Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 In Review - Best Concerts

So I'm still feeling a pretty solid holiday hangover because I had full intention to get this 2011 review posted before the new year. #Fail. It's safe to say that all things "effort" related fell to the wayside this past holiday month. I am truly excited however to share some of my newest music cravings and start scheduling some upcoming shows this year. There are a lot of good albums coming out soon and tours will soon follow! Speaking of concerts and albums, I would like to list out the best shows and albums of 2011. Below you will find a list of the top concerts I got to attend this year.

I got to see nearly 100 acts live in concert during 2011 and I have listed out the top 5 shows that I attended in 2011. I tried to leave all bias out of it and focus on the music, stage presence, venue, crowd and overall aura and atmosphere of the show. I hope to be seeing more of these artists this year!

1. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)

Bob Seger took the stage on his 66th birthday to put on a 3 hour and 3 encore show for a ruckus crowd of all generations. This is the only show that I have ever been to where the adults were being the irresponsible ones. Most in attendance that night would qualify for the senior citizen discount but they showed that they can still rock and roll like only their generation can. Bob Seger is still bringing energy and passion to the stage and sounds just the same as his early recording days. Backed by one of the most talented bands in the business, his act should not be missed.

2. Something Corporate
The Pageant (St. Louis, MO)

Something Corporate got together for a 10 year reunion tour which had music fans buzzing all summer long. I have never witnessed so much excitement as the crowd went wild as the first chords played for EVERY song. The groups fan base was so crazed to see this group back together again and the SoCo guys delivered with a great high energy show. Seeing Andrew McMahon smashing piano keys with his feet is a sight that has to be witnessed. It was truly something special for me to have the opportunity to see them play live.

3. Green River Ordinance
12th and Porter (Nashville, TN)

This show came shortly after GRO released a very successful acoustic EP titled The Morning Passengers. GRO has a very polished sound and catchy lyrics and were top dog on my iPod this year. To end the show, the group brought their acoustic instruments in to the crowd to perform a campfire version of "Where the West Wind Blows" which now stands as the most memorable concert moment of my life. This group has mass appeal and deserves to have a more prevalent status in the music scene. More than any other band I know.

4. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Exit/IN (Nashville, TN)

This cherished local Nashville group played in front of a lot of friends and family in support of their very successful summer album release titled Chasing Someday. The husband and wife duo of Drew and Ellie Holcomb brings a unique connection to the music that this group performs. They personify a group that truly enjoys performing for the fans and sharing their music message with a purpose. Their opening act Mockingbird Sun had some of the sweetest harmonies I heard all year. Both of these bands have received a lot of coverage on this site.

5. Alex Dezen
Uncle Slaytons (Louisville, KY)

Alex Dezen (frontman of The Damnwells) is such a treat to hear as a solo acoustic act. His empathetic vocals has a way of transferring an emotional connection and will immediately silence a room. He is also very good about socializing with the crowd and have a running dialog with the fans as the show plays out. Funny guy I must say. Harper Blynn opened for Alex and their careful construction of vocals and instrumentals created the best aesthetic sounds I heard all year long.


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