Music… I don’t know where I’d be without it. It helps me concentrate when I write, it helps me sleep at night, and it lifts my spirits when I’m down. To me, there’s not much better than live music. I feel most alive when I’m lost in a crowd of people, when the air is buzzing with sound waves and the only reality is just that moment. Your senses are so full that all other worries, fear and anxiety get pushed out and it’s just you and the music. Concerts are all so different, depending on the band, the venue, the size, etc…but I always love hearing about which shows left the biggest impact on people. Here, Jemma, Brigette & I share the best shows we’ve ever been to. What’s yours?
Julia: My Morning Jacket, Bonnaroo 2008
I was with my best friend and this was THE show we went to Bonnaroo for that year. They didn’t go on until midnight, and you could feel the anticipation in the air…the energy they came out with was unreal, and they didn’t stop ’till close to 4am. They played almost all of their songs and about 10 or 15 awesome covers… fans of the band all pretty much agree it was the most epic show they’ve ever put on.
Jemma: Phoenix, Washington DC 2010
Before I moved to America I listened to their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix nonstop, then when I moved to America I met a boy who loved them also. We drove from work here in Philly all the way to DC and back in one night. The show was awesome!
Brigette: Feist, Prospect Park 2008
I’ll never forget seeing Feist at Prospect Park in Brooklyn in the summer of 2008. It was a beautifully hot summer day, and right before she came on stage, it just began pouring rain. The atmosphere created simultaneously by the summer rain and by her beautiful voice is something I’ll always remember.
Tell us, what’s the best show you’ve ever been to?