Live Music is Life

16Dec16

I feel like I’ve seen more than the 72 artists and groups perform live, but these are the ones I can recall. From my first – Bachman-Turner Overdrive, to my most recent – Paul McCartney, I’ve have some wonderful and amazing evenings experiencing live music.

A few of my favorite concerts would include seeing BB King at his prime in 1976, Seeing Blue Oyster Cult open for J. Geils Band on Halloween in 1978 and Springsteen each of the three times I’ve seen him.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing major artists perform for very small audiences at The River Music Hall. These artists include Jason Mraz, David Crosby & Graham Nash, and Alanis Morissette among others. There is nothing like going seeing an artist perform with just 25 or 30 other people – it’s a very personal experience.

I’ve seen Azetc Two-Step maybe ten times. I’ve seen them in Newport, at colleges, in tiny little venues and big rooms too. They are always a favorite. My son, David, even arranged for Rex Fowler to call me one year and wish me a Happy Birthday. So Cool.

I guess that’s what the live performance is all about – the personal connection between artist and spectator. And really, when watching live music, you’re not as much a spectator as a participant. The artist’s emotional energy is cycled through you, the listener, and reflected back to the performer and then right back to you.

“With so many ways to communicate at our disposal, we must not forget the transformative power of a live music experience and genuine human exchange” Jon Batiste

Still on my list to see are Billy Joel and Paul Simon- maybe in 2017. Feel free to comment and add your own list.

Aztec Two-Step *

Aerosmith

J. Geils Band *

B. B. King*Version 4

Doobie Brothers

Beach Boys

Bruce Springsteen*

Paul McCartney

Buddy Guy

Papa John Creach

Steve Miller Band

Barry Manilow*

Linda Ronstadt

Blue Oyster Cult

Donny Osmond *

Donnie and Marie

Shaun Cassidy

David Cassidy

Art Garfunkel

Cat Stevens

Poco

Seals and Crofts

Logins and Messina

Chicago

Neil Diamond

Boston Pops *

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Jason Mraz *20759802-mmmain

Pat Benatar

Neil Sedaka *

David Crosby

Graham Nash

Neil Young

Coco Montoya

Raul Midon

Chris Isaak

Wiz Khalifa

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James Taylor *

The Crusaders

The Wallflowers

Trace Adkins

Suzanne Vega

Styx

Pousette Dart Band *

Marc Broussard

Laura Branigan

Jill Sobule

Jethro Tull

Jackson Brown

The Fray

Don McLean *

Carbon Leaf *

Boston

America

Ryan Montblau Band

Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Joe Cocker

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Bruce Hornsby

Minnie Driver

Bob Weir

Carly Simon

Todd Rundgren

Kings of Leon

John Sebastian

The Carpenters

Temptations

Alanis Morissette

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