021810 Neil Young Tribute, Vancouver, BC

This was the first of two nights for this one-off project (oxymoron intended), a congregation of eclecticity under the helm of an equally eclectic record producer best known for directing tribute concerts to an incomparably eclectic string of artists that includes Tim Buckley, Randy Newman, Bill Withers, Walt Disney and the Marquis de Sade…

021692 The Hippodrome, Bangkok, Thailand

The following story doesn’t at all fall into the usual parameters of these ticket stub memories but I would feel remiss in excluding this. It was really important in my personal musical development and in my growth as a person, really. And it unquestionably involved me seeing a lot of live music, so I include it here…

021398 Oliver Jones/George Shearing, Ottawa, ON

Oh, how I wish this ticket was as it appears to be! I can’t tell you how excited I was to have bought a ticket to see my jazz hero, the great, incomparable Oscar Peterson, at a Valentine’s Day show (almost) right at home at the National Arts Centre! And box seats no less! I was dancing on the ceiling, until…

021220 Five O’Clock Bells, Ottawa, ON

…on one of my final laps around the internet before leaving St. John’s I discovered an interesting tidbit of a musical happening coming up at the tiny Gladstone Theatre: a one-man play that delved into the life and career of one of my favourite guitar players of all time, the inimitable and quite incredible Lenny Breau…

021011 Jerry Lee Lewis/Frankie Ford, Naples, FL

For some time I had planned February 10th, 2011 as the official end of the Rock & Roll Field Trip. After a pilgrimage that saw m’lady and I visit the homes of Son House and Mississippi John Hurt, the graves of Duane Allman, Elizabeth Reed, and all three tombstones attributed to Robert Johnson, at least three Music Hall’s of Fame…

020919 Kevin Breit, Ottawa, ON

After a stellar show the night before (following a less-than-stellar show the night before that) on February 9th, 2019 I committed to see Kevin Breit’s third and final show at the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s brief winter fest. The last-minute decision to attend the show was augmented by my promise to Kevin the night before that I would…