147: Outtasite: Wilco with Bahamas, Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Monday March 1, 2010, $54.75.
During a Lucinda Williams show in 2007, she talked to the crowd about her take on the synergy of a concert, how it’s not just about spectators watching a performer but about the two entities engaging, feeding off of each other with reciprocal energy. Well, this Wilco show was a perfect demonstration of The Lucinda Principle put into practice. Both band and audience were in a celebratory mood, primed for having a great time. The crowd brought enthusiasm and affection by the shedload and Wilco responded with the best set I have ever seen them play. I would describe this as a perfect concert. Continue reading →
This concert took place on Brian’s 69th birthday and the eve of this summer’s arrival.
159. Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson, Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Monday June 20, 2011, $92.94.
When I think of the Beach Boys, I make an instant association with the summer of 1976. It was not only their 15th anniversary but also the year I really started exploring their music. Continue reading →