FOH Photo’s “Shit that made 2016 tolerable” Post – 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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Tinashe – Joyride World Tour, Toronto

While her latest album is still on hold, Tinashe is not holding back on the music. Bringing her Joyride World Tour to Toronto ahead of the album release to give the fans what they want. And then some.

Jenny Lewis – Toronto Urban Roots Fest

The beautiful and talented Jenny Lewis performs at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival. Reaching far back into her Rilo Kiley catalog, her first solo record Acid Tongue and premeiring tracks from her upcoming album Voyager

 

 

 

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival

It would be easy and cliche to write off Alejandro Escovedo’s musical talent as something that runs in his genes. While his brothers Coke and Pete (both members of various incarnations of Santana) and niece Sheila E (E stands for Escovedo, get it? Prince likes letters) have been quite successful in their own right, Alejandro took a slightly different path from Latin jazz and funk. Starting in San Francisco’s punk/new wave scene, via Austin where he incorporated that edge into his style of roots rock. Working with producers such as Tony Visconti and John Cale has given his records depth and maintain his live edge with just enough of a pop polish.

His setlist was culled primarily from his last 5 albums (including 2006’s phenomenal The Boxing Mirror) such as “Arizona”, “Chelsea Hotel ’78”  and the twangy “Bottom of the World.” Foreshadowing the night’s weather, Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys paid homage to Neil Young with “Like a Hurricane” as their finale.

Missing from the set, was his most pop-oriented track in recent years; he Springsteen-influenced, pop radio-friendly “Always a Friend” . Watch the video below to see Alejandro perform it with The E-Street Band. Coincidentally* Alejandro is represented by Jon Landau Management.

*probably not that big of a coincidence…

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