Monday, April 30, 2007

I'm Sure I Was There

Thanks to Gwynn over at The Shallow End for this meme. I've been having some slow days recently so this Concert List thing is right up my alley. I claim the right to amend this list as my head clears fo the detritus lodged there since the 70's and 80's. I know there were concerts attended and not listed that can be truly embarrassing at this stage of my life. So, I'll plead for penance and for the chance to add them on at a later time.

In a stream of consciousness order. No dates provided to minimize the visitation of Father Time.

Stephane Grappelli (NYC)
Shadowfax (Philly)
Taj Mahal (Philly (A few times), Montreal, NYC, Jersey)
Bonnie Raitt (Philly (A few times), NC, Jersey)
Steve Goodman (Montreal, NYC)
Rory Block (Philly Folk Festival)
Moxy Fruvous (Philly, Jersey)
Stanley Jordan (NYC club and NYC streets)
Lyle May (Montreal)
Greg Brown (7-8 times, Philly, Jersey, NYC)
Iris Dement (Washington DC)
John Prine (Washington DC, Philly Folk Festival, Jersey)
J Geils Band (Montreal)
Thin Lizzy (Montreal)
Black Sabbath (Montreal. Ozzy was still quite thin and could walk with minimal assistance)
Loudon Wainwright III (10+ times, Philly, Montreal, Newark, DE, Jersey, NC)
Taj Mahal (3-4 times, Philly, Jersey, NC)
Little Feat (when Lowell George was still alive) (NYC, Raleigh)
Grateful Dead (Jersey, NYC, NC…and NOT counting the multiple times they canceled at last minute)
Allman Brothers Band (unfortunately never w/ Duane) (Jersey)
Grinderswitch (Jersey)
Rick Derringer (Jersey)
Johnny Winter (Philly, Jersey)
Edgar Winter (Jersey)
The Blasters (NYC)
Marshall Tucker Band (Jersey)
JD Souther (Jersey)
Orleans (Jersey)
Lynryd Skynyrd (Montreal, Jersey)
Jackson Browne (Jersey, NYC)
Genesis (w/ Peter Gabriel) (4 times, Montreal, NYC)
Genesis (w/ Collins) (Once and that was enough, Montreal)
Pink Floyd (Montreal 2 times, Jersey)
Leon Russell (Montreal)
Bob Dylan (NYC)
Bob Dylan w/ Rolling Thunder (Montreal)
Eric Clapton (Montreal)
BB King (Montreal 2 times, Philly, NYC)
Sarah Vaughan (NYC)
Joe Pass (Jersey)
Beach Boys ( NYC, Jersey)
Bruce Springsteen (5-6 times, Montreal , Ottawa, NYC, Jersey)
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (Philly, Wilmington)
Magic Slim & The Teardrops (Wilmington 3 times, Philly)
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (Philly, twice)
Riders of the Purple Sage (Jersey)
McGarrigle Sisters (Montreal, Philly)
Dexter Gordon (Montreal)
Rush (Montreal)
Rory Gallagher (3 times. Montreal)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Montreal, NYC, NOLA)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band (NOLA)
James Taylor (Jersey)
Jerry Jeff Walker (NYC)
Wynton Marsalis (Wilmington)
Branford Marsalis (Philly)
Keb Mo (Philly 3-4 times)
Koko Taylor (NYC, Philly 2 times)
James Cotton (Philly, Wilmington (a month before he died))
Buddy Guy ( 3 times, 1 time he was actually good. Philly, Jersey)
Liz Story (Philly)
Bucky Pizzerrelli (Philly)
Dizzy Gillespie (NYC)
Cedar Walton (6-7 times, NYC, Philly, Jersey)
Charles Musselwhite (NYC, Philly, Wilmington)
Coco Montoya (Philly)
Jim Hall (NYC)
Shemekia Copeland (3 times, Philly)
Johnny "Clyde" Copeland (2 times. Philly)
Robin Trower (Jersey)
Richard Thompson ( 7-8 times. Philly, Jersey, NYC, Montreal)
Fairport Convention (w/ R. Thompson. NYC)
Frank Zappa (Montreal, NYC)
Savoy Brown
Uriah Heep
King Crimson (4-5 times. Philly, Montreal, NYC)
Rolling Stones (NYC)
April Wine (2-3 times. NYC, Montreal)
Keith Richards (Philly)
Stevie Ray Vaughan (Philly)
Cyrus Chestnut (Philly, NYC)
George Winston (Wilmington)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Wilmington, Philly)
Sweet Honey in the Rock (Wilmington, Philly)
Leo Kotke (Wilmington, NYC)
David Grisman (NYC, Wilmington, Philly)
Dr. John (Phily, Wilmington, Montreal)
John Mayall (Montreal)
Carla Bley (Montreal, Philly)
Keith Jarrett (Jersey)
Brad Mehldau (Philly)
Los Hombres Calientes (Philly)
Herbie Hancock (Philly)
Clark Terry (Jersey)
Sonny Rollins (Jersey, NYC, Philly)
Roches (Montreal, Philly, NYC)
Guy Davis (3-4 times. Philly)
Harmonica Fats (Philly)
Climax Blues Band (Montreal, NYC)
Jaco Pastorius (Montreal)
Marcia Ball (Philly)
Los Lobos (Philly 3 times, NYC)
The Meters (Philly)
Pat Metheny (Montreal 2 times, NYC, Philly)
Joni Mitchell (Jersey, Philly)
Blue Oyster Cult (Long Island, NYC)
Dan Fogelberg (Yes, I admit going to 1 concert in Jersey!)
Peter Frampton (Montreal. An old girlfriend is the only reason I went. What one does for love)
Cassandra Wilson (3-4 times. Philly, NYC)
Widespread Depression Orchestra (Montreal, NYC)
Elton John (Montreal way way way back in the day)
Al Jarreau (Philly)
Marah (Philly)
Subdudes (3-4 times. Philly)
Jimmy Buffet (Florida, way back before the Parrothead phenomenon)
Eagles (Jersey)
Joe Walsh (NYC)
Chico Hamilton (Jersey)
Christian McBride (Jersey)
3 Mustaphas 3 (Philly. No laughing; these guys are fabulous!)
Art Farmer (Wilmington)
Brian Blade (Philly)
Wallace Coleman Band (Wilmington) (Great harp playing. Catch him before he passes away!!)
Bobby Rush (Philly)
Bobby Blue Bland (Philly)
Mavis Staples (Philly)
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials (Philly)
Big Time Sarah and The BTS Express (Philly)
Holmes Brothers (Philly, Wilmington)
John Mooney (Philly)
Cephas & Wiggins (4-5 times. Philly, Wilmington)
Joe Louis Walker (Philly)
W. C. Clark (Philly)
Lady Bianca (Philly)
Carey Bell (Philly)
Otis Rush (Philly)
Snooky Pryor & Pinetop Perkins (Philly)
Otis Clay (Philly)
Son Seals (Philly)
Irma Thomas (Philly)
Paul Delay (Philly)
Big Mama Thornton (Montreal)
Valdy (Montreal…don’t ask)
James Moody (Philly, NYC)
McCoy Tyner (Philly, NYC)
George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers (Chapel Hill)
Jefferson Airplane( NYC)..and then..
Jefferson Starship (NYC...not sure what I was thinking, except it was one of those free NYC in the Summer concerts)
Crosby, Stills, & Nash (NYC)
Neil Young (NYC)
Jason Moran (Philly. Twice)
David Bromberg (Raleigh)
Eileen Ivers (Philly, Wilmington) The latter time, it was a concert in a very old stone barn. One of the most memorable concerts I ever went to. She was devine.)
The Roots (Philly)
Common (Philly)
Chris Smithers (Philly, Wilmington)
Natalie McMasters (Wilmington Twice)
Regina Carter (Philly)
John Blake (Philly)
Claude Williams (Wilmington)
Bill Frissell (NYC, Philly)
Beausoleil (w/ Michael Doucet) (5-6 times. Philly, Wilmington, NYC)
Michael Doucet (Wilmington)
Shawn Colvin (Wilmington, Philly)
Youssou n'Dour (Philly)
Samite (Philly)
Head, Hands, & Feet (Montreal)
Rickie Lee Jones (NYC)
Southside Johnny (Philly)
Chico Freeman (Jersey)
Foghat (Montreal)
Jeff Beck (Montreal)
Stanley Jordan (NYC)
James CArter (Philly)
Johnny Cash (Newark, DE)
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Philly)
Little Charlie & the Nightcats (Philly)
Ani DiFranco (Philly)
Hubert Sumlin (Philly)
The Who (Montreal, w/ Keith Moon)
Chicago (montreal)
Emerson, Lake, & Palmer (Montreal)
Jethro Tull (Montreal)
Manfred Mann (Montreal)
Steve Miller (Jersey)
NRBQ (Philly)
Poco (Jersey)
Lou Reed (NYC)
SAntana (Montreal)
Amazing Rhythm Aces (Montreal)
Commander COdy and his Lost Planet Airmen (Montreal)
Hawkwind (Montreal)
Jimmy Bosch (Philly)
Galactic (Philly)
Yes (Montreal. Twice. Rick Wakeman was still on keyboards)
Flash (Montreal)
Alice Cooper (Montreal)
Bette Midler (Philly) She was/is a hoot! This was the "Give Dubya Some S$@%" tour.

I’ll stop here, although I know I’m missing a bunch.

Reviewing this list, I was rather surprised that out of the soup of memories from my college days in Montreal, so much came back. I’m sure I’ve missed at least 30-40% of the concerts I went to during those days due to non-memorable performances, mis-firing synapses, and intentionally mis-laid memories of forgettable evenings.

Some of the acts I caught were playing at the Pocono Blues Festival, an annual 3 day blues festival that I've attended 4 times. So, it may be considered padding on my part to list the performers that I remembered from those four years. But, if the meme list is supposed to be performers at concert... well ?

What's left to do but to meme some other folks! I believe Whisky Prajer will have a long and interesting list and Xenoverse should provide much to ponder; I'm sure he'll be listing operas of the Sturm und Drang variety.


Good to see your post about having attended shows in NYC and Montreal by Steve Goodman. He often doesn't get his due. I have a lifetime calendar for Goodman and would be happy to help you pin down dates, if you like.

Also thought you might be interested in an eight-year project of mine that is coming to fruition -- a biography of Goodman that will be published one week from today. Please e-mail me at if you would like me to e-mail you a background sheet on the book. Or check my Internet site below for more info and how to pre-order, if you like. Just trying to spread the word. Feel free to do the same!

Clay Eals
1728 California Ave. S.W. #301
Seattle, WA 98116-1958

(206) 935-7515
Hey, great list, we defintely were at a lot of the same concerts in Montreal. My list at might help you remember some of the shows you saw back then. Cheers, L
Holy smokes! I knew your list would be long. I see quite a bit of overlap and I also see a few that I left off my list...

John Prine (performed with Bonnie Raitt)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band (at Preservation Hall)

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Los Lobos (just last year in'd I forget that one?!)

Bobby Blue Bland

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials (he's been relegated to opening act for many a blues festival in our area)

George Winston

I regret not seeing Johnny Cash and The Grateful Dead while Jerry was still alive. I hope to see Santana while he's still playing.

Little Feat without Lowell George was just not the same, sadly.

Thanks for playing!
Egad - what a list! I hesitate to pick up the meme, however, for two reasons: (1) I'm precisely the sort of Philistine the record (then CD, then mp3) industry grew rich off of - I honestly think nothing is finer than sinking into a very comfy chair while my headphones tune out the rest of the world; (2) given my (*ahem*) earnest youth, a good portion of my list would resemble the Hall of Shame exercise you initiated some time back. At this point I can only promise to give it some thought.
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