Shows I MIssed: August 2016

I kicked off August pretty strong with a trip to New Hampshire to see Pretty Lights. It was fantastic, but the following weekend he was back at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. I was fortunate to make it out to CO for Red Rocks in 2015 and swore I would be there again this year, but alas, it was not in the cards. Getting my PL fix in New Hampshire did not quell the lack of Red Rocks sadness.

As if that wasn’t sad enough, this month I also missed Pretty Lights in Telluride. This was the second year that he did a mini festival in Telly and the second year that I didn’t go. The pictures and videos last year were so beautiful that it honestly took away from my Red Rocks joy because it was clear that Telluride was the superior experience in basically every way. I tried to withdraw from social media during Telly weekend this year so I wouldn’t get too jealous, but I couldn’t help but peep all the pics and videos. A Pretty Lights fam takeover of a gorgeous mountain town? Stop it. If Telly happens next year I WILL BE THERE. Sigh.

Also – if both Jason Derulo and Santigold play in your home city while you’re away in Europe, can you still be sad about it? Answer – not really. Santigold is one of my favs and I have an unabashed love for Jason Derulo after seeing him a few years ago. Both of these artists were in the New York area this month but I happened to be in Wales watching 2 of my friends get married in a castle.

Clearly Wales is the winner here. In theory I’m bummed to have missed both of these but come on. Magical castle wedding! Sorry Santi and Jason. Wales wins.

Shows I Missed: July 2016

While I only had one show that I was devastated to miss this month, it was an entire festival with a killer lineup, so it stings in a major way.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I had an absolute blast at Camp Bisco last year, and I was committed to going again this year but I just couldn’t make all the logistics come together in time.

By not attending Bisco, I missed out on seeing a number of artists who I’ve seen before and loved, like Esseks, Dreamer’s Delight, Late Night Radio, Keys N Krates, Odesza, and more. I also missed out on the chance to see some acts for what would have been the first time – The Polish Ambassador, TroyBoi (who I wrote about for Mix 247 EDM!), and, most devastatingly, Big Grizmatik, the rarely-formed combination of Big Gigantic, GRiZ, and Gramatik.

After returning home from the festival, one of my friends posted on Facebook: “Year 2 of montage mountain saw huge improvements in the security, amount of water stations, and transportation up the mountain. My only critic, They really need to find away to improve the sound quality on the Main stage. Being up front distorts bass and vocals in different ways.” He then went on to praise all the artists that I knew would be incredible. I missed so much.

SIGH.

Shows I Missed: January 2016

SIGH

Usually when I miss a show it’s because I wasn’t available that night, or it was in a faraway state I couldn’t travel to. In a rare occurrence for me, this month I missed a show because I didn’t buy a ticket in time and couldn’t, for the life of me, find a reasonably priced one (unless you consider $100+ for a $40 ticket reasonable, which I do not, you StubHub scalper jerks). Since I didn’t get to see Tipper live, I asked my friend Cody how it was. He said it had “really great music and next level visuals.”

I would expect nothing less from Dave Tipper. Here’s a little YouTube clippy from that night:

I also sadly had to miss Muse this month because I was out of town. I was majorly late to the Muse party but I’m hoping I can catch them live one day before they break up or otherwise decide to stop touring. They’ve been around for over 20 years at this point, so hopefully they can stick around for at least a few more. I did hear The Disco Biscuits cover “Knights of Cydonia” at Camp Bisco last summer, but somehow I just don’t think it’s the same as hearing Muse play it.

Shows I Missed: November 2015

Big Data played in New York for two whole nights, but I was in Florida on a work trip so I sadly could not make either show. I’ve been majorly into Big Data for a few months now and I would have love love loved to see them live. But alas, it was not meant to be. =(

On the bright side, while I absolutely had to be in Orlando for the first 2 of their show dates, instead of flying home and catching the 3rd show I opted to stay in Florida and go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So all was not lost.

Shows I Missed: September 2015

It’s been a few months since I’ve felt the need to put together a “shows I missed” post. Even though I never get to go to all the shows on my radar, I only write about the ones I’m really upset about and I’m happy that I basically got to see all my favorites this summer!

A disappointment for September was that I didn’t get to see Twenty One Pilots during their two-night stint at the Hammerstein Ballroom. But I’m trying to limit my shows to ones that either the most crucial, that I can get tickets to through Jukely, or that are just so cheap I can’t say no. I’ve loved Twenty One Pilots since I first heard them at Voodoo last Halloween, and even though I’ve wanted to see them again for a year, I just couldn’t justify the $45 price tag. Sad times.

Let’s see what October brings! It’s my birthday month so I’m expecting lots of excellent music to come my way. =)

The Most Devastating Thing to Ever Happen

Last week I trekked to Penn State University for their annual spring concert, which, in very cool fashion, is open to the public. The festival featured Big Gigantic (my favorites) and Passion Pit, among others. We had great weather, a nice hotel with an indoor pool, and the chance to pretend like we were back in college again. It was an excellent vacation.

I learned about the show through a Penn State student that I met while seeing Big G in Philadelphia on my birthday (the Big G family is the best, after all!). We had both heard through the social media grapevine that the boys were playing small house parties after their bigger college shows, and we were determined to find the PSU afterparty because really, is there anything better than the thought of seeing one of your favorite bands in a shitty college apartment? Absolutely not.

The festival was great, and Big G’s 1 hour set was more than worth the trip from New York. My PSU friend and I parted ways because he didn’t want to stay for Passion Pit (bad choice!), but we agreed to meet up later on. When the show was over I texted him to see what was going on, but he never responded and so my friends and I took our exhausted selves to our hotel to crash, not all that sad about ending the day before midnight.

The next morning I found out, yet again through social media, that while there hadn’t been a full-fledged Big Gigantic afterparty, Dom – the producer and saxophonist – did do a DJ set at someone’s apartment. I was sad that I hadn’t known about it.

Then I started hearing back from my friend, who had lost his phone at some point in the night and wasn’t able to text me and tell me where he was. And where he was, as it turns out, was at the afterparty. With not that many people. With Dom DJing and hanging out and drinking crappy college beer with Penn State undergrads. I could have been there.

I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE.

But instead I have to suffice by looking at pictures of Dom with my friend, chillin like besties. My slightly bummed out mood went to completely depressed and it took a few hours for me to truly snap out of it. This party would have been, as they say, epic. And I missed it all because of a lost iPhone (which was later found).

Tragic.