Monday, March 03, 2008

March is the month I go to concerts

Wherein it's incontrovertible or is that the type of car Oliver North drove

Last year I went to two concerts; both in March. This March I'm looking at three probable concerts and a slim chance at two more. The odd thing is they're all at the same place: Variety Playhouse.

For warmest personal regards, guess 3 of the 5 concerts I want to see. Guess at least 4 correctly and I'll write a blog post on the topic of your choosing.


Blogger XWL said...

Let's attack this systematically...

Jose Gonzales is out, as you would have said you had already been to a concert this month.

Les Claypool is probably out cause I've never once heard tell of you extol the virtues of a proper hippie jam.

Robin Trower is a definite possibility, given the hardcore authentic rootsiness.

Ani DiFranco is out as she's not playing at the Playhouse (as is the show on St. Pats).

Mike Stern and his jazz-fusion virtuosity is another possibility.

SiA, I know of all the shows, that's the one I'd go to, her current album is fantastic, and her previous album is equally wonderful, but I don't think this is your thing, so off the list.

Built To Spill seems interesting, but the clincher would be the opening act, The Meat Puppets, who seriously, still around? I saw them open for the Violent Femmes 15 years ago, damn fine live act.

They Might Be Giants seems an almost definite yes, and I bet you'd be tempted to drag the some kiddies to the earlier kiddie show (hook them on the good stuff, young).

Bob Mould Band, enough said.

Blind Boys of Alabama, hmmmmm, on the one hand, they are great, and great to see in a medium to small venue, but if you are inclined to like their stuff, you've probably seen them plenty as they seem to be on tour constantly.

Jonathan Coulton with Paul & Storm, if you see this show, I may have to stop visiting this site for awhile.

Bodeans, another definite must see.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, another tempting concert, Pavement sort of rocked.

David Grisman Quintet, when not writing bad legal fiction, he plays the mandolin, too, who knew?

Last one, a serious meh.

So I'm going to make a firm five guess of the following:

Robin Trower, Built To Spill, They Might Be Giants, Bob Mould Band, and Bodeans.

Reminds me that it's been a long time since I've done the live thing myself, I'm really tempted to hit Coachella, but big fat 3 day festivals aren't as attractive as they once were, even if a lot of the bands playing are.

3/04/2008 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

You collect a Warmest Personal Regards for that fascinating analysis.

2 comments, without spoiling the answers.

1. Blind Boys of Alabama -- I've seen them once, when they were performing in the play "Gospel at Colonus."

2. For one of the concerts I am more interested in the opening act.

3/04/2008 06:55:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

The 5.

1. Les Claypool. Didn't go see him. This was the wild card selection. I don't own any Primus, but I've always liked their sound. And I like the Claypool song/video at the link -- thumping guitar and wailing sax, I shoulda gone. If the ticket had been cheaper or not on a school night, I'd be there. I'll check the used CD store.

2. SIA. Never heard of her and want to go just to check out Har Mar Superstar, who I enjoy. Based on XWL's description, I'm kinda interested in seeing her.

3. Yep, it's the They Might Be Giants kids show.

4. Bob Mould Band. I have no idea what he's doing. Last I'd heard he'd gone completely electronica. So we'll see. Never much of a Husker Du fan and much preferred his solo and Sugar stuff.

5. Mike Doughty. Big fan of Soul Coughing and I loved his "Haughty Melodic" CD.

3/04/2008 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I should also mention that at another venue Audra McDonald is playing on the 30th. Unfortunately that day is so packed there's no way to make that one.

3/05/2008 05:15:00 AM  
Blogger justkim said...

T and I were lucky enough to see Audra in Ragtime about 10 years ago. You should find a way to fit her in; I don't think you would be disappointed. I only wish she'd come a little further south.

3/06/2008 03:56:00 PM  

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