a ton of fun photo opportunities. If you feel like you're tired, find a spot nearby that might be cool to take photos at, pull over and snap away! Take lots of photos on your way to your destination, upon arrival and even on your way back for things that you may have missed!

5. Passengers

Road trips really must be done in groups not only for safety, but for the most fun.

-Give each passenger a job: trash, GPS, food keeper, "doctor" (in charge of the First Aid kit), DD (if you find yourselves at a bar during your trip), valuables protector, photographer, etc.
-Rotate out drivers as well as shotgun. It's best to travel in at least groups of three, that way each person gets to drive, sit shotgun and sleep. Shotgun's responsibility is to keep the driver entertained and awake, which is a really important job!
-Each passenger selects a tourist spot he wants to got to or see. When it's his turn to select the destination, he drives!
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6. Safety First!

Don't pick up hitchhikers, just, just don't. Whether they have a handsome face and a six pack or a bloodied axe swung over his/her shoulder, don't pick them up. Also here are some other safety tips:

1. Keep your valuables in a large CD case. It's innocuous.
2. Have a "back home buddy" that you can call or text when you arrive at certain destinations so that your road trip doesn't turn into an episode of Criminal Minds.
3. Know where you are going. Unless it's the absolute worst case scenario, stick to your route as close as possible.
4. Stay charged! Make sure at least two of your passengers have charged cell phones.
5. Be prepared for something to go horribly wrong with your car. There's a high chance that you'll get through your whole trip without smoke coming out of the hood of your car or anything like that, but it's better to be prepared. Keep an extra set of keys in case you get locked out, make sure you have jumper cables and a spare tire, things of that nature.
6. Keep an extra blanket in the trunk.

7. Theme it!

Come up with a fun theme to your field trip.

-Food! (Check out fun restaurants or factories of your favorite places)
-Internet Friends (Your parents have probably stressed to you not to talk to strangers since your MySpace days that you don't want to talk about, but now that you're grown up enough to make your own bad but probably great choices, go pick up the pals you have been Skyping with over the years! Or if you have a friend that moved somewhere far far away, go pay them a visit.)
-Music Festivals or Concerts (We just published an article in regards to country's hottest artists and their tour dates, give it a read! Or make a list of bands or festivals your friends want to see and follow it on the road!)
-Sports (Follow your favorite sports team or go to national landmarks regarding to your favorite sport.)
-Tourist Traps (Those places for fannypackers and moms! Check out the world's largest whatever, museums, monuments, weird historical sites, fun and almost free attractions, etc.)
-Scavenger Hunt (Plan out a scavenger hunt in which you have to get a picture or weird memento from the locations you wanna go on your trip. Make it a points system, the passenger with the most points get some kind of prize at the end-cash prize that you all chip in for, drinks, a pat on the back, etc.)
-Haunted Places or Ghost Towns

8. Pick a famous route.

-California Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway)
-Vermont Route 100
-Georgia Golden Isles
-Northshore Drive Minnesota Route 61
-Route 66 Texas
-Blue Ridge Parkway

9. Document your travels.

-Take photos (tell a story with your pictures, post them to Instagram, make your own post cards, take photos with strangers, do a theme, etc.)
-Take video (documentary style, fun shaky cam, etc.)
-Snapchats!
-Write in a travel journal (expectation vs reality, fun and not fun, letters back home, etc.)

10. Play games!

From ISpy to the License Plate Game to a scavenger hunt. Keep the ride fun and friendly with fun games. This will also help keep the driver alert and engaged.

A DAY AT THE BEACH:

Most of this is speaking from experience. The first time I went to the beach by myself was last June and I was 21 years old. Here's how it went down, and why I think the experience may be helpful for you.

MY BRIGHT IDEAS

Pack the night before.

I'm a professional panicker. If I could put it on my business cards I would--but then it would be spatially unpleasing to look at and I would panic about that, it's a vicious cycle. So, I thought I should pack everything that I needed the night before, that way I could scramble around less at the last minute. This allowed me to check, double check, as well as make sure that I had everything that all of us could have needed or wanted.

DRAMATIZATION:
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Unpack the morning of.

Remember that professional panicker thing? Well, it causes me to over prepare (I mentioned the over packing thing above). Our beach bag was packed for nuclear apocalypse survival more than for a day of fun in the sun. It was so much easier and faster to take out extra stuff that we may not need than it would have been running around trying to shove stuff into a bag that morning, so even though I did over pack, it was much less stressful to take 5 minutes to take stuff out instead of running around for 20 minutes that morning trying to shove stuff in a bag, and then I end up leaving my phone on the counter top in the hustle and bustle.

Clearance shopping.

I'm pigmentally challenged--super, duper pale. I don't do well in the sun. I wanted to get a floppy hat to go to the beach with to go along with my ridiculous beach outfit. (I wear stockings and a hoodie and it's my "I wouldn't blame my mom for telling people I was adopted if she was caught with me in public while I was wearing this" outfit) So, the gang and I went to Target the afternoon before the beach. I found a floppy hat in their front section by the doors for $5. We shopped around a bit for snacks and such and I found my way to the clearance section because I was a sad, broke college student. Here's where the awesome idea comes in. There were picnic blankets, table cloths, and bath towels on clearance. I bought a 6ft x 8ft table cloth (with these cute foxes eating ice cream), a 6ft x 6ft picnic blanket, and two fluffy bath towels that were 5ft x 2ft, and two pillows for a total $17. Instead of purchasing beach towels, for $10.99 each, I bought all of the coverage we needed for less than the price of those two towels. The clearance options are not only cheaper, but it allows for kind of a sense of lack of responsibility. If the table cloth gets ripped, we have to leave it behind, etc, I don't really mind because it was only $1.98. I have to fly back from Los Angeles, to Philadelphia. If I had bought $22 worth of beach towels, you bet your diggity darn bottom dollar that I was going to pack them up and bring them home no matter how inconvenient! However, these clearance items were cheap, multi purpose and were things that we didn't have to necessarily keep--even though that's what we ended up doing. I also highly recommend bringing pillows to the beach for maximum neck comfort while laying down. We kept the plastic on them from when I bought them to keep sand from getting on them.

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Cash back over ATMs all day erryday.

TD Bank claims to be the most convenient bank, but I call BS because of the ATM charges. (I love TD Bank, but I do not love buying my own money.) My mom taught me this really nifty loophole: the cash back option at stores. This is a fee free method of getting money out. After the Target trip, I got cash out at the end of the purchase so I had cash to spend at the beach and on the boardwalk (aka the Santa Monica Pier, aka West Coasters have no idea what a boardwalk is).  

Portable chargers for everyone!

I charged and brought two portable chargers with both an iPhone cord and a mini USB cord just in case any of us needed a charger at the beach whether it was for a phone, speaker or some other fun electronic device. There's no worse feeling in the world--well, okay, that's a major over exaggeration--than having your phone die while you're stuck in an unfamiliar place far away. Make sure all of you electronics are charged, and be prepared to charge them further. 

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Lotions, hand sanitizer and other nice smelly stuff are useful.

I brought hand lotion, sunscreen, unscented and scented hand sanitizer and makeup wipes with me. Yes, it was too much, but the makeup wipes, sunscreen and hand sanitizer came in handy.

Plastic bags.

Plastic bags are frustratingly hard to come by in California. However, in my many months here I have created quite the stock pile. I brought several plastic bags with us. Plastic bags may be awful for the environment, but boy oh boy do they make clean up and travel easier. 
-Everyone had a bag to put their sandy clothes in
-Trash bags
-Impromptu group purse for cellphones, wallets, etc. 

Dollar Tree Sunglasses.

It's very hard to remember things. For example, if you're going to a very sunny place, you'd expect yourself to remember sunglasses. Well, sometimes we overestimate ourselves. I knew I would do such a thing. Both myself and our friend Don forgot our sunglasses. HOWEVER, I purchased four pairs of Dollar Tree sunglasses and kept the bag in the car in case we forgot! Everyone had an extra pair of sunglasses just in case. Dollar Tree has pretty nice sunglasses too. They're only a dollar, so buying them in bulk isn't too much of an expense and they come in handy.

ft. Dollar Tree shades and floppy hat. 

INTERNET HACKS

For those individuals that are #obsessed with internet hack and other Pinterest-y ideas, here are some tips and trips that I have tried, and whether or not they actually worked as per the internet's suggestion. 

Put your iPhone in a Ziploc baggie to still use it while making it beach safe.

I took a large freezer Ziploc bag and put all of our phones, wallets, chargers, and keys in it. Our friend Gianna kept her phone in a tiny sandwich bag so she could still use it. Spoiler alert: she couldn't. You're at the beach, hang out with your pals and enjoy yourself not on your phone. If you really want to use it though, take the risk. The bag method ended up being pretty frustrating for the poor girl. 

Use an unfitted sheet to keep the sand out.

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I don't think this would ever work, ever outside of this photo or if you feel like dragging mammoth sized bags and coolers to the beach with you. Luckily, this did inspire the Frankenstein towel, picnic blanket, table cloth hybrid that we created. We managed to cover a large amount of space and placed our towels on top of the blanket and table cloth in order to keep sand from spilling onto them any time we turned. 

Use baby powder to remove sandy from your skin.

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I wore socks on the beach. Yeah. I'm super cool. However, the socks and stockings didn't stay sandy after I started walking around. However, the baby powder method is also super useful and it makes your skin feel so much softer--instead of sticky with sand and salt water. 

"If you are having trouble finding parking near the beach, you could save one of your old parking tickets and use it on your windshield to avoid getting a new one."

This is an actual beach hack that I have found on multiple websites and Pinterest boards. No. Don't do this. Don't ever even, why would someone think that this was an actual idea? The top notchiest method for free parking is neighborhoods. My boyfriend's aunt and uncle live near the beach. We parked on their curbside and just walked the extra ten minutes to the beach and saved about $20 on parking. Be sure to read the signs in neighborhoods first, but they're worth parking in to save the cash and aggravation.

Bring lots of water.

We picked up a $0.92 gallon of water on our way to the beach and it was nice to have. Connor really likes ice tea. We get the NesTea mix. So, I filled an empty one with the amount of powder he prefers and brought that to the beach. We filled the container up with the water, shook it up to mix it and he just drank out of the container all day and tossed it once he was done. It was a nice and efficient drink to have.

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ADVICE FROM MY MOM

Can't go wrong with good old fashioned advice from the parental units when it comes to making adult adventures and excursions.

Checklist.

My mom and I are list people. Writing down a checklist of everything that we needed to bring and had in the car was extremely helpful. For example, Connor almost exclusively eats raw veggies. I cut them up the night before, but stored them in the fridge to keep them fresh. If I hadn't checked the list before we left, I would have forgotten them. The list is also helpful to go over within the group in order to make sure that everyone has what he/she needs, but also so we didn't double up on stuff. (I packed sunscreen, oh, I also packed sunscreen, etc.)

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Leave early.

Leaving early is worth it. You experience the beach in all kinds of temperatures, crowds, and temperaments. Getting there early you have your choice of spots to choose from, it starts off cool and gets warmer throughout the day. There's less traffic to and on the beach as well.

Go to the bathroom at least twice before you leave.

Restrooms on the beach are to be your absolute last option. For some reason they are built to not flush after three uses and people just absolutely DESTROY them with bodily fluids and sludge. Go to the bathroom when you can before you leave and then space out beverage consumption throughout the day. 

Once you put your wallet away, keep it away.

I'm a professional panicker, but I also have an advanced degree in putting things down and abandoning them by accident--remember the wallet thing? So, once we parked and all put our wallets in the plastic bag, I kept my wallet in that bag, inside of our bigger bag until we were back in the car. 

Make sure all of the sand is gone before you get in the car. 

Cleaning up thoroughly was kind of a pain, but totally worth not finding sand in every nook, crevice and cranny on ourselves and in the car for the next three days.

Have fun.

I did.

FAR FAR AWAY ADVENTURE:

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1. Do the Prep Work.

-Book all of your travel: save your confirmation emails and flag them for easy location the day of your trip
-Figure out what you need. Whether you're taking a day trip down to Virginia for some good old fashion historical site seeing, a good time at Disneyland, or even a two week trip to Nashville, be sure you know what you need for these trips.
-Make sure your homestead will be taken care of. Do you need someone to water the plants? Feed the dog? Pick up your mail? Check in on your wallpaper because it gets lonely? Also, bonus tip, create an "at home point of contact." Have someone you can give information to in case something happens, and to also make sure you don't get TAKEN.
-Plan your musts. You can get overwhelmed on a trip. Make sure you have a game plan for the places that you absolutely MUST go to, and then leave everything else to chance.

2. Utilize other's experiences.

I know that sounds kind of dumb, but it's good to know what you might be getting into. More often than not, reviews on the internet can be a hit or miss on helpfulness because some of the responses are absolutely outlandish, or paid to be good. Talk to the people that you know, for what they know. Ask for tips!

3. When you're packing, pack small--literally.

If you pack in a smaller suitcase or backpack, then you are forced to not overpack.
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4. Find the map app for you.

If you're traveling somewhere completely new, know where you need to go. Find the app that works the best for you.

5. If you're a tourist...don't act like a tourist.

You know that money belt your Nanny told you to get so that the "gypsies" can't pick pocket you? Yeah, leave that at home. If someone wants to find a mark, they look for stuff like that specifically. Act like you know where you are, be confident, and be alert.

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6. Have fun!

Don't forget that at the end of the day you can plan, and pack, an panic, but the point of a vacation is to have fun. Have a blast, don't spend too much money, and come back in one piece.

Want more tips? Here, here, and here!

                              

 

June 22, 2017 by Lexx Fusco

Country Music Concerts 2017: Part One - Festivals

Summer is right around the corner, which means it's almost time for country concerts, sunshine, and fun! Check out our guide to the Country Music Festivals of Summer 2017.

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Las Cruces Country Music Festival

Dates: April 28th-April 30th
Location: Las Cruces, TX
Bands: Kacey Musgraves, Tanya Tucker, Eli Young Band

Pepsi Spring Jam

Dates: April 28th-April 29th
Location: Panama City Beach, FL
Bands: Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, LoCash, Colbie Caillat, A Thousand Horses

Stagecoach Music Festival

Dates: April 28th-April 30th
Location: Indio, CA
Bands: Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cyndi Lauper

Off the Rails Country Music Festival

Dates: May 6th-May 7th
Location: Frisco, TX
Bands: Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr, Old Dominion.

Key West Songwriter's Festival

Dates: May 10th-May 14th
Location: Key West, FL
Bands: Cam, Steve Cropper, Dylan Altman Band, Jeffrey Steele, Al Anderson, Robert Earl Keen , Shawn Camp, Full Line Up Here

Crude Texas Music Festival

Dates: May 18th-May 20th
Location: Midland, Texas
Bands: Eli Young Band, Josh Abbott band, Cody Johnson, Wade Bowen, William Clark Green, Kyle Park

Tree Town Music Festival

Dates: May 25th-May 28th
Location: Forest City, Iowa
Bands: Bret Michaels, Thomas Rhett, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Young

Country 500

Dates: May 26th-May 28th
Location: Daytona, FL
Bands: Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn

Lone Star Jam

Dates: May 27th-May 28th
Location: Austin, TX
Bands: Pat Green, Casey Donahew, Kaitlyn Butts, Cory Morrow, Patrick McCollum

Rock the South

Dates: June 2nd-June 3rd
Location: Cullman, AL
Bands: Sam Hunt

CMA Music Fest

Dates: June 8th-June 11th
Location: Nashville, TN
Bands: Kenny Rogers, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindle, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, John Anderson, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Lady Antebellum, Tracy Lawrence, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town

Carolina Country Music Festival

Dates: June 9th-June 11th
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Bands: Kenny Chesney, Love and Theft, Zach Seabaugh, Davisson Brothers, Brett Young, Gretchen Wilson, Parmalee

Taste of Country Music Festival

Dates: June 9th-June 11th
Location: Hunter, NY
Bands: Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert

Country Jam Colorado

Dates: June 15th-June 18th
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Bands: Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, and Justin Moore

Headwaters Country Jam

Dates: June 15th-June 17th
Location: Three Forks, MT
Bands: Chris Young, Randy Houser, Frankie Ballard

Country Summer

Dates: June 16th-June 18th
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Bands: Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, A Thousand Horses, Maddie & Tae

Country Fest

Dates: June 22nd-June 25th
Location: Cadott, WI
Bands: Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Chris Young, Dan + Shay, Brothers Osborne, Wynonna

Moondance Jammin Country

Dates: June 23rd-June 24th
Location: Walker, MN
Bands: Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion

Windy City LakeShake

Dates: June 23rd-June 25th
Location: Chicago, IL
Bands: Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Lauren Alaina, Brothers Osborne, Randy Houser

Kicker Country Stampede

Dates: June 22nd-June 24th
Location: Manhattan, KS
Bands: Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Alan Jackson, Old Dominion

Jam in the Valley

Dates: July 6th-July 8th
Location: Varysburg, NY
Bands: Toby Keith, Old Dominion

Happy Valley Jam

Dates: July 8th
Location: University Park, PA
Bands: Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, David Ray, Adley Stump

Jamboree in the Hills

Dates: July 13th-July 16th
Location: Morristown, OH
Bands: Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum

Hodag Country Festival

Dates: July 13th-July 16th
Location: Rhinelander, WI
Bands: Frankie Ballard, Billy Currington, Brandy Clark, Marty's Party, Little Big Town, Randy Houser, LoCash, Neal McCoy, RaeLynn

 

Country Jam USA

Dates: July 20th-July 22nd
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Bands: Luke Bryan

Country Thunder Wisconsin

Dates: July 20th-July 23rd
Location: Twin Lakes, WI
Bands: Billy Currington, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean

Night in the Country

Dates: July 27th-July 29th
Location: Yerington, NV
Bands: Thomas Rhett

Country on the River

Dates: August 3rd-August 5th
Location: Prairie du Chien, WI
Bands: Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Lee Brice

WE Fest

Dates: August 3rd-August 5th
Location: Detroit Lakes, MI
Bands: Luke Bryan, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum

Oregon Jamboree

Dates: August 4th-August 6th
Location: Sweet Home, OR
Bands: Jason Aldean, Little Big Town

Willamette Country Music Festival

Dates: August 17th-August 20th
Location: Brownsville, OR
Bands: Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Kip Moore, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Parolee, RaeLynn, High Valley, Jackson Michelson, Sundance Head

 

Summer Music Video Playlist

Summer is coming to an end according to the calendar, but not to our hearts. Here's a music video playlist of the summer's best country music hits to keep the season hot!

"Some Beach" by Blake Shelton
(youtube)

"Redneck Yacht Club" by Craig Morgan
(youtube)

"Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen
(youtube)

"Sweet Summer Lovin'" by Dolly Parton
(youtube)

"Pontoon" by Little Big Town
(youtube)

"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" by Kenny Chesney
(youtube)

"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line
(youtube)

"My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean
(youtube)

"Water" by Brad Paisley
(youtube)

"Sunshine and Summertime" by Faith Hill
(youtube)

"Drunk on You" by Luke Bryan
(youtube)

"Toes" by Zac Brown Band
(youtube)

"Beaching'" by Jake Owen
(youtube)

"It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson
(youtube)

"Summer Nights" by Rascal Flatts
(youtube)

"From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay
(youtube)

"Make You Miss Me" by Sam Hunt
(youtube)

"21 Summer" by Brothers Osborne
(youtube)

"Beat This Summer" by Brad Paisley
(youtube)

"Summer" by Cassadee Pope
(youtube)

"Honey Bee" by Blake Shelton
(youtube)

"Shut Up and Fish" by Maddie & Tae
(youtube)

"Somewhere on a Beach" by Dierks Bentley
(youtube)

"American Country Love Song" by Jake Owen
(youtube)

"Summertime" by Kenny Chesney
(youtube)

Going to the Beach as an Adult

On June 14th, 2016, I went to the beach for the first time by myself as a 21 year old woman. When I say "by myself" I mean I went with my boyfriend and our two very good friends, but we had no real "adult" supervision. Now, our ages range from 21 to 24, but for some reason, we're not entirely real "adults" yet. Perhaps it's because we're students, perhaps it's because we're the Peter Pan generation. The moral of the story here is: this was an adventure.

 

Here are some things that I learned when prepping for the beach trip, going to the beach, and post beach. These are things from hair brained ideas of my own to internet hacks to advice from family members. Here's what worked, what didn't and what I would have done differently, and hopefully this will not only entertain, but enlighten.

MY BRIGHT IDEAS

Pack the night before.

I'm a professional panicker. If I could put it on my business cards I would--but then it would be spatially unpleasing to look at and I would panic about that, it's a vicious cycle. So, I thought I should pack everything that I needed the night before, that way I could scramble around less at the last minute. This allowed me to check, double check, as well as make sure that I had everything that all of us could have needed or wanted.

DRAMATIZATION:
(organizedchaosonline)

Unpack the morning of.

Remember that professional panicker thing? Well, it causes me to over prepare. Our beach bag was packed for nuclear apocalypse survival more than for a day of fun in the sun. It was so much easier and faster to take out extra stuff that we may not need than it would have been running around trying to shove stuff into a bag that morning.

Clearance shopping.

I'm pigmentally challenged--super, duper pale. I don't do well in the sun. I wanted to get a floppy hat to go to the beach with to go along with my ridiculous beach outfit. (I wear stockings and a hoodie and it's my "I wouldn't blame my mom for telling people I was adopted if she was caught with me in public while I was wearing this" outfit) So, the gang and I went to Target the afternoon before the beach. I found a floppy hat in their front section by the doors for $5. We shopped around a bit for snacks and such and I found my way to the clearance section because I'm a sad, broke college student. Here's where the awesome idea comes in. There were picnic blankets, table cloths, and bath towels on clearance. I bought a 6ft x 8ft table cloth (with these cute foxes eating ice cream), a 6ft x 6ft picnic blanket, and two fluffy bath towels that were 5ft x 2ft, and two pillows for $17. Instead of purchasing beach towels, for $10.99 each, I bought all of the coverage we needed for less than the price of those two towels. The clearance options are not only cheaper, but it allows for kind of a sense of lack of responsibility. If the table cloth gets ripped, we have to leave it behind, etc, I don't really mind because it was only $1.98. I have to fly back from Los Angeles, to Philadelphia. If I had bought $22 worth of beach towels, you bet your diggity darn bottom dollar that I was going to pack them up and bring them home no matter how inconvenient! However, these clearance items were cheap, multi purpose and were things that we didn't have to necessarily keep--even though that's what we ended up doing. I also highly recommend bringing pillows to the beach for maximum neck comfort while laying down. We kept the plastic on them from when I bought them to keep sand from getting on them.

(savethefamilymoney)

Cash back over ATMs all day erryday.

TD Bank claims to be the most convenient bank, but I call BS because of the ATM charges. (I love TD Bank, but I do not love buying my own money.) My mom taught me this really nifty loophole: the cash back option at stores. This is a fee free method of getting money out. After the Target trip, I got cash out at the end of the purchase so I had cash to spend at the beach and on the boardwalk (aka the Santa Monica Pier, aka West Coasters have no idea what a boardwalk is.) 

Portable chargers for everyone!

I charged and brought two portable chargers with both an iPhone cord and a mini USB cord just in case any of us needed a charger at the beach whether it was for a phone, speaker or some other fun electronic device. There's no worse feeling in the world--well, okay, that's a major over exaggeration--than having your phone die while you're stuck in an unfamiliar place far away.

(amazon)

Lotions, hand sanitizer and other nice smelly stuff.

I brought hand lotion, sunscreen, unscented and scented hand sanitizer and makeup wipes with me. 

Plastic bags.

Plastic bags are frustratingly hard to come by in California. However, in my many months here I have created quite the stock pile. I brought several plastic bags with us. They came in handy:
-Everyone had a bag to put their sandy clothes in
-Trash bags
-Impromptu group purse for cellphones, wallets, etc. 

Dollar Tree Sunglasses.

It's very hard to remember things. For example, if you're going to a very sunny place, you'd expect yourself to remember sunglasses. Well, sometimes we overestimate ourselves. I knew I would do such a thing. Both myself and our friend Don forgot our sunglasses. HOWEVER, I purchased four pairs of Dollar Tree sunglasses and kept the bag in the car in case we forgot! Everyone had an extra pair of sunglasses just in case. Dollar Tree has pretty nice sunglasses too. They're only a dollar, so buying them in bulk isn't too much of an expense and they come in handy.

ft. Dollar Tree shades and floppy hat. 

INTERNET HACKS

Put your iPhone in a Ziploc baggie to still use it while making it beach safe.

I took a large freezer Ziploc bag and put all of our phones, wallets, chargers, and keys in it. Our friend Gianna kept her phone in a tiny sandwich bag so she could still use it. Spoiler alert: she couldn't. You're at the beach, hang out with your pals and enjoy yourself not on your phone. If you really want to use it though, take the risk. The bag method ended up being pretty frustrating for the poor girl. 

Use an unfitted sheet to keep the sand out.

(buzzfeed)

I don't think this would ever work, ever outside of this photo or if you feel like dragging mammoth sized bags and coolers to the beach with you. Luckily, this did inspire the Frankenstein towel, picnic blanket, table cloth hybrid that we created. We managed to cover a large amount of space and placed our towels on top of the blanket and table cloth in order to keep sand from spilling onto them any time we turned. 

Use baby powder to remove sandy from your skin.

(pinterest)

I wore socks on the beach. Yeah. I'm super cool. However, the socks and stockings didn't stay sandy after I started walking around. However, the baby powder method is also super useful and it makes your skin feel so much softer--instead of sticky with sand and salt water. 

"If you are having trouble finding parking near the beach, you could save one of your old parking tickets and use it on your windshield to avoid getting a new one."

This is an actual beach hack. No. Don't do this. Don't ever even, why would someone think that this was an actual idea? The top notchiest method for free parking is neighborhoods. My boyfriend's aunt and uncle live near the beach. We parked on their curbside and just walked the extra ten minutes to the beach and saved about $20 on parking. Be sure to read the signs in neighborhoods first, but they're worth parking in to save the cash and aggravation.

Bring lots of water.

We picked up a $0.92 gallon of water on our way to the beach and it was nice to have. Connor really likes ice tea. We get the NesTea mix. So, I filled an empty one with the amount of powder he prefers and brought that to the beach. We filled the container up with the water, shook it up to mix it and he just drank out of the container all day and tossed it once he was done. It was a nice and efficient drink to have.

(hy-vee) (kmart)

ADVICE FROM MY MOM

Checklist.

My mom and I are list people. Writing down a checklist of everything that we needed to bring and had in the car was extremely helpful. For example, Connor almost exclusively eats raw veggies. I cut them up the night before, but stored them in the fridge to keep them fresh. If I hadn't checked the list before we left, I would have forgotten them. The list is also helpful to go over within the group in order to make sure that everyone has what he/she needs, but also so we didn't double up on stuff. (I packed sunscreen, oh, I also packed sunscreen, etc.)

(erinakincaroll)

Leave early.

Leaving early is worth it. You experience the beach in all kinds of temperatures, crowds, and temperaments. Getting there early you have your choice of spots to choose from, it starts off cool and gets warmer throughout the day. There's less traffic to and on the beach as well.

Go to the bathroom at least twice before you leave.

Restrooms on the beach are to be your absolute last option. For some reason they are built to not flush after three uses and people just absolutely DESTROY them with bodily fluids and sludge. Go to the bathroom when you can before you leave and then space out beverage consumption throughout the day. 

Once you put your wallet away, keep it away.

I'm a professional panicker, but I also have an advanced degree in putting things down and abandoning them by accident. My wallet has fallen prey to this absent mindedness many a time. So, once we parked and all put our wallets in the plastic bag, I kept my wallet in that bag, inside of our bigger bag until we were back in the car. 

Make sure all of the sand is gone before you get in the car. 

Cleaning up thoroughly was kind of a pain, but totally worth not finding sand in every nook, crevice and cranny on ourselves and in the car for the next three days.

Have fun.

I did. 

I hope these tidbits were enlightening and that you have a summer of fun!

 

COUNTRY CONCERTS 2016: Part 5

Dolly Parton

(abcnews)

JUNE 2016

6/3 Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex
6/4 Duluth, Georgia at the Infinite Energy Center
6/5 Greenville, SC at the Peace Center
6/7 Charleston, WV at the Charleston Civic Center
6/8 Vienna, VA at the Wolf Trap
6/10 Northfield, OH at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
6/11 Cincinnati, OH at the Horseshoe Casino
6/12 Lewiston, NY at the Art Park Outdoor Amphitheater
6/15 Philadelphia, PA at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
6/17 Lenox, MA at Tanglewood
6/18 Bangor, ME at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
6/22 Wilkes Barre, PA at the Mohegan Sun Arena
6/25 Forest Hills, NY at Forest Hills Stadium
6/26 Holmdel, NY at the PNC Bank Performing Arts Center
6/28 Pittsburgh, PA at the CONSOLE Energy Center

JULY 2016

7/19 Cedar Rapids, IA at the US Cellular Center
7/ 22 Sioux Falls, SD at the Denny Sanford Premier Center
7/ 23 Deadwood, SD at the Deadwood Mountain Grand
7/ 26 Oren, UT at the UCCU Center
7/ 27 Denver, CO at the Red Rocks Amphitheater

AUGUST 2016

8/2 Columbus, OH at the Ohio State Fair
8/3 Fort Wayne, IN at the Allen County War Memorial
8/7 Highland Park, IL at the Ravinia Festival Coliseum
8/10 Evansville, IN at the Ford Center

Darius Rucker

(lehighvalleylive)

JUNE 2016

6/3 Tampa, FL at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
6/4 West Palm Beach, FL at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
6/16 Tuscaloosa, AL at the Amphitheatre
6/17 Dallas, TX at the Gexa Energy Pavilion
6/18 Austin, TX at the Austin 360 Amphitheater
6/24 St. Louis, MO at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
6/25 Noblesville, IN at the Klipsch Music Center
6/26 Pittsburgh, PA at the First Niagara Pavilion

JULY 2016

7Englewood, CO at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
7/8 Albuquerque, NM at the Isleta Amphitheater
7/9 Phoenix, AZ at the Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/15 Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheater
7/16 Irvine, CA at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
7/22 Holmdel, NJ at the PNC Bank Performing Arts Center
7/23 Hartford, CT at the XFINITY Theatre
7/24 Wantaugh, NY at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
7/29 Bangor, ME at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/30 Mansfield, MA at the XFINITY Center
7/31 Darien Center, NY at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

AUGUST 2016

8/12 Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live
8/13 Camden, NJ at the BB&T Pavilion
8/14 Bethel Woods, NY at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/18 Cincinnati, OH at the Riverbend Music Center
8/20 Chicago, IL at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/25 Detroit, MI at the DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/26 Cleveland, OH at the Blossom Music Center
8/27 Charlotte, NC at the PNC Music Pavilion

Keith Urban

(allthingscountrymusic)

JUNE 2016

6/2 Kansas City MO at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
6/3 St. Louis, MO at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
6/4 Indianapolis, IN at the Klipsch Music Center 
6/10 Myrtle Beach, SC at Carolina Country Music Fest 
6/11 Alpharetta, GA at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/16 Orange Beach, AL at the Wharf Amp
6/17 Tampa, FL at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater
6/18 West Palm Beach, FL at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
6/23 Clarkston, MI at the DTE Energy Music Theater
6/24 Canadaigua, NY at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
6/25 Mansfield, MA at the XFINITY Center

JULY 2016

7/2-7/3 Gilford, NH at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 
7/14 Cincinnati, OH at the Riverbend Music Center 
7/15 Cleveland, OH at the Blossom Music Center
7/16 Holmdel, NJ at the PNC Bank Performing Arts Center
7/21 Salt Lake City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater
7/22 Greenwood Village, CO at the Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
7/23 Albuquerque, NM at the Isleta Amphitheater
7/27 Lake Tahoe, NV at Lake Tahoe at Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheater
7/28 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
7/29  Lake Tahoe, NV at Lake Tahoe at Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheater
7/31 George, WA at Watershed Festival

AUGUST 2016

8/4 Bozeman, MT at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
8/5 Pocatello, ID at the Portneuff Health Trust Amphitheater
8/7 George, WA at Watershed Festival
8/18 Charlotte, NC at the PNC Music Pavilion
8/19 Raleigh, NC at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater
8/20 Virginia Beach, VA at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/25 Syracuse, NY at the Lakeview Amphitheater
8/26 Philadelphia, PA at the BB&T Pavilion
8/27 Washington, DC at Jiffy Lube Live

Jennifer Nettles

(vettri)

MAY 2016

5/20 Biloxi, MS at the IP Casino Resort and Spa
5/21 Canton, MS at the Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville
5/29 Daytona Beach, FL at the Daytona International Speedway

JUNE 2016

6/2 Baltimore, MD at the Hippodrome Theater
6/3 Upper Darby, PA at the Tower Theater
6/5 Lancaster, PA at the American Music Theater
6/11 Oceanside, CA at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater 
6/12 Temecula, CA at the Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyard 

 

 

COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERTS 2016: PART 2

Luke Bryan

(rollingstone)

MAY 2016

5/1 Indio,CA at Stagecoach
5/12 Omaha, NE at the Century Link Center
5/13 Wichita, KS at the InTrust Bank of Arena
5/14 Oklahoma City, OK at the Chesapeake Energy Arena
5/18 Bossier City, LA at the Century Link Center
5/20-5/21 Atlanta, GA at the Lakewood Amphitheater
5/26 Southaven, MS at the Bank Plus Amphitheater
5/27 Baton Rouge, LA at the Bayou Country Superfest
5/29 Daytona Beach, FL at Country 500

JUNE 2016

6/2 Holmdel, NJ at the PNC Bank Performing Arts Center
6/3 Atlantic City, NJ at Boardwalk Hall
6/4 Hershey, PA at the Hershey Park Stadium
6/9 Virginia Beach, VA at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/10-6/11 Washington, DC at Jiffy Lube Live
6/17 Oshkosh, WI
6/19 Columbus, OH at Buckeye Country Music Fest

JULY 2016

7/7 Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest
7/8-7/9 Indianapolis, IN at the Klipsch Music Center
7/15-7/16 Boston, MA at the Gillette Stadium
7/17 Bangor, ME at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/21 Scranton, PA at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/22-7/23 Pittsburgh, PA at The First Niagara Pavilion
7/29-7/30 Philadelphia, PA at the BB&T Pavilion
7/31 Saratoga Springs, NY at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

AUGUST 2016

8/11-8/12 Cleveland, OH at the Blossom Music Center
8/13-8/14 Cincinnati, OH  at the Riverbend Music Center
8/19 Minneapolis, MN at the US Bank Stadium
8/25 Bunner Springs, KS at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
8/26 St. Louis, MO at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/27 Chicago, IL at Wrigley Field

The Dixie Chicks

(billboard)

JUNE 2016

6/1 Cincinnati, OH at the Riverbend Music Center
6/3 Cuyahoga Falls, OH at the Blossom Music Center
6/4 Clarkston, MI at the DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/5 Tinley Park, IL at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
6/8 Holmdel, NJ at the PNC Bank Performing Arts Center
6/10 Burgettstown, PA at The First Niagara Pavilion
6/11 Saratoga Springs, NY at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/13 New York, New York at Madison Square Garden 
6/14 Marsfield, MA at the XFINITY Center
6/16 Bangor, ME at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 
6/17 Hartford, CT at the XFINITY Theatre
6/18 Camden, NJ at the BB&T Pavilion
6/24 Hershey, PA at Hershey Park Stadium

JULY 2016

7/8 Auburn, WA at the White River Amphitheater 
7/9 Ridgefield, WA at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
7/12 Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheater 
7/13 Wheatland, CA at the Toyota Amphitheater
7/15 Chulu Vista, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheater
7/16 Las Vegas, NV at the T-Mobile Arena
7/17 Phoenix, AZ at the AK-Chin Pavilion
7/20 Irvine, CA at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater

AUGUST 2016

8/5 Dallas, TX at the Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/6 Spring, TX at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/7 Del Valle, TX at the Austin 360 Amphitheater
8/10 Virginia Beach, VA at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/12 Raleigh, NC at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater
8/13 Charlotte, NC at the PNC Music Pavilion
8/14 Alpharetta, GA at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/17 Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena
8/19 Tampa, FL at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater 
8/20 West Palm Beach, FL at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
8/24 Maryland Heights, MO at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/25Noblesville, IN at the Klipsch Music Center
8/27-8/28 St. Paul, MN at the Minnesota State Fair
8/30 Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center

Carrie Underwood

(soundslikenashville)

MAY 2016

5/3 Madison, WI at the Kohl Center
5/5 Green Bay, WI at the Resch Center
5/7 Grand Forks, ND at the Ralph Engestand Arena
5/10 Casper, WY at the Casper Events Center
5/12 Billings, MT at the Rimrock Auto Arena
5/15 Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center
5/17 Chicago, IL at the Allstate Arena
5/18 Cleveland, OH at the Quicken Loans Arena
5/24 Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center

JUNE 2016

6/10 Nashville, TN at the Nissan Stadium 
6/18 Cadott, WI at Country Fest
6/22 Monticello, IA at the Great Jones County Fair
6/29 Sweet Home, OR at Oregon Jamboree

Brad Paisley

(vipseats)

MAY 2016

5/19 Sacramento, CA at the Toyota Amphitheater
5/20 Irvine, CA at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
5/21 San Diego, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheater

JUNE 2016

6/2 Phoenix, AZ at the AK-Chin Pavilion
6/3 Albuquerque, NM at the Islet Amphitheater 
6/11 Winstead, MN at Winstock Country Music Festival
6/17 Grand Junction, CO at Country Jam USA 2016
6/18 Laughlin, NV at the Laughlin Events Center
6/25 Hartford, CT at the XFINITY Theater

JULY 2016

7/16 Morristown, OH at Jamboree in the Hills
7/30 Indianapolis, IN at the Klipsch Music Center

AUGUST 2016

8/4 Wantagh, NY at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater
8/5 Pittsburgh, PA at the First Niagara Pavilion
8/6 Blue Ash, OH at Blue Ash Summit Park
8/7 St. Louis, MO at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/12 Tampa, FL at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater
8/13 West Palm Beach, FL at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
8/19 Darien Center, NY at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/27 Dallas, TX at the Gexa Energy Pavilion

Florida Georgia Line

(cidentertainment)

MAY 2016

5/12 Tupelo, MS at the Bancorp South Arena 
5/13 Orange Beach, AL at the Wharf Amphitheater
5/14 Madison, MS at the Baptist Health Systems Campus 
5/19 Rapid City, SD at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
5/20 Bismark, ND at the Bismark Civic Center
5/21 Grand Forks, ND at the Ralph Englestead Arena
5/22 Sioux Falls, SD at the Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/28 Daytona, FL at the Daytona International Speedway

JUNE 2016

6/4 Cullman, AL at Rock the South
6/12 Myrtle Beach, SC at Carolina Country Music Fest
6/16 Mount Pleasant, MI at the Soaring Eagle Casino
6/17 Clarkston, MI at the BB&T Pavilion
6/18 Indianapolis, IN at the Klipsch Music Center
6/19 Columbus, OH at the Buckeye County Fest
6/23 Bangor, ME at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
6/24-6/25 Gilford, NH at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

JULY 2016

7/7 Hartford, CT at the XFINITY Theater
7/8 Endicott, NY at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open
7/9 Camden, NJ at the BB&T Pavilion
7/14 Raleigh, NC at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater
7/15 Virginia Beach, VA at the Veterans Home United Loans Amphitheater
7/16 Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live
7/17 Wantagh, NY at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater
7/21 Eau Claire, WI at Country Jam USA
7/22 Twin Lakes, WI at Country Thunder East
7/23 Monticello, IA at the Great Jones County Fair
7/28 Billings, MT at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/29 Salt Lake City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater
7/30 Cheyenne, WY at Cheyenne Frontier Days 

AUGUST 2016

8/5 Boston, MA at the XFINITY Theater
8/12 Brownsville, OR at the Willamette Country Music Festival
8/26 Darien Center, NY at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/27 Pittsburgh, PA at the First Niagara Pavilion 

Blake Shelton

(blakeshelton)

JUNE 2016

6/18 Indianapolis, IN at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

JULY 2016

7/1 Grand Junction, CO at Country Jam USA 2016

AUGUST 2016

8/27 Iowa City, IA at Back Porch Revival at Kinnick Stadium

Country Music Concerts 2016: Part 1

Summer is just around the corner! With summer and spring time come sunshine, sweet tea and even sweeter music. Check out this lineup:

Country Music Festivals

MAY 2016

Stagecoach Music Festival
Indio, CA
April 29th-May 1st
(popsugar)

Lonestar Jam
Austin, TX
May 7th-May 8th
(texasperformingarts)

Crude Fest Texas Music Festival
Midland, TX
May 12th-May 14th
(thecrudefest)

Tree Town Music Festival
Forest City, Iowa
May 26th-May 29th
(twitter)

Country 500
Daytona, FL
May 27th-May 29th
(clickorlando)

Bayou Country Super Fest
Baton Rouge, LA
May 28th-May 29th
(wgno)

Texas Frog Fest
Crystal Beach, TX
May 28th-May 29th
(lonesurvivorfoundation)

JUNE 2016

Bunbury Music Festival and Buckle Up
Cincinnati, OH
June 3rd-June 5th
(jambase)

Country Summer
Santa Rosa, CA
June 3rd-June 5th
(countrysummer)

Hank Williams Festival
June 3rd-June 4th
(pinterest)

Rock the South Music Festival
Cullman, AL
June 3rd-June 4th
(al)

Patriotic Festival
Virginia Beach, VA
June 3rd-June 5th
(patrioticfestival)

Shipkicker Country Music Festival
Long Beach, CA
June 4th
(queenmary)

CMA Music Festival
Nashville, TN
June 9th-June 12th
(siriusxm)

Winstock '16
Winstead, MN
June 10th-June 12th
(minnesotacountry)

Carolina Country Music Festival
Myrtle Beach, SC
June 10th-June 12th
(eventbrite)

Taste of Country Music Festival
Hunter, NY
June 10th-June 12th
(huntermtn)

Country USA Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI
June 14th-June 18th
(songkick)

Big Horn Country
Sheridan, WY
June 16th-June 18th
(bighorncountry)

Headwaters Country Jam
Three Forks, MT
June 16th-June 18th
(catcountry1029)

Moondance Jammin' Country Fest
Walken, MN
June 17th-June 18th
(music-festivals.wanderbat)

Country Fest
Cadott, WI
June 16th-June 19th
(countryfest)

Windy City LakeShake
Chicago, IL
June 17th-June 19th
(lakeshakefestival)

Kicker Country Stampede
Manhattan, KS
June 23rd-June 26th
(countrymusictattletale)

Jam in the Valley
Varrysburg, NY
June 30th-July 2nd
(jaminthevalley)

JULY 2016

Country Concert '16
Loramie, OH
July 7th-July 9th
(everfest)

Jamboree in the Hills
Morristown, OH
July 14th-July 17th
(jamboreeinthehills)

Faster Horses Festival
Brooklyn, MI
July 15th-July 17th
(fasterhorsesfestival)

Windy City Smokeout
Chicago, IL
July 15th-July 17th
(us995.cbslocal)

Night in the Country
Yerington, NV
July 21st-July 23rd
(twitter)

Country Thunder Wisconsin
Twin Lakes, WI
July 21st-July 24th
(big995chicago.iheartradio)

Watershed Music Festival
George, WA
July 29th-July 31st
(countrymusicrocks)

Country Fest Long Island
Riverhead, NY
July 30th-July 31st
(countryfestli)

AUGUST 2016

Country on the River
Prairie du Chien, WI
August 4th-August 6th
(103wjod)

WE Fest
Detroit Lakes, MI
August 4th-August 6th
(valleynewslive)

We hope you have a blast this summer at all your favorite concerts and shows. Be sure to show off your Redneck Couture and Boot Bling at any event! Don't forget to tag us!

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