12 September 2007

Livin’ La Vida Musica

Sometimes my life is fabulous. Look at this week’s clutched-ticket concerts:

Tonight: Crowded House, with opener Pete Yorn
I saw Crowded House at one of their very last shows — if not the last one — before they broke up in 1994. It was a great show, at a small venue. They’re playing at the much larger Tabernacle tonight. Will they still be great?
Song Prayer Request: "Don't Dream It's Over" and few Split Enz tunes

Thursday: Andrew Bird
I’ve never seen Andrew Bird live — I missed last fall’s show — so I’m quite excited about finally seeing him perform. He was great on Letterman a few months ago. Added bonus: I’ll see the Scriveners at the show.
Song Prayer Request: “Measuring Cups” and “Armchair”

Friday: Stevie Wonder
Cannot wait! Stevie hasn’t toured the U.S. in a dozen years, so this show is The Ticket of the Month. He’s performing at our better amphitheater — and the highs on Friday will be in the very low 80s. I’m thinkin’ it will be a night of lots lemonade with citron vodka and lots of dancing for this girl.
Song Prayer Request: “Boogie on Reggae Woman” and "Higher Ground"

But fabulous doesn’t stop there, kids. Next week is John Vanderslice with Bishop Allen (thanks to Coaster Punchman), and Ticket of the Month #2: Bob Dylan, with openers Elvis Costello and Amos Lee. And then the next week …

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At 9/12/2007 08:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LUCKY!! I would love to see Crowed House do the split Enz -Finn Brothers tune "Weather with you" *sigh* You will hear "six months in a leaky boat" for sure, its on all their albums. :-)

Do give us a re-cap!

At 9/12/2007 09:41:00 AM, Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

That'd be cool to see Crowded House -- although I'm only familiar with that tune and Something So Strong.

At 9/12/2007 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

holy cow, "fabu-life" it is! Sounds like a great week you got lined up.

By the way, my word verification is


At 9/12/2007 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'm so freaking jealous I can't stand it.

At 9/12/2007 10:43:00 AM, Blogger Jacy said...

I love Crowded House. Neil Finn is such a great songwriter and I love his plaintive voice. Lucky you.

Love that song "I Will Love You Til The Day I Die" on that first Crowded House album. Kind of angry.

At 9/12/2007 10:46:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

I almost cannot believe your energy to attend all these concerts in a row. I know you love it, but still, it takes energy!

At 9/12/2007 11:21:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wow, Rocktober starts early in your area! Take your vitamins and wear your comfy but stylish dancing shoes. You are going to need your energy to give us all those reviews.

I've got a couple more weeks till my concert season launches (and it pales next to yours).

At 9/12/2007 11:49:00 AM, Blogger Tony Alva said...

Very envious...

Did you know the CH drummer was a semi-regular character on the kid show "The Wiggles"? Sadly, I heard he killed himself not too long ago. They were a great band once. Hope they still are.

As for Stevie, as long as he stays in the "Songs in the Key of Life" wheelhouse and avoids "Isn't She Lovely" you'll be alright, but if you hear the opening notes of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" I'd hit the door so fast I be in bed before it swung closed.

At 9/12/2007 11:53:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

BLUEZ: I'd love to hear obscure Splitz Enz such as "Shark Attack" and "Iris" -- or some of the Finn brothers' solo work.

BLOWING SH*T UP WITH GAS: They were great in 1994, so I'm assuming the long rest means they'll be great tonight.

BUBS: I'm so excited ... and wondering when the hell I'll next get sleep. mwoot! We should all use it in a sentence this week.

DR. MONKEY VON MONKERSTEIN: That makes my day even brighter.

At 9/12/2007 11:55:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

JACY: They had several angry songs, in all their incarnations. I could use a mini angry set tonight.

COASTER PUNCHMAN: I'd like to say it's because I take a lot of vitamins ... but it's more that I push myself until I crash. Which is how I plan to spend my Saturday.

BARBARA: We seem to get Rocktobered in September these days. But October and November look to be just as grand ... even though Neil Young is dissing up (damn him).

TONY ALVA: "I Just Called" will make a great bathroom break at Chastain.

At 9/12/2007 11:56:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

WENCH! I missed the Crowded House/Pete Yorn show here. And I've been listening to that Crowded House CD over and over lately. Man, I love them. And Pete Yorn would be some nice icing on top of that Finn Cake.

Oh well, looks like I'll have to just stay in and snuggle with Glenn tonight.

At 9/12/2007 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

Funny you mentioned Stevie. A friend just turned me on to this gem: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=4SCZv7786KY

At 9/12/2007 02:00:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

That sounds like lots of fun. If I were Stevie, I'd only agree to tour if I could do all Journey covers, and then people would be really confused.

At 9/12/2007 03:19:00 PM, Blogger dguzman said...

We're going to see Dar Williams tonight--should be fun.

At 9/12/2007 03:57:00 PM, Blogger Zed said...

Amazing. What a fun week planned! Do you ever stay home, woman? :)

At 9/12/2007 04:06:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BECKEYE: Shame on you, girlie! You could be snuggling' with Mr. Yorn tonight, had you gone.

MICHAEL K: That's fantastic!

PISTOLS AT DAWN: Oh, yeah. That would sooooo be worth the overpriced ticket. I wonder if Stevie would wear a Kotex pad in front of his tight britches, just like Mr. Perry?

DGUZMAN: Lucky you! I've never caught Dar in concert, but would love to. I checked; she isn't headed this way any time soon.

ZED: Only when I'm forced to.

At 9/12/2007 05:03:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Terrible question, but what does it mean to "see" Stevie Wonder if he can't see you? I did go to a Ray Charles concert once about a year or two before he died. He played for maybe twenty minutes. It was still worth it.

Honestly, I'd love to hear Stevie Wonder live. First pop musician who figured out how to use the synthesizer and make it sound musical instead of like a gimmick.

At 9/12/2007 06:48:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

OK, you stink.

How about that? :)

At 9/12/2007 09:47:00 PM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

Stevie Wonder! Crowded House!
Next thing you're going to tell me you managed to get Led Zeppelin tickets.

Then, I would really hate you.

PS apparently the site for the Zeppy tickets crashed today as millions hit it.

At 9/12/2007 10:45:00 PM, Blogger Karen said...

I really want to go to the Stevie Wonder concert! LUCKY!

At 9/13/2007 09:08:00 AM, Anonymous Tim said...

One or both of the Tim Family will be at Andrew Bird tonight. We have two extras that are priced to move if anyone wants in...

At 9/13/2007 10:55:00 AM, Blogger dguzman said...

Dar was awesome; it was a small theatre and the setting was very intimate. She played a low-key, introspective couple of sets, including After All and February. Sweet!

At 9/13/2007 11:29:00 AM, Blogger coffeypot said...

Thanks for helping Marni. I'm kind of proud of her, too.

At 9/16/2007 05:01:00 PM, Blogger Earl Cootie said...

I like to see you boogie
Right across the floor

I'll have you know I've had that song stuck in my head for the past several days. Not complaining though. It's one of my favorites.


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