Live music

Andrew Valkanoff

Andrew Valkanoff

photograph by Travis Long

“I love live music, and May is full of it. I’m excited about Needtobreathe, Dave Matthews, and Kenny Chesney.” – Andrew Valkanoff, owner, Triangle Dairy Queen

Entrepreneur Andrew Valkanoff has a pretty sweet gig: he owns and operates three Dairy Queen franchises in Morrisville and Raleigh. “I love the ability to serve ice cream to kids all day, and to make celebrating a game,
birthday, or friendship a little better with some chicken strips and a Blizzard,” says the 35-year-old Michigan native. While he plans to catch his fair share of concerts this month, there’s another event on his radar, too. “I’m really looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day. My wife (Christina) just had our third child. We’ll spend the day relaxing after a big brunch, trying to do all the things that she does for us every day. It’s always a special time in our house.”

Join Valkanoff at the Needtobreathe concert on May 15 (7 p.m., $30 – $110, Red Hat Amphitheater,; the Dave Matthews Band concert on May 22 (7 p.m., $37 and up, Walnut Creek Amphiteatre,; and the Kenny Chesney concert on May 28 (7 p.m., $32 and up, PNC Arena,