Archive for April, 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
04/24/2012
HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA

I’ve always enjoyed Bruce Springsteen but never been a huge fan so I’ve never managed to go see him. Having always heard what a great show he puts on I decided it was time to check him out especially because he doesn’t tour with the E Street Band that often.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at HP Pavilion

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at HP Pavilion

I had great seats right above the ADA seating looking straight down the audience-right side of the stage. As expected, he does put on a fabulous show and I was impressed how he is able to engage and audience in a venue as large as the Pavilion.

The floor was broken up into two sections: a (presumably much more expensive) pit right up front that went back for about 100 feet and then the rest of the floor section. Near the end of the show Bruce went out into the audience and walked down the aisle and stood on a small platform right in front of the rail that separated the pit from back floor to finish up the song. At the end of the lyrics of the song he let himself fall backwards and crowd-surfed back to the main stage as the band jammed. No bad for someone old enough to be collecting Social Security.

The last time I was at HP Pavilion was to see Roger Waters perform The Wall on the first leg of the tour. Sadly, Bruce wasn’t as concerned about sound quality as Roger was and the sound was back to normal…IOW, total crap. I hate that venue.

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Joan Baez
04/21/2012
Benefit Concert for Citizens Reach Out
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Joan Baez at Freight & Salvage

Joan Baez at Freight & Salvage

Thomas Dolby
04/13/2012
Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, CA

Thomas Dolby at the Red Devil Lounge

Thomas Dolby at the Red Devil Lounge

Mazzy Star
04/11/2012
The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Mazzy Star at the Regency Ballroom

Mazzy Star at the Regency Ballroom

The Waybacks with Sarah Dugas 03/31/2012 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA Fun show while Sarah Dugas was in town rehearsing for Hillside Album Hour at MerleFest. Hmmm, I wonder what it will be.

The Waybacks at Freight and Salvage

The Waybacks with Sarah Dugas at Freight and Salvage

Line-up: James Nash – Guitar, vocals Warren Hood – Fiddle, vocals Joe Kyle Jr. – Bass Chuck Hamilton – Drums Sarah Dugas – Vocals