He's off again! I just bought tickets to see Dream Theater in Portland Oregon at the Roseland. My plan is to drive down early on Monday. Spend some time at Powell's and hopefully meet a friend or two for lunch and dinner before the show. What's still unsure is finding a place to crash or driving home after the show. The show is Monday June 21st and the doors open at 6:30pm. WAAAA!!!!!

And now on the urging of a friend I also have tickets to see Rush at the White River Amphitheater this August. It's been a long time since I've seen Rush so it will be good to see them again.

I don't know if I mentioned it but at the start of 2010 I wanted to increase the number of live shows I saw. I certainly have done that. Go me!

Flew to San Francisco yesterday. Attended most awesome concert by Transatlantic. Three hours of their music. Scored a ride back to the airport. Missed getting through the security gate by a few minutes. "Slept" on an airport floor for the first time in a long time. (SFO has no benches that don't have arms.) Returned to Seattle. Still jazzed from the show but I go thud now. See you all tomorrow...

hollyking: (ahead full)

I’ve wanted to get back into seeing live music again. I used to go to concerts all the time but life got in the way. So I resolved to get out and see more shows even though it would involve travelling as the people I wanted to see don’t seem to come to my area*. I’ll easily go see someone who performs in Portland or Vancouver BC. A three hour drive for a good show is a minor problem I’m willing to overcome.

The big problem is I don’t deal well when I'm alone in crowds of unknown people. If I have a friend with me I still suffer the anxiety but at a lower level I can handle. Flying off to an unfamiliar city, finding my way alone to a concert venue, attending a show with a huge unknown crowd and making my way back home again is something I never thought I would do. I feel a bit anxious just thinking about it. But Fortes fortuna adiuvat.

I’ve purchased plane tickets and this morning I bought my concert ticket. On the 18th of April I’m going to see Transatlantic at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco!!!

Now to start figuring out how to get around SF and where to have some food. I'm not going to book a hotel as my return flight leaves at 7am and I don't think it's worth it for a few hours I'd get to spend there. That does mean that I'll be travelling light. Good thing I have my Coat of Many Pockets.

*: Sylvan and Porcupine Tree did come and I went to see them both! Thanks guys!

Transatlantic is playing in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts. Any of you music fans interested in going? I could swing part of it if someone would share the driving and hotel expenses with me.


REO Speedwagon
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[livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I went to see .38 Special, REO Speedwagon and Styx. It was an awesome show! Here's a picture of us with the members of REO Speedwagon.

Aren't you glad it's not another picture of a postcard? ;)

Oh! I hope the Prog Nation 2009 tour comes near here. I'm so there!

Last night [livejournal.com profile] princessgeek and I went to see Fractal at Big Daddy’s Place. I’m not sure if this was hosted by S.P.A.R.C. or just attended by a few members like me. It was a good show and we all had fun.

Thursday night is the “New Band Showcase” at BD’s. There is no cover charge and they give new bands a chance to play. The first band was R&B and rock and played quite a few covers. They weren’t bad and I think they could develop into a good group. The crowd was made up of a dance class there to practice. They danced to every song and looked like they were having a heck of a time.

There were five people from S.P.A.R.C. and as we sat together listening to the first band we discussed how long the dancers would last when Fractal took the stage. I’m going to give them all a high five because they tried to dance for the first couple of songs. It was entertaining to watch them try to keep in step as the time signature and key kept changing on them.

After a while the dancers left and it was five from S.P.A.R.C., [livejournal.com profile] princessgeek, the band’s entourage and the employees. So again we had an almost personal concert. I love the personal shows but to get more of this music being played in the area we need to get more people to the shows.

After Fractal ended their set I picked up their CDs and had them autograph one while we chatted. I love supporting the artists by buying their CDs directly from them. My collection of autographed CDs is growing and this is a good thing.

The next show is Thursday February 19th at Big Daddy’s Place. This time it will be Parallels, which is a Yes cover band, followed by Portal, a Canadian progessive rock band touring to support their new album Blood Red Tape. I’ll be there and I hope to see some of you as well.

Fractal!

Jan. 8th, 2009 10:04 pm

S.P.A.R.C. has another show coming up this month. This time the band is Fractal will be playing at Big Daddy's Place in Woodinville on Thursday January 22nd. I'm going with [livejournal.com profile] princessgeek and wanted to spread the word so that others could come and enjoy the show. Yes, it's late on a Thursday but [livejournal.com profile] princessgeek said she'd wear her new dress. Who could pass that up?

Fractal also has a MySpace page where you can hear their music.

For those who are interested here is the set list from the Sylvan show last Tuesday. Now I need to get the other albums to fill a playlist on my iPod.

Intro
Given Used Forgotten
One Step Beyond
Essence of Life
This World...
Fearless
Former Life
In Chains
Bitter Symphony
Pane of Truth
The Colors Changed
Answer to Life
The Last Embrace
A Kind of Eden
Posthumous Silence
Artificial Paradise

Sylvan

Oct. 15th, 2008 12:11 pm
hollyking: (ahead full)

Last night was a great night for me. Here is my poor attempt at capturing the events of the evening before it fades from my memory too much. I’m certain several key things will be in my head forever, but I want to capture the small things too.

I left work at 3:30 so I had time to drop the car off at home and take a cab to El Corazon. On the way I called the cab company and asked them to pick me up at 4:15. I had a few moments at home so I was chatting with a few friends online while waiting for the cab. I apologize for abandoning them while we were chatting because the cab arrived at 4:10 and I had to rush out of the house suddenly. The driver asked if I minded a bit of AC/DC, which I didn’t, and we started talking about music. I told him about the show and The Rogues’ Gallery on The Dividing Line. I think I created a new listener. :)

I arrived at the venue right on time at 4:30 and was wondering how I would get in as it was hours before the doors were supposed to open. That wasn’t an issue because the door was wide open. As I walked in I was approached and asked if I was Brendan. I had never seen his face but I recognized the voice of Frans the DJ for The Rogues’ Gallery. After our quick introduction Frans took me to meet the members of Sylvan: Jan (guitar), Sebastian (bass), Marco (vocals), Volker (keyboards) and Matthias (drums). Then the band went back to their sound check and I enjoyed a personal concert.

Dinner was supposed to start at 5:30 but at 5:15 the sound check was still underway as there was a problem with some of the equipment. I was getting a bit nervous but decided I would just relax and go with the flow. At 5:30 I called another dinner guest and asked him to pass on the message that we were running late and would join them at the restaurant as soon as we could. Sylvan finished setting up at about 5:45 and we made it to 13 Coins at 6pm. Only 30 minutes late but with plenty of time for dinner. The other guests had already found each other and had ordered, so we joined them and had dinner.

During dinner I kept my eye on the entire table, but everyone looked like they were having a good time and talking. I sat at one end next to [livejournal.com profile] cambler and had a good conversation with him and a couple of the other guests. I had been wanting to meet Chris for a while because I’ve followed him here on LJ and I listen to The Gates of Delirium, his show on The Dividing Line. We talked about his show, music, programming and a few other things. He posed an interesting programming problem and I’m going to think about this a bit and see if I can figure out the answer. (Which will be in a separate post.)

The only problems with my planning and dinner was one of the guests didn’t understand that we were covering the band’s dinner and I mixed up two credit cards and the wrong amounts were charged to them. Both people were understanding as I explained the situation so it wasn’t a big problem. Still I should have kept better track of the cards so that didn’t happen.

Next we all walked from the restaurant back to the venue. I noticed that there was a full moon last night which is a good omen for completing projects. At the venue I met up with [livejournal.com profile] esurient1 and [livejournal.com profile] omg_teh_funnay who were enjoying the opening act. The name on the poster was “Still Water,” but I was told that’s just a temporary name. I had heard that the guitarist, who used to be in Lyranthe, was excellent and what I did hear rocked the house. I’ll have to pay attention to them in the future.

While Sylvan was setting up [livejournal.com profile] esurient1 was ill and had to leave. [livejournal.com profile] omg_tey_funnay, being a gentleman, escorted her home. I guess there were about 50 people in the venue who had bought tickets. The sign by the door said the capacity was 807, which I can’t imagine, so there was tons of room for everyone. Some people held back or sat on the few benches. I was right up front just to the left of center. The entire show I had an unobstructed view of the entire band and wasn’t crowded. The extra time taken during the sound check was worth every second as the sound was awesome. I was told it was fuzzy in the back but right by the stage was a sweet spot. I only owned one Sylvan album so there were quite a few new songs. You’ll have to find someone who knows more about the band to say if it was a great performance for them, but I can’t see how it was anything else.

After the show I bought the CD and DVD that was for sale. There was a bit of CF because everyone wanted to get their CDs autographed and there weren’t enough pens. In the end we all got our autographs and I think everyone who loaned out a pen got them back. As the crowd thinned I went to each band member and told them I hoped they had a good dinner. Each one thanked my for the dinner and for taking the time to organizing it. Mattias wanted to give everyone who helped organize the show a CD but I had already bought the one he had with them. He offered to give me back my money but I wouldn’t accept it. I enjoyed planning the dinner and wanted to support the band by buying the CD and DVD. He kept asking me what they could give me and eventually I agreed to give him my address so he could mail me something when they got back to Germany. I’m floored and flattered that he wanted to do this, but really it was no trouble and I enjoyed myself. (As you all might have noticed.)

I had brought a few of my calling cards to hand out but I don’t look like the picture on them anymore. So I talked to [livejournal.com profile] cambler about getting a few head shots to make new cards and I’ll be getting with him as soon as we both have time available. (Damn, I look good now!) I also talked with Frans about helping out with events like this in the future. Sylvan was the first concert that Frans is planning and I volunteered to help out with them all. Planning dinner, ferrying band members, promotions… I have a new project which I’ll talk about more once it becomes more solid.

Far too soon it was time to take the band back to the hotel and as it was way down in Kent I decided to head home. Called up a cab and chatted with everyone for a few minutes. I was able to use my small amount of German to talk to Sebastian and tell him that I only spoke a little German. Before I was ready to leave the cab showed up and I took off. Everyone in the band waved as I rode away to head home.

At home I was much too wound up to sleep. I read email and ripped the new CD so that I could listen to it today. At 2AM I finally forced myself to lay down and before I knew it the thing what makes the noise was blaring at me. Here I am at Noon and I’m still buzzed about last night. Damn that was a lot of fun.

Notes for the future: Bring post-it notes to write amounts on cards as I collect them to keep from mixing up how much to put on each. Bring plenty of current calling cards to hand out. Include all my contact information on them so I can get stuff by mail as well as phone. Bring a few Sharpies to get autographs from band members. Instead of people trying to find pens give them to the band to use while signing.

PAX 2007

Aug. 26th, 2007 10:05 pm
Well, we are back from PAX. More coming later but I wanted to say hi to new friends and if I gave you a card and you're here please take a moment to introduce yourself. ;)

Freezepop on Friday night was all kinds of awesome! They win for closing the show with The Final Countdown by Europe.

Last night [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I went to see The Police at Key Arena. It was a great show and I had a great time. Getting home after the concert is a different story.

I sent out the set list as they played it on Twitter but here is an updated list with the songs I couldn’t name in the show. I wish they had played Murder By Numbers and Canary In A Coalmine, but it’s not a bad set.

  • Message In A Bottle
  • Synchronicity II
  • Voices Inside My Head
  • When the World Is Running Down
  • Don’t Stand So Close To Me
  • Driven To Tears
  • Walking On the Moon
  • Truth Hits Everybody
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  • Wrapped Around Your Finger
  • The Bed’s Too Big Without You
  • De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
  • Invisible Sun
  • Walking In Your Footsteps
  • Can’t Stand Losing You
  • Roxanne
  • King of Pain
  • So Lonely
  • Every Breath You Take
  • Next To You

Ok, not really today. On November 24th 1983 I went to my very first concert. I saw The Police perform at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Now 24 years later I’m going to see them again with [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen. I’m very excited about it and I’m having a hard time focusing on work.

I don’t remember much about that first show. I do remember my Mom was pissed because it was Thanksgiving night and I left our family dinner to go to the show. I remember enjoying the show and having a good time with my friends. I remember that UB40 was the opening act.

I couldn’t tell you who I went with. Other than my family I don’t talk to anyone I knew back then. It would be three more years before I met [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen. I didn’t meet anyone else in my life for several more years after that.

Score!

Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:30 pm

They’re ours! [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I have tickets to see The Police when they’re in Seattle this summer. Whoot! I am really excited because my very first concert was The Police at Kemper Arena in Kansas City on Thanksgiving in 1984. I think it’s cool to share this with [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen.

BNL

Nov. 27th, 2006 09:12 am

Last night [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I went to Everett to see the Barenaked Ladies. Because it was snowing I expected a lot more trouble with idiots on the road but we didn't have any trouble. By the time the show ended it had stopped snowing and the roads were wet but very driveable.

The setup at the Everett Events Center was pretty cosy and we had really great seats. The guys put on a great show. During the show they stopped to let Matt dance for a video they were making. Who says being goofy on camera can't get you places?

I just picked up a pair of tickets to attend the Seattle Choral Company's performance of Mozart's Messiah (K. 572). The blurb for the concert says:

Forty-years after its Dublin premiere, Handel's Messiah was placed in the hands of Mozart in order to present it before a Viennese audience of his day. With the greatest respect for Handel's craftsmanship and genius, Mozart added his own touches, intensifying Handel's original with an enriched orchestration that is unmistakeably Mozart.

[livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen isn't a classical music fan so I'm looking for someone to join me for the evening. I would like to go out for dinner, attend the performance and then have coffee or drinks to discuss the performance and our opinions of the music. The performance is on December 9th at 7:30pm on the University of Washington campus.

So, do you want to be my concert buddy?

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