OK, so you’ve seen the news about a free ticket available for a parent who takes their kid to Warped Tour.
But, if you’re a parent who isn’t into metalcore and other really loud stuff, is there anything to see? YES!! The Van’s Warped Tour is a wonderful place to sample new music from bands you might not have heard of, as well as old favorites. Much of today’s music is very parent-friendly, and Warped Tour recruits talented bands with talented musicians. Here is a starter list of bands that should be great for parents:
- Anything in the Acoustic tent – Warped’s best musicians drop by to play acoustic sets. Different line-ups every day. It’s phenomenal.
- Bad Rabbits – With the funkadellic tones these guys are pumping out, you will swear it’s the 1970s
- Echosmith – This family band of 4 from SoCal have heartfelt, singable songs delivered vocally by their angelic lead singer Sydney Sierota.
- The Maine – Lead John O’Callaghan is a big fan of Steely Dan and other 70s, 80s and 90s rock, and it shows in the sophistication of their solid rock n roll tunes.
- Yellowcard – You probably know a couple of their songs like Ocean Avenue, and their newest material is equally great. Fun rock and roll, but often poignant lyrics.
- Anthony Raneri – The lead singer for Bayside also plays sets regularly in the Acoustic Tent. His operatic voice is a treat.
- We Are The In Crowd – bouncy fun songs with energetic performances,
- Elder Brother – Kind of The Guess Who meet Panic! At The Disco.
- Bowling For Soup – If only so mom can dance to that song “1985”
- Beebs And Her Money Makers – Even if the rock/ska tunes aren’t your thing, these guys are an energy boost and a visual treat!
There are many other great parent-friendly bands (Bayside, Mayday Parade, ACIDIC, Anberlin, I Fight Dragons, etc , so look for more later.
Oh, and you might or might not like the rap from K.Flay, but be sure to remind your kids that she’s a Stanford Alumna!
P.S. If it’s too loud for you, (1) bring concert ear plugs and (2) step back to the sound cage, where the music usually sounds best anyway, and (3) seek refuge in the Parents’ Tent.