Sunday, January 16, 2011

2010 in review: Live Music

On to the final recap post for 2010 - music.  Here are the numbers:

Total shows (counting each day of multi-day events): 40
A couple notes on this - for the first time, there were a handful of big shows I couldn't count because though they were "shows," they weren't music.  Comedy, book readings, Anthony Bourdain.  Even if I had counted them, though, I'd still be down nearly 20 shows from 2009's total.  Damn!  I think the crazy Spain run of 2009 accounts for half of that discrepancy, though.

Performers seen for the first time (headlining, in this particular incarnation): 6  (Dawes, Jay Farrar + Ben Gibbard, Jakob Dylan, Xalam, Hunstville, the National)

Performers seen for the first time (support or other variety setting): 19  (including Mike Benign, the Low Anthem, the Dodos, the Duchess and the Duke, the Books, Mavis Staples, Outrageous Cherry, Lawrence Arabia, Philip Selway, Owen Pallett, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, J.C. Brooks, Joan of Arc)

Seen most often: Wilco, Martin Rivas, Philip Selway

Favorite concert moments of 2010, in no order:

  • My mostly-joking request for "Single Ladies" being granted by Jeff Tweedy, 3/13
  • Glenn Kotche beheading a woman during On Fillmore's set, 8/14
  • Women dancing in the aisles during Xalam's show at the French Institute in Dakar, 5/28
  • Rhett Miller playing "Ray Charles," 3/5
  • The Low Anthem's cell-phone-cricket-chirp crowd participation number, 3/6
  • Low stage (!!!) at the Orpheum for the New Pornographers, 8/4
  • The National performing "Terrible Love" in front of 27,000 people, including President Obama, on Library Mall, 9/28
  • The entire audience singing along with the preshow music of "Living on a Prayer" at the Ryman before the Avett Brothers came out dressed as mummies, 10/30
  • Viper and his Famous Orchestra's Miley Cyrus cover, 7/9
  • The first notes of the acoustic set of my first "evening with" Wilco show, 4/2

Bring it on, 2011.

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