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Concerts: Should you stay or should you go?

July 24, 2014

By Robert Morast, The Virginian-Pilot



July 25--A lot of concerts will occur in the next six days in Hampton Roads. Which is cool if you're a music fan with a broad spectrum of interests. Not cool if you're a music fan on a budget. To help make the sometimes-difficult decision of which ticket to buy, we put together some quick arguments for and against eight acts playing in the region over the next week. Don't say we didn't try to help.

Fall Out Boy and Paramore

Why you should go You're an angsty teen or an adult trying to relive your angsty teen days through two punky rock bands that are becoming too old to be angst-ridden.

Why you should stay away You're annoyed by young fans who think everything their favorite bands do is so earnest.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach. $20 to $60

Phish

Why you should go You love neo-hippie gatherings centered around bands that play around 25-minute guitar solos.

Why you should stay away You despise neo-hippie gatherings centered around bands that play around 25-minute guitar solos.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth. $60

Maxwell

Why you should go You crave sensitive R&B singers with sensual and introspective presentations.

Why you should stay away You don't like love songs by people who sound as though they're perpetually broken-hearted.

8 tonight, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk. $48 to $123.50

Under the Influence of Music Tour featuring Wiz Khalifa

Why you should go You vibe with this hip-hop package tour collecting a troupe of rappers who celebrate marijuana.

Why you should stay away You're at odds with hip-hop or cannabis culture.

6 p.m. Saturday, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach. $21 to $56.75

Dave Matthews Band

Why you should go You still haven't seen this rock-jam band that formed in Charlottesville and has become the unofficial band of the commonwealth -- with a fan base rivaling the intensity of a football team's.

Why you should stay away You're at odds with a lighter, international-flavored take on the Grateful Dead's sound. It's not for everyone, even though everyone seems to love DMB.

7 tonight, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach. $33.50 to $68

John Hiatt and Robert Cray

Why you should go You enjoy sensible, heartfelt takes on the blues.

Why you should stay away You prefer blues coming from a place of desperation or contempt.

8 p.m. Saturday, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. $43 to $63

Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw

Why you should go You love pop-leaning singer-songwriters who play the spectrum from rousing sing-alongs to swaying ballads.

Why you should stay away You dislike musicians whose sets rely on contemporary and classic cover songs.

7 p.m. Sunday, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth. $25 to $49.75

Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow

Why you should go You love concerts that blend its performing artists, as Rascal Flatts and Crow have been teaming up throughout the tour for some Crow classics and covers -- maybe even an a cappella version of "If It Makes You Happy."

Why you should stay away You want a set mostly filled with Flatts' latest records and Crow's country set from last year. So remember: There's a reason this is the "Rewind Tour."

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach. $25.50 to $60.75

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