well, good morning!
i slept in this AM because i have big plans for the evening:
something like that: girl talk in raleigh tonight! [source]
it should be a memorable experience, if nothing else. it got me thinking — i need to be on the lookout for concerts more often! i love live music, and since i happen to be childless and without crazy work hours, now is the time. this certainly fits with resolution #3, too.
i went onto pollstar, a site that lists events by city/venue/artist/date, depending on your preference and entered “raleigh, NC” (since i checked off the box, this also included surrounding areas like chapel hill + carrboro).
i was thrilled to find the following:
but then very dismayed to see that the show was WAY sold out. however, i did learn that sharon van etten (a new discovery thanks to sound opinions) playing on 3/11 at cat’s cradle, and i’m definitely considering it!
most memorable concerts
this all got me thinking about the most memorable concert events i’ve been to. this is always such a fun topic at parties, because you find out that your friend’s first show was michael jackson in the ’80s with his dad (or something equally awesome).
✰ barenaked ladies, 1994 or 5. you can stop laughing now! i was enamored with this group in high school and this was my very first concert ever. i was too young to drive so i remember being picked up by my parents. (by the way: this was a lot harder to orchestrate before the cell phone era!)
✰ alanis morisette + tori amos, 1998. this event was memorable because . . . my sister and i never made it to the venue — we got lost and couldn’t figure out how to get there, finally giving up after walking around some seedy areas (who knew philadelphia had a red-light district?). we also kept our misadventures secret from our parents and anyone who asked us about the event! ha.
✰ radiohead, 2000. this event was held outdoors in montreal shortly after kid A and amnesiac came out. i remember being SO swept up into the moment rocking out to the totally new sound. i LOVED every minute of it.
still a masterpiece in my opinion
✰ rufus wainwright, 2001 in . . albany, i think? this was memorable because the auditorium was a giant egg, and because rufus was wonderful and i remember him signing autographs after the show, glistening with sweat and exuding fabulousness.
✰ lady gaga, 2009! yes, josh and i went on a road trip SPECIFICALLY to incorporate this show in richmond, VA.
✰ decemberists, 2009 (i think). another show that just captivated me. i loved how they did the entire hazards of love from start to finish. i’d love to see them again although i have to admit the new album hasn’t quite won me over yet.
✰ ben folds: i had to include mr. folds on here because i’ve probably seen him the most times out of anyone! even though i’ve sort of moved on taste-wise, i still have a soft spot in my heart for this guy (and his voice). and he puts on a great concert. i would go see him again, and i’m still mad i missed this a couple years back.
other notable acts that come to mind:
✔ dave matthews band, during the high school years (of course)
✔ the indigo girls! girl power.
✔ the apples in stereo. kind of a letdown, actually!
✔ belle & sebatian.
✔ james taylor (on the lawn in the berkshires). nice until the thunderstorm hit!
✔ andrew bird.
✔ death cab for cutie + franz ferdinand (combo event)
✔ aimee mann (x3-4?) and ingrid michaelson (x2)
groups i’d LOVE to see live someday
a wishlist of sorts!
♥ sigur ros
♥ the arcade fire
♥ rilo kiley/jenny lewis
♥ sufjan stevens
♥ vampire weekend
♥ the shins
♥ thao nguyen
trust me, this is a fun memory trip to go on! i’d love to hear:
— your most memorable show:
— a group on your musical wish-list
— if anyone has best coast tickets for this weekend they want to sell (kidding. kind of.)
workout: 30 minute run outside in CH (somewhere around 3.25 mi probably – no watch!)
dinner was with the 2 other endo fellows at guglhupf. (it was lovely, as always.)