We went to see Bob Mould with Laurie. It’s been a long time since I have seen him live, and it was very fun to be out on a Friday night seeing him again.
Not sure why he wanted the AC off for his set, it was very very warm during the show.
Alien Boy opened. I hadn’t heard them before and liked them.
Violent Femmes at the Portland Zoo
Perfect Portland summer night, even the elephants came out to check out the Femmes
The next show we went to last week was Ministry. I have seen them a few times (actually, they may be the band I have seen the most times) but Brian hadn’t yet so we got tickets. And I hadn’t seen them since the 90’s. I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous about this show – would they phone it in? Given where we are right now, would there be complete loonies there?
It was probably my favorite Ministry show. They were amazing. The lead singer from Fear Factory did a few songs with them too. They surprised me by singing a current song that choked me up. I very nearly went to see them two nights later in Vancouver BC, I liked the show that much. I am super happy I went, and came away thinking I was a smart kid to like them in the 80’s. Whew.
Unfortunately, not very many photos, and few of them clear. I was too into it and dancing. And for some reason, there were more tall men at this show than any other show I remember (over 6’4″, a ton of ’em), usually just in front of me.
Oh, and I baked bread that morning:
In December, we had the shortest trip I’ve ever taken to Wisconsin. I was able to see a good amount of Brian’s family and spent some time with mine, but seriously short (basically less than two days per family).
The flight out started with us seeing Pedro the Lion at Mississippi Studios. Great show! But we definitely were out a bit late for a 4 a.m. flight to Chicago.
Pedro the Lion!
Switching between families, we managed to swing by Madison just long enough to check on our duplex and get bloody marys and walnut burgers at the Harmony. Seriously last second so we didn’t have time to give anyone a heads-up. But I got a walnut burger with fried onions, sooooo good as always.
The Harmony has the best walnut burgers.
Also seriously last second, my sister scored four tickets to Hamilton in Chicago. It meant that we drove to Chicago, back to Wisconsin, back to Chicago the next morning, but needless to say, so worth it. I was skeptical that I’d be amazed by Hamilton because of how much everyone has been raving about it. It was as good as everyone told me. My only complaint is that I can’t go see it again due to how hard it is to get tickets.
Hamilton in Chicago
St. Vincent – Fear The Future Tour at the Keller Auditorium
Despite having to be up at 2:30 a.m. for an early morning flight, we mad it to see Pedro The Lion at Mississippi Studios (Night One).
I know these are totally blurry, but I was having too much of a good time to do any better. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult at Dante’s!
Pink Martini (with both China Forbes and Storm Large!) outside on a flawless Oregon summer night, thank you, MB!!
Twelve years I have been trying to see Flogging Molly, holy cow I need to see them 12 more times!!!