Featured Writer Leslie Branch – How to Find Great Concerts
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Do you love live music and attending the shows of your favorite artists and musicians? We’ve compiled a few of the best ways to find out about live music happening in your area.
While iConcert Cal is not flashy or very interesting in its appearance or design, it is an extremely useful app for any music lover to have on their computer (and iPhone if they’ve got one). iConcert Cal is a plug-in that can be downloaded for free to work with iTunes. It works by monitoring the iTunes music library to create a personalized list of album release dates, as well as a personalized calendar of concerts happening nearby.It even includes links to purchase concert tickets.
It works similarly on the iPhone by monitoring the iPod library and playlists. iConcertCal is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.
Pollstar is a website users can subscribe to in order to receive notifications from local music venues and their favorite artists as local concerts are booked. This helps to avoid tickets selling out and missing your favorite band or musician when they’re in your city.
Live Nation is another site, like Pollstar, that allows users to create a unique profile of their favorite artists and venues to receive updates of what shows are happening in their area and when. Signing up as a Live Nation user will help streamline the check out process when purchasing tickets (which can often be timed) by storing personal information to your profile.
TicketMaster is yet another hub of concert listings by area. Users who join the site have the ability to print concert tickets directly from the website and see recommendations of other artists coming to their area they might like, based on a favorite artist list created when registering their profile. Users can opt in for email subscriptions to keep them most up to date. TicketMaster is also great for reading post-concert reviews if you couldn’t make it out to the show.
The Yellow Pages mobile app is great because not only is it an app that allows you to see upcoming concerts under the events tab, but it can also help you find restaurants or bars to visit before or after the show. Maps are incorporated directly into the app to see what is nearby, whether you’re searching for an ATM or a parking garage. Its “all-in-one” capability makes it a must have.
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