2018–the year in live music

A couple of years ago, I started keeping a list of all the shows I saw, mostly because I was tired of saying to myself “when did I see that band? and where was that?”

It’s always nice at the end of the year to look back at the list, and remember the good, the bad, and the near-barfight awful…

In 2018, I saw 20 live shows, mostly at bars, some at concert venues, a couple in stadiums (full list below). By far, the top one was Springsteen on Broadway, though–a very amazing gift on an amazing birthday weekend. Other notables included seeing McCoy Tyner, Justin Townes Earle, & of course, my beloved Foo Fighters. Bonus points for finishing the year strong, after spending several days in Memphis, wandering up Beale Street and through Midtown.

  • 1/8: McCoy Tyner & Friends; The Blue Note
  • 1/20: Witchbomb, Yell-ow; Ortlieb’s
  • 2/6: West Philly Orchestra; Franky Bradley’s
  • 2/7: Ocean Avenue Stompers & Glen David Andrews; Milkboy
  • 2/28: Mainland, the Mowgli’s; The Foundry
  • 4/15: The Creds, Fink’s Constant; Kung Fu Necktie
  • 4/28: Luke Carlos O’Reilly; Milkboy Philly, Ella Gahnt; Franky Bradley’s, Yesseh Furaha-Ali; Time (Center City Jazz Fest)
  • 5/23: Lilly Hiatt, Justin Townes Earle; World Cafe Live
  • 6/23: Springsteen on Broadway
  • 7/7: Foo Fighters; BB & T Pavilion
  • 7/12: Heaven Man*, The Paranoid Style, Wussy; Milkboy Philly
  • 8/1: Junun, Radiohead; Wells Fargo Center
  • 9/15: Ernest Stuart Trio, Stanley Clarke; Ardmore Music Hall
  • 9/28: John Morrison (DJ), Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket; Art Museum
  • 9/29: Asaran Earth Trios; at JJ’s house
  • 10/27: Hurry Up, We Were Promised Jetpacks; The Foundry
  • 12/7: Warren Wolf; South
  • 12/27: Memphis Blues Masters; Rum Boogie Blues Hall
  • 12/28: Devil Train, Drunk Uncle; Lafayette’s Music Room
  • 12/30: Debbie Jamison Band; King’s Palace Cafe

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