Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Broken Social Scene @ Neighborhood Theatre

Broken Social Scene Setlist Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC, USA 2018, Hug of Thunder

The Crap Facts:
This is my 437th concert.
This is my 4th concert at Neighborhood Theatre
This is my 70th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 79th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 242nd concert in the USA.
Broken Social Scene are the 500th band I've seen.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Robert Plant & His Sensational Space Shifters & Seth Lakeman at Ovens Auditorium

The Crap Facts:
This is my 436th concert.
This is my 2nd concert at Ovens Auditorium.
This is my 69th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 78th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 241st concert in the USA.
Seth Lakeman is the 498th band I've seen.
Robert Plant & His Sensational Space Shifters are the 499th band I've seen

Robert Plant Setlist Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC, USA 2018, Carry Fire

Sunday, January 14, 2018

School Of Rock @ Ovens Auditorium

For Xmas this year I bought tickets for the family to see School of Rock.  With the success of Rudolph, I thought the boys would like to see kids perform in a musical.

The show is the musical version of the 2003 Jack Black movie of the same way.  And boy is it good.  The kids (older than the boys but not yet teens) are fantastic - and play all their instruments live.  And the story is well adapted into another Andrew Lloyd Webber smash.  Everything, from the set to the music and the actors are terrific and Ned Schneebly is played in the Jack Black spirit.

The boys enjoyed the show, especially L, who was mesmerized when the kids performed as a band.  Mom had a blast as well.  Though at just under 3 hours (including intermission) was a stretch for the guys, even though it was a matinee, B&L were spent by the end of the day.

I'm glad we did this, and hope we can take the boys to more musicals (and ultimately concerts) in the near future.  School of Rock is a great family musical I'd recommend to anyone who has kids that are showing any form of interest in music. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Henry Rollins @ McGlohon Theater

The Crap Facts:
This is my 435th concert.
This is my 2nd concert at McGlohan Theater.
This is my 68th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 77th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 240th concert in the USA.
This is my 9th Henry Rollins concert.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Davidson v St. Louis @ John Belk Arena

Davidson Wildcats 54 (P. Aldridge 21, K. Grady 14, W. McGarrity 9), defeated  St. Louis 51 (D. Roby 11, J. Johnson 9, H. French 8)
Crowd: 3,140

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Carolina Panthers v Green Bay Packers @ Bank Of America Stadium

Carolina Panthers 31 (D. Byrd 2, C. McCaffery, G. Olsen touchdowns, G. Gano 4 extra points, 1 field goal) defeated the Green Bay Packers 24 (D. Adams, R. Cobb, R. Rogers touchdowns, M. Crosby 3 extra points, 1 field goal)
Paid Attendance: 74,447

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Les Misérables @ Ovens Auditorium

For all the shows Amy and I have seen, it's hard to believe Les Miserables hasn't been one of them.  So when the opportunity arose at the nearby Ovens, we decided on an adults night out.

The night started at Bistro la Bon, a local favorite, close to both the house and the venue.  Tonight was a sub-par, service wise, for the restaurant.  We ordered a few tapas plates while sitting at the bar.  The bartender was too busy being in charge and controlling his bar back for us too relax.  Then the food came out unevenly spaced, in that the last dish had to scoffed down to get to our show.  May need to try something different next time.

Our seats on the main floor were off to right and a great spot for the show.  Les Miserables is a true musical.  Not a word was spoken and everything was sung.  I dot remember ever seeing that before, but I was not a fan.  A great story and I loved the set movements, but this pedantic, old man couldn't put all the singing behind him.  And the cherry on that cake is multiple people singing different things at the same time.  Just shits me!  Amy on the other hand, loved it all.  

While I love the very few adult only nights we get, tonight's show was not the highlight of all the things we've done.  I had a good night, but I doubt I'd see Les Miserables again.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Davidson v Virginia Military Institute @ John Belk Arena

On the day that winter arrived in Charlotte, Aaron and I went up to Davidson College for my first game of the season against VMI.  We made out stop at Char Grill for a quick bite before walking into the Belk Arena moments before tip-off.

Turned out tonight's winner would be the team that could hit the target at least a few times, as both sides were shocking in putting baskets away.

While not playing well, Davidson looked the more comfortable on their home turf.  Once they got their noses in front midway through the first period, it stayed in the Wildcats control.  Although it seemed pretty even up and down the court, it was Davidson that took advantage of points when needed.  In the end I don't think that VMI deserved to lose by such a large margin, it was only their accuracy that let them down.

On the drive up, Aaron had mentioned that rumor had Steph Curry coming to the game, with his Warriors due to play the Hornets the following night in Charlotte.  Though an ankle injury made that a bit doubtful.  As usual the Davidson crowd redded up the arena, but I don't recall seeing so many #30 shirts before.  Curry did try, unsuccessfully, to slip into his court-side seat unnoticed, however it felt like that was all people were watching for, because a wave of hub-bub hit the stadium (and kids ran from everywhere to near where he was seated).  I feel like it affected the players too, as it seemed like everyone was trying to put down a 3 pointer.  In the end both teams combined only hit 16/46 from outside.  Hardly Curry percentages.

Davidson Wildcats 74 (J. Gudmundsson 22, P. Aldridge 20, K. Grady 10) defeated  Virginia Military Institute Keydets 51 (A. Vereen 12, G. Gilkeson 10, B. Parham10)
Crowd: 5,295

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Charlotte Checkers v Utica Comets @ Bojangles Arena

The boys first professional sporting event.  Mom and Dad were excited, as the boys have taken an interest in all sports in the last year.  The boys couldn't believe it.  That and the email that said to dress the kids up in Halloween gear added to the excitement.

Now hockey is not a big deal in Charlotte, and this is not NHL - but the boys could care less.  We were about 5 rows from the ice and the small crowd meant B&L wouldn't get overwhelmed.  We were a bit disappointed to see not a lot of kids in their Halloween gear, but that didn't stop Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma staying in character the whole game.

The whole event was geared towards families, with Chubby, the Checkers mascot, very visible and accessible the whole game.  And the breaks, music and general crowd hoo-har was enough to keep the boys entertained between actual hockey.  And being dressed up meant the boys got on the big screen a couple of times, which thrilled them no end.

Kylo, Phasma & Mom at Checkers v Comets

The game itself  was great.  From the first dropped puck there were fisticuffs.  Had a real Dad moment as I started cheering the fight and had to be wound back in by Mom to show the boys that fighting is not good.  Utica got an early goal and the Checkers never really recovered.  The whole game is so fast.  For someone, like me, who is not a regular fan it was hard to keep up with the action.  And, like basketball, I have no idea why fouls were called, but we cheered when we were supposed to and booed the Comets when needed (and when Mom wasn't listening - bad sportsmanship is something she (rightly) doen't want instilled in the boys.

Great family afternoon out.  Shame about the Checkers losing, but the boys had a blast.  As seen by them coming home and wanting the NHL (any game) on TV while they played hockey outside.  Considering the price of NBA and NFL tickets, we'll be back to do this again soon.

Utica Comets 6 (N. Goldobin, R. Boucher, E. McEneny, Z. MacEwen, B. Gaunce, B. Woods) defeated Charlotte Checkers 3 (M. Ferrantino, A. Poturalski, J. Gauthier).
Crowd: 4,436

Friday, October 27, 2017

Superchunk & Bat Fangs @ Neighborhood Theater

Finally get to see a Superchunk show.  While I've seen them twice before, those were at festivals...during daylight hours...short sets...with people not interested, just wanting a good spot for a later band.  This small club show was the real deal.

I kinda thought it would be Charlotte's UNC Alumni 90's reunion and was surprised by the smallish (maybe half full) crowd.  Bat Fangs had already started when Mike & I walked in the room and they were rocking.  SInger Betsy Wright had the swagger, moves and voice of a rock goddess and was driven by drummer Laura King.  Bat Fangs like what they do, and are good doing it.  I hope to hear more of their great rock.

Superchunk bounded on stage like a new band, not one that have been together for over 25 years.  They seemed happy to be in Charlotte after a 15 year absence, and after praising Bat Fangs started the rock that made them leaders in alternative rock in the 90's.  From the first notes of Out Of The Sun, Mac McCaughan was moving like a man possessed.  The crowd reacted accordingly and a great hour and a half followed.  I Got Cut and Me & You & Jackie Mittoo were standouts, but the energy from the set closer, Slack Motherfucker, rose three-fold.  Such a good song to end this great set.  A two song encore capped off a brilliant performance.  So glad I got to see one of their club shows.

Superchunk are a North Carolina band.  Lets get them back to Charlotte sooner than 15 years.

Superchunk Setlist Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC, USA 2017

The Crap Facts:
This is my 434th concert.
This is my 3rd concert at Neighborhood Theater.
This is my 67th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 76th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 239th concert in the USA.
Bat Fangs are the 497th band I've seen.
This is my 3rd Superchunk concert.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Spoon & Late Bloomer @ The Fillmore

After the fiasco of unsuccessfully trying to get into the Descendents show early in August to catch Late Bloomer, I got to the Fillmore just after 8 to catch this local Charlotte band play.  Great gig and a sound well suited to the headliners (not sure how it went with the Bronx/Descendents crowd).   I remember being indifferent when I first saw them open for the Screaming Females when I first moved to Charlotte.  This time, like the rest of the crowd, I was getting into it the longer the set went along.

Crowd size was a bit disappointing (curtain across the back of the first step up) but it is Charlotte, and it was a school night, so......their loss, and more room for me.  After a moody keyboard beginning, the band came out with all guns blazing.  Spoon were appreciative of those who came back after a washed out show in August . I was happy for the rain that night, as Amy was out of town and I would have missed it.  Do I Have To Talk You Into It set the tone for the night.  Fun, energetic and a well oiled band.  As is standard now, I was not familiar with any of the songs, and they didn't play the 2 songs I know (You Got Tour Cherry Bomb and The Way We Get By), but everything sounded great.  Inside Out and Beast & Dragon early on were the standouts.  A four song encore for their last show on the tour had the crowd in raptures. I liked Hot Thoughts in their "mini-set".

I saw Spoon at the Big Day Out in 2008 and on the strength of that show and the 2 previously mentioned songs, I came to this show.  And I'm so glad I did.  Spoon have their own unique sound and a stage presence which shows they love what they do.  Look forward to catching them again someday.

Spoon Setlist The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC, USA 2017

The Crap Facts:
This is my 433rd concert.
This is my 23rd concert at The Fillmore.
This is my 66th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 75th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 238th concert in the USA.
This is my 2nd Late Bloomer concert.
This is my 2nd Spoon concert.