We attended 32 live performances in 2011. We love our role as patrons of the arts. 2011 proved to be a dynamic year for music. It’s a challenge to pinpoint only the Top 5 concerts from this extensive and varied list.
The one persistent theme that drives my rationale centers upon artists I have long waited to see live. I finally got to see Charles Lloyd, The Radiators, Joe Sample, Anthony Braxton, Paul Simon, Todd Rundgren, Johnny Rivers, Burton Cummings, Lucinda Williams, TOP & AWB, and Chris Botti. These artists represent a third of the music performances we witnessed.
1. Bowsers Doo Wop Gig 1/16
2. Charles Lloyd Quartet 1/28
3. Taj Mahal, Los Lobos 2/19
4. Patti Smith 2/16
5. The Radiators 2/26
6. Joe Sample 4/5
7. Bob Seger 4/16
8. Roger McGuinn, 4/23
9. Crosby & Nash 5/22
10. King For A Day 2/23
11. Anthony Braxton Septet 5/20
12. Paul Simon 5/29
13. 7 Walkers 8/12
14. Garland Jeffreys 6/5
15. Todd Rundgren 6/26
16. Happy Together Tour 7/9
Turtles, The Association, Mark Lindsay, The Buckinghams
17. Manzarek-Rogers Band 5/25
18. Johnny Rivers 6/18
19. Jimmy Webb 7/28
20. Renaissance 9/16
21. Paul McCartney 7/16
22. Nighthawks Infinity Stars Party 8/20
23. Patti Smith 12/2
24. Burton Cummings 7/2
25. Gary Puckett 8/11
26. Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman 11/2
27. Janis Ian 8/27
28. Lucinda Williams 11/1
29. Tedeschi Trucks Band 10/29
30. Stephen Stills 10/21
31. Tower of Power, Average White Band 11/17
32. Chris Botti 12/28
Top 5 Concerts of 2011
1. January 28, 2011, The Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct.
I have been a fan of Charles Lloyd for 40+ years. I savor the opportunity to have heard Charles Lloyd, one of jazz’s living legends, play in such an intimate, acoustic setting. The blog post I wrote about Charles Lloyd earned me a free pair of tickets to any Wesleyan concert we wished to attend in the future. That was a very nice complement from Wesleyan, a renowned world music university I value and respect. Here is that concert review.
2. May 11, 2011, Crosby-Nash – The Palace Theater, Stamford, Ct.
The Palace is one of our favorite venues. The David Crosby and Graham Nash concert was broadcast live on HDnet that evening. The added value of a live broadcast with two famous singer/songwriters created a focused, magical experience. The concert is available on DVD and we have watched it over the holidays.
3. June 18, 2011, Johnny Rivers, Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Uncasville, Ct.
Mohegan Sun went all out this year. They celebrated in high style their 15th anniversary as an entertainment complex. The Wolf Den calendar offered a lot of quality choices for free to patrons willing to wait online to attend the shows. My brother-in-law’s favorite artist is Johnny Rivers. We were excited to get him inside to see Johnny Rivers live.
Johnny Rivers was in excellent voice and proved to be a proficient guitarist. I was blown away by his showmanship and the number of hits he has made famous. Here is the set list from the concert.
4. July 2, 2011, Burton Cummings, Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Uncasville, Ct.
I have been a fan forever of Burton Cummings, of The Guess Who. To me he has one of the best soulful voices in all of rock and roll. He and his band were kick ass great. He is a true legend and it was wonderful to see him at long last. Here is my blog post concert review of that evening.
5. July 16, 2011, Paul McCartney, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
What can I say, its Paul McCartney live at Yankee Stadium. Here’s what I wrote about that amazing summer evening.