50 concerts meme

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Farida of Saints and Spinners tagged me for this meme.

Here are the rules:

Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you’ve seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can’t think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)?

Um, no. Can’t remember who I saw first. But I do remember these:

Bob Dylan (3x)
James Taylor (2x)
Simon and Garfunkel
Beach Boys
Dino, Desi and Billy
Jefferson Airplane
Led Zeppelin
The Who
Chuck Berry
Herman’s Hermits
Dave Clark Five
Rascals (at least 3 times)
Sonny and Cher
Elton John (2x)
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Keb Mo (at least twice)
Shawn Colvin
K.D. Lang (2x)
Willie Nelson
Rolling Stones
Kris Kristofferson
Arlo Guthrie (2x)
Melissa Manchester
Judy Collins
Joan Baez
Gordon Lightfoot
Ray Charles
Bonnie Raitt
Kenny Loggins
Nanci Griffith
Nancy Wilson
Dan Fogelberg
Greg Brown
Suzanne Vega
Iris Dement
Etta James
Harry Connick, Jr.
Peter, Paul and Mary
Burt Bacharach (3x)
Buddy Guy
Lucy Kaplansky (2x)
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Jackson Browne
Vince Gill
John Lee Hooker
Eric Clapton
John Hammond
John Mellencamp
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (2x)
Richie Havens
Ravi Shankar
Moody Blues
Lovin’ Spoonful
Mamas and Papas
Creedence Clearwater Revival
B.B. King
Chris Smither
Kathy Mattea
Cheryl Wheeler
Livingston Taylor

Wow. That was fun. I know I’m forgetting some important shows. If you’re reading this, I tag YOU!!

18 thoughts on “50 concerts meme

  1. You’ve seen some top stars, Jama. My list is very short. It’s pretty much in sequential order.

    – Gordon Lightfoot

    – Laura Nyro

    – Stevie Wonder – Oct. 17, 1975 (I wrote a poem about it.)

    – The Doobie Brothers

    – Jane Oliver

    – The Manhattan Transfer

    – Bob Dylan

    – Peter, Paul and Mary

    – Bruce Cockburn


  2. I’m so impressed you can remember them in order! And Stevie Wonder?! Wow. Would love to see him. Conspicuously missing from my list: Beatles/Paul McCartney.


  3. Re: WOW!

    The Beatles never came to Hawai’i. Lots of other folks did, and enjoyed quite a vacation at the same time. Saw the Monkees sunbathing at the beach :)!


  4. Who did I see first?

    Was it Paul Stookey, Louden Wainwright III and John Prine (and others) at the Philadelphia Folk Festival?

    Or the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Bros. at Watkins Glen?

    Or was it Bonnie Raitt, Richie Havens and Hot Tuna at the Music Inn in Lee, MA?

    I dunno….

    I saw lots of concerts at the Music Inn. It was only $2.00 admission and they always had about three acts. Saw Bonnie when she was a blues player, there at least two maybe three times. Hot Tuna as well. Taj Mahal was there. John McLaughlin.

    Saw Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac (prior to Nicks and Buckingham) at the Boston Common (also for two dollars). I lost my dishwashing job cuz I skipped work to attend this concert.

    Saw Argent (“Hold Your Head Up”) open for Hot Tuna at the Orpheum in Boston.

    Saw Joni Mitchell twice. Once in Boston and years later at Tanglewood. THAT was an AWESOME concert! She had Pat Metheny and Jaco Pasterius—a year before he died—he played the MOST awesome bass solo ever (and I HATE bass solos!)!

    I’ve seen Dylan four or five times. I passed on the best concert—his Rolling Thunder Tour in 1974 or 5 at Boston Garden… but I saw him years later at John M. Greene Hall in Northampton a real small venue and we had front row seats.

    I’ve seen Chris Smithers and Greg Brown and Shawn Colvin….

    Dar Williams (3x)
    Steve Earle
    Stacy Earle
    Jane Sibbery (3x)
    Michelle Shocked
    Richard Thompson (3x)
    John Hiatt
    Lyle Lovett (3x)
    and others but I’m running out of time and maybe I’ve hit 50 already…


  5. Re: Who did I see first?

    Oh, you’ve reminded me I also saw Loudon Wainwright and John Prine. I’m so jealous you saw Joni Mitchell (one of my all time fave singer/songwriters), and Fleetwood Mac! LOVE them. Have never seen Dar Williams, and she’s playing in our area soon. Maybe I should go!


  6. Joni Mitchell

    Yeah, Joni rocks!

    She was with Tom Scott in Boston at the Music Hall. I would have liked to seen her in her more folkier days—that’s my absolutely fav Joni.

    Dar Williams was really BIG some many years ago and she was a local favorite (from this area and all). But like all in that biz, your 15 minutes can fly by pretty fast. She’d be good to see, if you can.

    The Fleetwood Mac I saw was the “Peter Green band” very bluesy, not the pop band that everyone knows of. But Christine MacVie was in the group and the only female. And I always liked her songwriting over Stevie Nicks, so, it was a real treat for me. Tho, I have to admit, I was there for Savoy Brown. Another—what it turned out to be—15 minutes of fame band. “Street Corner Talking” was their hit album out then and I thought the ROCKED!


  7. What a great list! Zeppelin, Etta James…oh, and I like Iris Dement, too! My brother once wrote a letter to Suzanne Vega and got a postcard in reply.



  8. Love your list. Here’s who I’ve seen that’s also on your list:

    Paul Simon (sans Garfunkel) – twice
    Beach Boys
    Elton John
    Keb Mo
    K.D. Lang – twice
    Ray Charles
    Bonnie Raitt
    Jackson Browne


  9. and to your list and Jama, too…

    Paul Simon in the 70’s when it was “Still Crazy” or maybe just that album with his face in the snow parka, “Me and Juilo”

    Would love to have seen Charles.

    Would enjoy Keb and K.D., too!


  10. Re: Joni Mitchell

    I almost forgot about Savoy Brown — didn’t see them, but heard about them, very briefly. Mick Fleetwood tried to start a restaurant in Alexandria, VA years ago. We went to it in the opening week, but it didn’t last long. What chaos!

    Didn’t know about the Peter Green Band. Like you, I love early folk Joni best.


  11. I can’t say Ray Charles was my fave concert. It seemed too “canned.”

    I remember how great Elton’s voice sounded live, and since we saw Keb Mo in a small venue, we were pretty close to the stage. Might go see him in October.


  12. Re: Who did I see first?

    Dar Williams is fab. I’ve been following her career for 14 years and wasn’t aware she ever had a 15 min of fame. 😉 Do go see her!


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