Here are the ten best after the Top Ten, which I will post shortly.
I was able to squeeze in 51 shows this year, and nearly all of them were worth the time, money, and effort to attend. Here are ten that made me happy but didn’t quite make the coveted Top Ten list. Since I already wrote a post about these, I will keep this very short and links to the contemporaneous reviews are included. All shows below were in Boise/Garden City/Nampa, Idaho.
Big Head Todd & the Monsters (with Los Colognes) – Revolution Concert House 1/16/19
Todd and crew surpassed my expectations and rocked the house for two hours.
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (with The Record company) – Idaho Center 1/31/19
The legend shined (for the most part) and played a very fan-friendly set of songs, and the opener was quite good also.
Citizen Cope (with David Ramirez) – Knitting Factory 3/18/19
I came for the opener (who was solid), and really enjoyed the headliner as well.
Treefort Day IV: Mandolin Orange, Nappy Roots, The Muckers, Cedric Burnside, The Weary Times, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Various Downtown Boise venues 3/23/19
What a day of diverse and incredible live music – a little folk, some hip-hop, a dash of blues, and plenty of rock and roll. Easily the second best day of the 5-day festival, in its 8th and best iteration so far.
The Cactus Blossoms (with Jack Klatt) – Neurolux 4/28/19
These two are pure gold, and the opening act was no slouch either.
Dwight Yoakam (with Ryan Bingham) – Idaho Center Amphitheatre 7/11/19
My man Dwight is awesome, and still gets after it just as much as when I saw him back in the early 90s.
Nathaniel Rateliff (with Lucius) – Outlaw Field 7/25/19
Son of a bitch! This dude (and his band) are truly badass – and Lucius was fun as well.
Marilyn Manson (missed opener) – Knitting Factory 7/31/19
The Antichrist Superstar may be a bit older and heavier, and less relevant, but I had a blast at this abbreviated set.
Chris King & the Gutterballs (with The Phets, King Ropes) – Olympic 9/28/19
Chris and his crew’s newest album is stellar, and their live set didn’t disappoint on this evening when I was a bit weary after a race that morning. King Ropes from Missoula proved to be a badass unknown also.
Portland Cello Project – Visual Arts Collective 11/21/19
An orchestral take on Radiohead’s classic OK Computer proved to be even more fantastic than I had imagined. Good times!