Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The 30 Best Live Performances of 2013

I caught a relatively meager 300 live performances in 2013.  The following list is a ranking of the ten percent I enjoyed most.

1. Bobby Rush- Living Room at Knuckleheads

2. Kanye West- Sprint Center

3. François Rabbath- Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University

4. Mary J. Blige- Sprint Center

5. Julian Lage and Jorge Roeder- Yardley Hall

6. Rakim- Riot Room

7. Miranda Lambert- Sporting Park

8. Miguel Zenón- Blue Room

9. Mumford & Sons- Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

10. Grizzly Bear- Uptown Theater

11. Alejandro Fernández- Sprint Center

12. Volbeat- Penn Valley Park

13. Dave Douglas- Blue Room

14. Vusi Mahlasela- Yardley Hall

15. People's Liberation Big Band- RecordBar

16. Diana Krall- Midland Theater

17. Lisa Henry- The Conference Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College

18. The Grisly Hand- Take Five Coffee + Bar

19. Limp Bizkit- Granada

20. Bonnie Raitt- Midland

21. Eliane Elias Trio- Folly Theater

22. Appleseed Cast- Riot Room

23. Iron Maiden- Sprint Center

24. The Mavericks- Knuckleheads

25. Kurt Elling- Gem Theater

26. Elena Urioste and Gabriela Martinez- Folly Theater

27. Bettye LaVette- 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival

28. Ben Sidran- White Theatre

29. They Might Be Giants- Crossroads KC

30. Sweet Honey In the Rock- Muriel Kauffman Theatre

I conducted similar exercises in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)


bgo said...

Speaking of the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel, one most memorable show I saw there was Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys around 40 years or more ago. Billy Swan was a Jewboy. Kinky passed the collection plates amongst us in the congregation. It was all in good fun.

Happy In Bag said...

That's nuts, BGO. Sold American, indeed.

Rick in PV said...

Here is the poster from that show, guys: Flickr link

Happy In Bag said...

Proof that truth is stranger than fiction, Rick.