Do people really suffer during the “three weeks”?

I have been wondering this lately because I in fact suffer immensely during the three weeks. The three weeks are the single most amazing time of the year for concerts and I like many of my fellow music junkies cringe as we look at all the concerts we are missing. I wonder if other folks go through the same terror that I go through every year as the concerts of the summer are announced and I daven with loads of kavannah so that they do not fall out during the three weeks. They always do, which has led me to write a post listing all the concerts I am missing that I would definitely go to, this list does not include all the open mic nights, local coffee shop jazz jams, free music in the parks and county fairs that may have some great shows as well.

KC and the Sunshine Band– disco and funk at its best

Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake
– my two favorite Ska bands. Last time I saw Less Than Jake was at the Warped tour in Buffalo 7 years ago. I have seen Reel Big Fish twice, the last time being several years back in Toronto.

Symphony X
– hard to find these shows outside of Finland

New Riders of The Purple Sage

Ben Folds

Catch 22– multiple tour dates, all on shabbos or in the three weeks

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

INXS– seriously man, why me

Kansas– well they have been around for 30 years so we know they will be coming back.

String Cheese Incident– they either play dates you cant make it or at ridiculously over priced festivals.

Robert Cary Band

Ani Difranco– Seen her perform once for free at a July 4th celebration, as a man I am afraid to see her alone for fear of man hating lesbians.

David Grisman Quartet– he’s Jewish I think

George Clinton and Parliament– missing the funk eh.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
– this is the biggest bummer of the summer.

Alison Krauss

I am curious to hear from you if you suffer during the three weeks as much as I do? My buddy related a story the other day of how he missed VH when they were touring in 1998 for Balance- personally my favorite VH album because of its obscurity, missing VH is what I call suffering.

Not taking haircuts and buying new clothes is fine with my raggedy self, not swimming during the 9 days always sucks when I happen to be on my kayak, but the lack of meat and all the other laws is no big deal.