January 3, 2012

A Year of Music

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A year ago I set a goal of seeing one live show a month. A live show could be music or a play or any other live performance. Those were the only rules. So how did I do? I missed two months, June and December. I did see a total of 14 shows and it kept me looking for new bands to see and checking the local listings. I found some new-to-me music, bought some great cds and brought more music back into my life. Overall, it was a huge success, even if I didn’t make my goal. Here’s what I saw:

– December: None
– November: The Sweetback Sisters at High Noon Saloon
– October: Sh*tty Barn Party including Group of the Altos and Control
– September: The Gentle Guest at Sh*tty Barn and Ani D’Franco at Barrymore
– August: The Pines at Sh*tty Barn
– July: The Old 97’s at Summer Fest and Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble at Sh*tty Barn
– June: None
– May: Romi Mayes at High Noon
– April: The Old 97’s at The Barrymore and Jonathan Coulton with Paul and Storm at Majestic
– March: Momix at Overture and Portland Cello Project at High Noon
– February: Tennis at High Noon
– January: Ben Folds at Overture

Favorite concert of the year: Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble at The Sh*tty Barn as much for the venue as for the band. It was our introduction to the Spring Green music scene and had us coming back again and again this year.

Favorite album of the year: Parov Stellar an Austrian DJ whose two disc album Coco, produced in 2009, saw the most action on our playlist this year.

For next year the “rules” of this challenge need a little fine tuning. There were many questions around whether seeing the same band more than once counted. In 2012 it will not. Also, the definition of “live performance” is going to be limited to just music, since that is what it naturally became. Happy listening.

July 29, 2011

A Half-Year of Music

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

This year I set a goal that we go to a live music show at least once per month. A little over half-way through the year we are doing well. June was the only month we missed but we doubled-up in July, April, and March. We also had one repeat performance and one show SB did not attend. Overall I give us an average of slightly above one show per month. So far, I think this is one of the best ideas I’ve had in a while. It is hard to complain about live music and getting out of the house and experiencing life and all. Here’s where we’ve been and who we’ve seen thus far:

– July: The Old 97’s at Summer Fest and Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble at Sh*tty Barn
– June: None
– May: Romi Mayes at High Noon
– April: The Old 97’s at The Barrymore and Jonathan Coulton with Paul and Storm at Majestic
– March: Momix at Overture and Portland Cello Project at High Noon
– February: Tennis at High Noon
– January: Ben Folds at Overture




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