Class of 2018: The Performers

This blog was retired back in June, two months after my daughter was born. It would be easy to blame her, “I just don’t have time for ‘me’ now that we have a baby, blah blah blah…” but that would be entirely untrue. That little girl has been my world since she entered it eight months ago, but she goes to sleep at night and has a mother and a teenage sister. I don’t have to be home all the time. And even when I am, she only needs constant attention half the day. I retired the blog because I just didn’t have it in me to write about shows anymore. It is December 11th and I have witnessed 202 performances, at 60 shows and 6 festivals, across 6 states and 2 countries this year…and I still have at least a few to go. Those stats are about 3% lower than 2017. For that, I do blame my daughter. I’m pretty sure there was something going on at the Ogden the night she was born. 🙂

There were quite a few highlights this year. Attending coast-to-coast Decibel Beer & Metal Festivals was quite an experience, especially considering I saw Evoken and Mayhem for the first time, met Tom Warrior and Nergal, and saw Triptykon perform a full Celtic Frost set. My wife and I attended our first ACL, which was headlined by Paul McCartney and Metallica. It was hot as hell and we took advantage of being away from the baby for the first time by drinking a lot too much, but we made it home alive with mostly great memories. We also packed the baby up and took her to Iceland, Norway, and Sweden…where my oldest daughter and I saw Björk perform in a giant hole in the ground.

Then there was another Psycho Las Vegas, the first Grandoozy (where the baby saw Mavis Staples AND Stevie Wonder at her first concert), my first Camp Flog Gnaw, Red Rocks season, and many shows at Colorado’s best venues…it really has been an eventful year.

Thanks to all the artists who took their songs on the road. Thanks to all the friends and family who made sure I didn’t have to drink alone. And thanks to my wife for letting me get out when I needed to. I appreciate you all!

Oh, and fuck you to Maynard James Keenan and that one asshole security guard at Red Rocks who kicked me out for keeping a setlist on my phone; a setlist I didn’t even need, because I don’t blog anymore. Damn it, sometimes I forget.

Most Memorable Small Venue Performances:

Mount Eerie
Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Nils Frahm
Boulder Theater

Marquis Theatre

Courtney Marie Andrews
Larimer Lounge

Larimer Lounge

Most Memorable Medium Venue Performances:

Anderson East
Gothic Theatre

Steven Wilson
Ogden Theater

Janelle Monáe
Paramount Theatre


Ogden Theater

Most Memorable Large Venue Performances:

St. Vincent
Fillmore Auditorium

Kendrick Lamar

Chris Stapleton
Pepsi Center

Ozzy Osbourne
Pepsi Center

Christina Aguilera
Pepsi Center

Most Memorable Festival Performances:

Paul McCartney


Camp Flog Gnaw

Camp Flog Gnaw

Post Malone
Camp Flog Gnaw

Most Memorable Red Rocks Performances:


Father John Misty / TV on the Radio

Nine Inch Nails
(09.18.18 / 09.19.18)

David Byrne

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Most Memorable Extreme Metal Performances:

Decibel Beer & Metal Fest

Psycho Las Vegas

Power Trip
Decibel Beer & Metal Fest

Decibel Beer & Metal Fest

Decibel Beer & Metal Fest

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