Memorable Concerts I've Attended, Unranked 🎤
- •Pearl Jam at The Gorge - George, WA - 2006This was a wedding present from my brother (by far the best wedding present we received!). It was an evening with Pearl Jam, so they played for 3 hours. A friend of the band made the set list, and it was nothing short of amazing. Plus, The Gorge is an incredibly beautiful place to see a concert.
- •My Morning Jacket at The Palace - Louisville - Thanksgiving 2005MMJ's albums are good (sometimes really, really good), but their live performances are incredible. They're from Louisville, and it's always fun to see a band perform in front of their hometown crowd. A picturesque venue didn't hurt either. This was the first concert of theirs I've attended, and I've been hooked ever since.
- •Foo Fighters, at ear X-tacy record store - Louisville - July 4, 2000This was a free acoustic concert held at a local record store. I think you were supposed to win tickets, but somehow we made it in without them 😬. I later read that there were 700 people there, but it felt like much less. They didn't have a set list - they just played requests that were yelled out by the audience. We were maybe 30 feet from Dave Grohl 😍🤘. He told 4th of July stories and let a 10 year old kid come up and rap "Back that ass up".
- •Wilco at Iroquois Ampitheater - Louisville - May 9, 2015It was my birthday, we had great seats, and it was a beautiful, warm spring night. Jeff Tweedy even gave me a birthday shoutout (he got my name wrong- he called my Brian- but I forgive him 😉).
- •Houndmouth at Headliners Music Hall - Louisville - Thanksgiving 2013Another hometown band. They were having so much fun on stage, you couldn't help but feed off their energy.
- •Bumbershoot Music Festival - Seattle - Labor Day Weekend 2009I had a three day pass, but my husband ended up having to work one of the days and I couldn't find anyone else to go, so I went alone. I didn't plan anything ahead of time - just showed up and stuck mostly to the side stages. I saw a lot of great shows that day from bands I hadn't heard of previously. My favorites were Telekinesis, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Mayer Hawthorne, and Carrie Rodriguez. The rest of the weekend was pretty great, too.
- •Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge- George, WA - Memorial Day Weekend 2010Saw a lot of great bands (Band of Horses, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Miike Snow, Tegan & Sara), the most memorable were Pavement & My Morning Jacket. Pavement (who I was really looking forward to seeing) was terrible. The tension between the band members was palpable, and Stephen Malkmus stopped playing mid-song not once but twice 😳. MMJ, on the other hand, was awesome. A fellow concert goer said that if the drummer had opened his mouth during "Wordless Chorus", mountains would have spewed forth.