2010: A Year of Music

I saw some great shows this past year. Here’s a list, as accurate as I could get it, of my concerts from 2010. I’ve highlighted my favorites.

1/3 – 1/8: Jam Cruise 8 (The High Seas)
1/16: Umphrey’s McGee (Regency Ballroom, SF)
1/17: Rebirth Brass Band & Ivan Neville’s Dumstaphunk (Independent, SF)
1/18: Rebirth Brass Band (Mojito, SF)
1/22: The Sweatband (Blue Macaw, SF)
1/29: North Mississippi Allstars (Independent, SF)
1/30: Greyboy Allstars (Fillmore, SF)
2/16: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Independent, SF)
2/21: Medeski, Martin & Wood (Fillmore, SF)
2/25: moe. (Fillmore, SF)
2/26: Juno What & Orgone (Boom Boom Room, SF)
2/27: Juno What & Orgone (Boom Boom Room, SF)
3/5: Galactic feat. Cyrill Neville & Chali 2Na (Fillmore, SF)
3/5: Galactic & Greyhounds Afterhours (Boom Boom Room, SF)
3/6: Galactic feat. Cyrill Neville & Chali 2NA (Fillmore, SF)
3/6: Galactic & Greyhounds Afterhours feat. George Clinton (Boom Boom Room, SF)
3/13: Salvador Santana, Trombone Shorty Orleans Ave & The New Mastersounds (Fillmore, SF)
3/15: Balkan Beat Box (Fillmore, SF)
3/26: Ronkat’s Katadelic (Boom Boom Room, SF)
4/9: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Independent, SF)
4/10: Les Claypool, Common, Beats Antique, Black Keys (Bay Area Yuri’s Night)
4/15: Pretty Lights (Mezzanine, SF)
4/16: Miike Snow (Independent, SF)
4/23: Bonobo (Mezzanine, SF)
4/29: Garage A Trois w/ Midnight Disturbers, Dead Kenny Gs, Stanton Moore Trio and Marco Benevento Solo (Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans)
4/30: Ivan Neville & Dumpstapunk (Jazzfest, New Orleans)
4/30: Dr. Klaw (Jazzfest, New Orleans)
4/30: Widespread Panic (Jazzfest, New Orleans)
4/30: Galactic (One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans)
4/30: Big Gigantic (Republic, New Orleans)
4/31: Bruce Hampton & Rebirth Brass Band (Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans)
4/31: Gravity A (Dragon’s Den, New Orleans)
4/31: Some Cat From Japan (Tipitina’s FQ, New Orleans)
5/1: Greboy Allstars (Riverboat, New Orleans)
5/1: Dr. Klaw & Break Science (One Eyed Jack’s, New Orleans)
5/2: Royal Family Ball featuring Soulive, Lettuce, Zigaboo’s Funk Revue George Porter and His Runnin’ Pardners (Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans)
5/7: Juno What? (Boom Boom Room, SF)
5/8: Stanton Moore Trio (Independent, SF)
5/8: Juno What? (Boom Boom Room, 5SF)
5/14: Breakestra & Fort Knox Five (Mezzanine, SF)
6/4: Monophonics (Boom Boom Room, SF)
6/11: Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Fillmore, SF)
6/11: Tracorum (Boom Boom Room, SF)
7/10 – 7/12: High Sierra Music Festival
7/18: Primus (Great American Music Hall, SF)
7/23: Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk (Great American Music Hall, SF)
7/29 – 8/1: String Cheese Incident Festival at Hornings Hideout
8/25: Dave Matthews Band (Sleep Train Pavillion, Concord CA)
8/30-9/5: Burningman (Black Rock City, NV)
9/23: Health, The XX (Fox Theater, Oakland)
9/24: Pimps of Joytime, JJ Grey & MoFro (Fillmore, SF)
10/1: Juno What?! (Boom Boom Room, SF)
10/29: Lotus (Independent, SF)
11/24: Zach Deputy (Boom Boom Room, SF)
12/11: Soulive with Karl Denson & Nigel Hall (Independent, SF)
12/18: Greyboy Allstars (Boom Boom Room, SF)
12/23: Some Cat from Japan (Boom Boom Room, SF)
12/31: Thievery Corp, Balkan Beat Box, Beats Antique (Sea of Dreams, SF)

Two Thousand Zen

I can clearly remember when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2010 — as I was very glad to see that 2009 had finally come to a screeching halt. Coming off one of the worst years that I can remember, I had high hopes and aspirations for 2010.

I soon learned that many other people felt the same way about 2009 and were very glad to see it go as well. When talking to my friend Pondi, she was telling me about her dreadful 2009 and was very excited for what her friend had dubbed “Two Thousand Zen.” From that moment on, I decided to make “Two Thousand Zen” my mantra for 2010 as well… and I feel as though it was a success.

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