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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.

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Without A Fight Livescore, 11/01/12

Had the opportunity earlier this month to go to the Livescore of Without a Fight.

Phil Cook, Without A Fight Livescore, Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill NC, 11/01/12

It was a great way to experience the movie. Movie playing on the screen, Phil & Brad Cook performing the music. Just lovely.

Magic Mike & Rye Barcott, Without A Fight Livescore, Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill NC, 11/01/12
Magic Mike opened up the night.

Congrats and thanks to everyone involved. full photo set here

Balmorhea, 10/05/12

Balmorhea, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 10/05/12

Beautiful, beautiful set by Balmorhea at Local 506 on Friday.

Onoheim, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 10/05/12

Locals Onoheim opened the night with one of their first shows and sounded great.

Full set here.

Reigning Sound, Nightlight

Took a little break from this blog and from shooting shows to focus on some other things. But this past weekend was a lovely, lovely return. Starting with Reigning Sound at Nightlight.

Reigning Sound, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 08/24/12

Great crowd, and amazing to finally get to see Reigning Sound.

Last Year's Men, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 08/24/12

Last Year’s Men opened with a great set.

Last Year's Men, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 08/24/12

Full photo set here

Janelle Monae, ArtsCenter

A few more Janelle Monae photos

Janelle Monae, Obama For America Rally, ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC, 08/04/12

Janelle Monae, Obama For America Rally, ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC, 08/04/12

Janelle Monae, Obama For America Rally, ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC, 08/04/12

Full photo set here. All rights reserved on these photos, steal and I’ll be miffed. Ask permission at ashcrowe@gmail.com for any use.

Janelle Monae, ArtsCenter

Saturday’s Obama For America Rally offered a unique opportunity to see Janelle Monae perform in a 400-ish person room. Her next non-festival show is a 3000+ person room.

Janelle Monae, Obama For America Rally, ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC, 08/04/12

So it was completely striking and amazing to get the opportunity to see that huge of a show in such a small space.

Janelle Monae, Obama For America Rally, ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC, 08/04/12

A completely stunning live show. Not only was it really fun for the audience to see her in such a small space, it also seemed as if she and her band really enjoy playing to the room.

Janelle Monae, Obama For America Rally, ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC, 08/04/12

To end the show, she commanded us to all sit/kneel to the music. And the whole room was in the palm of her hand, so kneel and then rise we did.

Amazing performer, great show.

Full photo set here. All rights reserved on these photos, steal and I’ll be miffed. Ask permission at ashcrowe@gmail.com for any use.

Well the sun is going down and the moon is just holding its breath

Most beautiful John Prine cover I’ve heard live.