Monday, December 28, 2009

*My Top 30 Concerts of the 2000s (and some that were left behind)*

I was fortunate enough to see approximately 90 or so concerts during the decade (counting whole festivals as one concert and not including various smaller-scale shows/local bands in a variety of locations). There were also some shows that got away - I had tickets for them and couldn’t make, or just couldn’t make a show/tour.

*My favorite 30 Concerts of the Decade (in no particular order)*

• Bob Dylan with Asleep at the Wheel, March 31, 2000 Rochester, MN (my 25th Dylan show, my wife’s 15th, my mother in law's first and last. RIP J.)
• Neil Young & Crazy Horse (w/ Willie Nelson on guitar for some songs), at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic/Campout, north of Austin, TX, Summer 2004
• Guided by Voices, the band’s final 2 shows, The Metro, Chicago, Dec. 30th & Dec. 31st 2004,
• Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings (one of Waylon’s last concerts) Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN, 2001
• Alejandro Escovedo, 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, 2000 [my 10th Escovedo show]
• Merle Haggard – UFO Festival, Roswell, NM 2004, (also sat in on guitar for entire Willie Nelson set)
• Billy Joe Shaver, Smith's Old Bar, Atlanta, Spring 2000
• Los Huracanes del Norte, Queretaro Estado Feria, Mexico, 2002
• The Mountain Goats, The Slowdown, Omaha, NE, Fall 2007
• The Dead, 3 shows at Red Rocks, CO, Summer 2003
• John Prine, Washington Pavillion, Sioux Falls, SD 2002
• Elvis Costello, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Summer 2009
• Plastilina Mosh, Aguascalientes, Mexico, Estadio Terreno, 2003
• The Bad Plus, Flynn Space, Burlington, VT,2006
• The Hold Steady, The Slowdown, Omaha, NE, Spring 2009
• Del McCoury, Wintergrass, Tacoma, WA, February 2002
• The Flatlanders, The Lensic, Santa Fe, NM, Spring 2004
• The White Stripes, Bell Center, Montreal, QB, Fall 2005
• Richard Buckner, The Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM, Spring 2001
• Built to Spill, Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM, Summer 2006
• Ralph Stanley, The Paramount, Santa Fe, NM, Fall 2004
• The Sleepy Jackson, The Black Cat, Washington DC, 2004
• White Denim, High Noon Saloon, Madison, November 2009
• Bonnie "Prince" Billy, The Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM 2004
• J.J. Cale with James McMurtry, The Paramount, Santa Fe, 2005
• Patti Smith, First Avenue, 2 nights of shows, December 2000
• Camper van Beethoven w/Cracker, The Paramount, Santa Fe, Spring 2005
• Ska-P with Panteon Rococo, Queretaro, Mexico, Gallos Blancos Stadium, 2003
• Dave Rawlings Machine, The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE, December 2009,
• Jaguares, Gimnasio Lopez, Aguascalientes, Mexico, 2002
• Scott H. Biram, The Triple Door, San Marcos, TX, December 2009

*Tours/Shows that I had tickets for but unfortunately had to sell or just plain missed for some reason (these are the ones that all still pain me)*

• Paul Westerberg 2002 tour
• David Bowie 2002 & 2004 tours
• TV on the Radio, First Avenue, 2006 & 2008
• Tom Waits tours in 2004, 2006, and 2008
• Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Mexico City, 2003
• Leonard Cohen 2008 tour
• Luna farewell tour 2004-05
• The Pixies 2004 reunion tour
• Bob Dylan (Ames 2002, Sioux Falls 2005, Lincoln 2006)
• Merle Haggard, Isleta Casino, New Mexico, 2005
• The Hold Steady/Drive-by Truckers tour, First Avenue, 2 nights, fall 2008

List out the Jams, Mofo!

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