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I think I had about 70 days this year with at least one band/show:

 

2015-01 (3 days with shows)

08 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
16 / Cloud City / Ottawa, ON / Mercury Lounge
23 / Deja Vu / Ottawa, ON / The Carleton Tavern

2015-02 (7 days with shows)

05 / Stephen Lewis And The Big Band Of One/ Ottawa, ON / Avant-Garde Bar
06 / Charlie Hunter Trio / Ottawa, ON / National Arts Centre
12 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
14 / PleasureCraft / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
21 / Lettuce + Break Science / Toronto, ON / The Danforth Music Hall
27 / Steve Judd And The Underdogs + Brant Pethick / Ottawa, ON / Pressed
28 / Rake-star / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots

2015-03 (10 days with shows)

01 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / The Elmdale House Tavern
05 / The Mike Essoudry Sextet / Ottawa, ON / National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
08 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / The Elmdale House Tavern
10 / The Craig Pedersen Quartet / Ottawa, ON / Pressed Cafe
12 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
13 / The Shuffle Demons / Ottawa, ON / The Rainbow Bistro
15 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / The Elmdale House Tavern
22 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / The Elmdale House Tavern
28 / Rake-star / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
29 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / The Elmdale House Tavern

2015-04 (8 days with shows)

09 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
11 / PappasOFF / Ottawa, ON / The Rainbow Bistro
16 / SEAM / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
18 / PleasureCraft / Ottawa, ON / The Rainbow Bistro
23 / The Lost Year / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
24 / The Craig Pedersen Quartet / Ottawa, ON / Black Squirrel Books
25 / Rob Frayne Dream Big Band / Ottawa, ON / Westboro Legion
30 / Jerry Leger And The Situation + Rey Sabatin Band + Slo' Tom And The Handsome Devils / Ottawa, ON / House Of TARG

2015-05 (3 days with shows)

07 / Stretch Orchestra + Jaron Freeman-Fox And The Opposite Of Everything / Ottawa, ON / National Arts Centre Fourth Stage
14 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Mugshots
23 / Must Stash Hat + Steve Judd And The Underdogs / Ottawa, ON / The Carleton Tavern

2015-06 (8 days with shows)

05 / Dan Walsh + No Buds For Bob / Ottawa, ON / The Carleton Tavern
19 / Widespread Panic + Umphrey's McGee / Jay, VT / Stateside Amphitheatre
20 / Bruce Cockburn + The Roots / Ottawa, ON / Ottawa Jazz Festival
22 / War + Tower Of Power / Ottawa, ON / Ottawa Jazz Festival
23 / Dirty Dozen Brass Band + Blind Boys Of Alabama + Moon Hooch / Ottawa Jazz Festival
24 / Huey Lewis And The News / Ottawa Jazz Festival
25 / Ikebe Shakedown + Steve Miller Band / Ottawa, ON / Ottawa Jazz Festival
27 / Snarky Puppy / Ottawa, ON / Ottawa Jazz Festival

2015-07 (4 days with shows)

09 / Steve Judd And The Underdogs + Toska / Ottawa, ON / House Of TARG
11 / PleasureCraft / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
17 / The Chocolate Hot Pockets + SoundProof / Ottawa, ON / Live On Elgin
19 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub

2015-08 (3 days with shows)

08 / The Mark T Band + Caution Jam + Dave Muir And Friends / Ottawa, ON / The Carleton Tavern
12 / Alphabot! / Ottawa, ON / Raw Sugar Cafe
28 / Dirty Little Secret / Ottawa, ON / Buster's

2015-09 (5 days with shows)

05 / John Kadlecik + Lucas Haneman / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
11 / The Dusty Drifters + Ian Tamblyn + Patrick Shanks / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
12 / PleasureCraft / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
19 / Built To Spill + The Crosss + Clarke And The Himselfs / Montreal, QC / Club Soda
26 / Poorfolk + Acres + Species At Risk / Ottawa, ON / House Of TARG

2015-10 (7 days with shows)

02 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / House Of TARG
06 / Steve Marriner And Paul Anthony Roberto / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
10 / No Buds For Bob / Ottawa, ON / Private party
13 / Steve Marriner And Paul Anthony Roberto / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
20 / Steve Marriner And Paul Anthony Roberto / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
24 / Must Stash Hat + Dave Muir / Ottawa, ON / The Carleton Tavern
27 / Steve Marriner And Paul Anthony Roberto / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub

2015-11 (2 days with shows)

04 / The Bright Light Social Hour + Swimm + The Red Rails / Ottawa, ON / Mavericks
14 / Cloud City / Ottawa, ON / Mercury Lounge

2015-12 (10 days with shows)

05 / Earthbound Trio + Steve Judd And The Underdogs / Ottawa, ON / Avant-Garde Bar
06 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
08 / Steve Marriner And Paul Anthony Roberto / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
09 / The Whiteduck Brothers Band / Ottawa, ON / The Glue Pot Pub
15 / Steve Marriner And Paul Anthony Roberto / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
18 / Slo' Tom And The Handsome Devils + Super Awesome Club / Ottawa, ON / House Of TARG
19 / Dave Muir + Longbottom / Ottawa, ON / Carleton Tavern
20 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
27 / Bumpin' Binary / Ottawa, ON / Irene's Pub
31 / PleasureCraft / Ottawa, ON / The Rainbow Bistro
 

Highlights for me were Lettuce in Toronto, Panic in Vermont, Built To Spill in Montreal, and the 15 times I saw Bumpin' Binary. :)

 

Happy New Year!

 

Aloha,

Brad

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So happy to be included in your list twice Brad!

 

Here is my list for 2015. Considerably fewer shows than you - I don't get out as much as I used to.

 

I did get to see the Barr Brothers 4 times though!

 

 

Fleetwood Mac                        Montreal                      Feb. 5th        

Barr Brothers                          Gatineau                      Feb. 13th         

Barr Brothers                          Kingston                       Mar. 13th         

U2                                            Montreal                       June 17th            

Panic/Umph                             Jay Peak                       June 19th

Bruce Cockburn, The Roots    Ottawa Jazzfest            June 20th            

Rush                                        Montreal                      June 21st

War & Tower of Power             Ottawa Jazzfest            June 22nd

Stanley Clark                          Ottawa Jazzfest            June 24th

Steve Miller Band                    Ottawa Jazzfest            June 25th

Steven Wilson                         Gatineau                       June 30th        

Blue Rodeo                             Ottawa Bluesfest         July 12th

Tragically Hip                           Ottawa Bluesfest         July 17th

Deep Purple                            Ottawa Bluesfest         July 18th

Dave Matthews Band               Montreal                        July 22nd        

Phish - Magnaball                   Watkins Glen                 Aug. 21st - 23rd            

AC/DC                                     Lansdowne Park           Sept. 3rd        

The Tubes                               Ottawa Folkfest            Sept. 9th

Avett Brothers                         Ottawa Folkfest            Sept. 10th

Van Morrison                           Ottawa Folkfest            Sept. 11th    

Barr Brothers, Sheepdogs      Ottawa Folkfest            Sept. 12th

Built to Spill, Wilco                   Ottawa Folkfest            Sept. 13th

Alabama Shakes                     Civic Center                  Sept. 24th        

Stevie Wonder                        Montreal                       Sept. 30th    

BÖC                                        Staten Island                Oct. 17th       

King Crimson                           Montreal                       Nov. 17th        

Barr Brothers                          Gatineau                       Dec. 4th

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My record keeping isn't quite so pristine...might not have everything here but covered some good ground.  Some absolutely incredible experiences and shared moments. Grateful that I get to experience these things in life. Surprisingly the usual crazy onslaught of shows I want to see in the fall didn't really materialize this year...seemed slow compared to years prior.  

 

moe. (x2)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood (x5)

Tragically Hip

Functional Flow

Jerry Garcia Band

Wood Brothers

Willie Watson

Cabinet

Ekootik Hookah

Lettuce

Rumpke Mountain Boys

ALO

Trigger Hippy

Joe Russo's Almost Dead x2
Widespread Panic

Fare Thee Well (all three shows)

Jerry Garcia Tribute show (featuring Jackie Greene, Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Bobby Vega, JM Kimock)

Old Crow Medicine Show

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sharon Jones

Phish Magna Ball

Avett Brothers

Blitzen Trapper

Dead and Company

 

Plus throughout the year lots of great local stuff...I'm sure I am missing some here...e.g. Fat Cats/Acousticats, Diesel Dog, Bluegrass Brunches, Campfire Jams, jamland screening, jamland x2, Big Rock, Mark T Band

 

Starved for more...

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This is mostly in order and mostly complete:

 

Phish - Miami, FL

moe. - Buffalo

Justin Townes Earle - Charleston, SC

Ryan Adams - Detroit

Prince - Detroit

Skydiggers - Bayfield

Blitzen Trapper - Columbia, SC

Jason Collett - Bayfield

Hangout Music Festival - Gulf Shores, AL (Spoon, My Morning Jacket, Drive By Truckers, Foo Fighters, Beck, Father John Misty)

Field Trip Music Festival - Toronto (My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Fred Penner, War on Drugs, Father John Misty)

Neil Young and Promise of the Real w/ Band of Horses - Detroit

Hillside Music Festival - Guelph (BadBadNotGood, Constantines, Daniel Lanois w/ Nels Cline, Doug Paisley)

Phish Magnaball - Watkins Glen

Harvest Music Festival - Dundas (Bahamas, Gordon Lightfoot, Arkells, Rural Alberta Advantage, Kathleen Edwards)

Oldies 990 (Peter Elkas' killer wedding band) - Bayfield

The Wood Brothers - Ithaca 

Jason Isbell - Nashville, TN

Dead and Company - Buffalo

Jason Collett's Basement Revue - Toronto

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Here is what I have in my Google Calendar:

 

The Good Family Band @ Hamilton Downtown Library - Feb 6

Barr Brothers @ Lee's Palace - March 12

Foggy Hogtown Boys @ The Local - April 7

Stewart Copeland @ Koerner Hall (21C festival) - May 20

Constantines @ Massey Hall - May 27

The Sadies in a barn in Prince Edward County - May 29

Field Trip in Toronto -  (My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Hayden, War on Drugs, Father John Misty) - June 6 & 7

Stars Of The Lid @ Hearn Generating Station (Unsound Toronto, part of Luminato) - June 19

Contemporary Colour (David Byrne, St Vincent, others... part of Luminato) @ ACC - June 22

The Ex @ Hard Luck Bar - June 23

Kevin Breit @ Hugh's Room - June 25

Apocalypsis (part of Luminato) @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre  - June 28

Ernest Ranglin @ Lula Lounge - July 9

Big Sugar (Part of Panamania) @ Harbourfront Centre - July 18

Supercrawl  (The Sadies, Sharon Jones, Daniel Lanois) @ Hamilton - Sept 12 & 13

Michael Feuerstack (part of Bloor Ossington Folk Festival) @ Menalon Restaurant - Sept 18

Constantines @ Lee's Palace - Sept 24

BA Johnston @ Junction City Music Hall - Nov 7

Dead & Company @ Marine Midland Arena - Nov 11

Zeus @ Collective Arts Brewery (Hamilton) - Nov 14

Mercenaries @ Fat City Blues Bar - Dec 30

The Sadies @ Horseshoe Tavern - Dec 31

 

Also saw the Mark T Band once at some point.

 

The Ex @ Hard Luck Bar was my favourite show of the year by far!

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For good or ill I don't tend to collect info on local shows I attend, but I know I saw lots of Bumpin' Binary this year.  

 

Here's the ticketed events:

 

Phish @ Miami, January 1, 2, 3

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ New Orleans, January 24

Trombone Shorty @ New Orleans, January 25

Hot 8 Brass Band @ New Orleans, January 25

Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen @ New Orleans, January 26

New Orleans Rhythm Devils @ New Orleans, January 28

Oliver Mtukudzi @ Ottawa, February 8

Neil Diamond @ Ottawa, March 7

Phil Lesh (75th birthday) @ Port Chester, NY, March 15, 16

Gilbert Gottfried @ Ottawa, March 22

Sonoluminescence Trio @ Gigspace, Ottawa, April 17

Daniel Lanois & Basia Bulat @ NAC, Ottawa, April 30

Ryan Adams @ Miami Beach, May 7

Prince @ Sony Ctr., Toronto, May 19

Kids In The Hall @ Ottawa, May 24

U2 @ Montreal, June 12

Ottawa Jazz Festival June 18-30 (Kaleidoscope Orch., Lisa Fischer, Bruce Cockburn, The Roots, WAR, Tower Of Power, Chris Botti, Timber Timbre, Blind Boys of Alabama w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Steve Miller, Joel Placket Emergency, Ikebe Shakedown, Suncrescent BBQ Stompers, Snarky Puppy, Jamie Cullum, Jaga Jazzist)

Fare Thee Well @ Chicago, July 3, 4, 5

David Grisman @ Chicago, July 5

Ottawa Bluesfest, July 8-19 (Jungle By Night, Hawksley Workman, Kanye West, Richard Thompson, Willie Nile, Hat Fitz & Cara, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mother Mother, The Tragically Hip, Air Supply, Deep Purple, Weird Al Yankovic, The Tea Party)

The Rolling Stones @ Quebec City, July 15

Phish @ Atlanta, July 31, August 1

Phish @ Tuscaloosa, August 2

Phish @ Nashville, August 4

Delhi 2 Dublin @ Ottawa, August 9

Phish @ Magnaball, August 21-24

AC/DC @ Ottawa, Septemeber 3

CityFolk @ Lansdowne, September 16-20 (The Tubes, UB40, Walk Off the Earth, Steep Canyon Rangers, Avett Bros., Van Morrison, Of Monsters and Men, Barr Bros., Everyone Orch., Built To Spill)

Misty Jazz Festival @ Lusaka, Zambia, October 3 (Scarlet, James Sakala, Jagari Chanda w/ Rikki Ilunga, Oliver Mtukudzi, Mi Casa, Earl Klugh)

Tom Waits Tribute @ NAC, November 7

Dave Rawlings Machine @ Higher Ground, November 12

Roger Hodgson @ Ottawa, December 8

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Sure:

 

 

 

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For the first time this trip I was roused from my sleep by a knock on the door.  “Hello, Todd?”  It was Mwitti.  “Stella has to change her program, she will be here at 9am,” she called.  “Can you be ready?”

 

I glanced at the clock with one bleary eye.  It was 8:37.  “Absolutely,” I croaked through the door.  “I’ll be ready.”

 

I jumped up, did my pushups, ran to the shower (I didn’t shower yesterday and I just had to; plus I knew I could fit it in) and made it back to my room by 8:55.  Now it was just a matter of pulling some things out of my suitcase; no need to have my entire pack with me for a one-night excursion.

 

Bag-in-hand and maybe even a little out of breath I made it to the front porch about one minute late.  Arthur and his brother Steve were sitting there.  “You can relax,” I was told nonchalantly, “Stella left five minutes ago.  She will be back in a few hours and you can go then.”

 

That was frustrating.

 

I made myself a coffee and started to wait, when Mwitti came out of the house and headed for her car.  Turns out she was going almost exactly where I was going so I happily jumped in.  She dropped me at her school and I walked about ten minutes to Lusaka Backpackers.

 

I arrived shortly after 10am and checked into my room, the same room (actually, hut) I’ve stayed in so many nights before.  I ordered a coffee and a ham and cheese omelet - my favourite breakfast ‘round here.  “I’m sorry, we are out of cheese.”  Okay, my second favourite is the bacon roll.  “The bacon is finished for the day.”  It was another hour before I could order from the lunch menu so I ordered toast and jam to keep my mounting starvation at bay.  

 

I parked myself at a table and took advantage of the free internet for the next three hours.  Along the way I ate a hamburger and fries and sucked on a couple of Fantas.  As my internet chores waned I checked the website for the jazzfest just for fun and was surprised to see that it listed today’s show as starting at 9am.  That couldn’t be right, but it turns out the same info was printed on my ticket.  Hmmm.

 

It’s not too far of a walk so I went over there.  I found that the music wasn’t scheduled to start until 4pm but the doors opened at 9am.  “For drinking and whatever.”  I stopped at Pick N Pay and bought a couple of cokes for mix, a bag of sour cream and onion chips (the flavour is so much fuller here), and a large bottle of water.  Waiting in the long checkout line I almost opened the water then and there, so thirsty was I.

 

I was nearly finished the two litres of H2O by the time I got back to the hostel, and then I started into a few Duty-Free rye and Cokes.  

 

Before heading out I decided to pay for my room on the off chance that I spent or lost all my money tonight.  The process was slow and tedious, and their exchange rate went up.  In the end I paid K288, K24 more than I had booked at but whatever.  

 

As I walked out of the gate I felt something on my arm.  That was strange.  Then I felt it again.  I looked up and didn’t see a blue sky.  Wow, it was raining.  Five trips to Zambia and I think this is the first time I’ve seen it rain.  The drops were fat and sparse, you could almost duck around them.  At first.  By the time I was halfway to the mall it was coming down solidly and I was starting to get soaked.  Not that I minded.  

 

At the mall I went to the parking garage and walked up the ramp to the festival site just as the rain abated.  I had bought a regular ticket and was surprised to see that over half of the site was reserved for VIP - GA was significantly farther back but no worries.

 

The setup was pretty clever.  Being on the second (top) level of the mall parking garage any opportunity to watch the music from outside was eliminated.  And as to keeping the VIP and the GA tickets separate, well the ramp that we all had to walk up took care of that, creating a wide and obvious barrier between the two seating levels.  There was a large professional stage at one end, all the lights and rigging was top-notch, and probably all of it brought in from South Africa and Zimbabwe.  The VIP section had three large sections of cushioned chairs that were all turned upside-down to try and mitigate the rain, while the GA section had risers with plastic chairs, bleachers and a large dancing area on each side.  There was almost nobody there at this hour, but it looked like the capacity was around 5,000.

 

I overheard someone say “We planned for everything, but not the rain.”  This was the MC.  He told me that the show would be starting an hour late due to the rain but that they would make up the time by shortening the local acts.  “Oh no,” I said.  “They won’t be cutting Jagari’s set short will they?”

 

“No,” he promised.  “We cannot mess around with Jagari.”

 

Workers were busy drying off the plastic seats while those in the VIP section were left to sit on extra shirts or plastic bags as the cushions had soaked through.  Ironic, that.  I took a plastic seat and made conversation with my neighbour until the opening act started.  Just as Scarlet and the Elect Band came on James Chamanyazi found me.  He had a backstage pass and promised he would try to find me one.  In the meantime I was happy with my spot.  The Elect Band were a solid act of easy-listening jazz-ishness and while Scarlet was a good singer her between-song banter showed her inexperience, talking to the band through the mic, and showing her obvious surprise when the band ended a song earlier than she expected.  Their second song was a really nice arrangement of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song but other than that nothing stands out from her set.

 

Next up was James Sakala.  I had expected him to be half of the Sakala Brothers but I was wrong (the Sakala Brothers are Moses and Levy).  James is a young singer and guitarist who led his band through a thoroughly professional and positively engaging set, ending with a Thriller tease that elicited enormous response from the audience.  It’s astounding just how popular Michael Jackson is.  

 

Between acts a shockingly catchy jingle advertising Stanbic Bank repeated with lines like “open your account in just fifteen minutes,” and “get 100% financing on your new power generator with your current account.”  I’m telling you, it was catchy.  Luckily the changeovers were remarkably fast, like five minutes or less.

 

Next up was the set I was most excited for, Jagari Chanda from The WITCH.  He’s only played a small handful of shows since the band ended more than thirty years ago, and I’ve become quite a fan.  Then the announcement came: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a major treat for you.  Today only we have three legendary Zambian musicians on the stage together.  Please welcome Rikki Ililonga, Victor Kasoma, and Jagari Chanda!”  

 

I was shocked and thrilled.  I had no idea that Rikki (from Mosi Au Tunya) and Victor were playing as well!  I left my seat, grabbed a fresh Mosi and stood as close as my GA wristband would allow.  Nikki Ililonga led the first two songs before turning the spotlight to Victor Kasoma.  Seated with his guitar for the entire set, by his third and final song Kasoma really started tearing it up.  And then Jagari joined them onstage.  Chanda was on fire from the get-go, his vocals were strong and his stage presence was even stronger.  Jagari took his stage name from Mick Jagger, and while the big man could probably eat the Stones frontman for dinner he matched the energy of his namesake with manic bursts of frenetic movement.  He ended the first number holding the mic stand high over his head and then it was over.  They cut him.  “Please, just give two minutes,” he said.  When the answer was clearly ‘No’ he spat into the mic, “It isn’t fair,” and stormed off the stage, and he was right.

 

I was shocked and disappointed.  I booed loudly.  The set actually had the feeling of being historic.  I couldn’t believe that I was fortunate enough to catch these three legends together in their homeland and i was left with nothing in my ear but that damn between-sets jingle.  “Open your new account in just fifteen minutes…” 

 

James found me during set break and we bemoaned the situation together.  He also apologized for not being able to secure me a pass, but that was no big deal.  Soon the first of the headliners, Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi took the stage while I bought James and I chicken and chips for dinner.  Chamanyazi was recognized fairly steadily and I took a few pictures for his fans.  Mtukudzi’s set was really good but not so exciting.  Everything sat between 98 and 110bpm; the easy pace created a relaxed groove that was reminiscent of Ali Farke Toure but not nearly as engaging to me.  The audience certainly ate it up and I wouldn’t mind catching him at a festival again.

 

Next up was a South African group called Mi Casa.  It was basically a dj with live trumpet and sax and a lead vocalist straight out of N’Sync.  He commented on how he lost weight recently and that he was concerned that he had lost his bum.  Actually, he mentioned his bum a couple of times.  It was horrible but it felt good to point my frustration at Jagari’s shortened set at these guys.  I was spitting criticism and I used the band as an excuse to jump from Mosi beers up to Jack Daniels.

 

In short:  Mi Casa = Mi Kaka.

 

During set break Jagari came and found us, giving me a big hug.  He told me they had arranged to play four songs each; they would each start off with two and then one more each and if time allowed they would each do their fourth.  “Victor got selfish and played three,” he told me, but it was clear he blamed the festival organizers and not Victor.  “Shit happens,” he said, a surprising summary as I had never heard him swear before.

 

We agreed to get together on Monday to play music and then he returned to sit with his wife backstage.  In short order the final act of the night mounted the stage, American guitarist Earl Klugh.  He led his band with a steady stream of tasteful lines on his nylon string guitar, while the rest of the talented band easily keeping up.  The keyboard player was exceptional, and his legacy as a founding member of Parliament/Funkadelic explained the inclusion of We Got The Funk midset.  The evening was a parade of fantastic drummers but Klugh’s was the best; his solo was incredible and garnered the biggest applause of the set.  

 

While the venue never completely filled (though James told me that it was at capacity the night before), there was probably about 2,500-3,000 people there, and it seemed like almost everyone was still there when the last note dropped at 12:30.  James offered to drive me all the way back to Lilayi but I told him I was staying very close and could walk.  He insisted on driving me anyway so I took him up on it.   Back at the hostel I found things pretty quiet.  I poured myself a nightcap and hit the hay.

 

Overall it was a very professional festival and it was the most fun I’ve had since arriving more than a week ago.  I sure wish Jagari had been allowed to play his whole set - his was by far the most exciting to me - but I get it.  He was the last act before the headliners so there was a definite cutoff time, one that the bands before him did not have.  And the decision to put him last in the song circle only made it worse.  I sure was glad to see the one song though.  The guy’s still got it.

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The Good Family in Hamilton

Zappa Plays Zappa in Mississauga

Big Wreck in Hamilton

Big Sugar in Hamilton

Willie Nelson in Scranton

Billy and the Kids with and without Bob Weir in Scranton

Monster Truck in Hamilton

Sharon Jones in Hamilton

Sadies in Hamilton

Daniel Lanois in Hamilton

Robert Plant in Toronto

Amy Helm in Ottawa

Van Morrison in Ottawa

Slash in Hamilton

Dead & Company in Columbus

Hot Tuna twice in NYC

The Last Waltz Tribute in Hamilton

 

Not in person but I did check out in real time 5 of the 6 sets of Fare Thee Well at home! Watched the other set later.

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I have a poor memory and don't always keep stubs but here is what I can piece together based on reading what others did on here.

 

moe.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Dave Matthews Band

The Devil Makes Three

Tauk

Jerry Garcia Band

Railroad Earth

Wood Brothers

Aqueous

Willie Watson

Umphrey's Mcgee

Cabinet

Ekoostik Hookah

Lettuce

Rumpke Mountain Boys

McLovins

Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO)

Trigger Hippy

Joe Russo's Almost Dead
Widespread Panic

Fare Thee Well (Chicago)

Jerry Garcia Tribute show (featuring Jackie Greene, Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Bobby Vega, John Kimock)

Antibalas

Old Crow Medicine Show

Phish (Magna Ball)

Avett Brothers

Blitzen Trapper

Dead and Company

Tragically Hip

Taylor Swift

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Nice list edger !

 

I barely saw a fraction of the shows most of you did last year.

 

My highlight was definitely scoring mail order tix for the 3 Fare Thee Well - Chicago shows.

Dark Star Orchestra - Chicago (July 2) was one of the best shows I've seen the band play (a smokin' recreation from 1969)

Jerry Joseph & Steve Kimock the same weekend was intimate and stellar.

 

One of the best concerts for me last year was seeing Simone Felice in Kilkenny, Ireland play to about 30 people.

He has quickly become my fave artist, and the one I am looking forward to seeing again the most.

 

Alabama Shakes - Dublin, Ireland were a great surprise and lots of fun.

 

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn were fantastic in Prague, Czech Republic

 

I finally got out to a CAL (Classic Albums Live) show and enjoyed their recreation of The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

 

I am sure that I saw more, but can't remember off the top of my head.

I don't keep track or save ticket stubs anymore.

 

Travelling for my job means that I miss a lot of good bands that play in Toronto.  However, I am trying to catch a show when I can in other parts of the world.

I have found that seeing concerts outside of North America usually means a smaller venue, with less people and a cooler vibe.

 

My next show is Dave Rawlings Machine in Melbourne Australia - February 19th.  Should be a good one !

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Apart from 3 nights of Marillion at Marillion weekend in Montreal, it was all Bluesfest this year.

 

Thursday, July 9th : 7:00 Rick Vito , Monster Energy Stage ; 8:00 Ronnie Baker Brooks, Monster Energy Stage ; 9:30 Afro-Cuban All Stars, Monster Energy Stage

 

Friday, July 10th : 6:00  Slim Moore and Newsoulproject, Monster Energy Stage ;7:00  Savoy Brown , Monster Energy Stage ; 8:00 Jungle By Night, Canadian Stage

 

Saturday, July 11th : 3:00 The Reverb Syndicate, Canadian Stage; 4:30  Family Of The Year , Canadian Stage ; 5:30 The Growlers, Canadian Stage

 

Sunday, July 12th :  8:00 Willie Nile, Monster Energy Stage ;  9:30 Richard Thompson, Monster Energy Stage

 

Tuesday, July 14th : 6:00 Lucas Haneman Express, Monster Energy Stage ; 7:00 Future Islands , Bell Stage ; 9:30 Lynyrd Skynyrd , Bell Stage

 

Wednesday, July 15th : 6:00 Grime Kings, Canadian Stage ; 7:00 Curent Swell , Canadian Stage ; 8:00 Black Mountain, Canadian Stage ; 9:30 Gaslight Anthem , Canadian Stage

 

Friday, July 17th : 6:00 The Jivewires, Claridge Homes Stage ; 7:00 Canned Heat, Monster Energy Stage ; 8:00 Lowell, Canadian Stage

Saturday, July 18th : 3:00 Myers Brothers Band, Monster Energy Stage ; 4:30 The Beaches, Canadian Stage ; 6:00 Interpol, Claridge Homes Stage ; 7:00 Lowrider Band , Monster Energy Stage ;  9:30 Deep Purple, Bell Stage

 

Sunday, July 19th :   4:00 Temperance Movement, Claridge Homes Stage ; 5:30 Weird Al Yankovic , Claridge Homes Stage

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