Concerts I’ve Been To!

Ok, so I’ve been to a fair amount (90 to be exact) of concerts over the last several years, so I thought I’d post them and tell you what I’ve thought. There some bands I’ve seen multiple times, so that will be listed in parenthesis. In future posts I’ll have to explain some funny stories that happened, because you never exactly know what kind of things can actually go on a at a concert…..but anyways, back to my main topic!

Sarah Evens – eh, nothing special

Kingston Trio – If you like folk music, then this might be your dream come true. When I saw them it was actually their last concert with any of the remaining members of the original band, so if you go to see them now they are all replacements.

Skillet (5)- One of my all time favorite bands, they put on a great show. Especially if you like headbanging, screaming like an idiot, and flames. They put on what is probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Bethany Dillon – Not really my type of music, she plays more tame girly stuff

Aaron Shust – Good worship music, if you’re into that

Britt Nicole – Pretty good, fun bouncy music

KJ-52 –  This guy is amazing, even if you aren’t into rap (like me). If ever have a chance to go to one of his concerts, DO IT. It’s like a giant party, you’ll have the time of your life!

Disciple (3)- Really rockin’ metal band, lots of fun

Salvador – Unique latino worship band, good if you’re into that type of thing

Tim Hughes – Another worship band

David Crowder Band (4) – Kind of a worship band, but absolutely fun! He brings in all kind of weird stuff, last time I saw him we all ended up square dancing in the mosh pit! Definitely recommend seeing him.

Third Day (2) – Ok

Storyside B – Don’t really remember this one

Parachute Band (2)- I don’t really remember, but I think they were really good

Starfield – Good

Grits – Umm….good I guess if you like heavy rap

Thousand Foot Krutch (5) – Love, love, love this band. Totally awesome in concert!

Leeland (4) – Also a worship band, but very good. I used to be in love with the lead singer

Tobymac (3) – This guy is a blast. Another very fun and upbeat concert

Casting Crowns (4) – A really nice worship band

Phil Wickham (2) – Worship

Mandisa – Great voice and very inspirational

Barlow Girl – Preppy girl music, really not my type

Kutless (2)- They are pretty good rock, but just not my favorite

Newsboys (with Peter Furler as lead singer) (2)- One of the most fun shows with a lot of singing, jumping, dancing and drum wars. Really, really great!

Newsboys (with Michael Tate as lead singer) – Pretty good and funny, just not the newsboys I know and like. They actually are more like a Newsboys cover band then the actual Newsboys, because they sing mostly new music, with very little of the old and well loved hits.

Limeliters – Another great folk band, although they have none of the original band members left

John Waller – Another worship type, good but kinda weird

The Afters – Great concert, great sound

Red (4)- One of my all time favorite bands, amazing metal sound and vocals, and literally to die for in concert! LOVE THEM!

Flyeaf – Pretty good, although you really couldn’t understand a word she was saying

Paul Baloche –  yeah, another worship band

Hawk Nelson (2)- Tons of fun, really cute boy band

Worth Dying For (2) – Not really worth dying for….or showing up to watch

Jeremy Camp – Just ok, although a lot of people love him

Blushing Well – Nobody knows who they are for a reason, cause they suck (although they might have improved since I saw them last, not sure. If you’ve listened to them recently and have a different opinion, please let me know).

Ryan Payne Band – Cute and funny boy band, pretty good

Ryan Star – Wasn’t a huge fan of the music, but he was hilarious

David Cook – Spectacular, although was quite the snob. After the concert he went straight back to his trailer and refused to sign or even associate with anything.

Josh Gracin – Country music at it’s best

Natalie Stovall – Good if you are into fiddle music

A Rude Revolution – Local ska band, fairly good although all the songs sound exactly the same

Reel Big Fish – Foul, obnoxious ska music at it’s best, although they do sound good

Remedy Drive (2) – Cute, good sound, and they do all kinds of insane and crazy stuff on stage

Bluetree – Nobody knows who this band is for a reason…all I remember is they they are Welsh

Michelle Bonilla – Don’t remember much except it was not stuff I liked

Chris Tomlin (2)- Some of the best worship music to be found

Group 1 Crew – Poppy upbeat stuff, not really my type

Lincoln Brewster – A very talented worship singer

Unspoken – Don’t really remember

Relevant Worship – More worship, what else can I say?

Family Force 5 (2) – Another of my favorite bands to see live, they are a blast. It’s like a total dance party, and impossible to dislike

House of Heros (2) – Excellent

Anberlin – Of course since they are one of my two favorite bands, I have to love them. But they were beyond spectacular in concert, and there isn’t much I wouldn’t do to see them again

Taking Back Sunday – Very good, great sound

All-American Rejects – Where do I even start? They were crude, filthy, vulgar, offensive, raunchy, obscene and plain disgusting. They only good thing about the entire concert was them performing Gives You Hell, which kinda rocked.

Breaking Benjamin – Ah, my other favorite band. They were so amazing live, and just really rock their hearts out. Being able to sing Breath live totally made my whole year (yeah, it was that good)

10 Years – I had never heard them before, but was pretty impressed, good sound and lyrics.

Carlos Whittaker – not that great worship

Downhere – ok I guess

Switchfoot (2) – Not one of my favorite bands, but they put on a really good show

Deluge – worship…

John Mark McMillen – pure acoustic-y goodness, with really intriguing lyrics

Sons of Day – they rock, and do a really good U2 cover

B. Reith – this guys is crazy fun and looks like Ashton Kutcher (bonus)

December Radio – Just as good as I thought they would be (which is pretty crazy good)

Tenth Avenue North – I’ve head a lot of raves about them, but they honestly didn’t do much for me. Except for the song By Your Side, which is just a good song

Brian “Head” Welch (co-founder and lead guitarist of Korn) – This guy rocked my socks off!

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Red!

Ok, I tried to embed some music by Red in here, but that was less than successful. I guess I will just stick a few videos in or something like that.  For those of you who don’t know Red, they are this amazing Christian metal group, but you would never guess that they are Christian from the sound. They sound sort of like a cross between Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace, and look like Demon Hunter. I saw them for the first time in concert about two years ago (the most pit was insane), and just fell in love!  The lyrics are dark and inspiring, and they have great voices with a great metal sound. Since then I have bought both their Cds (End of Silence, and Innocence & Instinct), seen them again in concert, and met them, and they continue to inspire and amaze me to no end. Just the title of their second CD is enough to make you go “wow”.

Listen to this-

It’s one of their softer songs, but so insanely beautiful.

This one is Shadows – co-written by Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin!

I found this article on their website this morning, and thought it was particularly cool! Sorry, I know it’s long!

“Still riding the momentum of its huge-selling Grammy-nominated debut album End of Silence, Red returns with Innocence & Instinct, a provocative new album forged in a perfect storm of inspiration and catastrophe. From the literary spark of Dante’s Inferno to the bloody aftermath of a 75-mph highway crash, Red absorbed a flood of ideas and emotions that empowered the band to create next generation rock songs. Finding the sonic sweet spot where epic and primal converge, Innocence & Instinct features animated dynamics that super-charge its innocence vs. instinct theme.


“Innocence & Instinct is about the duality of man,” explains guitarist Jasen Rauch. “The album examines the fight between our childlike innocence and the instinctive side that makes us do things we shouldn’t.”

The group’s debut, which sold over a quarter-million copies and earned several awards and nominations, focused heavily on personal struggles. Bringing back Silence producer Rob Graves and mixer Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Disturbed, Depeche Mode), Innocence & Instinct goes a giant step further by tackling the fight itself. It’s about the dueling impulses that wage war within our souls.


In writing the album, Red found Inferno to be an illuminating guide. The literary classic, which starts with Dante and Virgil standing before the Gates of Hell, illustrated ways in which the band might tackle deep issues in a more poetic way. And if Dante enhanced the storytelling, a highway crash in late ’07 accelerated the band’s emotional core. As the tour van smashed into a guardrail and violently slid sideways across the highway, the band experienced new heights of horror that they channeled into Innocence & Instinct.


“It brought an intensity and depth that we couldn’t reach without going through this experience,” Rauch reflects. “In the months after the accident, it felt like everything was in overdrive.”


“In a split second, it changed our lives,” adds six-stringer Anthony Armstrong, whose twin brother Randy handles the band’s basslines.


Setting the tone early, “Fight Inside” rides beautiful piano keys to an unforgettable chorus as glaring agitation builds to a savage finish. The song epitomizes the album’s effortless transitions between simmering angst, melodic hooks and pretty major-key resolves, while its inner-monologue sets up the lyrical theme by cursing the frail duality of innocence and instinct. “Death of Me” furthers the first-person schizophrenia as vocalist Michael Barnes cries “You tear me down and then you pick me up” against a backdrop of deafening guitars, sweeping symphonics and nerve-rattling screams. “Shadows,” co-written by Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin, pushes against the darkness while “Out From Under” could be called Fight Club with guitars.


“There are moments that switch between never feeling so close to someone to never feeling so abandoned, but that’s part of the human experience,” says Rauch. “These extreme feelings, these paradoxes, coexist all the time.”


While several songs veer toward an internal apocalypse, “Never Be the Same” personifies Innocence with optimistic reflections poured out over lush fields of electric and acoustic guitars. The piano-powered “Start Again” addresses the conflicted remorse of a failed relationship, while “Mystery of You” ponders the inexplicable over industrial-strength loops and keys. Innocence & Instinct even features a juiced-up cover of Duran Duran’s utopian “Ordinary World.”


Formed in Nashville, Tennessee over four years ago, Red made an immediate impact with its 2006 debut, End of Silence. The Grammy-nominated disc, featuring the radio hits “Breathe Into Me” (Top 10, Active Rock) and “Already Over” (Top 15, Active Rock), introduced the sonic layering, rich orchestration and visceral dynamics that became Red’s signature sound. The album steadily built momentum cracking the Billboard 200 a year after its release as sales steadily broke out to hundreds of thousands of copies sold. Not surprisingly, the album became a hit with other bands as well, leading to tours and shows with Papa Roach, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, Buckcherry and Seether, among others. These opportunities contributed to the band’s impressive 500+ live show schedule between albums.


Heading into Innocence & Instinct, Red had no shortage of creative sparks. A near-death accident ignited their emotions, a literary masterpiece spurred their creativity, peer support lifted their spirits, heavy touring empowered their performances and fans challenged the group to do even more to impact their lives. These experiences infused Innocence & Instinct with layered narratives, heightened sensibilities and an artistic boldness that dramatically raises the bar for new millennial rock ‘n’ roll.


In Dante’s Inferno, the Gates of Hell read, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” But when the Gates finally face Innocence & Instinct, Hell won’t know what hit it.”

If you like this band you might also like: Breaking Benjamin, Demon Hunter

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