Friday, January 3, 2014

Favorite Concerts Of 2013

If you have read my list of favorite albums of 2013 you will be able to tell that I am no damn good at making a top ten list. So here I go with a list of my favorite concerts of the year. All shows were in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

* Feb.23rd Mickey Hart Band @ Sherwood Park Festival Place

First time I have seen any member of the Grateful Dead, so this was a must see show for me.

* Apr.1st Lucero with Shovels & Rope @ Starlite Room

This show was no April fools joke. This was a great double bill of rock n' roll. One of the best all year.

* May 10th Brandi Carlile @ Winspear Centre

I won tickets to this show, thanks to local record store Blackbyrd Myoozik. An amazing show.

* May 11th MGMT @ Starlite Room

Wasn't sure about going to this show, but was talked in to it by a buddy of mine. A very psychedelic show, short but good.

* May 30th Supersuckers with Lydia Loveless @ Pawn Shop

Another great double bill, it had been a long time since I had seen the Supersuckers. Nice to see them in a club setting again. Lydia Loveless was great too.

* May 31st Jr.Gone Wild with Carolyn Mark @ OTS Park

This amazing reunion show by Jr.Gone Wild is in my top three for sure. An epic three hour show at a hall in the middle of nowhere. A turn out of about 600 people and not one person left there disappointed.

* July 6th Audio/Rocketry with Carpenter @ Pawn Shop

Locals Audio/Rocketry with Vancouver band Carpenter made for a great night of rock. And as always Carpenter put on a high energy show.

* July 12th KISS @ Rexall Place

What can you say about a KISS show other then it was a spectacle.

* July 26th Alabama Shakes @ Hawrelak Park part of the Interstellar Rodeo Festival

Alabama Shakes making their first visit to Edmonton put on a great show to close out the first night of the festival.

* July 27th Danny Michel and The Garifuna Collective @ Hawrelak Park (Interstellar)

A musician that I had never heard before put on the best performance I saw all year. My favorite without a doubt. An amazing show.

* July 28th Steve Earle @ Hawrelak Park (Interstellar)

Steve Earle was the closer of this 3 day festival and put on one of the best shows I have seen him do in years.

* July 28th Corb Lund with Jr.Gone Wild @ Starlite Room

After the Interstellar Fest, it was a rush to get to the Starlite Room to catch this benefit show of two great bands that you won't see together often in such a small venue. Amazing show.

* Oct.13th Terror @ Pawn Shop

This show was an intense show of hardcore music and a crazy fucking crowd, intense but fun.

* Oct.16th Louise Distras opening for The Mahones @ Pawn Shop

The Mahones were good but what really caught my ears and eyes at this show was opener Louise Distras from England, just her and a guitar. She won over some fans at this show. She has got an amazing voice.

* Oct.19th The Sadies @ Arden Theatre

A band that needs to be seen live. As always a great performance.

* Nov.12th Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Jubilee Auditorium

A great three hour show by this eleven piece band of southern blues rockers.

* Nov.29th Art Bergmann with A Bunch Of Marys @ Pawn Shop

A rare show by this Canadian punk pioneer. You never know what kind of show you will get from Art Bergmann, but this show was bang on. Good stuff.

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