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Bob & LBF in the Morning

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 09: (NO COVERS) Taylor Swift attends 'In Conversation With... Taylor Swift' during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 09, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Are you a fan of catchy tunes, energetic performances, and a stadium packed with enthusiastic fans? Well, attending a Taylor Swift concert at Gillette Stadium might sound like the perfect night out, but here are things to do in Boston May 19-21 if you’re not going to the show, or looking for something else to do in the area.

No tickets? No PROBLEM!

Let me enlighten you on why going to Taylor Swift is a TERRIBLE idea.

Let’s talk about the traffic. The endless sea of cars, inching forward at a snail’s pace while “Bad Blood” plays on the radio for the hundredth time? Nightmare.

Patience is a virtue, but when you’re already running late and the parking lot is FIVE STADIUMS AWAY? NOT a good way to get steps in.

And that’s before you even get there!

Once you’ve miraculously made it inside, prepare yourself for the chaos that is the concession lines. With thousands of hungry concert-goers, a Miller Lite might as well be a mirage. Plus, the prices! You’d think you were paying for a personal serenade from Taylor herself for the price of a hot dog.

And let’s not forget about the bathroom situation.

We all know that feeling when you’ve downed an extra-large soda and then find yourself waiting in line for what seems like eternity, doing the pee-pee dance to the tune of “Shake It Off.” Trust me, it’s not a graceful sight.

How about the SCREAMING Swifties?

No thank you. You just paid more than a grand to hear some 8th grader from Stoughton sing “All Too Well” at volume 50 in your “good” ear.

Let’s talk about the aftermath.

You’ll leave the concert with ringing ears, your vocal cords strained from belting out every single lyric, and a dwindling bank account thanks to those overpriced t-shirts you just had to have. And good luck finding your car in that labyrinthine parking lot!

So, my friend, while Taylor Swift may be an incredible artist and Gillette Stadium may be an iconic venue, attending a concert there is not for the faint of heart.

Unless you’re prepared to battle traffic, endure long lines, and at trip to the audiologist this Monday, you might want to reconsider and opt for a cozy night in, blasting Taylor’s songs from the comfort of your own living room.

So, let’s find some alternatives, shall we? Here are 7 things to do in Boston May 19-21.

  • Tracy Morgan, The Wilbur Theater, Boston, Saturday, May 20, 7:45 & 9 p.m.

    Tracy Morgan is an American comedian and actor known for his unique comedic style and memorable performances. He gained widespread fame through his role as Tracy Jordan on the sitcom “30 Rock” and his time as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” With his comedic timing and eccentric personality, Morgan continues to entertain audiences on stage and screen. Get tickets HERE

    Tracy Morgan

    Tracy Morgan presented the awards for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture and Best Original Score. He accidentally mispronounced the winning film, “And the Golden Globe goes to…Sal…Soul.”

  • Samantha Bee: Your Favorite Woman, The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m.

    The Full Frontal host and author of I Know I Am, But What Are You? has been featured in TIME 100: The Most Influential People. Also, she’s hilarious. Get tickets HERE

    Samantha Bee

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Samantha Bee attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Blink 182, TD Garden, Boston, Sunday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

    I mean, it’s unlikey a fan of Taylor Swift is going nuts for Travis Barker, but there’s always a chance! Get tickets HERE

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    LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Musicians Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus, and Matt Skiba of blink-182 attend The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra's Disney Princess - The Concert, Symphony Hall, Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m.

    “Be the guest as an all-star quartet of Broadway, television and animated film icons sing the music of every Disney Princess in an unforgettable celebration of songs, animation, and stories, alongside their magical Music Director and enchanting Prince. Relive your VHS tape glory days, dress up in your favorite royal attire, and share the joy with your loved ones at Disney Princess – The Concert.” Get tickets HERE

    Disney princess

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – JANUARY 17: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, daytime TV talk show host Wendy Williams poses with Disney Princesses (L-R) Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine and Tiana during a visit to the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort January 17, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Williams visited the resort to film segments for “The Wendy Williams Show,” prior to launching a sweepstakes Jan. 30, 2014 for viewers to win family vacations to the theme parks. Viewers can check local listings and tune in throughout the month of February to win. (Photo by Gregg Newton/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

  • Sonja Morgan, RHONY, Boston Comedy Festival, City Winery, Boston, May 20, 8 p.m.

    Sonja Morgan is America’s most LOVEABLE train wreck and she’s heading up to Boston “for an unfiltered conversation that will have you seeing double and feeling single. Come ready to ask all your burning questions and you know Sonja will answer in her unabashedly unlike anyone fashion. Bawdy and real.” Get your tickets HERE

    GLAAD Manhattan Summer Event

    NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 07: TV Personality Sonja Morgan attends the GLAAD Manhattan Summer Event at Humphrey at the Eventi Hotel on August 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Janet Jackson, Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Friday, May 19, 7:45 p.m.

    Janet Jackson, the iconic pop superstar and sibling to the legendary Jackson family, is the master of dance moves that make your body question its own existence. From “Rhythm Nation” to “All for You,” she has been giving us bops that make us forget our own names since the ’80s. With her impeccable style, sultry vocals, and undeniable talent, Janet has proven that she’s not just the “baby” of the family, but a force to be reckoned with in her own right. Get tickets HERE

    Janet jackson

    NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Janet Jackson performs onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

  • The Prom, Speakeasy Theater, Boston

    “You’ll want to accept this invitation to ‘The Prom’ ” the Boston Globe raves! WINNER! 2019 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical! Emma didn’t want to be a newspaper headline or the face of a movement; she just wanted to take her girlfriend Alyssa to their high school prom. But just when it seems like she might persuade the hesitant PTA, four bumbling Broadway has-beens in search of relevance barge into Edgewater, Indiana to put a spotlight on the issue — and themselves. As the worlds of Broadway and Main Street hilariously collide, the courage of one girl reminds us all of the power of love to bring us together. With non-stop laughs and show-stopping dance numbers, The Prom is a feel-good musical with a message that is even more relevant today.

    Get tickets HERE

     

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