In such a great year of live shows it was hard to pin down just 5 of my favorite shows but I did my best! The shows are not ranked but are in chronological order, oddly enough 3 of my favorite shows were in March. Here we go, my favorite 5 shows of 2018!
03.10.2018 – Tractor Tavern – Hyways album release, Widower, Moon Palace
Hyways put out one of my favorite albums of the year with their eponymous debut Hyways. Opening for them was the always amazing Widower and the fantastic local group Moon Palace!
03.16.2018 – The Sunset – The Service Providers, Alcohol Funnycar, The Meices
What a show this was at The Sunset! After a 16 year hiatus, Alcohol Funnycar regrouped for some shows and brought with them long time great local bands The Meices and The Service Providers!!
03.31.2018 – Tractor Tavern – Acid Tongue album release, Smokey Brights, Gold Casio, Baywitch
Acid Tongue released their fantastic new album on Freakout records, Babies, at Tractor Tavern and was another one of my top albums of the year (as well as one of my favorite shows of the year)!! The openers were equally great with 2 new EP’s on Freakout Records as well, Smokey Brights. Preceding them was my favorite band to photograph, Gold Casio and the wonderful Baywitch.
08.31.2018-09.01.2018 – The Sunset – Northwest Psychfest (multiple bands)
For the 2nd year in a row I had the opportunity to cover this great festival held on Labor Day weekend. The organizers put together some great bands and they in turn put on the best weekend of music this year!
Day 1: Beyond Captain Orca, UAY, Dorotheo, Máscaras, Weeed
Day 2: Neptuna, Mortemart, Ben Von Wildenhouse, Nordra and Skerik, Kinski
09.08.2018 – Conor Byrne – Low Hums, Mrs. Henry, Fever Feel, Racoma
Low Hums brought a great show to Conor Byrne and also released 2 great albums this year on the Union Zero label, Night Magic Wine and LOS DOS. Opening for them was the rock and soul of Mrs. Henry out of San Diego, the psych rock of Fever Feel down from British Columbia and opening the show was up and coming local indie-rock band Racoma!