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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:22 PM
2007 was a Great Year for Live Music. What was your favorite performance of the Year?

Jazzfest in Aspen Colorado..

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Gov't Mule
Soul Stew Revival
Nickel Creek
Ben Harper
Joss Stone

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:29 PM
2007 was a great year. Many awsome ABB & GM shows.

But my two favorites were
Michael Franti & Spearhead

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Mana - sort of the Mexican U2 and I've been waiting 10 years to see them. It was a big production of a show, but it was awsome!!

I should wait till after 1/1/08 to reply to this post, because I'm sure 12/31 GM will move to the top of the list!

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:29 PM

For me it was Stevie Wonder at Concord Pavilion August 26. Not only the best of this year, but one of the best of my entire concert going life (over 300 shows)

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:32 PM
There were so many BIG ones!

Derek and Susan - NYE at the Fox (like the governator - I'll be back ... Monday night!)
Bob Dylan at Bethel Woods - Seeing a legend at the legendary Woodstock setting - best Bob show ever for me!
Allman Brother's Band at Piedmont Park - Even from back there on the hill it was great to see my favorite band back where it all began!
Scott Boyer Benefit Show - At the Alabama Theater - so many great players and tunes! This was a show made for heaven!
Allman Brother's Beacon Run - We caught two shows this year. The Jam for the Cure pre-show-show was a fantastic bonus!
Tommy Emanuel at the BJCC Music Hall - We sat on the front row and were the subject of many of Tommy's asides and comments!
Oteil and Hot Tuna - Great show at the Variety Playhouse!

There were many more! I'll add as I remember them.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:36 PM
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But my two favorites were Michael Franti & Spearhead



They were at the Aspen jazzfest as well...

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:53 PM
Seeing Derek with theMeters in New Orleans...and Jazzfest

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 01:18 PM
I've got a feeling NYE with NMAS and the Soul Stew Review is gonna be the one....

But already, and in no particular order....

1. My daughter and I at the front of the main stage all day at Day 1 of Wanee - that's turning into a tradition, but getting harder to do each year!

2. The dTb with opener ARU in Richmond with my wife - what a great show!
Lots of great folks there with us too.

3. Backstage at the Ratdog and ABB show in Pittsburg - I actually caught Susan doing laundry! (notice that she doesn't mention me being there in the interview in the latest HTN...lol!)
Pittsburg was also a bittersweet second Bobofest.....



 
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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 01:34 PM
Of the eighteen shows I attended in 2007 I would say these were my faves.

Warren Haynes and Friends - Irving Plaza 3-28-07
ABB - Beacon Theatre 4-7-07
Mountain Jam III - Hunter Mountain 6-1 through 6-3
Heaven and Hell - Jones Beach 9-8-07
Phil & Friends - Nokia 11-2-07
DTB - Mamaroneck High School 11-17-07
Hot Tuna - Beacon Theatre 12-15-07

And I went to a killer Mule show last night at the Beacon and still have tonight and Monday to go. A very good live music year indeed.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 01:37 PM
That night with the ABB at the Beacon when Dave Mason came out to do All Along The Watchtower with the band and Feelin' Alright, then Leslie West came on to do a couple of classics, that young guitarist from Hawaii tore up the joint, Les Bres, Derek on fire all night, what a night!
 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 01:38 PM
NYE w/ the Mule to ring in 2007
Wanee
Wilco
John McLaughlin @ Town Hall
Herbie Hancock
ABB/Ratdog @ Jones Beach
Branford Marsalis w/ Joshua Redman @ Town Hall

...and i'm certain this year's NYE w/ Derek & Susan will be up there in no time!

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 01:58 PM
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That night with the ABB at the Beacon when Dave Mason came out to do All Along The Watchtower with the band and Feelin' Alright, then Leslie West came on to do a couple of classics, that young guitarist from Hawaii tore up the joint, Les Bres, Derek on fire all night, what a night!


4-5-07, my 1st Beacon show, is probably mine too, which was then followed by the next 3 nights(w/ 4-7 my favorite). Also, really enjoyed Nickel Creek/Bela at the Fox in Oct.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 02:06 PM
3/30/07--ABB--got to go with my son & had great loge seats
6/28/07--Levon Helm Band--Central Park--NYC

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 02:11 PM
The Police at Churchill Downs. Nothing new, but great start to finish!

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 02:27 PM
Jack Pearson Band at JFD, Gadsden Al in October. Up close & personal,what a treat.
Oh, ya, CRS,Col.Bruce & LCNMB were not bad warm up acts lol.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 02:39 PM
Eric Lindell at a friends backyard barbeque in NJ this summer. Some of you may be familiar with him from Jazzfest or one of the many blues festivals from this past summer. If not check him out, you'll be glad you did. http://www.myspace.com/ericlindell

Robert Randolph & the Family Band with the North Mississippi Allstars at The Stone Pony outdoors on a beautifull summer night. Having my daughter with me made it even better.

Gov't Mule last night 12/28 though i have a feeling tonight will top it

Warren Haynes and Friends - Irving Plaza 3-28-07



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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 02:57 PM
Four excellent nights at the Beacon once again! Two of which included Dazed and Confused on one night and Peter Frampton with the asbury jukes horns on another!

Plus a 100 degree scorcher in Charlotte. With the 24oz budweisers, an Elizabeth Reed>Drums>Jessica close out plus four tunes with Paul Riddle on Drums it turned out to be one cool evening .

Looking forward to the upcoming touring season and the NYC shows wherever they may be.

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 03:03 PM
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The Police at Churchill Downs. Nothing new, but great start to finish!




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3rd 5 Egulls 3.00
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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 03:07 PM
Talking to WillieHoward during the Charlotte and Raleigh shows.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 03:13 PM
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2007 was a Great Year for Live Music. What was your favorite performance of the Year?

Jazzfest in Aspen Colorado..

ABB
Gov't Mule
Soul Stew Revival
Nickel Creek
Ben Harper
Joss Stone

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Despite getting run over by the crowd on the day the Brothers played, that was a great weekend, including seeing BigV standing on a chair in the crowd as we spoke on our cell phones, lol, the great Monday show, my cleaned up cd of the Brothers show (took out the crowd noise from the HTN cd-it was too much for me after the first listen), and maybe the most fun, playing with the Trucks clan a couple of nights at the condo bar! All this while hanging at a beautiful mountain condo with a number of great friends.
A surprise great concert for me was Kenny Wayne Shepard and the Blues Legends. The legends were great fun, but KWS blew us away with his version of Hoochie Coochie Man.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 03:25 PM
I scored a day -of ticket for Warrens B'day at the Beacon, row BB orch. , right in front of Oteil and the horns. Amazing show and met Frampton while waiting on ticket line.
 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 03:29 PM
Number one for me would be Day Three- Saturday- of Merlefest 2007. The day started with an amazing gathering of the best mandolin players in the world on the Creek Stage, one of ten stages at Merlefest, that included Ronnie McCoury of the Del McCoury Band, Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tony Williamson, James Nash of the Waybacks, teenage prodigy Sierra Hull, Peter Rowan and more as they played together, traded licks and solos with each other, and also took the time to teach and answer the questions from the every day musicians in the crowd about being a better player. Unfortunately, rock musicians can't seem to find the time to do this, which is lame.

Later on Saturday the festival kicked in with the 20th Anniversary jam that started off with Doc Watson and Sam Bush playing together, and then they were joined by musicians such as Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Bryan Sutton, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pam Tillis, Pat Flynn and John Cowan and Bela Fleck and Sam Bush from the New Grass Revival, on and on. Who would have thought that you would see Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, both legends in their 80's, on the same stage playing with Led Zep's John Paul Jones jamming on "Workingman's Blues." One cool thing - there a couple of Townes Van Zandt songs sung with Doc Watson taking on "If I Needed You," and the New Grass Revival steamrolled on Townes' "White Freight Liner Blues."

After that, up on the hillside stage, blues legend and Duane Allman collaborater John Hammond played his first Merlefest and he was given the most spontaneous and deserved standing ovation that I witnessed all day. It gave me chills, and visibly affected Hammond as well. Merlefest fans are easily some of the most diverse and knowledgable music fans in the country, and that adds to the atmosphere. Hammond ripped on his usual Son House tunes and other smokers, but also threw some Tampa Red songs out there as well.

Throughout the afternoon, younger bands such as the Infamous Stringdusters, the wonderful Carolina Chocolate Drops who are bringing back the centuries old Black roots music tradition, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, the Waybacks, and the Duhks with another walk on by Led Zep's John Paul Jones, showed that the music is in good hands and is being taken to new places.

As dusk approached, the Del McCoury band did their full set, as did the Sam Bush band, electric slide mandolin and all.

The evening ended up with the highlight- the concert of perhaps the best acoustic guitarist in the world Tony Rice backed by Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Union Station. The first day of May, outdoors and under the stars in the mountain springtime air, the concert was wonderful and even featured a shooting star behind the stage as Rice and Douglas dueted on some Gershwin. The Midnight Jam started at - yes - Midnight and featured yet another jam with musicians from many different bands that lasted until about 3am, but I passed that up and listened to the jam broadcast live on the local FM radio station as I headed back to the campground to jam and party with my friends that had showed up from Canberra, Australia and Toronto, Canada and the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.

Other highlights of 2007 included Chris Thile and the Tension Mountain Boys at the historic Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky featuring the incredibly accomplished young gun musicians that are taking the music into this new century, including Thile, Gabe Witcher, Noam Pikelny, Greg Garrison, Bryan Sutton, and Chris Eldredge. They blend newgrass with jazz, classical, rock, and youth and are shooting for the stars with the upcoming and adventerous four-movement chamber suite called "The Blind Leading The Blind" under the name, The Pump Brothers featuring Chris Thile, that will incorporate eveything from rock to classical to jazz and bluegrass improvisation.


Also, Lefty Collins at BB Kings in NYC, the Avett Brothers at the Appalachian Uprising, who bring punk music and heavy metal attitude and sensibilities to bluegrass and old time and making their own path as well, and surprisingly, 1980's and 90's country music star Kathy Mattea who has morphed into an artist whose stage show and band now taps into Celtic and African music to present a well-rounded and diverse show.

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 03:41 PM
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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 04:29 PM
01/??/07 Gregg Allman (solo) The Pageant, St. Louis, MO.
07/25/07 NRPS (first show) Lucas School House, St. Louis, MO.
07/14/07 Bruce Hornsby with Jake's Leg (free show) Live on the Levee, St. Louis, MO.
10/22/07 Bob Dylan The Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO.



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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 04:32 PM
The Newport Folk Festival featuring the Allman Brothers Band and North Mississippi Allstars and Grace & The Nocturnals. It was so good to finally see where North American music festivals got its start and where Bob Dylan plugged in for the first time. I'd definitely love to go back again.

Ratdog at The Palace Theatre, Albany, New York. Any northeast folks should check out this venue. This is my favorite theatre, even better than the Beacon. The ABB should try a show there. I see Bob Weir every time he comes there and he never fails to dissappoint. Always a great Ratdog show in Albany's coolest venue.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 04:42 PM
Best concert of the year--Tower of Power @ Chastain--I got the setlist too, right off the stage! David Sanborn opened. (plenty of live TOP concert tunes on youtube for anybody who doesn't know how great they are)
Runnerup--Stevie Wonder @ Chastain--the crowd was Atlanta at it's best--nobody could believe he was playing there and they had tickets to see and hear it!
2nd runnerup--Nickel Creek featuring Bela Fleck @ the Fox--again, fantastic musicianship and the very appreciative crowd was the Fox at it's best.


 
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