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2017 is shaping up to be a good year for live music. Theaters, arenas and amphitheaters around the country are booked with concerts featuring up-and-comers, hot nostalgia acts and, of course, singers currently topping the charts. If you’re wondering which shows are generating the most buzz, here’s a list of the ten tours you shouldn’t miss. Take a look and then check out CheapTickets.com for the latest info and ticket prices.

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Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour
This pint-sized diva with a Grande voice kicked off her 37-date North American tour in early February. She’s also a Broadway vet (who also recently appeared in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!”), so don’t be surprised if she sneaks a show tune or two into her set.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey: All the Hits Tour
Mariah didn’t ring in 2017 on the right note (or any note, for that matter), during her troubled New Year’s Rockin’ Eve performance, but you can expect the diva to be in better form during this 35-date tour with Lionel Richie, which starts March 15. (No word on whether or not Richie will actually dance on the ceiling.)

Bruno Mars | Flickr CC: Brothers Le

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic tour
Talk about great expectations: Bruno Mars sold one million tickets to this tour (which comes to North America July 15) in a single day. That’s a lot of magic. (You can get yours right here.)

The Weeknd: Starboy – Legend of the Fall Tour
The Weeknd (real name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) is known for his moody, R&B songs—with dark, graphic videos to match. His concert tour (coming to North America April 25) will likely follow suit, so it should probably come with a parental warning.

Boyz II Men | Flickr CC: Eva Rinaldi

New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul: Total Package Tour
If the cast of “Full House” can make a big comeback, so can other stars from the ‘90s. This trio of acts on this 40-city tour (kicking off May 12) covers all the bases: There’s the peppy boy band, R&B bedroom crooners and a Laker’s Girl-turned pop star. The only thing missing from this bill is Abdul’s cartoon cat duet partner from “Opposites Attract.”

Queen and Adam Lambert | Flickr CC: Tatianka1986

Queen + Adam Lambert Tour 2017
No one can really replace Freddie Mercury, but “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert comes pretty close. The singer is collaborating with the classic rock band once again for a 25-city tour starting June 23.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017
Every few years, this country-music power couple brings back their hugely successful tour that first launched in 2000. This year’s version (the first since 2006) kicks off April 7 and each of the 73 shows will feature separate sets by the two singers, plus a portion of duets.

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U2: The Joshua Tree Tour
Here’s some news that will make you feel old: U2’s breakthrough album, The Joshua Tree, first topped the charts 30 years ago. The Irish band is celebrating the anniversary with 20 North American dates starting May 12.

Idina Menzel: World Tour 2017
The voice behind “Wicked” and “Frozen” kicks off a 48-city tour (with most dates in North America, as well as Europe and Japan) on April 7. We can only hope John Travolta will also be on hand to introduce her as “Adele Dazeem” like he did at the 2015 Oscars.

Lady Gaga
Since Gaga wowed everyone with a show-stopping Super Bowl half time performance, it’s no surprise the singer is using that momentum to launch a new tour. And even though she’s touring to support her stripped down, country-tinged album, “Joanne,” expect the concerts (which kick off August 1) to be the kind of over-the-top spectacle we’ve come to expect from the meat dress-wearing diva.

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Everyone knows the opening theme of “Star Wars.” Whether you heard the first triumphant brass notes in ‘70s theater seats or while couching it in front of your flat screen, it probably sent a shiver of excitement down your neck. When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on Dec. 18, those thrilling notes will undoubtedly be met with cheers and clapping.

Without the music of John Williams, “Star Wars” wouldn’t be the phenomenon it is today. Darth Vader wouldn’t be as terrifying without the ominous notes of “The Imperial March.” Nor would Han Solo’s entrance be as memorable without the loopy “Cantina Band” playing over the den of Tatooine’s most dangerous gangsters and thieves.

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If you want to really geek out on a night of galactic symphony, check out these two events featuring the music from the films:

1. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays the music of John Williams

If you can’t wait until December to hear the iconic music of “Star Wars” ringing through an auditorium, the Atlanta Symphony Hall will blast you with music from a galaxy far, far away. Tickets start at $165 for the event on Nov. 28. This show makes for a greatearly Christmas present for “Star Wars” super fans. Not only will the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra be playing the most famous scores from “Star Wars,” they’ll also be tributing Williams’ pieces from other great movies such as “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

2. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays music from Episodes I-VI

For “Star Wars” fans in Pittsburgh looking for something to do before heading to the midnight premiere of “The Force Awakens,” this symphonic overture of the movie scores is the perfect appetizer to the big show. Tickets to the performance on Nov. 17 start as low as $34 (if they were any cheaper, you’d have to smuggle yourself in on the Millennium Falcon).

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Forget pumpkin carving and apple picking, your wish list of things to do this fall is a bit more ambitious. You are hoping to catch that once-in-a-blue-moon soccer game, or hit up an Oktoberfest at a legit brewery. You want to attend a huge charity concert in Central Park, and see a world religious leader speak. Sure, sure, you’ll check out the beautiful foliage along the way. You just need a little help getting there—financially that is. Cheap Tickets has your back. Check out the event ticket part of Cheaptickets.com, and use the promo code TICKETS10 for 10% off.

Global Citizen Festival

Great Lawn in Central Park

New York, New York

Sept. 26, 12 p.m.

Tickets start at $152

Bird's-eye-view of the 2014 Global Citizens Festival. Courtesy of Anthony Quintano.

Bird’s-eye-view of the 2014 Global Citizens Festival. Courtesy of Anthony Quintano.

Headliners of this annual festival include Beyoncé, Coldplay (sold!), Pearl Jam and Ed Sheeran. If that’s not star-studded enough, tack on a list of hosts that includes Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde. Proceeds go toward the eradication of extreme poverty.

 

Austin City Limits  

Zilker Park

Austin, Texas

Oct. 2-4, 9-11

Three-day pass starts at $415

Iggy Azalea performs at Austin City Limits. Courtesy of Ralph Arvesen.

Iggy Azalea performs at Austin City Limits. Courtesy of Ralph Arvesen.

Leave it to Austin City Limits to pack in the most musical goodness into two weekends as humanly possible. Acts such as Drake, Foo Fighters, Alt-J, Hozier, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, A$AP Rocky, and Walk the Moon will be gracing the stage, just to name a few. It’s important to save money on the ticket purchase since hotel rates will likely go up during these two weekends as well.

 

Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico, California

Oct. 4-7

Tickets start at $104

Courtesy of Steven Guzzardi.

Courtesy of Steven Guzzardi.

Don your lederhosen and raise your glass for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest celebration. This is the first year the festival will span three days, and a fabulous alternative to forking out the cash to travel across the pond to Germany. Prost!

 

CONCACAF Cup: United States vs. Mexico

Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

Oct. 10, 6 p.m.

Tickets start at $156

U.S. Men's National Team in 2013. Courtesy of Erik Drost.

U.S. Men’s National Team in 2013. Courtesy of Erik Drost.

 More than 90,000 fans are expected to turn out for this high-stakes clash against the U.S. Men’s’ National Team and Mexico. A win here will be the USMNT’s ticket to the Confederations Cup in Russia, which will let the team scope out the stage they’ll be entering in World Cup 2018. Teams that make it to the Confederations Cup always have an advantage in the subsequent World Cup, and the USMNT is gunning for it.

 

An American in Paris

The Palace Theater

New York, New York

Oct. 16, 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $71 (check out a matinee for a cheaper show)

An American in Paris. Courtesy of James Joel.

An American in Paris. Courtesy of James Joel.

The story of an American World War II veteran in Paris trying to make a name for himself as a painter, who falls in love with a French girl. Gene Kelly made the musical famous with the 1951 movie, and Broadway will bring it to life again this fall. Critics are saying it’s not to be missed.

 

Ohio State University vs. Michigan

Michigan Stadium

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nov. 28, time TBA

Tickets start at $137 

Courtesy of Scott Stuart.

Courtesy ofScott Stuart.

If you can score tickets to this game, you’re the envy of tens of thousands of Ohio State and Michigan fans. In fact, if you’ve spent too much money on other fall events, you’ll do yourself a favor and resell these tickets. But if you care at all about college football, this game is not to be missed. The OSU/Michigan rivalry is heralded as one of the thickest competitions in the sport, transcending generations.

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That’s right. Tickets to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama are free. In fact, inauguration tickets are distributed by members of Congress. So if you want one, you must contact your U.S. Senator or Representative. Officials warn that Web sites and ticket brokers do not have tickets to sell. Get more details about inauguration tickets.

If you’re planning to head to the inauguration, CheapTickets can help you plan your Washington, D.C. vacation with cheap flights and hotel reservations.

While many downtown Washington hotels say they are already booked, you can look for rooms in other neighborhoods or nearby suburbs like Alexandria, Va., and Arlington, Va. The Washington Metrorail provides convenient and affordable public transportation throughout the metro area, so it should be relatively easy to get downtown, no matter where you stay.

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By Samantha Chapnick

With orchestra seats going for $300 (more than the cost of some New York hotels) even half-price TKTS tickets seem outrageous. It’s time to get drastic. These are the tried-and-true tested techniques real New Yorkers use to get the goods for far less.

1. Win the lottery

Several shows, for example Wicked, offer great unsold orchestra seats at a steep discount (under $30/per person) to 20 or 30 lottery winners. Each winner is entitled to two tickets. Be there at least two or three hours before the performance. Usually no more than 100 people line up so the odds are with you. Or at least better than getting hit by lightening.

If you absolutely, positively need to see the show, have a back-up plan.

2. Get rush tickets

Some shows will sell the remaining seats to either students or the general public at deep discounts ( about $20) an hour or so before the performance. Get to the box office VERY EARLY (at least 2 hours in advance) and expect lines. Most of the seats will be in the less desirable areas, but occasionally you get lucky and hit a nice orchestra seat. DO NOT EXPECT TO SIT TOGETHER in a good section. Most of these seats will be singles unless they are in the upper tiers or with a blocked view.

3. Become a member

Even if you only plan a New York vacation once a year, becoming a member of free or steeply discounted ticket brokers is well worth the price — if you are flexible. TDF.org, AudienceExtras.com,  BroadwayBox.com, and Goldstar all offer members free last-minute tickets to both major and minor shows, and discounted tickets to future shows.

For example, a membership to Audience Extras is $99/year and entitles you to two tickets per performance free ($4 service charge per ticket). In the past, I have gotten tickets to both excellent, popular shows and really terrible one-person shows. This week they are offering "To Be or Not To Be" (Broadway), Dolly Parton in concert, Branford Marsalis, and "The Tempest" with Broadway actor Mandy Patinkin.

Advice:

The good tickets go fast. Sign up to get the e-mail notification when a show is available and pounce on it. If you can’t go to a show, don’t get the tickets. They are doing these freebies to fill up the audience. If you don’t show up, you may lose your privileges and hurt others: if the theater gets too many no-shows it pulls the offer from these sites.

4. Bring a minor.

One of the main reasons New York vacations are so popular with families is because of the unprecedented affordable cultural opportunities the city offers young people. If you have a teenager or college student, especially one who attends a local NYC college, or a friend whose child you could borrow for a few hours, there are some remarkable discounts to be had out there.

First, try High Five Tickets. Anyone accompanied by a teen (13-18) from anywhere in the world can get two tickets for $5 a piece — one for the teen, one for the adult. Currently there are over 80 shows available including the Broadway show "39 Steps." Oh and as a nice bonus, High Five also gives museum entry for $5 for two to most of the major NY museums. (Again, the person picking up the tickets must have a valid student ID but can be accompanied by one adult.) Extra Bonus: There are no booking fees or service fees. Who-ho!

Next, do the student rush if the regular rush is not available.

Visit School Tix to see most family-friendly Broadway shows for about half price. Go to the "Shows Available" page and click on the icon for the show you want to find the coupon code offering the discount and book the tickets.

Finally, if your young friend goes to Columbia University, NYU or one of the other major schools in New York, get them to use their university Internet connection to get tickets. Many have sites accessible only to people with school IDs and logins that provide tremendous discounts to theater — and free entry to local museums as an added bonus.

5. Go Off-Broadway

For every one big Broadway blockbuster, there are a hundred theater companies providing a more intimate and unique experience — a much better value for your dollar in this current economic climate. Going to see a show at places like the Public Theater, Cherry Lane, Playwrights Horizons and Manhattan Theater Club rewards with brand-name bankable stars, a more intimate experience and extensive set design, without the high ticket price.

If you still want more tips, visit the ne plus ultra ultimate guide to cheap theater tickets and up-to-the-minute info: The Frugal Theater Goer’s Guide to Discount Tickets.

Oh, and next year, book one of your favorite New York hotels for mid-October when Free Night of Theater Day is held. This organization gives away 8,000 tickets to performances across the city. For more information about discounted theater tickets, visit Playbill.

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Samantha Chapnick is a New York writer who scours international destinations looking for what hasn’t been found.

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Cheap tickets make travel easy. And CheapTickets is making it easy for you to plan a weekend getaway in September with cheap flights to cities across the U.S.

Check out these sample airfares (which include all taxes and fees):

  • Atlanta to Los Angeles: $309
  • Chicago to Las Vegas: $287
  • New Orleans to New York City: $252
  • New York City to Ft. Lauderdale: $173
  • San Francisco to Chicago: $274
  • Philadelphia toOrlando: $151

These cheap tickets are for travel in September — leaving Thursday through Saturday and returning Sunday through Tuesday.

September is right around the corner. So pick a weekend and find your cheap tickets.

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Philly Fringe
takes over Philadelphia August 29 – September 13.

This celebration of theater, comedy, dance and art is the "unfiltered" companion to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. The 16-day Philly Fringe includes performances by 176 new and established artists at sites across Philadelphia.

Philly Fringe tickets are really cheap. Most shows cost $10-$15, and several shows, including "24 Hour Comedy Marathon," "Chick," How Old Are You?," "Killer Bass" and "Media Addicts" are just $5.

And if you plan to see a lot of shows– either at Live Arts or Fringe, you can save even more. There’s a 20 percent discount when you buy tickets to two or three shows and a 25 percent discount on four or more shows.

And for some post-show nightlife, you can head to the Festival Bar at the southwest corner of 5th and Fairmount. With media projections on the walls, creative activities by local artists and music, it may feel like another Fringe show — and, there’s no cover.

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AalogoWant cheap tickets to Mexico? How about a Caribbean vacation? CheapTickets and American Airlines can help.

American has Mexico and the Caribbean on sale with cheap flights to your favorite tropical destinations. Look at these sample airfares:

  • Chicago to Aruba — $292
  • Denver to Grand Cayman — $401
  • Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta — $289
  • Washington to St. Maarten — $251
  • Charlotte to Cancun — $360

Fares are good for travel September 2 through December 10, 2008 and don’t include taxes and fees. This airfare sale runs though July 31, so plan your fall vacation now and save.

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