Outdoor Concerts & Accessories

by Nancy Schmitt

It’s August and that means one thing for music lovers: we’re in full swing of outdoor summer concert month. If you’re in the Big Apple, you’ve got your pick of locations and genres to enjoy, but no matter where you find yourself, when the city comes alive with the sound of music, you’re going to need a few essentials to fully enjoy your outdoor concert experience. We’ve put together a list of our favorite must haves from some of the hottest designers and their coolest outdoor summer concert essentials.

BODHI Bags (http://www.bodhibags.net) price tag: $198.00-$798

Outdoor concerts are an all day affair, and you need to bring all of your gear with you in style. If you’re looking for a fusion of functionality and cool in one package, look no further than BODHI bags. BODHI bags have lines specifically designed for travel and tech, with an inspirational mantra sewn into the inside of each bag for good measure. A couple of our favorite BODHI bags include the extra roomy Framed Weekender and classic Vintage Army Large Backpack. May the BODHI be with you.

NOBIS (http://www.nobis.ca) Price tag: $35.00 – $49.50

Nothing beats a crisp blue sky to work on your tan while you’re rocking out to your newest favorite band. But too much of a good thing can lead to a serious sunburn, so keep things covered with the newest hats from NOBIS. With a penchant for designing new takes on classic silhouettes, their Spring 2011 collection features hats wearable throughout the seasons. Our two favorites are the unisex Jared and Hunter. Both are incredibly comfortable, superbly constructed hats and feature a quick-dry wicking sweatband to keep your head cool and sweat out of your eyes so you can catch that stellar guitar solo. The Hunter gets bonus points for including a stash-pocket on the front bill, for quick access to cash or whatever else you want to keep handy.

Phosphor Appear (http://www.phosphorwatches.com) price tag: $199 – $249

Chances are you’re going to want to check out multiple acts during the day and can’t afford to show up late and miss a shot and lining up that spot in the front row. Enter the Phosphor Appear. A rare and seamless combination of beauty and tech, the Appear uses miniature-sized rotors under the Swarovski crystal covered display to reveal each passing second as the crystals flip over, displaying the current time. The watch also features and “off mode”, displaying only the luminous crystals on the face and transforming the watch from beautiful timepiece to brilliant bracelet.