TicketMOMster’s Top 5 Favourite Shows of 2016 – #4
For those of you who haven’t followed this blog from the beginning (we’re now into the second year), you may be wondering what credentials I have to create such a list. Well, I go to a lot of shows. Do you want to know how many bands I reviewed this year alone? (Drum roll please)
As of today’s date…ONE HUNDRED AND ONE bands and/or shows!
Did your jaw hit the floor? Because mine did. Seriously? I reviewed that many bands IN ONE YEAR? Jeez, I was busy. I think that’s double from last year!
Anyway, I’m on a musical journey and I’m learning stuff by seeing tons of things and now I know more stuff about things than last year, so here’s a list of stuff and things I liked from this year (those are my credentials in a nutshell – heh):
4. City and Colour @ MTS Centre
I lived abroad in musical purgatory for almost a decade. So, my concert binge leads me to bands that have been around for some time, but they’re “new” to me. I’m hoping to be completely swept away and if hundreds of thousands of people already love these bands, the odds are good I might like them too.
Surprisingly, that doesn’t happen very often. Rarely do I go home after a show and buy every album that band ever created. I might buy their new album or their best seller, and I might see them again, but rarely do I fall hard core over any “new” band.
City and Colour swept me away. This was the show where I finally *got* Dallas Green and I’ve been regularly listening to City and Colour ever since.
You can read more in the review below, but I want to mention the lighting. It’s the perfect example of how to effectively use lighting to enhance your arena concert.
Sometimes it feels like lighting is an after-thought. Some guy at the back of the arena swings a bunch of lights here and there. Sometimes it’ll be in time with the music, or not, and sometimes it’ll keep blinding you as you’re trying to watch what you paid to see.
This was lighting perfection. It was almost like the lights weren’t there because they were so appropriate and in sync with the music. When done correctly, that combination enhances the songs and makes them larger than life. The emotions in the songs are bigger and more powerful and it creates a feeling of intimacy in a huge space.
This concert may be #4 on my list, but the light show was #1 at MTS Centre in 2016.
The countdown continues every week until New Year’s Eve, when I’ll reveal my favourite show of 2016!
TicketMOMster is a Rock and Jazz-loving Mom; single-handedly keeping Ticketmaster alive in Winnipeg. Follow her musical journey here: www.facebook.com/TicketMOMsters