041909 Budweiser Brewery Experience, Merrimack, NH

On April 19th, 2009 I was on my way back from a little concert run south of the border and looking for something along the way to fill the afternoon. I’m a big fan of pulling off the highway at the slightest provocation and I’ve been known to happily drive miles out of my way in search of the flimsiest of attractions…

041809 The Dead, Worcester, MA

April 18th, 2009 was the second show in a two night engagement between me and The Dead, the latest name (at the time) for the remains of post-Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead. Just like the previous night in Albany, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart were joined by Jeff Chimenti and Warren Haynes but unlike the last show (which was really slow and drawn out to the point of boredom) this one was peppy and upbeat, if not utterly groovy…

041604 Tortoise, Ottawa, ON

The Capital Music Hall was a large venue right downtown on Ottawa’s Rideau Street, just across from Maverick’s and Cafe Dekcuf/The Whipping Post. It was a big room with a professional stage and lighting rig and was unquestionably a concert hall. It looked a lot like a House Of Blues or some such thing, and though it was open for several years I think I only went there twice…

041511 Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa

On April 15th, 2011 I saw Bruce Cockburn at the soft-seat hexagon that is the National Arts Centre. It’s a pretty great room to see a performer like Cockburn, that is once you manage to get up and down the unforgivable slanted staircases that run throughout the venue in strict adherence to the architects apparent love of the six-sided polygon…

041309 Neil Young, Kingston, ON

I think the Neil Young concert on April 13th, 2009 was my first time in the K-Rock Centre. Regardless, the arena had been open for business for barely a year at the time and I soon found out that they didn’t quite have their act together yet…