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2017 By The Numbers

Several years ago, a friend suggested I put together some statistics about my year in music. I am continuing the tradition once again, despite not seeing as many shows last year! At the beginning of the year I said I was going to slow down my concert-going and unfortunately because I was forced to relocate from a fabulous music city to one that is less so, I saw fewer shows than I had since 2013… Sad face…

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Go out and hear live music! The musicians will be most appreciative! Your mental health will thank you too…

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2016 By The Numbers

Several 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! At the beginning of the year I said I was going to slow down my concert-going – you can see what happened to that! Eighteen more shows this year than last year and many more sets (mostly due to attending Club Passim’s Campfire Festivals, each of which has close to 80 different performers over the weekend)…

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Go out and hear live music! The musicians will be most appreciative! Your mental health will thank you too…

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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!

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Go out and hear live music! The musicians will be most appreciative!

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2014 By The Numbers

Last year, a friend thought that it would be fun to put together some statistics about my year in music so I’m continuing the tradition this year!

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2013 By The Numbers

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A friend thought that it would be fun to put together some statistics about my year in music. When I do 2014 statistics, I will add the average cost of the shows I see (I did not track that in 2013).

If any reader has a suggestion for other interesting statistics, please leave a comment for me!

14,801 – Largest-capacity venue I was in (TD Garden)

214 – Most expensive show I saw (Prince on 12/29 at Mohegan Sun Arena)

205 – Different bands I saw

146 – Bands I saw for the first time in 2013

129 – Shows I saw

101.29 – Miles to the furthest venue (Mohegan Sun Arena)

86 – Age of the oldest performer I saw (Tony Bennett)

80 – Smallest-capacity venue I was in (Lizard Lounge)

42 – Different venues in which I saw shows

25 – Most bands I saw in one venue (Lowell Summer Music Series)

20 – Performers I saw more than once

14 – Venues I was in for the first time in 2013

14 – Age of youngest performer I saw (Quinn Sullivan)

13 – Most shows I saw in one venue (Lowell Summer Music Series)

5 – Most times I saw one band (Great Big Sea)

5 – Least expensive show I saw that wasn’t a free show (Bap Kennedy on 1/6 at Club Passim)

3.94 – Miles to the closest venue (The Sinclair)

0 – Least expensive show I saw (Outside the Box Festival shows and Roberta Flack concert)

Bombino is Da Bomb!!!

Seeing Bombino perform Sunday night at The Sinclair was an amazing way to end the long Thanksgivukkah weekend!

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Bombino

This was not the first time I’d seen Bombino. Early last year, I saw him at Johnny D’s which was a fabulous venue for him, and last summer I caught a few numbers from his set at Newport Folk Festival. He just gets better and better, and I sense he’s becoming more comfortable in his role as an international ambassador of desert blues music. I will see him any time he’s in the area!

 

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Great Big Sea Rocked My Weekend!

Admittedly, Great Big Sea is one of my favorite bands to see live. They are all excellent musicians who know how to engage their audiences with their wide-ranging songs – from ballads to sea shanties to folk to rock, they do it all!

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This review combines two shows at very different venues, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, and The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts.  The former is a 1,300-seat venue and the latter seats 280. Read the rest of this entry

New Concerts Announced!

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Peter Karp and Sue Foley at Johnny D’s – Friday, December 27

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Narrows Center for the Arts – Tuesday, January 14

Carrie Rodriguez at Johnny D’s – Sunday, January 19

Jonathan Wilson at Brighton Music Hall – Tuesday, February 11

Noam Pikelny and Friends at The Sinclair – Wednesday, February 19

Bob Weir and Ratdog at House of Blues – Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25

North Mississippi Allstars at Paradise – Saturday, March 8

Ronnie Earl at Narrows Center for the Arts – Friday, April 4

The Milk Carton Kids at Brighton Music Hall – Wednesday, April 30

Haim at House of Blues – Tuesday, May 13

Garland Jeffreys Band at Narrows Center for the Arts – Friday, May 16

Tanglewood 2014 Season announced

 

 

Joe Ely Crosses Genres

Joe Ely is another artist whose music I know but not well; I had wanted to see him, either solo or with The Flatlanders, for a while but always had conflicts. I was thrilled when some local solo acoustic shows were announced AND I could get to one of them!

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Joe Ely

I’d been told Joe ‘never disappoints.’ Not only did he not disappoint Sunday night at Bull Run, but he surpassed any expectations I had.  Read the rest of this entry

Get Into a New Orleans Groove with The New Orleans Suspects

What a night of great music by The New Orleans Suspects at Johnny D’s on Thursday night!

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This is the closest I could get to a shot of the full band…

The name of the band may not be familiar to you yet, but their pedigrees should be.  Read the rest of this entry

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