Jackson Browne – Chateau Ste Michelle : Woodinville WA : July 27th 2018

Always nice to go to the winery for a show on a nice night. It was nearly 90 degrees in Seattle today and by showtime had cooled down to just about 80…very nice.

I started out the evening with my normal routine for the winery…I stop at the swag spot and pick up a t-shirt and other items of interest, then walk to the food vendors and get a wonderful kielbasa and a giant, fresh squeezed lemonade…so good!

About 7:00, I made my way to my seat and met my seat neighbors who were having a picnic and some wine (looked like some tasty snacks). The show started promptly at 7:30.

This was my first time seeing Jackson Browne live and he did not disappoint. He sounded spot on to how I remember him from the many albums and CDs that I had listed to through the 70’s and 80’s. He played many of his hits, which my favorites of the night were That Girl Could Sing, Doctor my Eyes, Somebody’s Baby (which I love and had totally forgotten it over the years) and Red Neck Friend. There were actually quite a few songs which I had forgotten and it was great to hear them again, especially live.

Great show and I would see him again anytime.

Jimmy Buffett – Key Arena – Seattle : June 23rd 2018

Absolutely awesome night of party music last night at Key Arena with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band! What a great collection of music he has. It has been a while since I have really listened to Jimmy Buffett and with every song he played came a ton of memories of tropical backyard beach parties and barbeques with good friends over the years.

Toni and my favorite songs of the night were, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Volcano, Son of a Son of a Sailor, Pencil Thin Mustache, Fins and of course Margaritaville. He even did a tribute to the late Eagles front man Glenn Fry with Take it Easy.

I have been waiting a ton of years to see Jimmy Buffett and my wait was well worth it. Just a great show with a ton of energy, fun and memories.

The Doobie Brothers/ Steely Dan – Key Arena – Seattle : June 5th 2018

Another great show in Seattle last night. Great combo classic rock show with The Doobie Brothers opening up for Steely Dan.

I have to say, after the absolutely incredible show and song set selection by The Doobies, it was impossible for Steely Dan to follow up. I have to hand it to Donald Fagen and his band, but the atmosphere was charged and unfortunately, in my opinion, they just could not keep it going.

This was the second time I had seen The Doobie Brothers in the last couple years, and I don’t remember them being as good or as powerful as they were last night. I was always a Doobies fan, but thought my self partial to the Michael McDonald version of the doobies until I was reminded of ALL of the incredibly awesome music that original, early ’70’s guitar and vocals members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons were responsible for recording. John McFee rounded out the amazing guitar trio and also played a mean violin and harmonica. It seemed like it was just hit after hit for over an hour and a half with such great songs as, Rockin’ Down the Highway, South City Midnight Lady, Jesus Is Just Alright, Eyes of Silver, Takin’ It To the Streets, Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While), Black Water, Long Train Runnin’ and two awesome encore songs, China Grove and Listen to the Music.

It was also a special show as I was able to do a short meet and greet with the guys from the Doobie Brother before the show. They were very nice and actually seemed as though they enjoyed meeting and talking to us fans.

David Byrne – The Paramount – Seattle : May 24th 2018

Very good show last night at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle…it was David Byrne. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have never seen him solo of with The Talking Heads in the past, but have always liked his music and eclectic and slightly disturbing professional personality. I knew he was a very intense artist, so wasn’t;t sure if the show would be a bunch of experimental new music, a bunch of re-mixed versions of the older Talking Heads, or spoken word…just no idea what to expect. I was absolutely not disappointed! It was a little bit of everything and definitely what I was hoping for from a personality perspective. Definitely more than a musician and much more of a creative artist and performer.

The stage was a simple, large open empty stage with a simple surround of curtain and lights which he integrated into the show with his 11 fellow performers and musicians. The show was as much performing art as it was music with all members of the “band” equally adding to the spectacle.

Of course I was fist and foremost there for the music and was not at all disappointed there either. His voice is as crisp and accurate to his younger days, belting out a range that is not typical of artist with as much history as he has. My favorites of the night were Burning Down the House, Once in a Lifetime, Blind and This Must Be the Place.

I was so happy I made the show and this will be a performance not soon forgotten.

Paul Simon – Key Arena – Seattle : May 18th 2018

Paul Simon always puts on a great show. His voice and sound is still as amazing as it was when I first heard him on that all all time awesome album, Simon & Garfunkel Concert in Central Park.

The crowd at Key Arena was very energetic but yet subdued, which was ideal for just sitting back and listening to some great old classics. He opened up at just after 8:00pm with America followed by 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. He played his main set and then two encores with his 14 member band and then a third encore with just him and his guitar. My favorites for the night were Kodachrome, The Boxer and of course The Sound of Silence. All in all, he played for just about two and a half hours and played songs spanning his whole career and definitely all the greats.

It is sad to know that this is his last tour and we won’t have the chance to hear him perform all of these songs live again, but he did mention that he wasn’t sure what he was planning in his retirement, and that he loves performing, so who knows…he may put on some live shows sometime in the future, and we can always hope that he and Art Garfunkel decide at one point to have a reunion show or two…we can always hope.

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