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Favorite Shows of 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post. My 10 favorite shows of the year.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12
1. 1/14/12 – Red Collar w/ Spider Bags & Rat Jackson – Local 506
I love when a show early in the year sets the bar high. And all year long no single show topped this one. Just a fantastic kick start to the year. From Rat Jackson covering Alan Jackson to Reese McHenry joining Spider Bags on stage to the energy and passion Red Collar poured into every moment – this show was packed full of memorable moments. photo set

John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan, & Greg Cartwright, Protect All NC Families Benefit, Motorco, Durham NC, 04/19/12
2. 4/19/12 – John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan & Greg Cartwright – Motorco
Amazing night for a great cause. A completely unique chance to see these three songwriters trade songs and play off each other. photo set

Des Ark, Local Beer Local Band, Tir Na Nog, Raleigh NC, 05/10/12
3. 5/10/12 – Des Ark w/Midtown Dickens – Tir Na Nog
The best show Local Beer Local Band show I saw all year. But what really makes this night stand so high on my list is that it was exactly the show I needed at that moment. photo set

Lucero, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12
4. 4/27/12 – Lucero w/J Roddy Walston & The Business – Orange Peel
This show was nearly a shoe in, after all we decided to drive to Asheville to see the combo of Lucero w/ J Roddy opening. At the same time it was a show I had mighty high expectations for. They were more than met. photo set

Bombadil, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12
5. 6/9/12 – Bombadil w/ JKutchma & the 5/5ths- The Farm
I really hope there are more shows at The Farm next year. Absolutely a stunning place to see a show. The scenrey adds to the music; the chance sit in a chair on the grass listening to great local music chorus with the sounds of night setting in on a summer night. photo set

Reigning Sound, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 08/24/12
6. 8/24/12 – Reigning Sound w/Last Year’s Men – Nightlight
Reigning Sound at Nightlight? Yes, please. photo set

Team Dresch, Pinhook, Durham NC, 09/29/12
7. 9/29/12 – Team Dresch w/ The Butchies & The Tomboys – Pinhook outdoor stage
Another year, another amazing Pinhook concert for Pride. This year, finally, the chance to see Team Dresch. photo set

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12
8. 2/18/12 -Ted Leo w/ Mac McCaughan – Coffeehouse
Great night. Never had the chance to see Ted Leo play before this, but the highlight of the night may just have been McCaughan talking about the first show he saw at the Coffeehouse. photo set

Vandaveer, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 05/11/12
9. 5/11/12 – Vandaveer – Local 506
I love to see full shows, and am saddened when a band doesn’t draw as well as I hoped. And man, y’all all missed this one. It meant we got to sit on the riser at 506 and enjoy an amazing and intimate Vandaveer show. Lovely. photo set

Crooked Fingers, Kings, Raleigh NC, 01/06/12
10. 1/6/12 – Crooked Fingers w/ Mount Moriah – Kings
What a great way to kick off the year. A packed Kings, great sets by both bands.

Up next in the year count down: favorite videos & favorite photos.


Protect All NC Families Benefit, Motorco, 04/19/12

Absolutely beautiful night at Motorco last night at the Protect All NC Families benefit w/ John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan, Greg Cartwright & Tara DeFrancisco. I’ve written about what this Amendment fight means to me before.
John Darnielle’s words last night, though, say it better than I can:

what I feel about North Carolina is something who everybody lives here I think knows: this sense of real bonding with your turf and your community and we’re kind of a lot different than people think when they talk about the South. People talk a lot of trash about the South.

When you get these anti-immigration laws in Alabama and stuff everybody goes “See? Look at those Southerners. They’re at it again.” If you look at the polling, we can actually beat this and the message that would send to the country about who we are would be the most powerful, amazing thing that I cry every time I think about it. We can look at California and say, “Y’all don’t really know about the South. In the South, we stopped that at our door step.”

The music was beautiful. The cause is amazing. And needs YOUR VOTE, YOUR VOLUNTEERING, and YOUR SUPPORT.

To the end of supporting the cause, all the photos are up here on my zenfolio site. And between now and the election on 5/8/12 (have you voted yet? early voting is open), I’m going to make a personal donation to Protect All NC Families equal to any profits from the sale of photos of the event.

Check out the photos, read this post, donate to Protect all NC Families, AND VOTE!

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, 02/18/12

A treat to see Ted Leo play a solo show at Duke Coffeehouse on Saturday night.

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12

For me the surprising highlight of his set was the beautiful Hazel Dickens cover.

Mac McCaughan, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12

Opener Mac McCaughan also pulled out an unexpected cover by A Number of Things, one of the two bands who played the first show he saw at Duke Coffeehouse in 1983.

Mac McCaughan, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12

His whole opening set was just fantastic.

Full Photo Set Here