Concerts & Festivals

There are annual street festivals in places all over the world. There's probably one happening right now. Which ones have you been to? Recount your experiences with other party goers here. Also up for review are concert tours, film festivals, and various other large social events.

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2651 days ago

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2657 days ago

The blue angels turns are so quick it seems like they'll crash into each other, with 4 flying in unison.  Bars, restaurants and rooftops in the marina, fisherman's wharf, chrissy field. etc are packed, and with the October weather in SF it makes for a great weekend. The downside is that when they fly over my apartment, they set off all the car alarms on the street.

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2703 days ago

For a 3:30 am performance, this band bought the party to Woodstock... to this very day, when I watch the footage of "I Wanna take You Higher" especially starting at 7:05 on the You Tube version of this hit, my hairs stand up. In all the years of my life, I have never seen a live performance that has moved me more than this one.

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2796 days ago

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2931 days ago

They were hot at Woodstock. Yeah, TYA was uneven at times, as other reviewers noted, but Alvin Lee's best stuff was his solo work. I am particularly fond of his "On the Road to Freedom" album he did with gospel singer Mylon Le Fevre. The album has a lot of great musicians on it, including George Harrison.
Here's the title track, with half of Traffic backing it up (Steve Winwood on piano, Jim Capaldi on drums and Rebob on congas.)

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2931 days ago

The dude was Chip Monk. I got to meet him in the mid-70s when I was setting up a stage for a concert...he was far out, man.

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2985 days ago

Insane festival was canceled in 2010 due to the Nanny State's fear that people were having too much fun breaking their legs.

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3045 days ago

Star-studded benfits are generally hit or miss affairs with the moments of genuine sincere connection balancing out the truly ill-concieved collaborations.

The Secret Policeman's Ball and the Secret Policeman's Other Ball were a pair of 80's fundraisers for Amnesty International which featured a who's who of British television comedians and a smattering of musical performances. Captured on a pair of albums and a combined concert film they were a pretty cool presentation of some of the bette pop culture of the era. The highlights for me were a great performance of The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again by Pete Townsend with classical guitarist John Williams and a fine guitar duel between a laid back Eric Clapton and a menacing Jeff Beck, who clearly looked like he was out to cut Clapton and a couple of funny numbers from Bonzo Dog Band/Monty Pythin musical colaborator Niel Innes.

A subsequent album The Secret Policeman`s Third Ball fell into the trap of Superstar Bloat that often plagues these types of affairs.

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3045 days ago

I'm not a fan of contemporary popular country music, so there's not much I'd be interested in seing at the Grand Ole Opry at its home in OpryLand USA. However catching a show at the historic Ryman Auditorium where everyone from The Carter Family, Bill Munroe and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and John Hartford have played is on my musical bucket list. The Ryman was the home of the Opry until 1974.

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3045 days ago

There's not an artist on this sorry list that isn't either a 5 star sell-out or was cynical calculated commercial dreck to begin with but Genesis would have to top both categories.

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