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

 

Part I

Part II

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 Tennesee 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

The Tragically Hip, Hamilton ON August 16, 2016

 

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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

Janelle Monae – Panamania, Toronto 8/9/15

Janelle Monae gets the gold. Done. No contest. By far the most explosive, energetic and highly-anticipated performance of the Panamania concerts, the Wondaland Records mogul packed Nathan Phillips Square on a Sunday night and delivered an explosive set full of hits. From “Tightrope” to “Yoga”, and everything in between. Scroll down to view the beautiful visuals of “Yoga”

 

Janelle Monae – Givin’ Us What We Love at Koolhaus, Toronto

The American Midwest is a curious place. While I haven’t lived there, I have driven through it a handful of times, so I feel qualified to make that statement. Amid the corn and dairy, once in a while the Midwest gets a little funky.

Quick, name the other musical family that came out of Gary, Indiana! Exactly. Aside from some great new wave college rock and the greatest poet of our generation, Minnesota’s proudest export is the greatest embodiment of funk, soul and sex.
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Moving on…

This generation needs a new spokesperson for all things funky. And it may have found one. In Kansas City.

Janelle Monae is an absolute firecracker from the moment she’s wheeled on stage in a straight jacket till the white jackets drag her back off kicking and screaming (after an appropriately timed rendition of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”). In fact the Prince love starts early, as she kicks off with their duet “Givin’ Em What They Love” where she takes on both parts, and it sounds just fine. She re-works “PrimeTime” without Miguel, exchanging sweet nothings with herself and you don’t question it one bit.

Even when the tempo slows, the energy stays high. Her command of the crowd is astounding. I’m not exactly sure what it looks like when a Toronto crowd loosens up and has fun, but this may have been it. I’d say at least half the crowd were on board when she instructed everyone to get low, crouching or sitting on the ground, before she climbed on top of them and swam through the welcoming arms with incredible ease and comfort.

There really is no end to how much I can rave about this show. Her energy, voice, choreography, and confidence combined kick the ass of so many live performers out there today. While the show is tightly crafted and runs like a well-oiled android, she still has fun with herself. Which is light years beyond most R&B performers with their vocal gymnastics and macho posturing.

Yeah, this one’s a keeper.

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