Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Show: Crosby, Still, Nash, & Young at the Concord Pavillion
Headliner: Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Openers: None
Location: Chronicle Pavillion at Concord in Concord, CA
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
2006 Show #: 13

I was invited to this show by a friend, and it's a bit out of my normal sphere of music. It was a good time though, if a bit pricy. The audience seemed to be mostly the older, richer, suburban hippy type (occasionally with family in tow). And from the people I talked to and talked to me, I got this impression confirmed. It's amazing to see a souvenir T-shirt going for $35 dollars (and that was the cheapest) one.

We got there a little late (8p), but the band was supposed to start at 7:30pm. They played until 9p, took a half hour break, and then played til 11:15pm (ish). The main set ended at 11p and the played a 1 song encore.

They played songs from across the board, mixing the group members in various combinations (2, 3, or all 4 of them playing together). They played quite a few of their songs as well as songs they had written individually. I particularly enjoyed their version of Young's 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart.' Not surprising considering the hippy element, criticism of the current administration ran heavily throughout the night. Besides a few groaner moments though it was ok. Overall an enjoyable, but not life changing, experience.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Classical in the Czech Republic.

Show: Concertino Orchestra at the Rudolfinum
Headliner: Concertino Orchestra
Openers: None
Location: Dvorak Hall in the Rudolfinum, Prage, Czech Republic
Date: Sunday, July 9, 2006
2006 Show #: 12

While in Prague, I attended a concert in Dvorak Hall in the Rudolfinum. This is a gorgeous venue and since the have concerts nightly, we were able to get good seats rather inexepnsively. I won't be able to give detailed desriptions since it has been a good bit of time since the actual concert.

The first half consisted of Water Music by Handel, Concerto in C Major by Mozart, and The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. The second half consisted of Moldau by Smetana, Two Waltzes by Dvorak, and "Carmen" Fantasty by Bizet.

I found everything very enjoyable, and the orchestra was very skilled. I was impressed how much effort they put in while playing to such a small audience. Definitely worth seeing a show at the Rudofilnum if you are in Prague.