Friday, February 21, 2014

Amigo & Roseland @ Snug Harbor

This night didn't quite go as planned.  We showed up for the Amigo record launch to support Amy's cousin, Slade.  Unfortunately we just didn't have the stamina to see out the whole show.

We got to Snug Harbor just on 9pm to find an empty venue (and we were ready to sneak home and go to bed).  We waited around as Roseland played their set.  These countryish harmonies are kind of what I think I would hear at an Avett Brothers show.  And nothing against them, but just not my cup of tea.

While we did get to spend a small amount of time with family between bands, by the time Amigo came on, Amy was ready to leave and the thought of the boys being awake within the next 6 hours was daunting.  Snug Harbor had filled with a lot of great support as Amigo started into their set.  I watched as Slade greeted so many friends and family who were there to share his moment.  And the band, using a lot of guest/friend musicians looked like they were just getting into the swing of things as we headed out.  I know Slade outs a lot of effort into Amigo and I sincerely hope that it pays off for him.

The Crap Facts:
This is my 371st concert.
This is my 1st concert at Snug Harbor.
Snug Harbor is the 102nd venue I've seen a concert
This is my 21st concert in Charlotte.
This is my 22nd concert in North Carolina.
This is my 178th concert in the USA.
Roseland are the 436th band I've seen.
This is my 2nd Amigo concert.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Arctic Monkeys & The Orwells @ The Fillmore

Technically under Erik's Law (If you see 3 songs of a band you've seen them) I just got to see the Orwells.  I swear they must of come on as the door opened as it was early.  The sounded pretty good and I was hoping they were just getting started but alas I will have to see them in full flight another time.

A new Arctic Monkey album means a tour with a lot of new songs when plenty of old classics will be missed.  For me Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is one of the greatest albums from start to finish and I prey that I hear some more of it with each show.  Tonight I got Dancing Shoes and the obligatory I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.  However, Arctic Monkeys were on fire tonight.  The band sounded really tight and had an energy about them that I had not seen previously.  I took Mike with me who knew little of the band, but he definitely came out a converted fan.  Again time on stage seemed relatively short.  I wonder if they play such short sets when they play the big arenas in England?  Having said that, it seems like just over an hour is standard these days.

A shitty review, as I write it 7 months after the event, but I remember thinking afterwards this was the best of the 4 Arctic Monkeys shows I'd seen.

Arctic Monkeys Setlist
Do I Wanna Know? / Brianstorm / Dancing Shoes / Evil Twin / Snap Out Of It / Crying Lightning / Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair / Fireside / She's Thunderstorms / Knee Socks / Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? / Arabella / Pretty Visitors / I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor / I Wanna Be Yours / Fluorescent Adolescent / 505
Encore: Cornerstone / One For The Road / R U Mine?

The Crap Facts:
This is my 370th concert.
This is my 6th concert at The Fillmore.
This is my 20th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 21st concert in North Carolina.
This is my 177th concert in the USA.
The Orwells are the 435th band I've seen.
This is my 4th Arctic Monkeys concert.