Thursday, 03 January 2008

Much like last year, here’s my year in review — travel- and concert-wise anyway:

Places I’ve Been

The rules are that I actually slept in the city for a minimum of one night and that it must be outside the Twin Cities area (no crashing at a friend’s house and counting it).

  • Stillwater, OK
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Urbandale (Des Moines), IA
  • Brookings, SD†
  • Denver, CO
  • La Porte, IN
  • Detroit, MI†
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Chicago, IL
  • Madison, WI
  • Kansas City, MO

I’m mildly surprised that I nearly doubled last year’s list with 12 cities in 2007, as compared to 7 cities in 2006.

† Multiple, non-consecutive nights.

Things I’ve Seen

No stipulations here, just a list of all the shows and concerts I’ve seen this year.

  • Sweet Colleens
  • Varttina
  • Honeydogs
  • Lewis Black
  • Klezmatics
  • Bx3
  • Carbon Leaf
  • G. Love & Special Sauce
  • Erin McKeown
  • James Cotton
  • Ditty Bops
  • California Guitar Trio
  • Amiina
  • Roger Clyne (in Phoenix, AZ for the “No More Beautiful World” CD release party)
  • Keb Mo
  • Ceu
  • Seven Steps To Havana
  • Bill Cosby
  • Konono No. 1
  • Air
  • Los Straitjackets
  • English Beat
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Minneapolis, MN w/ Shurman)†
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Urbandale, IA w/ Shurman)†
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Brookings, SD w/ Shurman)†
  • Elvis Costello (finally I got to see him live!)
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Ft. Collins, CO w/ Shurman)†
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Colorado Springs, CO w/ Shurman)†
  • Lisa Gerrard
  • Carrie Rodriguez
  • Chris Thile
  • Buckwheat Zydeco
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • Hookers and Blow
  • Puppini Sisters
  • Crowded House
  • Mina Agossi
  • Lenka Dusilova
  • James Cotton
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  • Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (Not only two nights in a row, but two shows each night! Yes, I love them that much!)
  • Nick Lowe
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Toronto, Canada w/ Jason Boots)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Detroit, MI w/ Alternate Routes)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Cleveland, OH w/ Alternate Routes)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Chicago, IL w/ Alternate Routes)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Madison, WI w/ Alternate Routes)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Brookings, SD)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Minneapolis, MN)‡
  • Jose Gonzales
  • Henry Rollins (another person I’ve wanted to see for years — and a personal hero of mine live!)
  • Zap Mama
  • Nickel Creek (“Farewell for Now” tour)
  • Erin McKeown
  • Sia
  • Robyn Hitchcock (another hero of mine)
  • Kansas City Symphony
  • Stellanovas
  • Aimee Mann (Christmas show, which was quite lovely)
  • 2007 CP Rail Holiday Train
  • Robert Randolph
  • Wookiefoot (New Year’s Eve)

That’s 63 events (one every 5.79 days), only 1 of which was not an actual concert. I can’t remember all of the opening acts, but among those 62 shows, there are likely more than 100 bands. Allowing 4 hours per show (30 minutes pre-show, 60 minute opening act, 30 minute stage turn, 90 minute main act, 30 minutes post-show), I spend about 2.88% of my time at concerts — Hmmm, maybe a pie chart is in order here.

† Rock-N-Roll Road Trip #2 (Spring) ‡ Rock-N-Roll Road Trip #3 (Fall)

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