It is funny. I hate when I can’t get a ticket, I like to save them. But you are right, these tickets are becoming a thing of the past. I get them by mail when I can. No problem on these since most went on sale 6 months before the show.
I still request physical tickets when I can, but their value as souvenirs to me isn't quite what it used it be. Part of the problem is the relatively low quality of US paper tickets in contrast to their European counterparts. Plus, I absolutely hate Live Nation/Ticketmaster, so I can do without reminders of their dominance over the industry.
The Lincoln Hall/Schubas guest list method is actually fantastic because it keeps scalping under control - i.e. virtually non-existant for these venues (which are often cited as two of the best in town). You go to the show or you don't. You typically can't even transfer them.
Saw Aurora on Friday, who has blossomed into and absolutely phenomenal live performer. Highly recommended - she's really a special artist. She signed and took photos with fans after the show - video posted below.
Took my son to see Experience Hendrix last night and what a show this was. 3 1/2 hours, you never knew what you’d see next. Zakk Wylde played from every corner of the theater, behind his back, with his teeth, at the edge of the balcony. The lineup is unbelievable. To see 3 of my favorites Johnny Lang playing with Dave Mustaine and Zakk was very cool for me. Check this show out if you can.
That's one where I stumbled upon ads from time to time but never really knew much about. Looks like maybe I should have paid more attention, since it's obviously a bigger show than I realized.
Some revisions, but this is what the new calendar looks like:
April - Olivia O'Brien (M&G), K Flay, Bea Miller (M&G), Alice Merton
May - The Greeting Committee, Mogli, Florence & the Machine (may opt out)
June - Dido (M&G), Bishop Briggs, Charley Bliss
July - Yungblud
August - Lollapalooza (Bishop only fest-wise) - hoping for Maggie Rogers, Bishop, Sigrid, etc aftershows