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PORTLAND, OR, United States – These long summer days are often called the “dog days” for a reason: with the weather being sunny and warm, folks head out doors to seek entertainment. Trips to the park, outdoor festivals and concerts draw people outdoors on a nightly basis.

The unfortunate fans of the well known rock band Kings of Leon were frustrated to find out the band recently cancelled their summer tour here in the United States, leaving ticket holders and faithful fans high and dry when it comes to their summer concert plans. So, what’s a music lover or anyone seeking outdoor based entertainment to do?¬† Why not look to your fancy mobile phone for more resources?

For live music lovers, Gig Finder from Nokia Ovi Store should be a first place to look. This location aware application scans the lists of all known concerts in your local area and suggests upcoming shows for you to witness first hand. You can search for concerts by artist, genre, venue and dates. If you want, you can even add artists to a musical profile and get notified when your favorite artist comes to your town.

Gig Finder will also read the music you have on your phone in an effort to suggest concerts to you that the app thinks you will like. If you find a show that suits your taste, you can see the different options for where to purchase tickets, all from within the application.

For those who wish to find out what’s going on in your city outside of the live music realm, be sure to keep Here and Now close to your fingers. Here and Now started out as a Beta Labs project and is now a featured application on many Nokia phones. With this great application, you can find many options for what’s happening in and around your current location.

Curious as to what’s going in your city, right now? The first step involves loading up the Here and Now application and checking the weather for your current location. Care for a movie? The app can also supply you with local movie times or even for the town to you if you’re hooking up with friends in a different city. In addition to all this, Here and Now can give you restaurant information, local museums, shopping centers and more. It’s a must-have city guide for wherever you happen to be, whether you’re playing tourist in your own town or are actually on vacation.

As you can see, there’s no reason to be bored on these long summer days. Use these apps to find out what’s happening in your local scene. How do you stay on top of what’s going on in your city?

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