Live Nation’s National Concert Week Brings $20 Tickets To More Than 2,800 Shows

Ed Kowalczyk
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– Ed Kowalczyk
Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, Conn.
For the fifth year, Live Nation is putting on its National Concert Week, providing discounted tickets to shows from the likes of The Who, Jennifer Lopez, Dierks Bentley, Mary J. Blige & Nas, Slipknot, Backstreet Boys, Gloria Trevi, Santana, The Black Keys, Sara Bareilles, Brad Paisley, Wiz Khalifa, Zac Brown Band, and many more. 
The promotion will offer more than 2 million tickets to more than 2,800 shows at a price of just $20, but these discounted tickets will only be available for one week. T-Mobile customers get an exclusive presale beginning April 30 at 5 a.m., through it’s T-Mobile Tuesdays program. The general public gets access to National Concert Week tickets Wednesday, May 1 through Tuesday May 7. 
National Concert Week is also celebrated in Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. 
Ed Kowalczyk of Live, which is touring with Bush this summer and participating in NCW, spoke to Pollstar about the significance of concerts.
“When we reunited and we jumped right into these amazing festivals, I could just tell right away, they’re more important than ever, these communal gatherings that music has always been about, people are more engaged and hungry for it than ever,” Kowalczyk said. “Our lives are so disconnected from standing next to someone and rocking out, everyone is one their phone all the time. When you get in those concert environments, people are like ‘Hell yeah,’ this is what it’s all about.”
Kowalczyk broke apart from Live in 2009, but the band reunited in December of 2016 and has since played a slew of festivals and gone on tour with Counting Crows. 
“Since the reunion, there’s been this extra level of excitement and energy in the band and gratitude for each other. We’re just having a blast and it’s really coming across in the music and how we’re performing it, there’s a freshness to it. 
“I’m really excited to be touring with Bush and Our Lady Peace, I think it’s a great package, lots of great songs. Between those bands its going to be a pretty special event.”
The full list of artists participating in National Concert Week can be found below. A full transcription of Pollstar’s interview with Live’s Ed Kowalczyk will be posted next week as tickets go on sale for National Concert Week. You can learn more about NCW at
311 & Dirty Heads
Alice Cooper & Halestorm
Anjelah Johnson
Backstreet Boys
Brad Paisley
Brantley Gilbert
Breaking Benjamin
Brian Regan
Bring Me The Horizon
Bryan Adams
Bush & +LIVE+
Beck & Cage the Elephant
Celeste Barber
Chris Young
Clint Black & Trace Adkins
Coheed and Cambria & Mastodon
Countess Luann
Dane Cook
Derek Hough
Dierks Bentley
Disrupt: The Used, Thrice, & Circa Survive
Elvis Costello & the Imposters and Blondie
Enanitos Verdes
Eros Ramazzotti
Flatbush Zombies & Joey BadA$$
Florence + the Machine
Florida Georgia Line
FRANK. The Man. The Music. Starring Bob Anderson
Gloria Trevi
Hootie & The Blowfish
Iliza Shlesinger
Impractical Jokers
Jason Aldean
JB Smoove
Jennifer Lopez
Joe Budden
Jon Bellion
Justin Willman
Kodak Black
KORN & Alice In Chains
Lil Pump & Lil Skies
Luis Miguel
Lukas Graham
Luke Bryan
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Marco Antonio Solis
Mary J. Blige & Nas
Miranda Lambert
moe. & Blues Traveler
Neil Degrasse Tyson
Nelly / TLC / Flo Rida
New Kids On The Block
Norm Macdonald
Papa Roach
Patton Oswalt
Peter Frampton
Preacher Lawson
The Clintons
Rascal Flatts
Rob Thomas
Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson
Sara Bareilles
The 1975
The Black Keys
The Chainsmokers
The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher
The Head and the Heart
The Who
Third Eye Blind & Jimmy Eat World
Thomas Rhett
Train & Goo Goo Dolls
Vampire Weekend
Vic Dibetto
Wanda Sykes
Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss
Wisin Y Yandel
Wiz Khalifa
Zac Brown Band