October 31, 2010

The Best Live Concerts EVER!!!!

Whether it’s R&B, rock, jazz, country, rap, gospel, an old woman’s sweet humming or whatever, who did it the best right before your eyes?

32 comments:

  1. Sade Live In Concert: 1994, Chastain Park in Atlanta. She was smooth, cool, sultry and, well, Sade! Breezy weather, in-sync crowd, good food and a concert for the ages!

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  2. ...while i have been on the road with tom joyner at every one of the sky shows for 4 years (approx 70 in all...gladys knight, tina marie, george clinton, the whispers, etc.)...NOTHING beat seeing stevie wonder "in the round" in 1986...i went to the concert with a young lady and her mother and i was trying my best to be "morehouse cool"...as the concert was coming to a close, i found myself drenched in persperation..oh well....SEE stevie wonder if he comes to your town!!!...

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  3. Incognito @ The Variety Playhouse (1994). Great quaint venue, the crowd was energized and consisted of many friends. Incognito put on a non-stop performance! Instead of an intermission, someone would solo. The percussionist and bass guitarist were 'bananas'!!! The percussionsist was surrounded by his instruments and was spinning and kicking ... Read Morethings in the round. We were on our feet most of the concert. And at the end of the concert...and I mean the last note...my brother-in-law got the call (probably a page) that my sister was going into labor and his mom (who just happened to be in town and home w/her) was driving her to the hospital. Good thing, cause me and Darnell were riding w/him. We later thanked my niece for waiting til the end of the concert...we'd have hated to leave.

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  4. Paul Simon and Bob Dylan at Jones Beach for sure! Or was it Elton John and Billy Joel at MSG? Good 'Ol Bob was pretty pretty hard to understand..he is forever burnt. Anyway, either way both concerts were amazing!

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  5. Detroit 300th Birthday Celebration. All the Detroit natives came out to perform at Hart Plaza for over 1.5 million people. Steve Wonder played 2 and half hours when he was supposed to play an hour and half. The Spinners were fabulous. Comedian Tim Allen was in town for his high school reunion and he did 15 minutes before he and his wife went to his... Read More other function. He had the crowd on the floor! David Alan Grier was the Emcee and he was also funny!

    Ray Parker. Jr (another famous Detroiter) was and is still Stevie Wonder's music director and he sang a couple of his songs during the the set. Another major highlight of Stevie's set was his ex-wife, the late Syretta Wright, sang back-up and performed a couple of duets with Stevie.

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  6. I would be remiss if I didn't say Patti Labelle in 1986 in NYC because that was my first date with the wife to be. The real answer has to be the Funk Festival at the LA (that's Los Angeles not Louisiana) Coliseum in 1976 or 1977 featuring Parliament / Funkadelic, Confunkshun, Rick James, Teena Marie, Frankie Beverly and Maze (who turned it out), The Whispers, The Gap Band, Larry Graham and Brass Construction. The concert started at noon and went til around midnight. It was nuts.

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  7. Wow, good question. One was Maxwell at chastain . The weather was perfect; he was amazing and the large group of friends I was with made it a perfect. My second choice would be the now defunct , Lucy pearl, at the Variety Playhouse. Raphael Saadiq was well, Raphael Saadiq, and Dawn Robinson was sane enough to sing her butt off!

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  8. Stevie Wonder this past June at the Verizon Amphitheater in Alpharetta...10th row.......2.5 hours of nothing but Stevie!! It was awesome. The other was Stevie in Detroit at the 300 as Brian explained above just happen to be home that weekend visiting family.

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  9. Maxwell. I saw him when he was promoting Urban Hang Suite in Georgetown, DC and he was on fire. The place was small but it was perfect. He was at his best. You know someone is great when the men in the house were requesting an encore. It was ridiculous how perfectly her perform and did I mentioned I got all of this for $10. Yes, the best concert I been too was only $10. Thanks Maxwell. I also enjoy U2. I LOVE ME SOME BONO.

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  10. Typo correction "It was ridiculous how perferctly HE perform..."

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  11. Joan Armatrading in Madison WI in 1984 , she always shines, truly, in live performances, but this one she had a great horn section along, the 2 friends I was with both cried during some of her slow song. Pretenders and Cat Power a couple of weeks ago at same venue were both great- the drummer for Cat Power was probably the most graceful drummer I'... Read Moreve ever seen!
    And of course Queen Latifah with Eryka Badu ( and Jill Scott but her ..music/spoken word didn't really do anything for me) were incredible live. Queen Latifah has the same glowing charisma as Joan Armatrading, different style completely but just amazing to see live!

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  12. By far Tina Turner!! Diana Ross is without a doubt one of the best entertainers/ actress.

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  13. Frankie Beverly and Maze, Destiny's Child, Teena Marie and The Whispers at the Essence Music Festival in 2001.

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  14. The Jacksons Victory Tour in the summer of 1981 at the Omni in Atlanta. 5th row seats. Had a blast with Sheri Bailey, Faith Phillips and Donna Wilkerson. I have never been so excited at a concert before or since. Thinking about that night brings back wonderful memories. I can't help but smile. What a good time.

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  15. Bruce Springsteen at the Greek Theater in S.F. tied by by Gypsy Kings also at the Greek Theater...outdoors with the great S.F. weather...and I was young, beautiful and in love...doesn't get any betterbetter!

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  16. Forgot to mention this was back in the 80's...

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  17. Prince, purple rain tour...

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  18. got to give a date man...

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  19. ‎80's in Atlanta....Or even better, The Jacksons in the 80's and the Destiny tour... during the missing and murdered children scare..

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  20. The most recent concert experience I had was an outstanding evening - James Taylor and Carole King - two excellent musicans who were clearly having a good time performing together. Memorable performances in the distant past - Sarah Vaughn, George Benson, Quincy Jones

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  21. This is a really hard one. I love live music.I was at the concert in Detroit with Stevie and at home in ATL to hear Incognito. I would have to say Rachelle Ferrall at the Variety Playhouse. It was small and intimate and she was amazing.

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  22. Rolling Stones preceded by Tina Turner! What electricity and energy!

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  23. DMB at Red Rocks - any concert at Red Rocks, for that matter.

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  24. I have to give it up for Al Jarreau. He was sick, hoarse and running a fever. He came out and sing his butt off with the ugly faces and all. That was by far the best experience watching a complete professional. None of that cancelling the concert for a sore throat.

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  25. Still that Joan Baez concert I mentioned earlier.... But somehow tonight I'm thinking about a concert in Houston at the Arena Theater. Shirley Caesar was singing. O'Landa Draper and the Associates performed before Shirley Caesar. It was one of those stages that go round and round...I remember O'Landa Draper said "will someone stop this thing when it gets to Jamaica?" Whatever your opinion of Shirley Caesar or of O'Landa Draper, it was an amazing concert. Even the off duty police, who were not too excited to be working at a gospel concert were caught up in the performance. I couldn't call it the best concert, but it was certainly one I'll never forget.

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  26. Prince,Madonna and Michael Jackson. I've seen the three of them more than once and I've never been more mesmorized. virg163

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  27. Prince...every concert of his that I have ever seen since 1982 has been off the hook!

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  28. I have to give it up for Al Jarreau. He was sick, hoarse and running a fever. He came out and sing his butt off with the ugly faces and all. That was by far the best experience watching a complete professional. None of that cancelling the concert for a sore throat.

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  29. Joan Armatrading in Madison WI in 1984 , she always shines, truly, in live performances, but this one she had a great horn section along, the 2 friends I was with both cried during some of her slow song. Pretenders and Cat Power a couple of weeks ago at same venue were both great- the drummer for Cat Power was probably the most graceful drummer I'... Read Moreve ever seen!
    And of course Queen Latifah with Eryka Badu ( and Jill Scott but her ..music/spoken word didn't really do anything for me) were incredible live. Queen Latifah has the same glowing charisma as Joan Armatrading, different style completely but just amazing to see live!

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  30. Wow, good question. One was Maxwell at chastain . The weather was perfect; he was amazing and the large group of friends I was with made it a perfect. My second choice would be the now defunct , Lucy pearl, at the Variety Playhouse. Raphael Saadiq was well, Raphael Saadiq, and Dawn Robinson was sane enough to sing her butt off!

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  31. Detroit 300th Birthday Celebration. All the Detroit natives came out to perform at Hart Plaza for over 1.5 million people. Steve Wonder played 2 and half hours when he was supposed to play an hour and half. The Spinners were fabulous. Comedian Tim Allen was in town for his high school reunion and he did 15 minutes before he and his wife went to his... Read More other function. He had the crowd on the floor! David Alan Grier was the Emcee and he was also funny!

    Ray Parker. Jr (another famous Detroiter) was and is still Stevie Wonder's music director and he sang a couple of his songs during the the set. Another major highlight of Stevie's set was his ex-wife, the late Syretta Wright, sang back-up and performed a couple of duets with Stevie.

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  32. Incognito @ The Variety Playhouse (1994). Great quaint venue, the crowd was energized and consisted of many friends. Incognito put on a non-stop performance! Instead of an intermission, someone would solo. The percussionist and bass guitarist were 'bananas'!!! The percussionsist was surrounded by his instruments and was spinning and kicking ... Read Morethings in the round. We were on our feet most of the concert. And at the end of the concert...and I mean the last note...my brother-in-law got the call (probably a page) that my sister was going into labor and his mom (who just happened to be in town and home w/her) was driving her to the hospital. Good thing, cause me and Darnell were riding w/him. We later thanked my niece for waiting til the end of the concert...we'd have hated to leave.

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