This is the time, every year, that I’m bummed I just don’t care for much country music.
Country promoter Live Nation and Blossom Music Center have announced the 2018 Country Megaticket Presented by Pennzoil. This is the 11th year of one of these offers, were fans can bulk-buy a bunch of country shows slated for Blossom in the not-too-far-away months.
According to a news release from Live Nation, each Megaticket includes one ticket to these six gigs:
- June 6: Kenny Chesney with guest Old Dominion
- July 5: Brad Paisley and Hank Williams Jr. with opener Dan Tyminski
- July 20: Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker with opener Russell Dickerson.
- Aug. 10: Keith Urban with opener Kelsea Ballerini
- Aug. 17: Rascal Flatts with openers Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce.
- Aug. 23: Jason Aldean with openers Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina.
These six-packs, if you will, go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26, only at Megaticket.com — and only for 30 days, according to the release.
Now, all this cowboy-wearing fun won’t necessarily come cheaply, with the lowest package — getting you into the lawn for each show — starts at $175. The top-tier option will set you back $795, but there are two stops in between those price points. And while the most expensive option comes with special parking privileges, you can add the Megaticket Premiere Parking Pass to the lower three options for a cool hundred bucks. (And look, I’m not telling you how to spend your money, but if you’ve ever had the pleasure of leaving Blossom after a capacity show, you may want to fork the extra over — IF it seems like it will make a difference.)
The release also notes that individual tickets for these shows are not on sale yet. Also, it states — and this shouldn’t come as any shock if you’ve ever bought concert tickets — there may be additional fees to your purchase.
Eh, maybe I’m not THAT bummed.
Stream of the week: I’m into my second decade of hoping and waiting for an album of all new material from Irish rock band The Frames, who released “The Cost” in 2006. In the meantime, I’m starting to enjoy “Between Two Shores,” the just-released latest solo album from Frames frontman Glen Hansard. Many will know Hansard best for “Once,” the 2007 indie film “Once” and the songs connected to it he made with costar Marketa Irglova, such as “Falling Slowly” and “If You Want Me.” Nothing jumps out as being that good, but I do enjoy opening number “Roll on Slow,” as well as “Wheels on Fire.”
Mark Meszoros gets stressed just thinking about the traffic going into and out of Blossom Music Center. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.