As 2018 Comes To A Close, I Have Been To 160 Concerts (Plus Other Music Events) And Counting

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David Byrne at the Shrine

 

Maybe I compile these lists at the end of the year to prove to myself that I have really lived? That I have enjoyed life enough? It’s probably very stupid but I wanted to know if I had beaten last year’s number… And I haven’t, or at least not yet. In 2017, I went to 183 concerts, festivals and music-related events, and this year I can count 160 of them,… so far! There are still 18 days but it won’t probably happen as the number of shows always slow down around Christmas.

In any case, I will keep track of the numbers in the following days, and I have already added Thom Yorke at the Orpheum scheduled for December 19th, because it’s a sure thing, but there certainly will be a few more concerts before 2019 rings.

There is truly nothing like a live experience, and despite the sleep deprivation and the tiredness, it is absolutely worth it.

2018 has been a busy year, with many festivals such as AIR+ STYLE, Broke L.A. Punk Rock Bowling, Arroyo Seco, Dirty Penni Fest, Echo Park Rising, Music Taste Good, Beach Goth, Desert Daze, and between Paul Simon’s farewell, LCD Soundsystem, and Interpol all at the Hollywood Bowl, David Byrne at the Shrine and Nick Cave at the Forum, I had a full plate of superstars… I should add that I also shook Morrissey’s hand at Johnny Ramone’s Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and I sat with Nick Cave at Cat Power’s show at the Ace Hotel. So what else could I ask for?

Here are all my 2018 music events so far:

THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES WITH GOSPELBEACH AND MATT HOLLYWOOD AND THE BAD FEELINGS AT THE BOOTLEG THEATER, SUNDAY DECEMBER 31ST 2017
SHANNON LAY, THE PESOS, GUN OUTFIT AND WARM DRAG, AT THE ECHO, TUESDAY JANUARY 2ND 2018
SPIRIT IN THE ROOM WITH EGRETS ON ERGOT AT THE SATELLITE, THURSDAY JANUARY 4TH 2018
MINTY BOI PRESENTS: THE SMELL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SMALL FORWARD, POST-LIFE, WILD WING, MOANING, FRENCH VANILLA AND SURF CURSE, FRIDAY JANUARY 5TH 2018
LAUREN RUTH WARD WITH LIV SLINGERLAND AND YIP YOPS AT THE ECHO, MONDAY JANUARY 8TH 2018
THE WOMEN OF ROCK ORAL HISTORY PROJECT AT ZEBULON CAFÉ, THURSDAY JANUARY 11TH 2018
A FEW BANDS THAT I SAW DURING THESE CRAZY FIRST WEEKS OF JANUARY
SPENCER ROBINSON AND THE WOLF SPIDERS AT THE LOVE SONG, SATURDAY JANUARY 13TH 2018
FIRE THE ANIMAL WITH JESSE HUGHES (EAGLES OF DEATH METAL) AT TENANT OF THE TREES, MONDAY JANUARY 15TH 2018
VERONICA BIANQUI AT THE ECHO, THURSDAY JANUARY 18TH 2018
THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES WITH GUARDS AT THE ECHO, THURSDAY JANUARY 18TH 2018
THE RESONARS AND THE SLOTHS AT HARVARD AND STONE, FRIDAY JANUARY 19TH 2018
AZURE RAY WITH WHISPERTOWN AND THE ELECTED AT THE LODGE ROOM, SATURDAY JANUARY 20TH 2018
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO SIMON STOKES AT TAIX RESTAURANT, THURSDAY JANUARY 25TH 2018
SEX CELLS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT THE EL REY THEATER, FRIDAY JANUARY 26TH 2018
NIGHT ON BROADWAY, SATURDAY JANUARY 27TH 2018
WESTERNER, NEW EVIL, THE ABSURD AT THE SATELLITE, MONDAY JANUARY 29TH 2018
THE BIRTH DEFECTS WITH CAT SCAN, ZIG ZAGS AT THE ECHO, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31ST 2018
GIRLSCHOOL 2018 AT THE BOOTLEG, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2ND 2018
GIRLSCHOOL 2018 AT THE BOOTLEG, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3RD 2018
GIRLSCHOOL 2018 AT THE BOOTLEG, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4TH 2018
THE HI HAT CANCELS MONIKER-OFFENSIVE BLACK PUSSY, THE REDWOOD BAR HOSTS THEM, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH 2018
PALM SPRINGSTEEN, COLLAPSING SCENERY, THE BIG PINK AT ZEBULON, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9TH 2018
PANACHE BOOKING’S VALENTINE’S DAY ‘VILLAGE OF LOVE’ FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD AT THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM, WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH 2018
A NIGHT WITH PATTY SCHEMEL AND JENN PELLY AT LA LUZ DE JESUS, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH 2018
MINORITY WHIP, SPIRIT IN THE ROOM, GITANE DEMONE QUARTET AT CAFE NELA, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16TH 2018
THE GREAT SADNESS , INTRCPTR, BIG PIG, SUMO PRINCESS, ALL SOULS AT CAFE NELA, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18TH 2018
ROSES AND REVOLUTIONS, DRAMA MUSIC, BEGINNERS AND KITTEN AT IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT, MONDAY FEBRUARY 19TH 2018
ALEX CAMERON WITH HOLIDAY SIDEWINDER, MOLLY BURCH AT THE LODGE ROOM, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22ND 2018
KILLER HILL, TIGER SEX, F-71 AT THE REDWOOD BAR, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH 2018
HEARTY HAR WITH THE BASH DOGS AND TALK IN TONGUES AT THE HI HAT, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 27TH 2018
AIR + STYLE AT EXPOSITION PARK, SATURDAY/SUNDAY MARCH 3RD/4TH 2018
MORE ABOUT AIR + STYLE FESTIVAL AT EXPOSITION PARK, MARCH 3RD-4TH 2018
MINTY BOI PRESENTS TALL JUAN, ENEMY, KRAUS, DUMB FUCKS, SURFBORT AND EX-CULT AT THE FACTORY
NOMBE WITH SINEAD HARNETT AT LIVE NATION’S ‘ONES TO WATCH’, WEDNESDAY MARCH 7TH 2018
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE WITH FIREBURN, TORSO AT THE ECHOPLEX, SATURDAY MARCH 10TH 2018
PLAY WITH FIRE AND THE HAILERS AT CLUB FAIS DO-DO, FRIDAY MARCH 9TH 2018
SWELLS, THE KNITTS, CHANNEL, THE HOLLOW FORTYFIVES AT THE TROUBADOUR, TUESDAY MARCH 13TH 2018
KXLU FEST IV AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, SUNDAY MARCH 18TH 2018
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES AT THE HI HAT, TUESDAY MARCH 20TH 2018
THE DOLLYROTS WITH HONEYCHAIN, THE TWO TENS, THE DARTS AT THE HI HAT, FRIDAY MARCH 23RD2018
AZALIA SNAIL’S NEON RESISTANCE WITH SISSY CLEMENS AND LITRONIX AT ZEBULON, TUESDAY MARCH 27TH 2018
THE VOIDZ WITH POW! AT THE MASONIC LODGE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY, THURSDAY MARCH 29TH 2018
SEX CELLS’ DIVINE BALL AT THE EL REY THEATER, SATURDAY MARCH 31ST 2018
PUSSY RIOT AT THE ECHOPLEX, MONDAY APRIL 2ND 2018
DEAN DELRAY’S COMEDY & ROCK SHOW ‘TRIBUTE TO BON SCOTT OF AC/DC’ AT AVALON, TUESDAY APRIL 3RD 2018
THE SCHIZOPHONICS’ SOUL REVUE WITH THE MAGNIFICENT AND VERONICA BIANQUI AT THE ECHO, FRIDAY APRIL 6TH 2018
ALICE BAG’S RELEASE RECORD SHOW WITH TRAP GIRL, FATTY CAKES AND THE PUFF PASTRIES AT THE ECHO, SATURDAY APRIL 7TH 2018
IN THE FLAT FIELD, A POST-PUNK/GOTH MUSIC AND ARTS EXPERIENCE AT THE HI HAT, SATURDAY APRIL 14TH 2018
‘WE ARE X’, THE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT X JAPAN, AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH 2018
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS’ ‘DISTANT SKY’, THURSDAY APRIL 12TH 2018
GLITTER TRASH, BIG RIG DOLLHOUSE AND SPENT IDOLS AT THE REDWOOD, FRIDAY APRIL 13TH 2018
STONEFIELD WITH FLAT WORMS, COSMONAUTS AT THE BOOTLEG BAR, MONDAY APRIL 16TH 2018
BROKE L.A. AT THE REGENT THEATER, SATURDAY APRIL 21ST 2018
BROKE L.A. AT THE REGENT THEATER, SUNDAY APRIL 22ND 2018
DOCTOR STRIKER AT THE REDWOOD BAR, WEDNESDAY APRIL 25TH 2018
ALICE GLASS WITH ZOLA JESUS, PICTUREPLANE AT THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM, THURSDAY APRIL 26TH 2018
WILD RIOT AND BEAT LAB PRESENT: A SPRING BREAK MINI-FEST AT THE SATELLITE, MONDAY APRIL 30TH 2018
YOUNG FATHERS AT AMOEBA, THURSDAY MAY 3RD 2018
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, YEAH YEAH YEAHS WITH YOUNG FATHERS AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, FRIDAY MAY 4TH 2018
HENRY ROLLINS IN CONVERSATION WITH SHEPARD FAIREY, SUNDAY MAY 6TH 2018
THE LONGSHOT WITH THE TRASH BAGS, FRANKIE AND THE STUDS AT THE HI HAT, MONDAY MAY 7TH 2018
THE AFGHAN WHIGS WITH BUILT TO SPILL AT THE WILTERN, THURSDAY MAY 10TH 2018
SEAN WHEELER & THE RELUCTANT MESSENGERS AT THE REDWOOD BAR, WEDNESDAY MAY 16TH 2018
JEN AWAD’S EP RELEASE PARTY FOR ‘LOVE IS DEAD’ AT YES CREATIVE STUDIO, SATURDAY MAY 19TH 2018
THE INTERNATIONAL SWINGERS AT SKINNY’S LOUNGE, SUNDAY MAY 20TH 2018
PAUL SIMON’S HOMEWARD BOUND-THE FAREWELL TOUR AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, WEDNESDAY MAY 23RD 2018
PUNK ROCK BOWLING IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, SATURDAY MAY 26TH 2018
PUNK ROCK BOWLING IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY MAY 27TH 2018
PUNK ROCK BOWLING IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, MONDAY MAY 28TH 2018
JULIAN FRAMPTON BAND AND JOHNNY IRION AT SUNSET MARQUIS, FRIDAY JUNE 1ST 2018
FUR DIXON AT THE ECHOPLEX, SUNDAY JUNE 3RD 2018
SLEEP WITH ALL SOULS AND BELL WITCH AT THE WILTERN, FRIDAY JUNE 8TH 2018
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, WITH PRETTIEST EYES, SEXTILE AT THE REGENT THEATER, SATURDAY JUNE 9TH 2018
OH SEES WITH LE SHOK, POW!, ICE BALLOONS AT ZEBULON, TUESDAY JUNE 12TH 2018
THE PARANOYDS AND MOON HONEY AT LEVITT PAVILION, THURSDAY JUNE 14TH 2018
VAMPIRE WEEKEND AT LIBBEY BOWL IN OJAI, SUNDAY JUNE 17TH 2018
CAT SCAN WITH JUSTUS PROFFIT, EX-STAINS AT THE ECHO, MONDAY JUNE 18TH 2018
THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE PREMIERE AT THE REGENT WITH JOE CARDAMONE, ANNIE HARDY, MELISSA BROOKS, AT THE REGENT, WEDNESDAY JUNE 20TH 2018
KRISHNACORE RALLIES FANS AT THE CONSTELLATION ROOM, THURSDAY JUNE 21 ST 2018
ARROYO SECO WEEKEND IN A FEW PHOTOS, SATURDAY JUNE 23RD 2018
ARROYO SECO WEEKEND, SATURDAY JUNE 23RD 2018
ARROYO SECO WEEKEND, SUNDAY JUNE 24TH 2018
ALBERT HAMMOND JR AT IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT, MONDAY JUNE 25TH 2018
BLOOD CANDY, SPIRIT IN THE ROOM AND DOMINATOR AT DORITO FEST AT THE SATELLITE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 27TH 2018
FISHBONE AT LEVITT PAVILION, FRIDAY JUNE 29TH 2108
CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTS WITH SOFT STREAK, ENOLA FALL, THE TRACKS, HOLY WARS, BLACKTOP QUEEN AND GOTHIC TROPIC, FRIDAY JUNE 30TH 2018
DIRTY PENNI FEST 3 AT THE ECHO/ECHOPLEX, SUNDAY JULY 1ST 2018
ETHER FEATHER, DEATHCHANT, HERE LIES MAN AT THE RESIDENT, THURSDAY JULY 5TH 2018
IMAAD WASIF AT GOLD DIGGERS, FRIDAY JULY 6TH 2018
THE ZEROS WITH THE FLYTRAPS AT EL CID, FRIDAY JULY 6TH 2018
THE BLESSINGS, LOW VOLTS AND SPINDRIFT AT HIGHLAND PARK BOWL, SATURDAY JULY 7TH 2018
YIP YOPS WITH O FUTURE, MAINMAN, YESES AT THE ECHO, MONDAY JULY 9TH 2018
JEN AWAD, MAXIM LUDWIG, DREAM MACHINES AT THE TROUBADOUR, WEDNESDAY JULY 11TH 2018
THE RECORD COMPANY AT AMOEBA, THURSDAY JULY 12TH 2018
MYSTIC BRAVES, DEATH VALLEY GIRLS, DEAD FEATHER MOON, THE PRETTY FLOWERS, BAND APARTE AT POPFUJI, SATURDAY JULY 14TH 2018
SERPENTWITHFEET WITH KATIE GATELY AT THE ECHO, TUESDAY JULY 17TH 2018
GABRIEL AT HARVARD & STONE, THURSDAY JULY 19TH 2018
THE COLTRANES WITH R. CLOWN, DOSES, LEISURE WORLD AT THE HI HAT, FRIDAY JULY 20TH 2018
FIVE BANDS IN A BARBER SHOP, AT RUDY’S, SATURDAY JULY 21ST 2018
BLACK & CREME, RODES ROLLINS, THE TESKEY BROTHERS, THE BLANCOS AT IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT, MONDAY JULY 23RD 2018
GLITTER TRASH AT CENTER STAGING, BURBANK, TUESDAY JULY 24TH 2018
DEAD SARA AT AMOEBA, TUESDAY JULY 24TH 2018
DEATH ON THE RADIO, 2-BIT WHORE, THE BLACK WIDOWS, SPENT IDOLS AT CAFE NELA, FRIDAY JULY 27TH 2018
CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTS, SATURDAY JULY 28TH 2018
ROSEHARDT, ROZZI, RUTHANNE, BEN BROWNING AT IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT, MONDAY JULY 30TH 2018
COURTNEY BARNETT AT JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, THURSDAY AUGUST 2ND 2018
BEACH HOUSE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY, FRIDAY AUGUST 3RD 2018
CAT POWER AT BURTON CHACE PARK IN MARINA DEL REY, SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH 2018
BEACH GOTH AT LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK, SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH 2018
BONES OWENS, AVID DANCER, JEN AWAD, VŌX AT IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT, MONDAY AUGUST 6TH 2018
LOUIS COLE AT THE LODGE ROOM, FRIDAY AUGUST 10TH 2018
THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES WITH GUARDS, ZARINA NARES AT THE BOOTLEG, SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH 2018
ONLY BRICKS AT THE MINT, SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH 2018
ECHO PARK RISING, IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING, THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH 2018
ECHO PARK RISING, FRIDAY AUGUST 17TH 2018
ECHO PARK RISING, SATURDAY AUGUST 18TH 2018
ECHO PARK RISING, SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH 2018
NEIL AND LIAM FINN AT AMOEBA, FRIDAY AUGUST 24TH 2018
DAVID BYRNE AT THE SHRINE AUDITORIUM, SATURDAY AUGUST 25TH 2018
JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY, SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH 2018
DOLA’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT THE ECHOPLEX WITH SEXTILE AND DIIV, FRIDAY AUGUST 31ST 2018
MADE IN LA WITH TRANSVIOLET, MONDO COZMO, DOROTHY, DJS DĀM-FUNK, JROCC AT GOLDEN ROAD BREWING, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018
ALL SOULS, DALE CROVER BAND, FLYING HAIR AT THE HI HAT, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND 2018
DAPHNE GUINNESS AT AMOEBA, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH 2018
MMHMM AT THE HOTEL CAFE, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH 2018
EASY WITH CRUSH, THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE AT THE ECHO, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH 2018
SLENDERBODIES WITH TRACES AT THE ROXY, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH 2018
BRANDON COLEMAN’S RELEASE PARTY FOR ‘RESISTANCE’ AT THE LODGE ROOM, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018
SLIM JIM PHANTOM AT THE REDWOOD BAR, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH 2018
JACK WHITE’S ‘ KNEELING AT THE ANTHEM D.C.’ AT THE ACE HOTEL, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH 2018
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER AT RESIDENT, TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH 2018
RISE ABOVE: A VOTER REGISTRATION BENEFIT SHOW AT THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD 2018
MUSIC TASTES GOOD IN LONG BEACH, SEPTEMBER 29TH & 30TH 2018
A LITTLE TASTE OF MUSIC TASTES GOOD, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH 2018
INTERPOL AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, THURSDAY OCTOBER 4TH 2018
THELMA AND THE SLEAZE WITH CANTO AND ALICE AUSTIN AT THE HI HAT, SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH 2018
JESIKA VON RABBIT’S RELEASE PARTY AT THE HI HAT, MONDAY OCTOBER 8TH 2018
ISRAEL NASH WITH COASTAL CLOUDS AND KYLE EMERSON AT THE MOROCCAN LOUNGE, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10TH 2018
SOPHIE SIMMONS AT THE HOTEL CAFE, THURSDAY OCTOBER 11TH 2018
TAME IMPALA STOPPED THEIR SET AT DESERT DAZE, FESTIVAL EVACUATED DUE TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
DESERT DAZE RECOVERS ITS FUN SPIRIT , FRIDAY & SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH & 13TH 2018
DESERT DAZE, SUNDAY OCTOBER 14TH 2018
ALEX CAMERON AT THE REGENT THEATER, TUESDAY OCTOBER 16TH 2018
THE SILENT COMEDY AT THE HI HAT, THURSDAY OCTOBER 18TH 2018
LE BUTCHERETTES AT THE HI HAT, SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH 2018
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS AT THE FORUM, SUNDAY OCTOBER 21ST 2018
EX-CULT WITH ENEMY, DIE GROUP AT THE MOROCCAN LOUNGE, THURSDAY OCTOBER 25TH 2017
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS AT THE WILTERN THEATER, SATURDAY OCTOBER 27TH 2018
LIZ VICE AND MODA SPIRA AT THE BOOTLEG THEATER, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1ST 2018
GUITAR CENTER CELEBRATION WITH ANDERSON .PAAK, A-TRACK, SHEILA E, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD 2018
MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE: THE FINAL TOUR, FEATURING A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH MIKI COLTRANE, ERIN DAVIS, VINCE WILBURN JR., AND STEVE BERKOWITZ, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH 2018
ILLUMINATI HOTTIES, PEACH KELLI POP, VUNDABAR AT THE TROUBADOUR, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH 2018
AN EVENING WITH IKE REILLY AND JOHN HICKMAN AT THE HOTEL CAFE, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2018
COLD SHOWERS, NUMB. ER, FOIE GRAS AND DANCING TONGUES AT THE ECHO, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20TH 2018
CAT POWER AT THE THEATER AT ACE HOTEL, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21ST 2018
DEATH VALLEY GIRLS WITH ADULT PARTS, SECRET STARE, SALT LICK AT THE ECHO, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30TH 2018
MATING RITUAL AND SWIMM AT THE BOOTLEG THEATER, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29TH 2018
HELEN L. COLLEN’S PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, ‘GRATITUDE’, SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND 2018
THE TIME TRAVELERS, BONE ACRE, MAGIC BRONSON AT THE SATELLITE, MONDAY DECEMBER 3RD 2018
‘VOX LUX’, BRADY CORBET’S NEW MOVIE STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN REVIEWED

To come: Thom Yorke at the Orpheum…

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