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Favorite Concerts of 2011

27th Dec 11 (Tue) 4 comments

Well, this year was once again good to the Pacific Northwest on the concert front… 365 days, 67 shows, 132 artists, many long nights driving home, and a lot of photos…

My favorite concerts of 2011:

  1. Puscifer :: Paramount Theater :: Seattle, WA {7 Nov} [review with photos] – brilliant new album, fantastic stripped down/meets over the top tour!
  2. U2 & Lenny Kravitz :: Qwest Field :: Seattle, WA {4 Jun} [review with photos] – one of the biggest tours ever doesn’t disappoint
  3. My Brightest Diamond :: Mississippi Studios :: Portland, OR {6 Nov} [review with photos] – Shara’s gorgeous voice works well even in a solo setting
  4. Peter Mulvey :: three shows :: Eugene/Creswell/Corvallis, OR {10-12 Nov} [3-show review with photos] – yes, I’m an addict, but I can’t pass up any chance to see Peter in my neck of the woods…
  5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor :: Crystal Ballroom :: Portland, OR {18 Feb} [review, no photos] – surreal and amazing!
  6. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl):: The Woods :: Portland, OR {28 Jan} [review with photos] – pure pop brilliance, Sean takes after his father…
  7. Nels Cline Singers :: Doug Fir Lounge :: Portland, OR {30 Jan} [review with photos] – avant garde guitar experimentation…
  8. Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam) & Glen Hansard (of The Swell Season) :: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall :: Portland, OR {14 Jul} [review with photos] – Glen is a great singer-songwriter, and Eddie is an amazing performer (this time, mainly on ukelele)…
  9. Explosions in the Sky / MusicFest NW :: Pioneer Courthouse Square :: Portland, OR {10 Sep} [no review] – I had to scuttle from this show to a follow-up MFNW show, but this was definitely a highlight…
  10. Pomplamoose :: Doug Fir Lounge :: Portland, OR {27 Oct} [review with photos] – the youtube stars make good with a real tour… A+!
  11. Over the Rhine :: Aladdin Theater :: Portland, OR {17 Nov} [review with photos] – OTR will always be a favorite
  12. Opeth :: Roseland Theater :: Portland, OR {16 Oct} [review with photos] – no cookie monster screams, I missed them, but Opeth still doesn’t disappoint.
  13. Erik Friedlander plays John Zorn’s Masada Book Two (Book of Angels, Volume 8: Volac) :: The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts :: Eugene, OR {8 Jan} [review with photos] – an amazing cellist playing a amazing book of melodies
  14. Toad the Wet Sprocket :: Downtown Bend Celebration :: Bend, OR {8 Jul} [review with photos] – anytime Toad or lead singer GLen Phillips are playing in my radar, I’m going!
  15. Jeffrey Foucault :: Cozmic Pizza :: Eugene, OR {20 Oct} [review with photos] – Jeffrey is quickly becoming a favorite songwriter of mine, full of grit and charm…

Runners-Up: Reptet at Luckey’s (Jan), Elton John at Matthew Knight Arena (Feb), A Perfect Circle at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (June), The Dead Kenny G’s at Sam Bond’s Garage (July), and Jason Webley & Mood Area 52 at WOW Hall (Oct).  Even after honorable mentions, I cut some GREAT ones… 2011 was a great year.

My favorite concert photos of 2011: (in chronological order)

(all images are free to use under a creative commons designation,
simply identify Daniel Temmesfeld with a
photo credit and link to pacificlectic.com.

Past Favorite Concerts Lists:

Favorite music of 2011 will be coming soon… EPs/DVDs/etc, vocal albums, instrumental albums

~Dan – np: Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – MTO Plays Sly

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Iron Mike Savoia’s U2/Kravitz pics (Seattle 6/4)

7th Jun 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

“Iron Mike” Savoia of Savoia Photography Live just posted his beaufitul Lenny Kravitz & U2 shots from Saturday’s show at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA… click the photo of each artist to hit Mike’s Facebook album for each.  If you want to check out my review of the show, GO HERE (setlist/review/photos). #U2360SEA

Mike’s Webpage
Mike’s Facebook

U2/Kravitz Seattle Review

~Dan – np: dredgChuckles & Mr Squeezy

REVIEW: U2 & Lenny Kravitz @ Qwest Field (Seattle, WA – 6/4/11)

5th Jun 11 (Sun) 5 comments

photo by Soren McCarty (Denver show)

U2 is one of the biggest rock bands in the world.  They’ve been a band for almost 35 years – all the same four guys.  Sit back and think about that for a minute.  Sure, they haven’t been without struggles, but they’ve been a solid force in rock music for a long, long time.  Saturday night was my third time to see them (PopMart 1996, Elevation 2001), and based on the reviews and photos I had seen, I knew I was going to be blown away…

Qwest Field started being configured for U2’s 360º Tour earlier that week.  The 360º Tour features the largest concert stage structure ever and a 360-degree staging/audience configuration that allows fans to surround the stage from all sides.  The large parking lot full of semi-trucks wasn’t just for Bono’s sunglasses supply.  Check out the GeneStout.com media recap of the stage build out (with Mike Savoia’s photos – more from Mike below, too).  See a time-lapse build-out of the Denver show (FB video link).

We positioned ourselves at near the north side of the outside of the loop for the show – as we hadn’t gotten there early enough for the inner loop.  After running into a bad batch in the crowd (i.e.- drunk as hell d-bags), we backed off and watched from a nice safe distance.  Opener Lenny Kravitz hit the stage around 7:30 and played a solid 50 minutes set.  One new song, and a cadre of his hits.  Cindy Blackwell was not on drums – that was the only noticeable absence.  Lenny had some ear-monitor issues near the end, which was frustrating him, but he put on a great show regardless.

Lenny’s Setlist: 50 minutes

  • Come On Get It [new song]
  • Mamma Said
  • It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
  • Let Love Rule
  • American Woman [The Guess Who]
  • Fly Away
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way

After a short break, the David Bowie tape intro started, and U2 walked out onto the stage…

U2’s Setlist: 2+ hours

  • Space Oddity [tape intro, David Bowie]
  • Even Better Than The Real Thing
  • I Will Follow
  • Get On Your Boots
  • Magnificent
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Elevation
  • Until The End Of The World
  • All I Want Is You
  • Stay (Faraway, So Close!) [acoustic]
  • Beautiful Day with NASA video* & Space Oddity snippet (*video below)
  • Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  • Miss Sarajevo
  • Zooropa
  • City Of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight with Discothèque and other snippets
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Scarlet
  • Walk On
  • Encore 1: Aung San Suu Kyi Message [tape]
  • One
  • Where The Streets Have No Name
  • Encore 2: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • With Or Without You
  • Moment of Surrender

They rocked out, and from our vantage point it was like watching alien TV.  Some of the best moments for me… The kick-off “Even Better Than the Real Thing” followed by the throwback “I Will Follow” (this show was going to be all over their catalog).  The NASA Commander Mark Kelly video intro to “Beautiful Day” (from space – video below).  The snippet of “Discotheque” was excellent (POP is a great, under-appreciated album).  Bono swinging out on his lit-up microphone during “Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me.”

Oh, and Zoo-fucking-ropa.  The expanding televisions caught me off guard… it was a circus of sights and sounds.

A massive spectacle from a massive band.  A truly entertaining experience.  U2 blows about any other live show out of the water as far as sheer force, light, power, and energy.

My Photos from the show:
(really, just shots of the TV… sigh…)

Mike Savoia’s Pro-shot Photos:
(used with permission)

check out the links to Mike Savoia’s work below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.  #U2360SEA

~Dan – np: Rage Against the MachineEvil Empire

U2’s rescheduled 2011 North American dates:

  • May 21 Denver, CO Invesco Field (formerly June 12/10)
  • May 24 Salt Lake City, UT Rice Eccles Stadium (formerly June 3/10)
  • June 01 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium (formerly June 23/10)
  • June 04 Seattle, WA Qwest Field (formerly June 20/10)
  • June 07 Oakland, CA McAfee Coliseum (formerly June 20/10)
  • June 17 Anaheim, CA Angels Stadium (formerly June 6/10)
  • June 18 Anaheim, CA Angels Stadium (formerly June 7/10)
  • June 26 East Lansing, MI Spartan Stadium at MSU (formerly June 30/10)
  • June 29 Miami, FL Sun Life Stadium (formerly July 9/10)
  • July 05 Chicago, IL Soldier Field (formerly July 6/10)
  • July 08 Montreal, QC Hippodrome (formerly July 16/10)
  • July 09 Montreal, QC Hippodrome (formerly July 17/10)
  • July 11 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre (formerly July 3/10)
  • July 14 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field (formerly July 12/10)
  • July 20 East Rutherford, NJ New Meadowlands Stadium (formerly July 19/10)
  • July 23 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium (formerly June 27/10)

U2 & Lenny Kravitz tonight in Seattle!

4th Jun 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

I’m heading out soon to catch two indie artists – Lenny Kravitz & U2 – tonight at the Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.  Wish them luck… it’s so hard for these up & coming indie bands…

Check back on Sunday night for my review & setlist (and hopefully with photos).

Update 6/5: GO HERE for my review.

If I don’t get any good shots, I’ll post/link to Mike Savoia’s awesome shots… I know he’s pro shooting it.

~Dan – np: PuyaUnion

#U2360SEA

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