All hail, Microsoft and Kelly Clarkson

Over the past few years, Kelly Clarkson and Microsoft have developed a nice partnership. The latter has opened more than 30 Microsoft Stores in recent years, each one throwing a large-scale grand opening in its respective location with a big-name musician to help encourage fans to come out in even bigger numbers.

Along with Kelly (who has performed at store openings in several different cities), other artists who have taken part in these grand openings, putting on free-to-the-fans concerts, include Blake Shelton, Ne-Yo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Neon Trees, Weezer, Train, The Black Keys and more.

While I've bi-curiously teetered back and forth between being a Mac and a PC, depending on the situation, I'm all Kelly fan (clearly). When a new Microsoft Store opening was announced for Beachwood Place in Cleveland (just two hours away), on a weekend, with Kelly Clarkson performing a free outdoor concert, there really wasn't too much I had to think about. Besides, all the weather forecasts called for slightly chilly temperatures in the 40s-50s and little chance of rain. It would be fine, right? Read on...