We’ve talked in the past about how to get your parents on board with your love of electronic music. One of the ways we discussed: Finding the right shows. Many adults who’ve never before experienced a festival, club show, or rave fear they’ll feel out of place among the target demographic. The reality though, is that at the right show, age simply doesn’t matter. Sharing the rave experience with your parents gives them a peek inside an important facet of your life, and affords you a rare opportunity to show them the love and acceptance of our community. But trying to make this happen can feel a lot like pulling teeth. It often leaves us wondering, what is the right show? The answer: Above & Beyond Acoustic.
The legendary trance trio last embarked on an acoustic journey back in 2014, when they converted a collection of their most loved tracks into full on orchestral beauty. Gathering together a team of their favorite vocalists and musicians, they paired live shows with a new album to give fans a new look at old music. Two years later, Above & Beyond will once again go on the road for their second Acoustic tour, this time hitting 10 cities across three countries. The key dates for those of us in the Northwest: May 26, 2016 at the Berkeley Greek Theater, and May 28 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
So you know the dates, you’ve marked your calendar for presales (Thursday, December 3rd), and you’re now brainstorming ways to convince your parents to join you. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Remember to emphasize: This isn’t your typical show
This won’t be a sweaty night in a dark nightclub. Above & Beyond Acoustic is more akin to a night at the orchestra, with assigned seating, a full assortment of cellos, violin, and piano, and music that’s decidedly more palatable than any festival stage offering. It’s an occasion to wear your finest suit or evening gown, and carries an air of sophistication you won’t often find. You won’t have to worry about losing your parents in a large crowd, or even dealing with the normal stress of set times and tired feet.
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