I woke up on the last day of the Green River Festival eager for more music – the previous day was so terrific that I needed more! Unfortunately it was a scorcher of a day and that caused me to not want to walk around more than necessary; all that meant was that I missed acts I wanted to see but still saw amazing acts.
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
Wow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band gave us an incredible show at The Sinclair on Tuesday night! This show, presented by Grain Audio, was the fourth time I’ve seen the band in the past two years and it was quite possibly the best I’ve seen them.
Yes, I saw the band’s 50th anniversary show in January 2012 at Carnegie Hall in New York from sixth row center and it was amazing, but there was something about the energy in Tuesday night’s audience that made the band soar even higher than they normally do.
This week’s announcements are pretty stellar!
Guster at Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Saturday, November 16 (this is a benefit show for the Greater Boston Food Bank being sponsored by WXRV FM radio)
Gary Burton at Berklee Performance Center – Tuesday, November 12
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The Sinclair – Tuesday, November 19 ($10 show – amazing price for this band)
Hard Working Americans (Todd Snider’s new project) at Brighton Music Hall – Friday, January 24
Beth Orton at The Orpheum – Thursday, February 13
Railroad Earth at House of Blues – Friday, February 21
Big Head Todd & the Monsters at House of Blues – Saturday, February 22
Lord Huron with Night Beds at The Royale – Tuesday, February 4
Kings of Leon with Gary Clark, Jr. at TD Garden – Friday, February 28
Sam Bush at The Wilbur Theatre – Wednesday, March 12 (rescheduled from October 26)
I saw an interesting band name this week – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (performed at Great Scott on October 22)
This wasn’t a very big week for announcements of new shows. Maybe I should say that not many new shows caught my attention.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The Narrows Center for the Arts – Wednesday, November 20
Roseanne Cash at The Narrows Center for the Arts – Thursday, December 12
Taj Mahal at The Narrows Center for the Arts – Thursday, February 13
Johnny Clegg at Somerville Theatre – Friday, April 4
Joe Bonamassa at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Friday, May 16