Concert Do’s and Don’ts

*Please forgive the blurry iPhone photos. The venue was foggy so all the pictures turned out really weird. I’m going to post them anyways.*

I don’t think my taste in music is weird at all, but I suppose it is to others. For example, Jack’s Mannequin is my favorite band (of. all. time.), and I really enjoy bands like Mumford & Sons, Foster the People, Matt & Kim and Taking Back Sunday, amongst others. When Jack’s Mannequin goes on tour, I’m there. They didn’t have a Des Moines tour date, so I picked the closest city and bought two tickets.

While my love for JM runs deep, Kevin doesn’t even like when I play them in the car (our taste of music is very different). So I bought two tickets and said, “Hey, we’re going to a concert in Kansas City!” He wasn’t nearly as excited as me to go, but he definitely had a great time and appreciates them now!

Andrew McMahon - Jack's Mannequin

The performance was awesome. They had two bands open for them: Allen Stone (SO cool, look him up now!) and Jukebox and the Ghost (who sounded similar to Foster the People). Jack’s Mannequin’s set was amazing and they played an even amount of songs from all three albums.

Allen Stone

Jukebox and the Ghost

We were about 10 feet away from the stage and we kept seeing this guy hold up a sign towards Andrew’s piano. I couldn’t read what it said, but I suppose it caught Andrew’s eye and before we knew it, he was playing “No Man is an Island” (not on the set list) and the man was proposing to his girlfriend. I couldn’t see what was going on because everyone was trying to see, but it was cute nevertheless.


I really don’t want to go on and on about how amazing JM is and how much I love it, because I know that people’s taste in music varies, but if you don’t know who they are or Andrew’s story, I suggest checking their stuff out – especially his documentary, “Dear Jack” (let me know if you want to borrow it – I own it). 🙂

Now for the good stuff! I have been to plenty of concerts over the years. They range from seeing Spice Girls to Elton John to Beach Boys to Fall Out Boy to The Fray. Each concert has had different sizes and and types of crowds at different venues, but there are a few “concert rules” that apply no matter where you go or who you watch perform.


  • Wear deodorant. You’ll be standing incredibly close to people (as in, touching), so please be kind and put some on.
  • Get there early. I don’t appreciate you showing up 20 minutes after I do and trying to push your way in front of me. Plan ahead.
  • Wear frizz-ez or put your hair in a pony tail. Sweaty (see note above) hair flying around is not fun for anyone near you.


  • Chew gum. No, I should rephrase that. Don’t chew gum and spit it on the floor when you are done with it. My boots are not happy with you.
  • Dance like you are at a Lil Wayne concert unless you are at a Lil Wayne concert. For instance:

This is the music we were listening to:

This is the music a girl next to me was dancing to:

So there you have it, folks! Now if everyone would please wear deodorant, I would be one happy girl. 🙂 If you have any concert rules you appreciate others to abide by, please let me know! I’ll gladly add them in.



(P.S. – This was Kevin’s first “real” concert. I’ve turned him into a pro!)

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4 thoughts on “Concert Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Your taste in music is NOT weird. You just have an open mind.

    I totally agree with the whole getting there early thing. If you show up right when the concert is starting and you try to get in front of me, you’re gonna end up with some sharp elbows in your ribs. I only learned two things from playing basketball: setting picks and boxing out. So I know how to use my body to stop you from getting around me. 🙂

    • Haha thanks, Kirsten! Kevin thinks my taste in music is so weird. But, on the other hand, I think his taste in music is weird. 🙂

      LOVE the things you learn in basketball! I felt like I was in The Hunger Games because we formed an alliance with the couple next to us. The guy was HUGE so he was really good at blocking people – he almost got in a fight with someone even! The girl and I just kept yelling at people when they tried to get in front of us. We were a good team. 🙂

  2. You got to see Spice Girls? As a girl I would have given anything to see them because I was obsessed with them. Also, love the concert dos and donts!

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