Growing up in the intermountain west, my childhood summers were full of road trips and amphitheaters. Festivals at ski resorts, skits at summer camp, family reunions, weddings and outdoor productions by the local community college were all performed (some better than others) in these beautiful western landscapes. They were also all preceded by painful road trips and followed by equally painful sunburns. Thankfully, this amphitheater trend has continued into adulthood, culminating recently with the breathtaking vista that is The Gorge, Washington.
Government uprisings, mass protests and civil movements are a few common examples of events that draw tens of thousands of people through common passion. This year, the 2011 Sasquatch music festival’s official Facebook fan page had a total of 41,173 followers, and the website logged 100,000 tickets sold over the four days.