FOH Photo’s “Shit that made 2016 tolerable” Post – part II

For Part I – see here PART I

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to increase my wordiness. I don’t enjoy writing, especially about live music. There is no way I can properly convey the sheer energy, enjoyment or spectacle with my verbage. First of all, I have no business critiquing any live performance. However I do want to share my enthusiasm in some way.That’s why I take photos. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s what this whole FOH deal is about!

I didn’t do a count of all the shows I covered this year, but there was alot. My travels took me to the deep south in Tennessee to our beautifully bland nation’s capital, brought to life by the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and remaining two Monkees! Between the clubs, arenas, theatres, main stages, tents and radio stations, I’ve been everywhere, man.

As i stated above, I do not like the written description of live music. I will probably cut and paste this whole preamble across the 4-post recap. The photos chosen represent some of my favourite acts, experiences, visual performances and just the general vibe that i took away from 2016. This isn’t a ranked list, and all acts get equal billing. That’s not to say there aren’t a few personal highlights.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the middle of a set because the experience is so surreal. Not only bearing witness to, but being privileged to capture some of my musical heroes and world icons, well it’s beyond words. Robert Plant, The Who, Noel Gallagher, Pearl Jam, Flea, Stevie Nicks…musicians I have admired and enjoyed for decades in various forms, I can add them to my ever-growing collection of digital memories.

The standout of the year has to be, no shocker, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour. Much as been said about Gord Downie’s work over the year and I do not intend to dilute those words with my own. The experience and privilege was to say the least, humbling.

I’ve already said too much! Just look at the photos. If you like what you see, please feel free to share, tag, reblog or fax them around. Another year goes by and another year I am thankful for all of the readers, followers, friends, supporters and outlets that have allowed me to keep on rollin’. Special thanks to A Music Blog, Yea?, Q107/Edge 102.1, Spill Magazine, Canadian Musician, and Polaris Music Prize for the opportunities and trust.

-Bobby

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Whitehorse – live at 102.1 The Edge studios, Toronto

Roots-Rock duo Whitehorse stopped in to the Edge studios this week to perform a couple of tracks of their latest record “Leave No Bridge Unburned” (out now on Six Shooter Records). Live looping vocals, drums and guitar, Whitehorse (Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland) performed “Downtown” and “The One I Hurt” and gave the studio a special bonus cover of The Band’s Ophelia. Stay tuned to http://www.edge.ca for exclusive video.

 

Whitehorse is hittin’ the road, touring extensively across North America right into spring, including a Toronto date, at the legendary Massey Hall, May 8th in association with Canadian Music Week 2015.

 

Be sure to check out “No Bridge Left Unburned” and scroll down for official video of “Downtown.”

Shovels & Rope – The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

The fantastic duo, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, collectively known as Shovels & Rope blazed through the Phoenix on tour to support their latest LP “Swimmin’ Time” (Dualtone Records).

Mississippi Bends – The Painted Lady, Toronto

Mississippi Bends, from Hamilton Ontario, brought their swampy blues sound to the funky little stage at the back of The Painted Lady and had the crowd stompin’ and cheerin’. Currently in studio working on their debut EP, the band has already made a name for themselves on the Steeltown scene, including having co-written with the legendary Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings). They will be back in town to play The Local on Roncesvalles June 12th. Watch for them, and check out their website for new music, performances and tour dates, including a haunting rendition of Neil Young’s “Tonight’s The Night” on the Barbershop Podcast.

Emmylou Harris with Daniel Lanois – Massey Hall, Toronto

The timeless Emmylou Harris brought the North American leg of her Wrecking Ball tour to a close at Massey Hall along with the album’s producer and (just about) hometown boy Daniel Lanois. The tour celebrates the nineteen-year anniversary of her landmark record simply because she “just couldn’t wait for twenty.”

Lanois kicked off the night opening the show on the pedal steel, and moving onto guitar and vocal accompaniment for Emmylou’s headlining set. Sounding as sweet and heartbreaking as ever, Emmylou commanded the stage with grace.