17 May 2011

List #16: The best concerts I've attended

You know, I don't get out much. Having a child slows down the social life, of course, and I'm lazy, and we're kind of broke, and have you seen the price of gas? But I used to get out. And since I have no new exciting concert reviews to share, here are nine shows from nights out past that I recommend, if'n you get a chance.

9. Brian Setzer Orchestra: Brian Setzer of Stray Cats fame got himself an orchestra, and I liked it.

8. Indigo Girls: With my friend Nena when we were in college, we drove up to Duluth and ignored the lesbian jokes and sang along, loudly.

7.the Gear Daddies: Another college memory. Every spring we had a lovely outdoor party time thing at UMM: I can't remember what it was called, but this is the first one I went to. I bought myself a silver armadillo necklace that day. What's not to love?

6. Dwight Yoakum: Oh, I love him. He played the Red River Valley Fair, and Dan Lee and I stood up close and personal. Somebody should play Dwight Yoakum music at my funeral. Or better, somebody should make Dwight Yoakum come to my birthday party.

5.Tripp 40/Fat Daddies: Shaun's uncle's band, I've seen these guys much more often than any other band. They let Shaun sing "Jenny" (867-5309) whenever we're there, and nothing makes my heart pitterpat like Shaun singing, especially my name.

4. Cat Sank Trio: My friends Crystal and Terry are in a quartet called the Cat Sank Trio. It's lovely and harmonious and I like going out on the town to see them very, very much. And I keep trying to think of ways for them to let me play with them, but they don't seem interested in my tenor saxaphone ideas.

3. The Reverend Horton Heat: My favorite band of all time. I've seen them twice here, and at least 3  times in Minneapolis. I lurve them. The end.

2. KISS: The year Shaun and I were first dating (2000), KISS did their first farewell tour. If you have a chance to see KISS, let me say, it's worth the price of admission. Shaaun and I and his brother Steve (who came on an awful lot of our early dates, actually) had good seats, but they turned all dreamy-like when Paul Stanley sailed out to a small stage next to us and played "Love Gun" right in front of us. It just can't get better than that.

1. The Realtors/The Extension Chords: Shaun's high school boy band, they've performed a few times in the last ten years, and as I mentioned in #5, nothing makes my heart pitter-pat like Shaun singing.

These are my nine favorites. What are yours?


Shannon Dostal said...

Wow! I have to agree with the Gear Daddies - still love to go see Martin Zellar whenever I get a chance. And KISS - who knew?!? I was a skeptic as well until I saw them. My all time favorite - U2. I've seen them three times and each time is better than the last. Really though, give me a sunny day, a cold beer in a plastic cup and live music - what could be better?

ilene said...

My favorite concert was last summer taking Hannah (13 yrs old) to her 1st big concert to see KISS. I enjoyed her thrilled screaming as much as the band itself.

Trudy said...

My big sid and I saw bootie and the blowfish and they were awesome. Seen indigo girls a few times and was great everytime. We love love mason Jennings and seen him many times...GREAT! Seen Jason Mraz 3 times and awesome performer as well. Coldplay was phenomenal as well! I agree though, it's expensive and the way we spend our money has changed and we to have become homebodies;)

Trudy said...

Darn spell correction! Sis and hootie was where I was going;)

basketballwannabe said...

Haven't gone out partying much either but my favorite was winning tickets on the radio to go see Paul Revere and the Raiders about 15 years ago. I had to be the 10th caller and sing a verse of "Venus" over the radio to win them. The band played behind a 65 Chevy with headlights that flashed on and off. Awesome!

Tom said...

That's a tough call.

White Zombie

Rob Zombie (twice)

Ozzy Osbourne (twice)...along with Danzig, Marilyn Manson and Korn

Bill Miller

The Moody Blues

The Boys of the Lough

The Chieftains

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Uriah Heep

I'm sure I could think of a bunch more...but that's what I'll go with for now.