Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lil Wayne and Friends @ Scottrade Center in St. Louis MO sunday April 10th 2011

 Sunday night was an eclectic mix of musical performances.  Rock, Rap and Hip Hop with a mash up of DJ and drums.
First up was the band Porcelain Black.  This Rock Diva gave a great performance featuring her hit single "This is what Rock & Roll Looks Like" featuring Lil Wayne.

The next performers out had a very unique stage setup.  A 20' tall techno boom box was erected on stage and filled by the likes of Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys and Travis Barker from Blink 182. I have never witnessed a mix of this magnitude on stage before.  This was a true musical treat. To answer his question, Yes.  This drummer got some!

Rick Ro$$ had the crowd bumping and swaying to his rhythmic chanting. His high energy,low key performance got the crowd in the mood for the headliners

Lil Wayne emerged from the center stage floor to a warm welcome from the packed house.  He was all smiles.  This guy can spit rhymes and lyrics as if it was his own language that he has a masters degree in.  after the 3rd song, he explained to the fans that he tanks God for where he is in his life and how he would be nothing without his fans.  He truly appreciated the support his loyal fans have given over the years.

As a special treat, Lil Wayne walked off stage about 30 minutes into his performance only to be replaced by his friend Nicki Minaj.  This was an unforgettable performance as well.  Rainbow spandex and wild hair, she tore it up. All in all, the fans got a great show.

Images courtesy of Kelly Revelle @ 520Photography   or  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Furthur w. Phil Lesh & Bob Weir - Best Buy Theater 3/10/2011

Carrying out a legacy of countless adventure, the band Furthur, the latest carnation of the Grateful Dead, has just completed their 2011 spring tour only to immediately announce a full summer tour.  What began 46 years ago when the Grateful Dead started touring and developing unique sounds, songs and a concert experience, Furthur has lost none of that spirit and energy as Furthur, featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, continue to deliver heartfelt and energetic performances some of which have gone on longer than 5 hours of solid music.

Along Furthur's spring tour the band made two visits to New York City with the first being a 5 night run at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on 1515 Broadway & West 44th St.  More of a nightclub than a theater with a capacity of just 2100, the Best Buy Theater (formally the Nokia Theater) has a dance floor with seating in the rear and all tickets were general admission.  All 5 shows sold out in the blink of an eye and a line for entry started early in the afternoon each day so those who really wanted to be up front could assure to get very close to the stage.

Despite a heavy rain on the opening night at the Best Buy Theater, fans braved a long line to get into the venue.  After the opening night, the delay for entry was fixed and for the other 4 nights at the Best Buy Theater, folks entered with little time in line.  Furthur started around 7p.m. each night yet often performed past midnight.

Full of anticipation, the band opened the show with a brief upbeat jam into Sittin On Top of the World.

Half the audience seemed to sing along to Cosmic Charlie and then Furthur, which was performing a song from The Beatle's album Abbey Road each night, performed Octopus's Garden during the first set. 

Second set treated fans to a full Terrapin Station and a Unbroken Chain.

 Phil Lesh, after encouraging everyone in attendance to become an organ donor, which he does at every performance, the band encored with a widely covered Gloria.  And with that, the band and fans went out into New York City for what was to be a 6 day adventure with 5 nights of music—more to come!

Setlist for Furthur at the Best Buy Theater on March 10, 2011
Jam >
Sittin' on Top of the World
High on a Mountain >
Cumberland Blues
Cosmic Charlie
Octopus's Garden
Lost Sailor >
Saint of Circumstance
Casey Jones
Playin' in the Band
Colors of the Rain
Let It Grow
We Love You
Unbroken Chain >
Wharf Rat >
The Other One >
Lady With a Fan >
At a Siding >
Terrapin Flyer

Streaming audio of this show is up at Furthur on 3/10/2011 at Best Buy Theater

More Furthur photos from this show at Performance Impressions' concert photography archives:  Furthur Tour Photos 3/10/2011
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