Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Every year I wonder if I’ll still go to Pitchfork this year, and yet every time I get there - I can’t imagine not coming.  Another great year, and you’ll see who my favorites were based on the videos below.  Then a compilation video and some random shots.  Until next year...

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Some of my other favorite shots from the festival… 

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Woods (7/14/16)

Woods is in my top favorite bands, like Plants & Animals.  That’s why I delayed our arrival to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival by a day.  I couldn’t pass up finally getting to see Woods in concert.  Granted I was going to get to see them in several days at the Festival - but it’s just not the same.  I was so glad I stayed - and so glad I was introduced to Big Thief!  I’ll definitely keep an eye on these guys… 

Big Thief (7/14/16)

Woods (7/14/16)

Woods (7/14/16)

Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine Show (7/12/16)

Jacobs Pavilion has been knocking it out of the park with the double-header shows this summer.  This one, with Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show, was a real treat.  Old Crow Medicine Show was one first and brought their hard-drinkin’, foot-stompin’ good time as you’d expect.  As for Brandi Carlile, I’ve been sold on her live shows since that first House of Blues show.  Once again - she proves to be one of the best live acts touring right now.

Old Crow Medicine Show (7/12/16)

Brandi Carlile (7/12/16)

Brandi Carlile (7/12/16)

"Many bands embark on what they call ‘co-headlining’ tours. Few execute the concept as well as roots rockers Old Crow Medicine Show and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile did last night at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. While each played a hearty 90-minute set, the two acts also shared the stage on several occasions, making the show into a truly collaborative venture. "

(Via Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show Successfully Share the Spotlight at Jacobs Pavilion | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog | Cleveland Scene.)

Some other shots from that night… 

Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine (7/12/16)

Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine Show (7/12/16)

Lily & Madeline (7/7/16)

Lily & Madeline have been making it a point to come through Cleveland every year lately, and i couldn’t be happier.  These ladies have such excellent harmonies, songs, and a great stage presence - I love seeing them.   Opening for them was a new local band called Poro, who would be worth seeing again.

Poro (7/7/16)

 Lily & Madeline

Lily & Madeline (7/7/16)

Summer Solstice 2016

Another great year.  This year having Giorgio Moroder (think Donna Summer) was truly amazing.  Having seen him last year at Pitchfork Music Festival - I already knew this would be a good show.

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Melissa Etheridge (6/24/16)

Melissa Etheridge and I go way back, even before her 1993 Yes I Am album.  Henceforth, I’ll always go see her when I can.  Having her perform on a gorgeous Summer night outside at Cain Park - SOLD.   She continues to be a great performer, and demonstrated it by this being a solo show where she worked on looping instruments for volume and layering.  I’ve definitely seen that before (Andrew Bird!), but was really happy to see Melissa expanding her stage repertoire to do so.  What a great (nostalgic) night.

Melissa Etheridge (6/24/16)

Melissa Etheridge (6/24/16)

I was also really happy to see covering Joan Armatrading’s The Weakness in Me.

Son Little (6/21/16)

This was a great double-header show at the Beachland, with Waxahatchee in the Ballroom and Son Little in the Tavern.  My original plan was for Waxahatchee, but a strong recommendation pushed me to decide on Son Little.  He has this great bluesy, folky, rock & roll sound about him.  Very enjoyable.  Dylan LeBlanc opened, and was quite enjoyable as well.  Check them out.

Dylan LeBlanc (6/21/16)

Son Little (6/21/16)

 

Monday, August 8, 2016

BØRNS (6/13/16)

Yet another great concert!  This BØRNS show was originally scheduled for the Beachland Ballroom (yay!), but moved to the House of Blues (boo!).  But whatever, good for him.  The album was gold the second I heard it - very easy to connect with.  However, I wasn’t sure how well that’d translate live.  Well, the lead singer easily captivated the audience, and was also a bit more flamboyant than I was expecting!  It was hard not to feel Freddy, or maybe Elton with the cover of Bennie and the Jets (in the video!).  

BØRNS (6/13/16)

M83 (6/8/16)

I’d been luke warm on M83 of late.  Their most recent album didn’t resonate right away, and eventually fell off my playlist.  I wasn’t sold on this show either, and I don’t even remember now what actually convinced me to go - but I was so glad I did.  A much more upbeat and energetic show than I was expecting.  I only wish the main floor at the HOB was larger to accommodate more people…  Since that show, I’ve rediscovered their latest album and fell in love with it.  This show also introduced me to Bob Moses - who I obviously liked enough as an opener to post a video.  :-) 

Bob Moses (6/8/16)

M83 

M83 (6/8/16)

Blitzen Trapper (6/12/16)

In what felt like a somewhat unusual match, Blitzen Trapper performed at the Grog Shop.  For some reason the Beachland just feels like the natural home for an alt-country rock band like Blitzen Trapper.  Opening was Quiet Life, who I just heard several days before and instantly enjoyed.  Check them out below as well… 

Quiet Life (6/12/16)

 

Blitzen Trapper (6/12/16)

Blitzen Trapper (6/12/16)