Wed 7/27/2011 2:45p
|The last big name concert was Sting's Symphonicity Tour in 2010. But our local parks & rec department puts on a Thursday evening concert series in the summer featuring a variety of cover bands.|
These guys were awesome:
Wed 7/27/2011 2:53p
|At the end of June through the start of July we have music festival called Summerfest. There's a main act in the amphitheater and then the side stages have other not as popular acts. People from the 70's 80's 90's and even the 00's. I couldn't make it this year just too busy but last year on one of the side stages I saw Public Enemy.|
And what did 90% of the crowd look at a PE concert? One of the pioneering groups of rap. Very politically charged. White guys 35-45. But it was a great show.
Wed 7/27/2011 2:55p
I wanted to see them at Summerfest but I just couldn't make it.
Thu 7/28/2011 1:46a
|We saw the Googoo Dolls a couple months ago.|
Thu 7/28/2011 1:23p
|One of my good friends saw Julia Fordham with Paul Reiser(Mad about you) playing piano this past Monday night in Alexandria, VA.|
Fri 7/29/2011 12:58p
|Wednesday evening I saw Unwed Sailor (YAWN... I cannot STAND these new bands that play songs that have no lyrics and all sound the same), Mat Kearney (YAY! HE ROCKS!), and Owl City. Owl City was ok - I may check them out soemtime, but mat was the reason I bought the ticket.|
Fri 7/29/2011 1:17p
|<<Wednesday evening I saw Unwed Sailor (YAWN... I cannot STAND these new bands that play songs that have no lyrics and all sound the same)>>|
Are they similar to Explosions in the Sky? Because I like them a lot but then again they provided a lot of the music for Friday Night Lights and anything associated with that movie or show is good in my book.
Sun 7/31/2011 7:41p
|Just saw "Phat Edna's Soul Revue" at a park venue. Really good coverage of soul music, I knew just about all the pieces.|
Tue 8/23/2011 7:03a
|Saturday at Irish Fest here in Milwaukee I saw the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. They're a Scottish band that plays instrumental versions of current songs with drums, guitars, keyboard, horns and bagpipes. They were awesome.|
Tue 8/23/2011 7:40a
|Ha, DDMan, at first I was wondering why you were telling us about the Chili Peppers...and why you thought they were Scottish. ;-)|
Go see, DKM, if you get the chance. Very fun!
So, went to a lot of concerts last week:
Last Tuesday: Audra Mae (who is, apparently, the great niece of Judy Garland.) Anyway, her guitar player is the bass player in Chuck Ragan's band. (He's also in a band called Baywood. LOL) Anyway, she's amazing and we're obsessed with her album. She opened up for Nick 13, who is a solo artists now but used to be in Tiger Army. Hard to say what their genres really are...she is more soul/folk, he is definitely more rockabilly...or Americana. He's like old country...before it was gross pop music with a cheesy twang. He even played an Ernest Tubb song (Walkin' the Floor Over You).
Wednesday: Audra Mae and Lucero. Lucero is a punk/folk band. Didn't watch the opener because we thought we'd see him on Sunday. (We didn't. We decided to go into the bar side of the venue instead.)
Friday: One of my friend's band called Pretty Enemy. A band called Silver Skulls opened up for them. Didn't really dig SS. They were okay...just not my thing. I'm not a big prog rock fan. (I think prog is for progressive? Not sure. LOL)
Sunday: My Life in Black & White (punk/folk), Tim Berry, Swingin' Utters (punk), Stiff Little Fingers (punk). We didn't watch the first two acts.
Was surprised to really enjoy Tim Berry's set. He used to be in a punk band called Avail, now he plays acoustic guitar and, I dunno, folk/punk, I guess. He looks like such a redneck and his lyrics are tough but surprisingly sensitive and passionate. Totally unassuming, humble without pretentiousness. He jumped down from the stage with his guitar and mic and played most of his set in the audience. Just really cool.
Next up...Brandi Carlile house show and annual charity show over Labor Day weekend. Woo! :-)