The summer concert season just got amped up like a massive crowd of screaming fans singing along to their favorite song under the starlit sky. Pump up the volume because Live Nation National Concert Week is back! The reason behind the raucous? $20 TICKETS!! Umm yeah, there will be 30+ shows on sale for the crazy low price of $20 all-in, no fees just twenty bucks! For those keeping score at home, that’s about the same price as two drinks in any venue. We like it like that, OKURRR!

National Concert Week

You can grab these one of kind jems from May 1-7. Get’em before they’re gone–how often can you get tickets to mind blowing shows for this price?! National Concert Week has been gaining momentum like Ariana Grande releases hit songs. We see it, we like it, we want it, we got it.

The first National Concert Week began in 2015, back when the Biebs was asking “What do you mean?” and Adele was saying “Hello” from the other side. Festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella were taking over mainstream culture, while smaller clubs were gaining more fans with lower ticket prices. But National Concert Week proved to be a big move from Live Nation, which featured over 1,000 shows with $20 tickets. The deal caught the attention of many fans, and ultimately brought more awareness to amphitheater shows.

By 2017, there was 1 million tickets covering 50 summer tours. Arena rock acts like Kings of Leon, country star Brad Paisley, alt rock vets Muse, and many more participated in the event. Last year the amount of tickets rose to 1.5 million across 2,000 concerts, which included huge chart topping acts such as Bon Jovi, Kesha, Paramore, Arcade Fire and Halsey. In 2019 Live Nation celebrates with it’s biggest NCW yet – 2 MILLION tickets up for grabs with 600 artist on the docket.  Locally there isn’t a what better way to celebrate summer than at Keybank Pavilion. Picture a beautiful spot on the lawn surrounded by friends and people with the same appreciation in music as you!

National Concert Week

Keybank Pavilion opened on June 17th 1990, when the piano man himself, Billy Joel, played the amphitheaters first show. Over the years the name has changed, but the party has still remained. The summer shed has hosted everyone from Tom Petty to Kiss to Jimmy Buffett to Dave Matthews Band. And with the 30th anniversary around the bend–prepare to get ready for a celebration of amazing acts on the way (like the just announced hometown  play with our boy Wiz Khalifa bringing French Montana and Playboi Carti ). Cheers to summer concerts, see yinz at a show (or 12) this summer.

Josh McCann

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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