2015 By The Numbers
A couple of years ago, a friend suggested I put together some statistics about my year in music. I am continuing the tradition this year, since I saw more shows than ever!
Go out and hear live music! The musicians will be most appreciative!
I count each day at a festival as one show although I count each set separately.
19,580 – Largest-capacity venue I was in (TD Garden – I was unable to find the exact seating count for concerts but this is the maximum capacity)
1,104 – Miles to the furthest venue (3rd & Lindsley in Nashville)
348 – Number of sets I saw
315 – Different bands I saw
224 – Shows I saw
165 – Bands I saw for the first time in 2014
150 – Number of shows for which I was on the guest list
100 – Most expensive show I saw (Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez Fundraiser on May 20 at Extended Play Sessions)
85 – Age of oldest performer I saw (Buck White with Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White on November 17 at Berklee Performance Center)
79 – Age of the oldest headlining performer I saw (Buddy Guy)
66 – Most bands I saw in one venue (Club Passim)
56 – Most shows I saw in one venue (Club Passim – exactly 25% of the shows I saw all year were here)
51 – Different venues in which I saw shows
42 – Years between last time I saw an artist and the most recent time (Ry Cooder)
40 – Smallest-capacity venue I was in (Extended Play Sessions)
29.78 – Average face value of show tickets
29 – Performers I saw more than once
21 – Age of youngest performer I saw (George Ezra on March 4 at House of Blues)
14 – Venues I was in for the first time in 2014
10.65 – Average out-of-pocket cost of shows (guest list shows included as $0)
5 – Least expensive show I saw that wasn’t a free show (Country Western Night at The 5 Spot and Roy Sludge Trio at Atwood’s; there were other shows that had suggested donations)
4 – Most times I saw one band (Laney Jones and the Spirits)
3.1 – Miles to the closest venue (Regent Theatre)
0 – Least expensive show I saw, not including shows where I was on the guest list (Several)
If any reader has a suggestion for other interesting statistics, please leave a comment for me.