Jason Aldean has been touring the majority of 2016 and has no plans of slowing down any time soon. Aldean’s We Were Here Tour kicked off back in January and ran throughout May. Now, the tour is currently in its third and final leg and has transitioned into the Six String Circus Tour. Beginning back in May, this North American trek will continue throughout the summer and wrap up in October.
Aldean’s next stop on the Six String Circus tour is scheduled for June 24 at the Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah, where tickets are averaging $211, and the cheapest ticket available is $57. He will continue on to cities and arenas such as AK- Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona on August 12, where tickets are averaging $231 and the lowest get-in rate is $49, and Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania on September 15. Here, tickets are averaging $121 and the cheapest ticket available is $34.
Aldean will appear at the PNC Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina, where tickets are averaging $121 and the cheapest ticket is available for $36. The last stop on his Six String Circus Tour takes place on October 1 in Bristow, Virginia at the Jiffy Lube Live. For this stop, tickets are averaging $182 and the lowest get-in rate is $43.
Jason Aldean is out on the road in support of his sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt, which is home to hits such as “Burning It Down,” “Tonight Looks Good On You” and the album’s fourth single, “Gonna Know We Were Here.”
Aldean has also brought out some friends for his We Were Here/Six String Circus Tour. Thomas Rhett, whose recent single “Die A Happy Man” won Single Record Of The Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2016, and A Thousand Horses, who had radio success with their latest singles, “Smoke” and “Drunk Dial,” are both on the road with Aldean as direct support.
This year, the weekend of Riot Fest in Denver, Colorado will take place at the National Western Complex on September 2-4, and another weekend is scheduled to take place at the festival’s original location of Chicago, Illinois at Douglas Park on September 16-18.
Across both weekends, many of the same performers will be featured throughout the festival, such as a special reunion performance from this year’s headliners, Misfits. Other acts also include Deftones, Motion City Soundtrack, Thursday, Nas, Pepper and many more.
Passes for Riot Fest for both of these weekends are currently on sale now. The festivals are in high demand, steadily rising across the secondary market. According to data provided by TiqIQ, a three-day pass for Denver is currently averaging $244, with the cheapest pass available for $83.
At both cities and both weekends, Carnival rides and attractions will be set up across the festival grounds as well as various food vendors throughout. Hotels in Denver can be found and secured through Hipmunk.com with rates starting as low as $89, and flights to and from Riot Fest in both Denver and Chicago can also be secured through Hipmunk as well.
Riot Fest is known for bringing artists back together for reunion performances and this year, the Original Misfits, which consists of Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, are scheduled to appear together on stage for the first time in 33 years. They will serve as the festival’s headlining performers for both the Denver and Chicago locations. Past lineups for Riot Fest Denver and Chicago include Coheed and Cambria, System Of A Down, Rancid and Billy Idol, just to name a few.
History is happening in Manhattan at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, as Hamilton continues to take the theatre world—and pop culture—by storm. On Sunday, June 13, Tony history was made when all four musical acting awards went to performers of color (Hamilton and The Color Purple). Hamilton’s unprecedented popularity is partially thanks to its commitment to diversity, with actors of color taking the stage to depict the Founding Fathers. But Hamilton isn’t the only musical making diversity a priority. In the age of #OscarsSoWhite, how do diverse Broadway musicals fare when they don’t have Alexander Hamilton at the helm?
In recent years, diversity has been a tough sell on Broadway. Will Smith and Jay Z were among the high-profile backers of Fela!, the 2009 bio-musical about Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, yet the musical still struggled to find an audience. The show never recouped its investment during its year-long run, and resale tickets went for as low as $80, with tickets averaging $178, according to ticket aggregator TiqIQ. 2010’s The Scottsboro Boys fared even worse. Despite a slew of rave reviews, the musical closed after only two months of performances.
The 2012 revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and the Cotton Club revue After Midnight (2013-14) enjoyed higher demand, with ticket resales going for an average of $255 and $235, respectively. This was thanks to some smart casting: Porgy and Bess starred Broadway royalty Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, and After Midnight showcased such guest stars as Vanessa Williams and Patti LaBelle. But even this wasn’t a recipe for Broadway success—both shows closed at a loss after fewer than 300 performances.
When it comes to the current Broadway season, though, the tides might be beginning to change. Allegiance, admittedly, was an early casualty of 2016, despite an Asian-American cast led by George Takei and Lea Salonga. Ticket resale prices started for as low as $60, and the musical shuttered after just three months.
But other productions show much more encouraging signs. On Your Feet!, whose cast is entirely Hispanic, has been averaging $232 in resale tickets throughout its eight-month run (and counting). The current revival of The Color Purple is also doing strong business, with resale tickets averaging $227, with the cheapest ticket going for a steep $115. To compare, tickets directly through the box office are considerably cheaper, where ticket prices for The Color Purple range from just $59-$145.
Broadway’s commitment to diversity this season even goes beyond racial lines. The recent revival of Spring Awakening, which starred deaf and disabled actors and incorporated American Sign Language, proved that there’s a place for greater accessibility in Broadway casting. Tickets to most performances resold for no lower than $115-$130 each (average $202).
Also packing in audiences this season is Shuffle Along, whose resale tickets average $217, with $105 being the cheapest price. Tickets for Shuffle Along are the cheapest, however, directly from the box office, where ticket prices range from just $69-$169. The show, which is led by an all-star cast that includes Tony winners Audra McDonald, Billy Porter, and Brian Stokes Mitchell, focuses on the creation of the groundbreaking 1921 musical by the same name, the first Broadway show to feature an African-American cast. The current production’s updated book by George C. Wolfe ensures the legacy of the original show’s cast and creators, making the case for why these artists of color should be remembered for what they achieved. With this season’s successes, even more diverse artists will hopefully soon be joining them in the Broadway history books.
Sia & Miguel’s 'Nostalgic For The Present' Tour Marks First Run in Five Years; Resale Tickets Averaging $170
Last month, Sia mapped out the dates for her first-ever arena tour, Nostalgic For The Present, which also marks the singer’s first tour in five years. The trek, which also includes performers Miguel, will kick off on September 29 and will hit 22 dates in North America before it concludes in November.
Following her general on-sale May 20, the resale market has flooded with tickets for the tour. As it stands currently, tickets for Sia are averaging an impressive $170 across the entirety of the run, with the highest price points in Houston and Oakland.
Sia will begin her tour in Seattle, Washington on September 29 at the Key Arena, where tickets are currently averaging $183 and the lowest ticket priced at $84. Other cities and arenas on her trek include TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on October 18, where tickets are averaging $183 and the cheapest ticket is available for $54. Sia will hit the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21 where tickets are averaging $139 and the lowest get-in rate is $42. On November 1, Sia will be at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Here, tickets are averaging $135 and the cheapest ticket can be found at $37, according to data provided by Razorgator.
The Nostalgic For The Present Tour will wrap up at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on November 6, where tickets are currently averaging $181 and the lowest get-in rate is $63. Parking in Austin, along with several other cities throughout Sia’s North American tour, can be secured easily and ahead of time through ParkWhiz.com.
In a tour announcement video, Sia teased to her fans that audiences at the Nostalgic For The Present tour can expect to see several of the same production and dance choreography from her popular music videos, reinvented right on stage. Sia is bringing along American Singer Songwriter Miguel, and the English Electronic duo from London, AlunaGeorge as her direct support throughout the tour.
With the 70th annual Tony Awards coming up on June 12, interest in Broadway’s hottest shows has never been stronger. As Hamilton, the biggest smash hit Broadway has had in ages (if ever) continues to dominate the conversation and draw unprecedented new audiences to the theater scene, some of the newer offerings hope to use awards momentum to ﬁnd an audience in its shadow. And while a lack of attention can seal the fate for a struggling show (RIP, Tuck Everlasting and American Psycho) a few shows have seen a nice post-nomination bump in ticket value.
Waitress, which opened April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, has been nominated for ﬁve Tonys including Best Musical and sees its resale tickets go for an average of $217, with cheapest tickets generally in the $150-190 range. However, Waitress tickets are available directly from the box office on Ticketmaster starting at $79, providing tremendous savings from the secondary market.
The 2007 romantic comedy ﬁlm of the same name, about a small-town diner waitress trying to escape her unhappy marriage through winning a pie-baking contest, isn’t the most well-known source material, but one of the show’s major selling points is a score from popular singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), who’s recording of songs from the show hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and should draw in a crowd that doesn’t normally listen to showtunes. And for those who do, Waitress also has an established Broadway star in Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony for playing Carole King in Beautiful in 2014. Both Bareilles and Mueller are nominated for Tonys this year, and make up part of Broadway’s ﬁrst-ever all-female musical creative team.
Shufﬂe Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed scored 10 nominations including Best Musical, the most of any non-Hamilton show this year. The show, as described by its lengthy subtitle, depicts the true story of the making of Shufﬂe Along, a largely forgotten but inﬂuential hit from 1921 that changed how black performers were depicted on Broadway. This slice of history, with its recreations of songs and dances from the early ‘20s, doesn’t have the crossover appeal of Waitress or Hamilton and appeals directly to established musical fans, but boy does it ever: the cast boasts legendary six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, along with Tony winners Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell and currently nominated supporting castmates Brandon Victor Dixon and Adrienne Warren. It’s generated enough buzz that resale tickets go for an average of $217, with the cheapest prices for most shows going for $105-135. As with Waitress, Shuffle Along tickets directly from the theatre, in this case from Telecharge, start at just $69 for Mezzanine seats
Still, nothing comes close to Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic, diversely-cast, hip-hop musical about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, as the mega-hit rounds out its record smashing year on Broadway with a whopping 16 Tony nominations, the most of any show in history. So if you were thinking about checking out the near-lock for Best Musical before the awards, good luck: Hamilton is sold out through 2016 and its resale ticket prices average at an unheard-of $1,488, with the cheapest tickets for most shows in the $800 range. A new batch of tickets for shows running from February through April will be available to the public on June 12, starting at $179 on Ticketmaster.
The show’s unprecedented nomination haul is only the latest fuel to be thrown on the Hamilton ﬂame. Even before hitting Broadway, the show received rave reviews and huge advanced ticket sales. Crowds of thousands gathered outside the Richard Rodgers Theater every day for a chance to win the “Ham4Ham” lottery, $10 front-row seats, a promotion that was moved online due to overcrowding. The cast recording had the highest Billboard Chart debut of a cast album since 1963, and the cast performed live during the Grammy Awards telecast. Even if the show doesn’t win a single Tony (it will, of course, it’s the frontrunner in most categories) the show is already an unstoppable, once-in-a-lifetime smash. Don’t expect demand to go down any time soon, even after star Lin-Manuel Miranda departs from the title role next month.
Justin Bieber is currently out on the road midway through the North American portion of his 2016 Purpose World Tour. Bieber is scheduled to tour Canada and the U.S. until mid July, when he will then wrap up in New York City at Madison Square Garden before heading overseas for his final leg. Tickets to see Justin Bieber throughout the summer months having been rising steadily since the tour’s launch in March, and the pop star’s two nights in the Big Apple are seeing huge demand.
Across all of Bieber’s dates, resale tickets are averaging a steady $425, according to data provided by ticket aggregator TiqIQ. Justin Bieber is scheduled to play two shows in Miami at the American Airlines Arena on July 2 and 3, and tickets for both nights are averaging $445, with the cheapest ticket available for $107.
Bieber will wrap up this portion of his world tour on July 18 and 19, when he will perform another set of double dates in New York City at Madison Square Garden. This final stop is currently averaging $734, with the cheapest ticket available for $175. The 22-year-old’s priciest stop, however, is slated to be his July 9 show at the Prudential Center in Newark, where tickets are averaging a whopping $1,070, with the cheapest ticket going for $225.
Justin Bieber’s tour is in support of his latest debut Purpose, which was released back in November. Purpose is home to his most recent hits “What Do You Mean,” “Love Yourself” and “Sorry,” three songs and smash hits that were dropped one right after the next. Fans last saw Justin Bieber out on the road in 2013 on his Believe Tour, and prior to that in 2010-2011 on his My World Tour.