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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tonight doing a Big Band Holiday show. This is Marsalis and his septet along with the surviving members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. I'm a sucker for Big Band music.


That sounds like fun. Orchestra hall?
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Wentz Hall in Naperville.

That's a great place to hear music in Naperville--who did you see?


I was replying to Aphilla's question about the Wynton Marsalis and JLCO show tonight, which takes place at Wentz Hall.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:

I'm a sucker for Big Band music.


Hearing the music live has so much energy.

One of my first concert experiences was seeing Stan Kenton live back in the early '70s. It made a big impact on me.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tonight doing a Big Band Holiday show.


This was sheer greatness. If you are even remotely inclined and they are in your area, don't pass up this show. There were 16 musicians - all with solo ability and multiple opportunities throughout. Also sensational vocals by Cécile McLorin Salvant, a remarkable 24 year old singer. A truly wonderful evening.
Steve Vai at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas.

My third time to see this guitar master live and I continue to be amazed by his abilities. Even now that he's almost 50 years old it doesn't appear that he's lost any of his speed, articulation, or versatility.
A few weeks ago:

Marc Cohn at Hugh's Room on Wednesday, followed by Bruce Hornsby at Koerner Hall on Thursday.

Marc had a 2nd keyboard player (can't recall his name) and for this show he brought in John Leventhal on guitar. John is a great producer and excellent guitarist.

Bruce was a solo piano show. Brilliant as always.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tonight doing a Big Band Holiday show.


This was sheer greatness. If you are even remotely inclined and they are in your area, don't pass up this show. There were 16 musicians - all with solo ability and multiple opportunities throughout. Also sensational vocals by Cécile McLorin Salvant, a remarkable 24 year old singer. A truly wonderful evening.


Did they do any Christmas numbers? I have a Swing into Christmas CD that I pull out every year at this time.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tonight doing a Big Band Holiday show.


This was sheer greatness. If you are even remotely inclined and they are in your area, don't pass up this show. There were 16 musicians - all with solo ability and multiple opportunities throughout. Also sensational vocals by Cécile McLorin Salvant, a remarkable 24 year old singer. A truly wonderful evening.


Did they do any Christmas numbers? I have a Swing into Christmas CD that I pull out every year at this time.


It was all Christmas songs. Very festive.
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Going to see Heart on Thursday. I'm psych'd! Banana

But didn't they suck when they were popular--has something changed? Confused



Wha???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Eek Eek Eek

Ann Wilson had one of the clearest and most powerful voices in rock, the music was not one-dimensional like so many others, the tunes have stood the test of time well, and the band's musical talents were first class. Few people I know who like rock, did not rock to Heart!

No doubt age has been little if any kinder to them than any other classic rock band of that era, but from everything I've heard, they still put on one hell of a show! Cool
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Going to see Heart on Thursday. I'm psych'd! Banana

But didn't they suck when they were popular--has something changed? Confused



Wha???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Eek Eek Eek

Ann Wilson had one of the clearest and most powerful voices in rock, the music was not one-dimensional like so many others, the tunes have stood the test of time well, and the band's musical talents were first class. Few people I know who like rock, did not rock to Heart!

No doubt age has been little if any kinder to them than any other classic rock band of that era, but from everything I've heard, they still put on one hell of a show! Cool


Well, they might have sold out a bit in the 1980's.

I got to see them in 2011, and Ann can still sing like she always has! Nancy still sexy even at her age!
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Going to see Heart on Thursday. I'm psych'd! Banana

But didn't they suck when they were popular--has something changed? Confused



Wha???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Eek Eek Eek

Ann Wilson had one of the clearest and most powerful voices in rock, the music was not one-dimensional like so many others, the tunes have stood the test of time well, and the band's musical talents were first class. Few people I know who like rock, did not rock to Heart!

No doubt age has been little if any kinder to them than any other classic rock band of that era, but from everything I've heard, they still put on one hell of a show! Cool


Saw them at Massey Hall maybe 18 months ago and both Ann and Nancy killed it. Great singing, great playing. I'd say Ann is singing better than ever.

They did a great job on the R&R Hall of Fame show, and nice to see the reunion of the original lineup (plus Roger Fisher's replacement, Howard Leese), if only for one song, and even if Roger Fisher tried as hard as he could to upstage the sisters.
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Going to see Heart on Thursday. I'm psych'd! Banana

But didn't they suck when they were popular--has something changed? Confused



Wha???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Eek Eek Eek

Ann Wilson had one of the clearest and most powerful voices in rock, the music was not one-dimensional like so many others, the tunes have stood the test of time well, and the band's musical talents were first class. Few people I know who like rock, did not rock to Heart!

No doubt age has been little if any kinder to them than any other classic rock band of that era, but from everything I've heard, they still put on one hell of a show! Cool


Saw them at Massey Hall maybe 18 months ago and both Ann and Nancy killed it. Great singing, great playing. I'd say Ann is singing better than ever.

They did a great job on the R&R Hall of Fame show, and nice to see the reunion of the original lineup (plus Roger Fisher's replacement, Howard Leese), if only for one song, and even if Roger Fisher tried as hard as he could to upstage the sisters.

I don't know if they're good or bad singers, they really were too minor a group for any of us to pay attention to, but the few songs I heard (their one or two hits), man were those bad.
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Going to see Heart on Thursday. I'm psych'd! Banana

But didn't they suck when they were popular--has something changed? Confused



Wha???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Eek Eek Eek

Ann Wilson had one of the clearest and most powerful voices in rock, the music was not one-dimensional like so many others, the tunes have stood the test of time well, and the band's musical talents were first class. Few people I know who like rock, did not rock to Heart!

No doubt age has been little if any kinder to them than any other classic rock band of that era, but from everything I've heard, they still put on one hell of a show! Cool


Saw them at Massey Hall maybe 18 months ago and both Ann and Nancy killed it. Great singing, great playing. I'd say Ann is singing better than ever.

They did a great job on the R&R Hall of Fame show, and nice to see the reunion of the original lineup (plus Roger Fisher's replacement, Howard Leese), if only for one song, and even if Roger Fisher tried as hard as he could to upstage the sisters.

I don't know if they're good or bad singers, they really were too minor a group for any of us to pay attention to, but the few songs I heard (their one or two hits), man were those bad.


Of course, to each their own when it comes to taste, be it music or wine, but there is no questioning Heart's commercial and critical success measured by sales and Grammy nominations at least:

Dreamboat Annie (1976) – 100 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Little Queen (1977) – 41 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Magazine (1978) – 25 weeks on chart, platinum selling

· Dog & Butterfly (1978) – 36 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Greatest Hits Live (1980) – 25 weeks on charts, multi-platinum selling

· Heart (1985) – 92 weeks on charts, five times platinum selling, Grammy nominated

· Bad Animals (1987) – 50 weeks on charts, three times platinum, two Grammy nominations

· Brigade (1990) – 49 weeks on the charts, multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated


Just sayin'........ Smile
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Originally posted by bman:
Of course, to each their own when it comes to taste, be it music or wine, but there is no questioning Heart's commercial and critical success measured by sales and Grammy nominations at least:

Dreamboat Annie (1976) – 100 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Little Queen (1977) – 41 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Magazine (1978) – 25 weeks on chart, platinum selling

· Dog & Butterfly (1978) – 36 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Greatest Hits Live (1980) – 25 weeks on charts, multi-platinum selling

· Heart (1985) – 92 weeks on charts, five times platinum selling, Grammy nominated

· Bad Animals (1987) – 50 weeks on charts, three times platinum, two Grammy nominations

· Brigade (1990) – 49 weeks on the charts, multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated


Just sayin'........ Smile

Well if I thoughts sales or Grammy's (which I think even less than than the Academy Awards) were an indicator of quality I guess I'd be impressed.
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by bman:
Of course, to each their own when it comes to taste, be it music or wine, but there is no questioning Heart's commercial and critical success measured by sales and Grammy nominations at least:

Dreamboat Annie (1976) – 100 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Little Queen (1977) – 41 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Magazine (1978) – 25 weeks on chart, platinum selling

· Dog & Butterfly (1978) – 36 weeks on chart, multi-platinum selling

· Greatest Hits Live (1980) – 25 weeks on charts, multi-platinum selling

· Heart (1985) – 92 weeks on charts, five times platinum selling, Grammy nominated

· Bad Animals (1987) – 50 weeks on charts, three times platinum, two Grammy nominations

· Brigade (1990) – 49 weeks on the charts, multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated


Just sayin'........ Smile

Well if I thoughts sales or Grammy's (which I think even less than than the Academy Awards) were an indicator of quality I guess I'd be impressed.


Not sure what other objective measures exist but like I said, in matters of personal taste, to each their own! Smile I sometimes (but very rarely) drink Canadian wine and am not ashamed to admit it! Wink
I read the band's semi-autobiography, Kicking and Dreaming. During the 80's, if you weren't on MTV, you were dead. So their label assigned them a new woman manager. (Think the short German chick from the Austin Powers movie.) She forced them to "sex it up" with the big hair and blousy clothing to cater to the leering MTV crowd. Also had them start recording songs from other songwriters for the first time. But the sisters got in one of their own with "Barracuda". It was pointedly about their manager. (Also one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time, imo.)
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I read the band's semi-autobiography, Kicking and Dreaming. During the 80's, if you weren't on MTV, you were dead. So their label assigned them a new woman manager. (Think the short German chick from the Austin Powers movie.) She forced them to "sex it up" with the big hair and blousy clothing to cater to the leering MTV crowd. Also had them start recording songs from other songwriters for the first time. But the sisters got in one of their own with "Barracuda". It was pointedly about their manager. (Also one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time, imo.)


Yeah but Barracuda, which is a good song imo, was written in 1977. Well before their downfall during the 80's.
Wow, so little love for Heart here? Eek

I've seen them four or five times over the past couple of years (including being at the RnR HoF ceremony) and they are very good as a live band. Not only does Ann still have a great/powerful voice but Nancy's guitar playing is also excellent.
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Wow, so little love for Heart here? Eek

I've seen them four or five times over the past couple of years (including being at the RnR HoF ceremony) and they are very good as a live band. Not only does Ann still have a great/powerful voice but Nancy's guitar playing is also excellent.

For me they're one of those bands I respect based upon their accomplishments, but they were never really my cup of tea. I'm sure many here will call blasphemy on this, but I feel the same way about The Doors, The Stones, Springsteen, and a few other legendary groups. Never got into it...
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Wow, so little love for Heart here? Eek

I've seen them four or five times over the past couple of years (including being at the RnR HoF ceremony) and they are very good as a live band. Not only does Ann still have a great/powerful voice but Nancy's guitar playing is also excellent.

For me they're one of those bands I respect based upon their accomplishments, but they were never really my cup of tea. I'm sure many here will call blasphemy on this, but I feel the same way about The Doors, The Stones, Springsteen, and a few other legendary groups. Never got into it...


I get you on those...but for me only cause their best music (Other than Springsteen) was made either before I was even a fertilized egg or at best in diapers Smile Only the Stones even have a rotation in my iTunes catalog
Bands are all subjective, but for me Heart rocks! And they sure did last night.
First half of the performance they sang contemporary Christmas songs (it was a Christmas concert, after all.) And like any Christmas special, they brought out some guests: Richard Marx, Pat Monahan, and Shawn Colvin. Then out walked the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, for a duet with Nancy.
After the intermission, they started blasting the hits: Barracuda , Heartless , and Even It Up .
And then Nancy lit up a 2 minute guitar riff solo to introduce Crazy on You!
For their encore, they revisited their version of Stairway to Heaven, complete with a choir onstage.

Say what you will, Ann can still blow the roof off with her voice, and Nancy shows no sign of slowing, either. She is just so damn cute with her little skip-dancing, while jamming on those chords.
I was about 25' from the stage, and I know they wear stage makeup, but they sure didn't look (or act) over 40 to me.
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I read the band's semi-autobiography, Kicking and Dreaming. During the 80's, if you weren't on MTV, you were dead. So their label assigned them a new woman manager. (Think the short German chick from the Austin Powers movie.) She forced them to "sex it up" with the big hair and blousy clothing to cater to the leering MTV crowd. Also had them start recording songs from other songwriters for the first time. But the sisters got in one of their own with "Barracuda". It was pointedly about their manager. (Also one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time, imo.)


Yeah but Barracuda, which is a good song imo, was written in 1977. Well before their downfall during the 80's.

Hmmm, you're right. Perhaps a re-read is in order.
Saw the Seattle Symphony and full Choral (120+ voices) perform an enthusiastic and stirring rendition of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (The Choral) last night. Wow! My wife and I keep laughing as we catch each other continuing to hum the theme. One of the half-dozen or so greatest orchestral pieces ever written.
With my wife, daughter, Allred and Domino on Saturday, we saw the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Grams, perform a program "Scottish Fantasy" including Land of the Mountain and the Flood Overture by MacCunn, Scottish Fantasy for Violin by Bruch, and Symphony No. 3 in A minor "Scottish" by Mendelssohn.

The soloist on the Bruch piece was Michael Ludwig who was simply amazing. What a fantastic evening.
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With my wife, daughter, Allred and Domino on Saturday, we saw the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Grams, perform a program "Scottish Fantasy" including Land of the Mountain and the Flood Overture by MacCunn, Scottish Fantasy for Violin by Bruch, and Symphony No. 3 in A minor "Scottish" by Mendelssohn.

The soloist on the Bruch piece was Michael Ludwig who was simply amazing. What a fantastic evening.


Sounds great! Were we still in the area, the Haggis's would have loved to join you.
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Matthew Sweet at the Belly Up two weeks ago. Was 20th anniversary of Girlfriend album tour. Rocked it out and was easy to stand right up front with less than a full house.


Saw him in '94. Girls I know weren't born yet. Jesus...
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
With my wife, daughter, Allred and Domino on Saturday, we saw the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Grams, perform a program "Scottish Fantasy" including Land of the Mountain and the Flood Overture by MacCunn, Scottish Fantasy for Violin by Bruch, and Symphony No. 3 in A minor "Scottish" by Mendelssohn.

The soloist on the Bruch piece was Michael Ludwig who was simply amazing. What a fantastic evening.


Sounds great! Were we still in the area, the Haggis's would have loved to join you.



The Haggis's at Scottish Fantasy? That should have happened. Big Grin
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
With my wife, daughter, Allred and Domino on Saturday, we saw the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Grams, perform a program "Scottish Fantasy" including Land of the Mountain and the Flood Overture by MacCunn, Scottish Fantasy for Violin by Bruch, and Symphony No. 3 in A minor "Scottish" by Mendelssohn.

The soloist on the Bruch piece was Michael Ludwig who was simply amazing. What a fantastic evening.


Sounds great! Were we still in the area, the Haggis's would have loved to join you.



The Haggis's at Scottish Fantasy? That should have happened. Big Grin


Precisely!
I saw an ensemble at St Martin-in-the-Fields Friday night. I realized I was too jetlagged to stay for the second half but the two Brandenburgs and the Vivaldi flute concerto they did in the first half were fantastic. A nice time. It was interesting to hear the crowd react to the harpsichord solo section in #5 - as if they had never heard it before.
Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute band) at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. Don't discount this group as just another tribute band. Their light show - complete with lasers and circular projection screen - was only slightly less impressive than the real Floyd. And the musicianship was flawless.
At the Elgin Symphony Orchestra tonight we saw the Dvorak cello concerto. Fantastic piece and great performance. Carter Brey was the cello soloist.

It was bracketed by a couple of Nielson pieces. The Nielson symphony afterwards begins with what sounds like a cadenza to wrap something up. Sadly the musicians kept playing what was written for another half hour or so.
I am indulging my heavy metal self again, having attended an Iced Earth concert in Milwaukee recently. European bands Sabaton and ReVamp were opening acts.

This was my second time to see Iced Earth but really attended to catch ReVamp for whom Ms. Floor Jansen is the singer. Floor is the current singer in Finish symphonic metal band Nightwish and I think she is really fantastic.
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The war on drugs @ the horseshoe


How was it? Their single is an ace tune.


Sold out horsehsoe sucks as a venue. Show was otherwise good. Ive grown into a big fan of all their albums over the past year.
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Joan Osborne tonight with my lovely bride.
A couple of Brit Floyd shows last month with my cousin. Highly recommended if you like Floyd.

How is Joan holding up? I loved her stuff back in the 90's.

Aging, but still a cool chick. We met her after the show and my wife shared a story of how she and her dad would go to see her in NYC years ago. Probably made her feel older- heheh.
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Show was only 1hr 10min...

Eek


When we saw them on their last tour it was a solid 2 hrs...but that was before the 'conscious uncoupling' from Gwenyth

I've seen them a couple of times in the past five years and the shows were always 2+ hours of high energy.
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Show was only 1hr 10min...

Eek


When we saw them on their last tour it was a solid 2 hrs...but that was before the 'conscious uncoupling' from Gwenyth

A partial quote from an online comic strip, Basic Instructions:

"The lead singer of Coldplay is getting a divorce from his wife, the actress Gwyneth Paltrow."
"That is unfortunate. I hope it doesn't make his band's next album sound all morose."
"Actually, he's been married to her for like a decade, and his music has been kinda mopey that whole time. I guess if his next album sounds like Katrina and the Waves, we'll know what the problem was."
3 Doors Down & The Gin Blossoms last Saturday. I've seen both a few times before, and they were as good as ever.

Looking forward to Bad Religion, Offspring, Pennywise, Counting Crows, and Toad the Wet Sprocket in August. Hopefully, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Tool will find their way back to SD in the near future.
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3 Doors Down & The Gin Blossoms last Saturday. I've seen both a few times before, and they were as good as ever.

Looking forward to Bad Religion, Offspring, Pennywise, Counting Crows, and Toad the Wet Sprocket in August. Hopefully, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Tool will find their way back to SD in the near future.


Just got my tickets for The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise & Stiff Little Fingers. Only familiar with the first 2. Also, today got Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow and Gloriana and already had Motley Crue & Alice Cooper...All are within a month of each other. Good thing to get them all in before College Football season is in full swing!!

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