Getting my Americana on this week. Saw Ryan Bingham last night, and he was awesome. The mix of country/folk/southern rock is becoming my new go-to style of music. I'll be seeing Jason Isbell this weekend. Really stoked to see him.
Springsteen last night, 3 hour 45 minutes of straight up rock n' roll. Had some really poignant moments, in which he played some 9/11 related songs.

Once again, proving he's one of America's great rockers.
Last night at Kaboo festival in Del Mar

Sugar Ray
Echosmith
Andrew McMahon
Citizen Cope
Hall and Oates
Gavin Degraw

Had a chance to cross Jimmy Buffett of my bucket list but #notonmybucketlist

Saw Fall Out Boy instead

Always great to see Hall and Oates but my favorite performance of the night was Gavin Degraw partially because it was on the smaller stage in the paddock area. the two big outdoor stages don't have great sound due to noise level limitations.

Looking forward to Lenny Kravitz and aerosmith tonight but just as much to Collective Soul and Goo Goo Dolls which are also playing the smaller more closed in stage in the paddock area.
I was also at the same festival that Bomba referenced. I guess I only have Stagecoach (country Coachella) to compare to it, but it is a pretty great festival in my opinion. There is live music, live comedy, and late-night DJs. And the best restaurants in the city have booths there, tons of breweries/distilleries/wineries. I did a tasting with Mike Trujillo (Karl Lawrence/Sequoia Grove). I started my Saturday afternoon with a lobster roll and a Montelena chardonnay. Not your usual concert festival food.

Musical Highglights:
Chainsmokers--I was absolutely blown away by the DJ duo(I know, not an actual band). I was never a club-goer, nor will I become one, but dang it was fun.
Jason Isbell--One of my favorite musicians, and he played a great set to a sparse crowd. Kind of a bummer for him, but great for me
Avett Brothers--Never really listened to them, but they were great
Flo Rida--Again, an unexpected highlight.
Capital Cities
Atlas Genius
Jack Johnson--Sentimental choice as he was one of my favorites when we moved here in 01. Perfect Sunday night, casual beach vibe gig
Snoop Dog--he played a DJ set at like 1 in the morning. We made it for about a half an hour before bowing out, realizing our kids had soccer at 8 in the morning.
Dana Carvey--A lot of political impersonations, but he was pretty funny

Lowlights:
Third Eye Blind--music was fine...his dialog was horrendous
Sarah Silverman--didn't really find her funny, and she was super pretentious and too obsessed with people who talked or had a cell phone out. Cringe-worthy.
Cypress Hill--Just meh. It's probably been 20 years since I've seen them, and it was pretty much the exact same show. Missed the beginning of the Avett bros to see them. Big mistake.

The other headliners were fine (Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, and Hall and Oates). Just not my cup of tea when it comes to music.
Went to see Okkervil River last week. I liked a couple of their albums from the mid-late 00's, but this show was weak.

Tonight, The Buzzcocks on their 40th anniversary tour. Eek
Roger Hodgson (singer/songwriter/keyboardist of Supertramp) in Ottawa. Small venue, 4 piece backing band, sound quality not great (hockey rinks rarely offer great sound quality) but very enjoyable, especially if one is a hard-core Supertramp fan like me. Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well. Could even hit almost all the high notes. We especially enjoyed the chit-chatting and story-telling between tunes. The guy clearly enjoys his work!
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Roger Hodgson (singer/songwriter/keyboardist of Supertramp) in Ottawa. Small venue, 4 piece backing band, sound quality not great (hockey rinks rarely offer great sound quality) but very enjoyable, especially if one is a hard-core Supertramp fan like me. Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well. Could even hit almost all the high notes. We especially enjoyed the chit-chatting and story-telling between tunes. The guy clearly enjoys his work!

A hockey rink is a small venue?
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Roger Hodgson (singer/songwriter/keyboardist of Supertramp) in Ottawa. Small venue, 4 piece backing band, sound quality not great (hockey rinks rarely offer great sound quality) but very enjoyable, especially if one is a hard-core Supertramp fan like me. Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well. Could even hit almost all the high notes. We especially enjoyed the chit-chatting and story-telling between tunes. The guy clearly enjoys his work!

A hockey rink is a small venue?


It was the rink where the Junior A Ottawa 67s play. Only about half the ice and a third of the seats were used, the rest blocked off with a floor to ceiling curtain. Maybe 5000 people or so? It felt quite intimate, though we had seats fairly close to the stage which made it feel even more so.
Saw Roger a few times two years ago and hoping he passes through again. I can't remember seeing a more joyful performer in many years. He just seems to be a great place in life after taking off many years to raise his family.
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Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well.

Well, that's because Rick Davies wrote and sang Rudy, and there's no love lost between those two.

Davies wrote and sang quite a few of the hits: Bloody Well Right, Crime of the Century, Goodbye Stranger...

Hodgson never plays any of the songs that Davies wrote.
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Yo Yo Ma with the Louisville Orchestra. Great show and hopefully not the last time I see him live.

Nice. My wife saw him at pre-concert recital when she was in college. There were about 50 students bunched up front. When he paused between movement, he would engage the gathered audience.
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Roger Hodgson (singer/songwriter/keyboardist of Supertramp) in Ottawa. Small venue, 4 piece backing band, sound quality not great (hockey rinks rarely offer great sound quality) but very enjoyable, especially if one is a hard-core Supertramp fan like me. Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well. Could even hit almost all the high notes. We especially enjoyed the chit-chatting and story-telling between tunes. The guy clearly enjoys his work!

A hockey rink is a small venue?

I saw La Traviata at the hockey rink in Bassano del Grappa. The sound was surprisingly good, but it was a small complex and there seemed to be acoustic modifications.
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Roger Hodgson (singer/songwriter/keyboardist of Supertramp) in Ottawa. Small venue, 4 piece backing band, sound quality not great (hockey rinks rarely offer great sound quality) but very enjoyable, especially if one is a hard-core Supertramp fan like me. Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well. Could even hit almost all the high notes. We especially enjoyed the chit-chatting and story-telling between tunes. The guy clearly enjoys his work!

A hockey rink is a small venue?


It was the rink where the Junior A Ottawa 67s play. Only about half the ice and a third of the seats were used, the rest blocked off with a floor to ceiling curtain. Maybe 5000 people or so? It felt quite intimate, though we had seats fairly close to the stage which made it feel even more so.

B, thanks for the reply. Small venue to me would be a club or theater, but I know what you are saying.

I do think live sound mixing has come a long way since my first couple years going to concerts in the early 80's. But a building not designed with music in mind won't help.
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Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well.

Well, that's because Rick Davies wrote and sang Rudy, and there's no love lost between those two.

Davies wrote and sang quite a few of the hits: Bloody Well Right, Crime of the Century, Goodbye Stranger...

Hodgson never plays any of the songs that Davies wrote.


That makes sense. It was also a bit odd to go to a show without any big screen media - just some coloured lights like shows back in the day. Though even then, saw Supertramp in 1977 and there was a big screen back of the stage.
Interesting Sunny. I'll have to go check set lists but you are probably correct.

bman, sorry he didnt play "Even in the Quietest moments" for you. Its one of my favorites and he played it all three times I saw him. I particularly enjoyed the story he told about how the song came to him while sitting around a fire in the Northern California woods. He's the first performer Ive seen spend that much time talking about the origin of his songs since Springsteen (though he mostly gave up doing that many years ago).
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Interesting Sunny. I'll have to go check set lists but you are probably correct.

bman, sorry he didnt play "Even in the Quietest moments" for you. Its one of my favorites and he played it all three times I saw him. I particularly enjoyed the story he told about how the song came to him while sitting around a fire in the Northern California woods. He's the first performer Ive seen spend that much time talking about the origin of his songs since Springsteen (though he mostly gave up doing that many years ago).

Not only does Hodgson not play any of Davies, songs, he says that it's supposed to be a reciprocal contractual agreement. Davies (who continues to perform sporadically as "Supertramp" with two other members of the classic lineup) isn't supposed to play any of the Hodgson songs, but he includes about half a dozen of them in his set list. (Davies cancelled Supertramp's 2015 European tour when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.)

Here's info about the songwriting issue:

http://www.rogerhodgson.com/do...nts/songwriters.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs...s-playing-songs.html
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Interesting Sunny. I'll have to go check set lists but you are probably correct.

bman, sorry he didnt play "Even in the Quietest moments" for you. Its one of my favorites and he played it all three times I saw him. I particularly enjoyed the story he told about how the song came to him while sitting around a fire in the Northern California woods. He's the first performer Ive seen spend that much time talking about the origin of his songs since Springsteen (though he mostly gave up doing that many years ago).


He did the same at our show. One of the things we most enjoyed. Even switch up the lyrics for a moment to one of his newer songs, one I didn't know, to insert some Canadian references (Tim Hortons! Big Grin)
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Originally posted by bman:
Roger Hodgson (singer/songwriter/keyboardist of Supertramp) in Ottawa. Small venue, 4 piece backing band, sound quality not great (hockey rinks rarely offer great sound quality) but very enjoyable, especially if one is a hard-core Supertramp fan like me. Played almost all the classics (though not Rudy or Even in the Quietest Moments, sadly) and played them well. Could even hit almost all the high notes. We especially enjoyed the chit-chatting and story-telling between tunes. The guy clearly enjoys his work!

A hockey rink is a small venue?

I saw La Traviata at the hockey rink in Bassano del Grappa. The sound was surprisingly good, but it was a small complex and there seemed to be acoustic modifications.


You know, there's an artistic angle to exploit there - operas performed on ice skates. Yeah, that would be a thing.....
While in Phoenix, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band comprising Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Greg Bissonette.

Great show and high energy considering the age of the entertainers (and the audience). It was a bit more than I expected as they performed many songs from Toto, Mr. Mister, Santana and Todd Rundgren in addition to Ringo's playlist. It was a great night.
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Barbra Streisand

I'm...so...sorry.



Easily the best concert I have been to in many years. My wife has been telling me, I told you so.
Amor Artis @ Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral NYC- beautiful choral music with great acoustics.

Michael Kiwanuka cancelled his US tour due to tonsillitis. I had a ticket for NYC show and was really looking forward to seeing him live. His new album Love & Hate is my favorite of the year.

Bon Iver- missed last night due to UPS mis-routing my over-nighted ticket. Big bummer. Will try again for another show.
The Musical Box at Massey Hall

Recreation of a 1973 "Selling England By The Pound" tour concert.

Genesis tribute band from Montreal. They've been at it for 23 years. They do spot on recreations of classic Genesis concerts.

I believe they're unofficially sanctioned by the members of Genesis, and they purchased the original sets, props and costumes from the band. Everything is identical to the original performances, including the stage setup, the instruments played by the band, and the banter between songs.

Peter Gabriel brought his kids to see them once so they could understand what their dad used to do for a living.

The musicianship is incredible across the board, and the guy who does Gabriel is eerily good - both his look and his voice.

This is the performance they recreated last night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FBcz3tBH74
Bon Iver at The Capitol in Port Chester NY last Friday.
I know Justin Vernon & Co's music is not for everyone, and his new album certainly boarders on experimental soundscapes with a bunch of synth, but I think the man is a genius.
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The Musical Box at Massey Hall

Recreation of a 1973 "Selling England By The Pound" tour concert.

Genesis tribute band from Montreal. They've been at it for 23 years. They do spot on recreations of classic Genesis concerts.

I believe they're unofficially sanctioned by the members of Genesis, and they purchased the original sets, props and costumes from the band. Everything is identical to the original performances, including the stage setup, the instruments played by the band, and the banter between songs.

Peter Gabriel brought his kids to see them once so they could understand what their dad used to do for a living.

The musicianship is incredible across the board, and the guy who does Gabriel is eerily good - both his look and his voice.

This is the performance they recreated last night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FBcz3tBH74


Thanks for sharing. Watching it now and its sending chills down my spine. I was too young to catch these shows back in the day but my brother (4 years older than I) went to them and told me all about them. I always wished I could have seen the original theatrical Genesis shows. Does that band tour the US at all?

Update: Google is my friend. Playing 30 minutes up the road in FebSmile
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Its on my list. The Coach House is a great place in San Juan Capistrano. Its about 30 minutes north and the half way point where I meet my best friend for dinner all the time. Gonna try to catch that show with him
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
The Musical Box at Massey Hall

Recreation of a 1973 "Selling England By The Pound" tour concert.

Genesis tribute band from Montreal. They've been at it for 23 years. They do spot on recreations of classic Genesis concerts.

I believe they're unofficially sanctioned by the members of Genesis, and they purchased the original sets, props and costumes from the band. Everything is identical to the original performances, including the stage setup, the instruments played by the band, and the banter between songs.

Peter Gabriel brought his kids to see them once so they could understand what their dad used to do for a living.

The musicianship is incredible across the board, and the guy who does Gabriel is eerily good - both his look and his voice.

This is the performance they recreated last night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FBcz3tBH74


Thanks for sharing. Watching it now and its sending chills down my spine. I was too young to catch these shows back in the day but my brother (4 years older than I) went to them and told me all about them. I always wished I could have seen the original theatrical Genesis shows. Does that band tour the US at all?

Update: Google is my friend. Playing 30 minutes up the road in FebSmile


We saw them 9 years ago and were disappointed. No spark or pizzazz at all, pretty much going through the motions. Maybe it was just an off night.

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