This Saturday, the goodtime outfit the Hold Steady will celebrate the last official weekend of summer with a free, if ticketed, show at the Beekman Beer Garden; the festivities begin at 8 p.m., and tickets are available online now. As is often the case, “free” doesn’t necessarily mean free—if you reserve a ticket and don’t plunk down cash, you’re only guaranteed entry if you’re one of the first thousand people to get in line. But there’s another option! It involves paying money! And helping kids, because who doesn’t want to help kids what are you some kind of monster?
From the fine print about the $15 “Concert Confidential VIP” tickets available for the show:
VIP tickets include guaranteed entry and front of the line access. Doors open at 6pm. 100% of proceeds from these tickets will go to benefit VH1’s Save the Music.
So basically, you have to think about this: Is the ability to stroll in at, say, 9, and not wait in a line at the South Street Seaport for a huge chunk of time worth a) $15 and b) the chance to brag that you helped a pretty good cause? Ah, I love a good opportunity cost lesson in the morning! Feel free to use the songwriting of Huey Lewis and the News, as interpreted by Craig Finn et al, to help you figure out how you’re going to solve the dilemma.