We're closed out on your first two choices: Tina Turner (who doesn't
appear to have a concert tour planned this year) and the Rolling
Stones, who end their current tour in your hometown at the Pepsi
Center on Feb. 1-3.
Among other major performers, here's who is on the schedule. Many of
these show up on the Ticketmaster site under concerts. The best way
to use this site is searching by artist name, though you can also pick
a category and page forward by date:
Bruce Springsteen, May 12, Brussels (Belgium)
May 15, Gijon (Spain)
Elton John and Billy Joel are playing together May 2 in Auburn Hills
(Detroit), MI. Elton John is then playing the Arie Crown Theater in
downtown Chicago on May 31.
In Las Vegas, it appears that the major headliners during mid-May are
Olivia Newton-John at the Paris Las Vegas, May 15-18; and the Smothers
Brothers at the Las Vegas Hilton, May 6-June 1.
George Jones is playing at the Little Nashville Opry May 17-18.
Bill Cosby appears May 10 in Richmond, VA.
Another way to plan the weekend is to look at a good entertainment
calendar for a city, then put together a portfolio of activities.
Citysearch has a standard format as you go from location to location:
For each city's location, you can then select the links for:
-- Events by calendar
-- May 16, May 17, May 18
You should find a collection of 50-100 concerts, plays and exhibitions
for each metro area. Remember too, that if you choose Los Angeles you
might be able to attend a television show taping, such as Jay Leno's
(And sporting events such as baseball and basketball are going on in
mid-May as well.)
Some highlights of the May 16-May 18 weekend are in San Francisco are:
* the 12K Bay to Breakers race:
* the San Francisco Giants are at Pacific Bell Park vs. the New York
Mets. The park and neighboring areas are beautiful, even if J isn't a
* it's springtime at the wineries in the Napa and Sonoma valleys and
you can do it on four wheels or on two:
"Napa Valley Hiking and Biking"
The two wine counties have a well-developed dining industry, including
the Wine Train:
Napa Valley Wine Train
My wife feels that the finest restaurant in the valley is Auberge du
Soleil, at the north end of the Napa Valley. At sunset, the view is
appears as much like rural France as it does California:
Auberge du Soleil
There are a number of charter operations in the Denver area, including
at least two that operate out of Centennial Airport near you. Rates
may vary somewhat but Mayo Aviation charges $1,975 per hour for its
Learjet 35; $1,075 per hour for its King Air turboprops. There is a
minimum of 2 hours per calendar day billed and a charge for
overnights. The overnight charges are $600/night on the turboprops
and $800/night on the Learjet.
As an example, the Learjet takes about 2 hours flight time to reach
San Francisco; about 3 hours in the King Air. Each will hold 6-7
passengers with weekend baggage, making it possible for you to take
along BOTH sets of parents.
Should you decide to charter, it has some advantages over a less
expensive commercial flight:
* departure from a nearby airport
* flexibility in schedule and where you decide to stop. For
example, in the Bay Area you might choose to arrive at Napa Airport,
Oakland, San Jose or San Francisco International. You might also
choose another stop enroute.
"Aircraft Charter Services"
Also chartering from Centennial Airport is International Jet Air
Google search strategy:
city entertainment directories for local events
Ticketmaster.com for concerts
If we can be additional help in pinning down an itinerary, please let
us know with a clarification request.