Scene and Heard

2010 – A Great Year for Music

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 29, 2010

The best concert festival of 2010

2010 was an exceptional year for live shows. It may have been due to the loss of album revenues to ITunes and digital trading or the weak economy that drove many of musical legends to tour the country this year. Or maybe it was age and the strong younger acts that scared many Hall of Fame Acts to cash in while they can.

Whatever the reason, it was an incredible year for the Midwest and especially the Louisville area.  With two major Festivals, (Forecastle and HullabaLou) and the opening of The Yum Center music lovers pockets were stretched to the limits by big name acts and legends.

In my 35 plus years of attending concerts, my first was Three Dog Night in 1973, there has never been as many great shows in Louisville and surrounding cities in one year.

I pulled only three photos from each band I was lucky enough to shoot this year and ended up with 565 shots in my folder.

I had a wonderful time this year and got the honor of covering many of my all time favorite bands. I still have a wish list but really narrowed it down in 2010.

So here is my favorite 2010 music, Festivals and performances. Please understand my personal choices don’t include Rap, Country, or Pop music. You can go to Spin, Rolling Stone, or Paste for a broader list of top CD’s. NPR has a nice report on the concert industry for 2010. go to  How The Disastrous 2010 Concert Season Could Work In Your Favor

I welcome your comments and thoughts on this years music scene.

Best New music of 2010

  1. Black Keys – Brothers
  2. Arcade fire – The Suburbs
  3. Joe Bonamassa- Live at the Albert Hall
  4. Robert Plant- Band of Joy
  5. Grinderman – Grinderman 2
  6. Avett Brothers- And I Love You
  7. Neil Young- Le Noise
  8. Derek Trucks – Roadsongs
  9. Band Of Horses- Infinity Arms
  10. Santana – Guitar Heaven
  11. Deerhunter- Haylcyon Digest
  12. Eric Clapton- Clapton
  13. Black Country Communion
  14. John Mellencamp- No Better than This
  15. Spoon -Transferences
  16. Brad- Best friends?
  17. Mgmt- Congratulations
  18. Buddy Guy- Living Proof
  19. The National- High Violet
  20. The Dead Weather-Sea of Cowards
  21. Peter Wolf-Midnight Souvenirs
  22. Dr Dog – Shame Shame

2010 Best Shows ( I attended)

  1. Crossroads Guitar festival- Chicago, Il (buy the DVD)
  2. Wanee Festival- Suwanee, Florida
  3. My Morning Jacket = Yum Center, Louisville, KY
  4. Experience Hendrix 2010- Cinn. OH
  5. Santana / Stevie Winwood- Riverbend, OH
  6. Bonnaroo- Manchester, TN
  7. Louisville is for Lovers with Jim James- Louisville, KY
  8. Ear X – travaganza featuring Jim James
  9. Forecastle- Louisville, Ky
  10. Neil Young- Louisville Palace
  11. Crosby, Stills and Nash- Louisville Palace
  12. Avett Brothers- HullabaLou
  13. Buddy Guy/ Jonny Lang- Horseshoe Casino IN
  14. Band of Horses/ Brad – Brown Theater, Louisville, Ky
  15. HullabaLOU- Churchill Downs
  16. Kiss – Indiana State Fair
  17. Aerosmith/ Sammy Hagar – Riverbend, OH
  18. Stone Temple Pilots-  Louisville Palace
  19. Moody Blues- Horseshoe Casino In
  20. Rodrigo Y Gabriela- Brown Theater, Louisville, KY

2010  Best Performances ( I saw)

  1. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood- “Voodoo Chile” – Crossroads
  2. Joe Bonamassa and Robert Randolph – “Going Down”- Crossroads
  3. Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and Ronnie Woods- Miss You”- Crossroads
  4. My Morning Jacket – Yum Center _ The Whole Show”
  5. The Allman Brothers -Wanee Festival
  6. Black Keys – Bonnaroo
  7. Santana- “Oye Como Va”
  8. Jeff Beck – Bonnaroo
  9. Black Crowes – HullabaLOU
  10. John Fogerty- Bonnaroo
  11. “She and Him”- Forecastle
  12. Cake- Forecastle
  13. Flaming Lips – “ Dark Side of the Moon” – Bonnaroo
  14. Hot Tuna Electric- “Wanee Festival”
  15. Neil Young- “ After the Goldrush”- Louisville Palace
  16. Brad Whitford and Jonny Lang- “All Along The Watchtower” Experience Hendrix
  17. Sammy Hagar- “Bad Motor Scooter”- Riverbend, OH
  18. Jonny Lang – “Quitter Never Wins” Horseshoe Casino
  19. KISS- “Strutter”
  20. Devo -Forecastle
  21. Widespread Panic- Wanee Festival
  22. Grace Potter – Forecastle
  23. Darryl Hall – Bonnaroo
  24. Spoon Forecastle
  25. The Doobie Brothers – HullabaLou

Musicians I got to photograph in 2010 for the first time.

  1. Jeff Beck (twice)
  2. Jonny Winter (twice)
  3. Kiss
  4. Aerosmith
  5. Santana
  6. ZZ Top
  7. Steve Winwood
  8. Ronnie Wood
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. Neil Young (solo)
  11. Devo
  12. Smashing Pumpkins
  13. The Eagles
  14. John Fogerty
  15. Sammy Hagar
  16. The Moody Blues
  17. Jimmy Vaughn
  18. Chicago
  19. Kansas
  20. Snoop Dog
  21. Steve Via
  22. Bon Jovi
  23. Train
  24. Lynyrd Skynyrd
  25. Stone Temple Pilots
  26. Band of Horses
  27. Zac Brown Band
  28. Steppenwolf
  29. Phoenix
  30. Miranda Lambert

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