Summer concerts rock Philadelphia

By Diana Trasatti
April 24, 2008

The semester is nearing its end and summer is approaching faster than ever. As students finish final reports and prepare for final exams, it is a good time to think of some summertime entertainment.

What better way to relax, hang out and have fun than going to concerts? The Susquehanna Bank Center, formerly known as the Tweeter Center, and the Electric Factory are two local venues where college students can go.

The Susquehanna Bank Center kicks off their summer with Q Concert on Friday, May 16.

Feature performances include Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, One Republic and Cascada. Kayne West then takes the stage the following day at 7p.m.

The Stone Temple Pilots will then perform that Sunday at 1p.m.

The Dave Mathews Band, a college favorite, will perform June 3 and 4 at 7p.m.

The popular country station 92.5 WXTU will present their anniversary concert on June 7.

This year’s headliner is Sugarland and is featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Terri Clark, Pat Green and Keith Anderson.

Tim McGraw, another popular country artist, will perform on June 13.

Pearl Jam takes the stage two nights in a row on June 19 and 20. Girls will get the opportunity to see heartthrob John Mayer on July 10.

The annual Vans Warped Tour kicks off on June 20 and makes its way to the Susquehanna Center on July 25.

Some of the popular acts include: Story of the Year, Say Anything, Relient K, Norma Jean, Gym Class Heros, Bouncing Souls, Angels and Airwaves, Anberlin, All Time Low, The Academy Is… and The Audition.

Jack Johnson will hit the stage on Aug. 7. Maroon 5 and Counting Crows will bring their tour here on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10. Radiohead follows on Aug. 12.

The summer ends with two country favorites. The popular Toby Keith will perform on Aug. 16.

Some country fans favorite band, The Rascal Flatts will end the summer with their performance on Sept. 9.

Although not as big, the Electric Factory on North 7th Street in Philadelphia also will produce some alternative favorites.

My Chemical Romance takes the stage two nights on May 6 and 7. Seether and Flyleaf’s tour comes to the Electric Factory on May 8.

Thrice will perform on May 9. The band Rilo Kiley, fronted by Jenny Lewis, will perform on June 5.

There’s a show out there for everyone this summer.

Whether you’re a country fan, have been going to the Vans Warped Tour since high school or cannot wait to see Kanye, there’s a concert for you.

So take advantage of summer’s endless nights and hop on Ticketmaster, gather a bunch of friends and rock out.

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