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    Fave Concerts 2018

    For me:

    GYBE - Buffalo - No words, just too awesome.

    Sun Ra Arkestra - Strangewaves Fest - Up close and personal... maybe 100-125 people max...under a tent, in a field, under the stars. Magic.

    The Residents - Mod Club Toronto - a straight out tour de force, was totally blown away. 4th time seeing them in past few years, this one just killed.

    King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Toronto - second time seeing them...liked this one a lot better. Superb stuff!

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    Nik Bartsch Ronin (x2) - top of his game with minimalist modern jazz that grooves and grooves

    Bent Knee - saw them twice this year, once in support, when headlining at Sinclair put on a terrific show.

    Godspeed You Black Emperor - Big Ears - Stunning show, grooving driving post rock, really grabs you and hangs on, most players in dark with film projection behind the band.

    Jaga Jazzist - Big Ears - heavy funky electronica big band jazz, took a couple of tracks to lock in but man they tore it up for 45 minutes with the whole crowd grinning and bouncing around.

    BANGS (Jason Morans, Mary Halvorson, Ron Miles) - Big Ears - contemporary modern jazz, really beautiful stuff, really shone, loved it.

    Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesore - ProgDay & RIO - stripped down line-up with French Horn more present, new material is really good.

    Chromb! - RIO - tight, loose, heavy, fast turn on a dime rock/jazz with lots of humor

    PinioL - RIO - loud heavy fast, bonkers, fun. Pretty much full on for their full set, exhausting but superb.

    Free Salamander Exhibit - RIO - a terrific performance full of theatrics, energy, fast moving changes and crunchiness. Loved it

    Jean Louis - RIO - experimental avant jazz with loads of distortion and effects, superb
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    As of today, 11/23, I saw 85 concerts! Hoping to see at least 5-7 more before the year is out!

    Here's some faves

    2/7/2018 Audrey Chen & Phil Minton

    2/15/2018 Sarah Hughes 4tet Celebrates Ornette Coleman
    Sarah Hughes (alto) Griffith Kazmierczak (trumpet, violin), Luke Stewart (bass) and Nate Scheible (drums)

    3/3/2018 Matt Wilson's Honey & Salt
    Matt Wilson - drums/compositions / Dawn Thomson - guitar, vocals / John Koozin - bass guitar / Dave Ballou - trumpet / Brad Linde - reeds

    5/9/2018 Nik Bärtch's Ronin

    5/12/2018 The Spell Casters

    6/1/2018 Carla Bley / Liberation Music Orchestra - tribute to Charlie Haden

    6/12/2018 Tigue
    (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody)

    6/20/2018 Descartes A Kant

    7/12/2018 The Messthetics

    8/26/2018 Brian Settles - Anthony Pirog

    9/20/2018 Dan Weiss - Starebaby
    Trevor Dunn - bass / Matt Mitchell - piano / Ben Monder - guitar / Craig Taborn - synth / Dan Weiss - drums

    9/22/2018 Joel Harrison Free Country
    Joel Harrison: guitars, voice Anthony Pirog: guitar Jerome Harris: bass Jeremy Clemons: drums

    10/6/2018 Soft Machine

    10/10/2018 Akku Quintet / Accordo dei Contrari

    10/27/2018 75 Dollar Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post

    7/12/2018 The Messthetics

    9/20/2018 Dan Weiss - Starebaby
    Trevor Dunn - bass / Matt Mitchell - piano / Ben Monder - guitar / Craig Taborn - synth / Dan Weiss - drums

    10/10/2018 Akku Quintet
    Those 3 remain on my wish list.
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    Messthetics you can see at Big Ears.
    I saw them 3 x this year, but this show was the best of them!
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    "You run a great label, but sometimes you go out of your way to be a jerk." - Jed Levin

    "The older I get, the more I realize that cynicism is just realism spelled wrong."

    "Death to false 'support the scene' prog!"

    please add 'imo' wherever you like, to avoid offending those easily offended.

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    I did not see many interesring prog acts this year but i caught some interesting Jazz acts .

    Favorite 2018 shows:

    1.Mary Halvorson quartet playing John Zorn
    2. Sax ruins
    3. Gogopenguin

    Going to see Nik Bartsch Ronin in a week

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    1. Dweezil Zappa
    2. Jane Ira Bloom Quartet
    3. Mobius Strip
    4. FM
    5. Aniba Hotep & Sol Collective
    6. Music of Cream

    Runners up:
    7. Soft Machine
    8. Kansas (Leftoverture tour)
    9. Maceo Parker

    10. Behn Gillese Quartet

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    For me:

    King Crimson
    Dweezil Zappa

    But I feel like I'm forgetting something fairly recent...

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    Nik Bärtch's Ronin
    Jaga Jazzist
    GYBE
    Soft Machine
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    I've only seen a few this year, unfortunately. The best was maybe Michael Schenker Fest. He had his mid 80's rhythm section (Chris Glen on bass and Ted McKenna on drums), and he had all three singers who were in MSG back in the 80's, plus Doogie White, who I gather is ostensibly his current singer. They rotated through the singers, each one doing about 20 minutes of the show (with the other singers occasionally singing backup or helping out here or there, e.g. Robin McCauley joining in with Gary Barden on Attack Of The Mad Axeman). The show started with was essentially side one of One Night At Budokan plus Into The Arena and a new song called Messin' Around, and it ended with a half hour's worth of UFO songs, including a 13 minute version of Rock Bottom.

    After that, the 3rdegree show I saw was pretty cool, just because the band made the effort to come out to Cleveland and played for, I believe, an audience of three or four. Not the most ideal situation to play in (to say nothing of the Spinal Tap-esque technical problems), but they still played a great set, and I'm glad I went to see them play.

    Soft Machine were pretty cool too. I actually enjoyed that one much better than I expected.

    Hmmm, those might have been the only three shows I saw this year, now that I think about it, and I really only have one other scheduled (Brand X, in a couple weeks) before the year is over. How did it ever come to this! (shrug)

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    A few more to go but my current tally:

    Carpenter Brut
    Lingua Ignota
    Jaga Jazzist
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    Kid Koala
    Ronin
    Between the Buried and Me
    Dan Terminus
    Suzanne Ciani
    Anna Meredith
    Thomas Strönen

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    So far qualifying as faves:

    Snarky Puppy
    Steve Hackett
    PFM
    Steven Wilson
    Discipline
    Luz de Riada
    Stick men with David Cross
    Deep Purple

    and tomorrow night The Flower Kings

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    Dweezil Zappa
    Kansas 40th anniversary of PoKR
    Yes 50th anniversary
    TR's Utopia

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    YES (50th)...got to see this with my best friend from high school who came out to Atlanta (from California) to help celebrate my 60th B-Day...(The last concert he and I saw together????….YES @ MSG for the Tormato (in the round) tour.....Yeah, we had a great time.)
    G.A.S -aholic

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    The Dixie Dregs - 3/21 The Egg, Albany NY
    Billy Cobham - 3/25 The Egg, Albany NY
    Steve Wilson - 4/19 The Egg, Albany NY
    Brad Mehldau - 4/23 The Egg, Albany NY
    Brand X - 5/10 Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes NY
    Empire Jazz Orchestra: 7/10 Central Park Schenectady NY
    Jean-Luc Ponty - 8/28 The Egg, Albany NY
    David Byrne - 9/9 The Palace, Albany NY
    Paul McCandless & Charged Particles - 9/16 Shepard Park, Lake George NY
    Accordo dei Contrari - 10/6 Progstock, Rahway NJ
    IQ - 10/6 Progstock, Rahway NJ
    Mystery - 10/7 Progstock, Rahway NJ
    Jobson Plays UK - 10/7 Progstock, Rahway NJ

    Still to come, John Scofield

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    Nik Bärtch's Ronin
    Jaga Jazzist
    GYBE
    Soft Machine
    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    A few more to go but my current tally:

    Carpenter Brut
    Lingua Ignota
    Jaga Jazzist
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    Kid Koala
    Ronin
    Between the Buried and Me
    Dan Terminus
    Suzanne Ciani
    Anna Meredith
    Thomas Strönen
    I may have seen you at a couple of those
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    If you didn't, then we need to get you to an eye doctor pronto!!

    Yep, some great shared ones in there, and I'm already looking forward to the next batch this coming March
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    I kicked up my heels at "A Celebration of 50 Years of Lawrence Welk" and threw my back out dancing the polka all night.

    I also (seriously) slipped in the shower Thanksgiving morning and bruised a couple of ribs and my ass and am presently on Vicodin, which explains my first sentence..

    New online purchases in the last 2 days include 2 shower/bath grab bars and a shower seat.

    The only concerts I went to in 2018 were ProgDay, Bent Knee, Gordon Lightfoot & Lake Street Dive. I now live vicariously through all you assholes (I just mentioned this so I didn't have to cop to hijacking the thread).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lino View Post
    For me:

    GYBE - Buffalo - No words, just too awesome.

    Sun Ra Arkestra - Strangewaves Fest - Up close and personal... maybe 100-125 people max...under a tent, in a field, under the stars. Magic.

    The Residents - Mod Club Toronto - a straight out tour de force, was totally blown away. 4th time seeing them in past few years, this one just killed.

    King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Toronto - second time seeing them...liked this one a lot better. Superb stuff!

    The Arkestra are still at it, eh? Who is nominal bandleader nowadays?

    Sounds like a marvelous experience. Sometimes the enviorn in which we see a show can play such a strong part in how we feel about what we are hearing. Neil Young & Crazy Horse during a thunderstorm in Hershey Park PA in 1996 is one of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progeezer View Post
    I kicked up my heels at "A Celebration of 50 Years of Lawrence Welk" and threw my back out dancing the polka all night.

    I also (seriously) slipped in the shower Thanksgiving morning and bruised a couple of ribs and my ass and am presently on Vicodin, which explains my first sentence..

    New online purchases in the last 2 days include 2 shower/bath grab bars and a shower seat.

    The only concerts I went to in 2018 were ProgDay, Bent Knee, Gordon Lightfoot & Lake Street Dive. I now live vicariously through all you assholes (I just mentioned this so I didn't have to cop to hijacking the thread).
    Damn, that sucks. Hope you heal up quickly.

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    Michael Rother (Edinburgh)
    Peter Hammill (Bristol)
    King Crimson (Cardiff)
    Nik Bärtsch's Ronin (Southampton)
    Ezra Collective (Bristol)

    (the last three were each wildly different from the others, but each could easily have laid claim to being amongst the best gigs I've been to - &, remarkably, they took place within a period of two weeks!)
    Last edited by per anporth; 11-26-2018 at 12:03 PM.

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    Looking back over my calendar I had a pretty good concert year:

    Jan 5: Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago IL
    Feb 3: Umphrey’s McGee / Marcus King Band Wings Stadium Kalamazoo.
    Feb 9: Cheap Trick Firekeepers Casino Battle Creek MI
    Feb 16: Marillion Royal Oak Music Theater Royal Oak MI
    Feb 18: Marillion 20 Monroe Live Grand Rapids MI
    March 28: Nightwish State Theater Kalamazoo MI
    May 1: Steven Wilson / Paul Draper Vic Theater Chicago IL
    May 11: Rival Sons The Intersection Grand Rapids MI
    May 24: Marcus King Band State Theater Kalamazoo MI
    June 4: The Decembrists Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids MI
    July 19: Drive By Truckers Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo MI
    July 28: The Struts Elevation Club Grand Rapids MI
    August 10: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo MI
    August 16: ELO Little Caesars Arena Detroit MI
    Sept 1 & 2: Progday Chapel Hill NC
    October 5: Buddy Guy / Quinn Sullivan 20 Monroe Live Grand Rapids MI
    Oct 19, 10, 21: Progtoberfest Reggie’s Chicago IL
    Nov 17: Lindsey Buckingham Michigan Theater Ann Arbor MI.

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    Steve, how was the ELO concert in August?

    Steve Geez, sorry to hear about the fall. I feel down the stairs rushing for work an landed on my tailbone, still hurts a week later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Steve, how was the ELO concert in August?

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    It was very good. I think I posted a review on here if I remember right. It was pretty amazing how well they re-created their studio sound on stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    It was very good. I think I posted a review on here if I remember right. It was pretty amazing how well they re-created their studio sound on stage.
    Eldorado is a 10 out of 10 album for me, Anything from that album, Can't Get It Out Of My Head etc? I wanted to catch the Toronto show but didn't make it to the show. I'll check for your review.


    The best concert I saw was Steve Wilson's Too The Bone show in Montreal.

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