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Best Concerts of 2013

The time has come for me to reflect on the 128 concerts I attended in 2013 and determine the top ten. It was an extremely difficult task this year because I saw so many excellent shows.


I laid one ground rule for myself. I did not include sets at festivals for one main reason – there is generally a lot more energy at a festival than at a ‘regular’ concert and the musicians feed off that energy which produces a better show. Also, at festivals musicians from other bands tend to sit in with the act on stage so one is not always seeing the band as they typically perform. 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!

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

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

Excellent Ticket Friday!

Friday is generally the day of the week when most new concerts go on sale, and today was no exception.

One of my favorite performers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, is finally going to be back in Boston doing a headlining show! He’s at House of Blues on January 18,2014. Yes, my first concert tickets for 2014 are now in my hands!

A new favorite, The New Orleans Suspects, is going to be at my favorite small venue, Johnny D’s, on Thursday, November 14. The band is composed of members of The Radiators and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, to name a few, and they are awesome performers. I was introduced to them at a New Orleans music festival last summer and hoped they would add a Boston area show to their fall tour.

These are two amazing New Orleans based acts that you should see! Maybe I’ll see you at the shows!

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