Saturday, April 05, 2008

SPRING AND SUMMER RISING

Spring is here, and summer will be here before we know it. It will soon be the time of year for outdoor live music! I have tickets for a couple of events already

SASQUATCH FESTIVAL, GORGE AMPHITHEATER, MAY 24-26

I decided to make the trek again this spring. I don't know if it was three days last year or not,
but this year it will be! Three glorious days! I booked a good place to stay on Saturday and
Sunday nights, so I won't have to stay at the Gorge's faeces-riddled campground (after staying
there after a Tom Petty show in the late Nineties, I decided to never camp there again... incredibly stoned people screaming all night long, overflowing outhouses, horrendous stench, etc.)

This
is what the Sasquatch lineup looks like for this year. If a name appears in bold type, it is an artist I am familiar with. If any of you know anything about any of the others, please comment.

R.E.M.

Saturday, May 24th:


R.E.M. (pictured above) / Modest Mouse / M.I.A. / The New Pornographers / The National / Ozomatli / Beirut / Dengue Fever / Fleet Foxes / The Breeders / Okkervil River / Crudo (featuring Mike Patton & Dan The Automator) / Destroyer / Kathleen Edwards / The Whigs / Dead Confederate / Newton Faulkner / Grand Archives / David Bazan / Joshua Morrison / Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio / Throw Me The Statue / The Shaky Hands / Grand Hallway / Rich Fulcher / Jerry Minor / Tim Meadows / Horatio Sanz / Matt Walsh / Matt Besser / Upright Citizens Brigade / Sean Conroy

Sunday, May 25th:

The Cure (pictured above) / Death Cab For Cutie / Michael Franti & Spearhead / The Presidents of the United States of America / Christmas On Mars (Flaming Lips Movie) / Cold War Kids / Blue Scholars / 65daysofstatic / Tegan & Sara / Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / The Kooks / Mates of State / Rogue Wave / White Rabbits / The Heavenly States / What Made Milwaukee Famous / The Morning Benders / The Blakes / Sera Cahoone / Cancer Rising / The Cops / J. Tillman / "Awesome" / Truckasauras / Brian Posehn / Morgan Murphy / Reggie Watts / Andy Haynes / Kevin Hyder / Aziza Diaz / Derek Sheen / Andy Peters

(The Flaming Lips, photo by Jay Blakesburg)

Monday, May 26th:

The Flaming Lips
U.F.O. Show / The Mars Volta / Flight Of The Conchords / Rodrigo Y Gabriela / Built To Spill / The Hives / Matt Costa / Yeasayer / Dyme Def / Ghostland Observatory / Jamie Lidell / Battles / The Cave Singers / The Little Ones / Pela / Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down / Delta Spirit / Kinski / Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground / Say Hi / Siberian / Whalebones / The Choir Practice / The Moondoggies / Michael Ian Black / Michael Showalter / Eugene Mirman / Marc Maron / Seattle School / Mike Min / Korby Sears / Liza Keckler

I will then give myself a couple of months for my body and my pocketbook to recover before Mrs. Snave and I go with friends from La Grande to see:

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band

at the Edgefield Inn near Portland on July 20. This time around, his touring band includes Colin Hay (Men at Work), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, and Greg Bissonette (well-known session drummer). Mrs. Snave and I saw Paul McCartney a couple of years ago, and I figured we had better see the other remaining living Beatle while we have the chance. It should be a fun evening. I have seen video of Ringo and his All-Starr outfits, and they not only do his solo stuff and some Beatles tunes, but they also do some of the tunes for which the band participants are known. That means (hopefully) we should be able to hear "Down Under", "Who Can it Be Now?", "Pick Up The Pieces", "Free Ride", "Frankenstein", and "Dream Weaver" (Mrs. Snave would like that one!) I don't care too much about Billy Squier, but that's o.k. He will probably get to do "Everybody Wants You", I guess.

ALSO

Both the Gorge Amphitheater and the Edgefield Inn are about 4 hours drive from La Grande. Seattle is about 5 1/2 or 6 hours away. I'm hoping to get to Seattle this summer too, to visit J. Marquis and our mutual friend David. Who knows, maybe we can work some live music into that visit!

I figure there is too much good live music to hear and just not enough time to hear it all, so the plan should be to hear as much of it as possible!

18 Comments:

Blogger T&A said...

Looks like a hell of a line up!

I'm looking forward to Lollapalooza with Nine Inch Nails, Radio Head, Wilco, and Rage Against the Machine. There's speculation that Sousxie and the Banshees and Hole might also be there.

9:45 AM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Sounds like you've got some great shows lined up there, Snave! I would love to see REM and the Flaming Lips someday...

11:09 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I would absolutely love to take my boys to see Ringo, unfortunately, he's only playing casinos around here. It would be the best night of their lives, I'm sure they would tell me endlessly, and I may get a kick out of it too.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

T&A, Lollapalooza is in Chicago this year, right? That would be fun. I have wanted to see Radiohead for a long time. I saw Wilco late last summer and they were great. NIN would be pretty amazing, I bet. I am not as familiar with RATM, but I bet it would be very high-energy. I used to be a Siouxsie fan about the time their album with "Christine" came out. J.Marquis turned me on to Hole's "Ce;ebrity Skin", which I think is a great album!

J., I guess REM's two NW performances are 5/23 at Vancouver and then 5/24 at the Gorge. They will be touring Europe July 2 to August 9. I didn't see anything on their website about tours beyond August, but the Flaming Lips are going to be at a festival in Pemberton, B.C. July 25-27. It looks like NIN and Coldplay are listed as headliners, and it also looks like Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, Kathleen Edwards, Wolfmother and The Flaming Lips will be there too.

If I would have any time or money left for concerts by then, I would be going to Pemberton too!

3:17 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Rare Earth April 25, 2008 Clearwater, FL I haven't seen them since 1981 in Omaha Nebraska
I thought they were old then, they've got to be on oxygen now.
Hope they still have that energy, bet they do.

6:28 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Scratch that I just found out that Gil is the only original member left still alive (they were all there in 81). I'm canceling my tickets - it won't be the same at all. One remaining member isn't Rare Earth, it's Remembering Rare Earth.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Arrrrgh. Too bad about that, 1138! Seeing Gil would be o.k., but I would want more of the original band members too. That would be kind of like going to see the group that the other members of Creedence had for a while... I think it was called Creedence Clearwater Revisited? Or maybe it's kind of like with us going to see Ringo... we will just be seeing A Beatle, not THE Beatles.

I used to have that Rare Earth LP with the album cover that looked like a knapsack, "Rare Earth In Concert". I don't know what ever happened to it, but last year I was able to find a friend who still had it on LP, and I was able to make a CD from it. Great music.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Lew, in Oregon Ringo is playing at a nice outdoor venue which is outside a brewery. I THINK kids can get in to the show, but I'm not sure. One of my kids will be 21 by the time of the Ringo show, but I don't think she would really be all that interested in seeing him like she was for McCartney.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Have I mentioned that I saw the Beatles back in the day?

And a few years ago I saw Zak Starkey on drums for The Who.

Anyway - you left me a nice long comment on mah blog the other day, and I just wanted you to be sure and check my response because it has some info you might find interesting.

Y'all have fun - looks like you will!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Mercurie said...

Those are some really great shows. Me, I am looking forward to seeing Blue Oyster Cult at the Cole County Fair this summer!

8:19 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Damn you Mike Patton and others, reform Faith No More!

7:10 AM  
Blogger 1138 said...

I saw the Beatles too, they went past the playground at my school in Denver I won't say what grade.
Snave Clapton was something like that but I never confused the man with the bands, the Beatles are different however.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Sounds like a great lineup. Enjoy!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Freida Bee said...

OOOhh man, am I jealous. Those are some great bands. I agree, probably too many to see. I hope to someday afford to attend the Austin City Limits Music Fest here, or to actually get my butt to SXSW here in Austin next year.

Okkervil River is from Austin and I like them. My daughter's aunt and uncle had Ghostland Observatory play at their wedding. They're friends. My daughter (15) tells me what music is good. Fortunately, I can believe her, and funnily enough she seems to respect when I tell her she'll love an 80's song fro its cheese factor. Just today I got to watch her hear Sexual Healing and She Blinded Me With Science for the first time. Imagine if you were a teen hearing those cheeseball songs.... Fun Stuff.

BTW, french kiss Wayne for me, k?

10:37 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Wow! What incredible line-ups. I'm super-jealous.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Donald said...

Hi Snave, Thanks for keeping my link alive at your blog. You will have to move it out of the "defunct" group and put it back in with the rest, though, because I decided to come back. I know, it has been two years, but it will be good to communicate with others once more. Please come over and take a look at my latest entry. Thanks!

Good to see you are still blogging, and that you are blogging about the same kinds of things. I find that to be a comfort. Cheers!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Donald, good to have you back.

Your link is back in my "active" list!

1:58 PM  
Blogger T&A said...

Sadly no Sousxie this year. But Love and Rockets will be at Lollapalooza. I saw them back in the late 80's but I was tripping at the time. I look forward to seeing them again!

6:43 PM  

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