One may not immediately think of Auburn as a prime location to attend music concerts. Your author certainly did not as an incoming freshman. Sure, Auburn has big acts come through from time to time, such as Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and recently Kesha, but it is not an every weekend event by any means.
Auburn students are in luck thanks to their geographic location. Auburn is just over 100 miles from both Atlanta and Birmingham, popular stops for touring musicians.
“It’s great because it’s not far from Atlanta or Birmingham and they both have awesome artists coming through all the time,” said Caitlin Grasson, a senior in Auburn University’s Human Development and Family Studies program, “you get a lot of different artists in both cities and it’s great being so close by.”
With the short distance drive to both Atlanta and Birmingham, students are able to travel to and from a show all in one night. This saves both time and money, major concerns for a college student.
As a current senior, my concert experience has included eight shows in Atlanta and Birmingham. Over my time at Auburn, this experience includes acts such as The Black Keys, The Revivalists, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Frank Turner, Mumford and Sons, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Trombone Shorty, Drive-By Truckers, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones.
That’s a diverse group of artists that most college towns in the Southeast would not experience often. “I feel like a lot of times when people come to Auburn they’re mostly country artists. It’s just nice being able to go somewhere where there’s a variety of music,” said Grasson.
Concerts are a large part of many students’ social lives, myself included. With these two music hubs a short drive away, Auburn has a rare small-town charm with big city events just past the horizon.
Upcoming shows in Atlanta include Galactic on November 14, Shakey Graves on November 22, The Weekend on December 15, Gregg Allman on New Year’s Eve, Madonna on January 20, and Janet Jackson on March 3.
Upcoming shows in Birmingham include Ben Rector on November 6, Ben Folds on November 11, St. Paul and the Broken Bones on November 19 and 20, Bassnectar on New Year’s Eve, and Janet Jackson on May 29.
In addition, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert and Old Dominion will be coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium on April 23 as part of the 2016 Music and Miracles Superfest.
Photo credit: Eric Callaghan/The Revivalists at Workplay
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