We went to the Birchmere last night to see Tab Benoit. If you like blues, you will like his music. As an added bonus, he spent a lot of time telling funny stories and interacting with the audience… seriously the guy could probably do stand-up comedy if he wanted instead of making music. Anyways, great show! Check his stuff out:
Brigid and I went to see Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert last night at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore. We drank beer out of cups shaped like guitars and cowboy boots and sang along to every tune in our best twangy voices. YEEHAW! Love me some country music.
Last Saturday night we saw Yonder Mountain String Band at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. I can’t believe it took us that long to go there since it opened over a year ago. The show was AWE-SOME. We got really lucky and had our seats upgraded randomly for free, so we got to sit down in the first row of the balcony overlooking the stage. Great view of the band, and also, the acoustics in there were amazing. I say this and you should all take note because I am usually the last person to ever say this. I don’t think those words have ever been uttered by me before, and in fact, it kind of bugs me when people say that about venues. Maybe it has to do with my tone-deafness and lack of musical skillz, but unless I’m listening to David’s high school band practice, I think everything sounds good. I can’t think of any concerts I’ve been to where I’m like, “wow, that sounded really crappy.” But the Fillmore was good, and the music sounded particularly great in there. We also had a fantastic aerial view of the crowd, which was about 50% costumed in preparation for Halloween, so that made for some good people watching. As we were leaving I was thinking to myself that I should take up the mandolin so I can be just like Jeff Austin. New Years Resolution 2013? Maybe. Anyone know where I can get a mandolin? If you have not seen YMSB before, and you even remotely like bluegrass, you should do yourself a favor and listen to them.
Last night we saw Langhorne Slim and The Law at the Rock and Roll Hotel. I love that place. It’s just so cozy. The show was awesome – he sang a few solo songs, but most of the time the band was up there on stage with him, including the guy pickin’ the banjo, my favorite part. Now it’s just a rainy Friday afternoon, so I’m listening to all the songs again on repeat. They’re always that much better after seeing them live.
take it easy, baby, make it last all night
August 16th, 2010
Yesterday evening we went to see Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Tom Petty at the venue formerly known as Nissan, but now awkwardly named Jiffy Lube Live. It was mostly a crowd of younger people such as ourselves, probably still in diapers during the 70s or even yet to be born, but still with an appreciation for some classics that our parents probably played on the radio during long car rides. Or perhaps, like me, had Petty’s Greatest Hits album get stuck in the CD player in my first car in high school (the same CD player that my older brother “sold” to me for $100 bucks with the car even though it was my parents, ugh) but anyways causing me to forever associate “American Girl” with those awesome first drives around Howard County during the summer when I got my license, windows rolled down, singing at the top of my lungs, and… anyways, you get the picture. So, all-in-all, a great show and a great singalong event on what turned out to be a lovely evening on a hillside in Virginia.
Sugarland and Keith Urban at Verizon Center
August 21st, 2009
Even though I have seen both of these acts perform on numerous occasions, I still get starstruck every single time. There is just something about country music concerts that always gets me. Last night we were lucky enough to enjoy free box seats to the show (just one of Matt’s job perks for having connections in the construction industry!) It was a really long set, and I don’t think anyone left disappointed.