Why I Refuse To Be The Mom Yelling "Turn That Noise Down" (Aka RebelsMarket Is Going To Vans Warped Tour)
At RebelsMarket, we try to provide information that appeals to all of our fans. We know that one of your biggest interests is music; which is not surprising considering fashion and entertainment have been entwined since the dawn of time. So this year we set out to bring you feedback and fashion from major concerts and festivals. And to be perfectly honest, this is a win/win for our writers because we also get to check out the shows!
Now, let me tell you a little secret...I'm old.
Don't get me wrong, I am not 'Ready To Check In At The Senior Center' old but I am definitely 'Tired From Work/Family/Cleaning So I Just Want To Sit On This Sofa With Wine And TV' old. I still love live music but it has become a rare treat akin to a fancy night out on the town!
At the ripe old age of 35, I can say I had my share of concerts and festivals "back in the day". We still try to grab shows when we have a break but that is usually a big deal when a nostalgic band comes to town. When I look online and see photos of today's events, I feel close to ancient.
Can anyone else relate?
When I received news that I would be covering some of these events, I sat down with a glass of wine and I took a look at the lineups. I was ready to get pumped! Like I said, I may be old but I'm not elderly. I still enjoy live music. Let's do this!
Some of my concert photos after becoming a Mom
I recognized most of the bands by name but I wasn't ready to play a game of match the song to the performer. This was most apparent when looking at the lineup for Vans Warped Tour. It makes sense, I remember when the tour started in the 90s and how exciting it was to have so many new and awesome bands in one place. Now, when looking at the performer photos, all I could think was "Who are these people"?!
This was a horrible revelation! You see, I have a kid, and that makes being out of touch with current music completely unacceptable to me.
Before anyone jumps in with contrary comments about being a parent and not a friend or accepting the need to act your age; let me explain why I think it is actually dangerous to let yourself get that out of touch with the music scene.
If you want to get a sense of a generation's challenges, thoughts, opinions... the best place to find answers is in their music. It is one area that relays not only the words of a culture but also the tone.
Hendrix rocking Woodstock
People are drawn to that message. It is what sells music and keeps bands in business. So what are they saying?
There's a line in the movie Donnie Darko (if you haven't seen it, now's the time) where the dad replies to his daughter's announcement that she's voting for Dukakis with -
Maybe, when you have children of your own and they need braces, and you can’t afford them because half of your husbands pay check goes to the federal government, you will regret that decision.
Because that happens to a lot of people when they become adults. Daily life becomes the focus and we lose track of things in life that were once important to us- like music and what it has to say about what is happening in the world.
And, for some of us, it can mean being out of touch with what is happening in the lives of our kids. (Depressing thought, right? Where's that wine...)
This is where concerts and festivals can help mend a bridge. These events always make the music so intoxicating because you feed off the passion from the other fans. I had forgotten that tidbit until I caught myself lost in the music at Firefly and forgetting I had a schedule to keep between acts.
Me at Firefly
So now I am really excited to check out the show where I know the fewest acts scheduled. I have also made a pledge to start looking up names when I see them on band t shirts worn by "crazy kids these days". Maybe this reconnection to my concert spirit will give me a few more years before I have to start writing about those kids that need to get off of my lawn.
I hope you check in with us this weekend on Instagram, Facebook, and our other social media accounts to see what's going on at the show.
For those who do not know, a lot of festivals and concerts are doing what they can to make these events painless for us Old Timers. Firefly Music Festival offered passes for kids attending with adults, Warped Tour provides passes for guardians attending with minors, and other shows have family friendly options.
What do you think about the current music scene? Would you consider attending a concert or festival as a family? Leave your feedback in the comments below!