Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Best Shows of the Decade

What a silly exercise! For starters, I scarcely recall most of the live performances I took in the first half of this decade. And it would make a lot more sense if I made separate genre lists- classical, country, jazz, metal, etc. But I didn't. In order to lessen the absurdity by just a fraction, I didn't include any shows from 2009. That list is here. I've added representative (but not same show) video links for the uninitiated. Here goes:

1. The Hold Steady- Jackpot Saloon, 2006
2. Roy Harper- boat on Sacramento River, 2001
3. Maxwell- Uptown Theater, 2008
4. X- Madrid Theater, 2002
5. The Architects- innumerable times, innumerable places
6. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant- Starlight Theater, 2008
7. Ray Price- Knuckleheads, 2007
8. Roy Hargrove- Folly Theater, 2007
9. Ian McLagan- Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club, 2006
10. Jay McShann- Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival, 2004
11. Electric Wizard- SXSW, 2002
12. Dee Dee Bridgewater- Gem Theater, 2007
13. Ike Turner- Liberty Memorial, 2004
14. Guy Clark/Joe Ely/John Hiatt/Lyle Lovett- Uptown Theater, 2005
15. The Mars Volta- Beaumont, 2007
16. Trio Mediaeval- Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 2006
17. U-Roy LIberty Memorial, 2000
18. Isaac Hayes- VooDoo Lounge, 2006
19. Motorhead- Community America Ballpark, 2006
20. Tool- Kemper Arena, 2006
21. Twista- seemingly random field in Jackson County, Missouri, 2005
22. The National- The Record Bar, 2005
23. Emmylou Harris- Yardley Hall, 2005
24. Tech N9ne- Beaumont Club, 2005
25. Stone Temple Pilots- Liberty Memorial, 2008

(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)

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