Above in this not-so-great picture taken from the front row balcony is bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers; my first concert of the year at the Bijou. I'd never heard of them before, but that's what makes attending these shows so entertaining. You get to experience an artist for the first time. I must say I loved all the solos from the fiddle player to the banjo. I'd give them 4 stars just for pure entertainment.
Now if I'm 100% honest, I'll opt to stay home with Jack even if the tickets are free again to this show. It was so sweet of my mother-in-law to plan a family outing for us all, but I was done after about the 3rd song by Irish band, Gaelic Storm. They all sounded the same and I got tired of having to clap along. And there was a lot of clapping and singing along.
In that same week my husband and I, along with another couple enjoyed secondhand smoke (no kidding someone lit up a joint or two) as we watched one of the most talented girls I've come to love; Rising Appalachia. This was one concert I didn't want to end. The energy at the Bijou that night was electrifying. I was so glad we sat in the balcony though because no one in orchestra seating ever sat down. They came ready to dance and no one was going to tell them otherwise. I had on my dancing shoes too, but I find that if I'm too busy trying to get down I miss out on the performance and I'm too in awe of these women that I didn't want to miss one thing.
A few months later and I was ready for another concert with my girl pal, and Ray Lamontagne it was at the Tennessee Theater. His new sound was very upbeat compared to his earlier records and I must say, I liked it. We were glad that he played some of his old music although he struggled to get through some of the songs. For a shy artist who doesn't say much in between songs except 'thank you," I was most surprised when he took time to explain that singing some of his more "delicate" pieces after belting out his new tunes night after night has been a little more challenging. I could care less that he lost his voice a bit during one of his songs; his performance was great!!! I appreciate when an artists takes risks and tries something new. Well done Ray!!! (I say that as if I know the guy....Ha!!!)
Ahhh, music ----- so POWERFUL and most enjoyed LIVE!!! Find out what shows are coming your way and don't be afraid to take a chance on an unknown artists. Some of those shows are the best!!! Get your tickets!