Top Live Shows of 2011

Jerry New Year

Welcome 2012! For the last of Shady Groove’s Year in Review, I bring to you the top live shows of the past year.

Top 11 Live Shows 0f 2011 

11. Joe Pug (Johnny Brenda’s) – Johnny Brenda’s is prob my favorite small venue to see a show in philly. Joe Pug sounds like an early Dylan, honing his craft.

Joe Pug

10. Ziggy Marley (The Keswick Theatre) – crowd was great, dancing and singing. Praise to the Most be High. JAH! Rastafari.

Ziggy Marley

9. Doc Watson (The Keswick Theatre) – epic. Legendary. He’s blind, he’s nearly 90. Amazing.

Doc Watson

8. Hoots and Hellmouth (Yards) – Barn Stomping, hell raising folkies from Philly put on a rollickin show at Yards. All were dancing and singing. The band also brings wooden boards to stomp on. For real.

Hoots and Hellmouth

7. Hayes Carll (WCL) – Rockin band, great lyrics. They didn’t put the tables on the floor downstairs. That means the floor was open for dancing!

Hayes Carll

6. Mason Porter (WCL upstairs) – Mason Porter is prob my favorite local Philly band. Their old school folk and rock influences blend to create a magnificent union. Must see.

Mason Porter

5. Cake (The Keswick Theatre)– Epic. Crowd. Involvement. Totally awesome. John McCrea can control a crowd, at one point screaming “I’ll Stand here all Fucking Night!!”

John McCrea of Cake

4. Carolina Chocolate Drops (TLA)– Wow. One of the best live folk experiences.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

3. My Morning Jacket (The Mann Center) – Great new album. Heard big things about their live show. Did not disappoint. Jim James is a bona fide rock star. Endless hooks, ambient jams. Transcendental light show (see below)

My Morning Jacket

2. The Gourds (The Saint, Asbury Park NJ)– High energy. Rejuvenated with some new material. Fresh off of their brand new album, Old Mad Joy, recorded up in Woodstock, NY at ‘The Barn’ at Levon Helm’s Studios.

The Gourds

1. David Wax Museum (Johnny Brenda’s)– Well put together group of musicians. Something totally different from your run of the mill folk/indie group. They also play significantly under-known instruments, Donkey Jaw bone being one of them.

David Wax Museum


Honorable Mention:

Taj Mahal (The Keswick Theatre), Levon Helm Band (Philly Folk Fest), Trombone Shorty (Philly Folk Fest), The Wood Brothers (Philly Folk Fest), The Ebony Hillbillies (Chestnut Hill), Just The Tip (Half Moon Booze Cruise), The Low Anthem (WCL)

  • I don’t think I even saw 11 shows this year! Best show of the year was from row of Andy Statman Trio at this small tent off the beach in Truro late this summer. Major highlight was sitting with Elliot directly in front of Sam Bush at the Masters tent at the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival. (elliot could have moved his mic for him if he asked!)


    January 4, 2012

  • It’s much easier to unrdtseand when you put it that way!


    April 1, 2017

  • This is what I think it does. I read they once your hair falls out the hair close and the hole is non existent, Minoxidil reopens them a little and allows new hair to grow.

    car insurance quotes

    May 1, 2017

  • Arkelian multumesc de completari! foarte bune :)Apropo de somn chiar depinde de copil, al meu dormea cate 2 ore in carucior la amiaz deci puteam sa ne plimbam linistiti cu el! Isi tragea paturica pe ochi si gata 🙂 e drept ca il puneam de mic in gradina in carucior sa doarma, deci era obisnuit!Larisa mersi! deabia astept sa citesc despre calatoriile tale in familie! bebe + Azorel :)Mihaela da, el nu a avut probleme, noi ne-am obosit ceva mai mult :)Hapi, Modniza mersi 🙂 sunteti dragute!

  • 936c197Moron instead of reading BLOGS looks tat the video I posted about taken in Feb 2008, and see if you can see why some of us reject somebody’s written claims.Does Sarah Palin LOOK 7 1/2 months pregnant in the VIDEO?Not what is discovered MAYBE somebody wrote, but an actual video of her in Feb this year.I wasn’t even talking about any picture numbnuts but a video.19bb


    August 29, 2017

  • Wow! Big E sitting that close to Sam Bush is exciting. I’ve heard that the Greyfox fest is a great one, a spotlight of great bluegrass. Do you have elliot playing any mando yet?

    I definitely feel fortunate to have had the chance to see so many shows this past year.

    Shady Groove

    January 5, 2012

  • gr_store_feet

    January 5, 2012

  • Saweet!!! The little man is getting big. great stuff man.

    Shady Groove

    January 6, 2012

  • Here is the link for Mason Porter:

    let me know if that works.

    Shady Groove

    January 9, 2012

  • Totally worked thanks and back at you:

    “Won’t Be Long” track of the year?


    January 11, 2012

  • You’ve really imsprseed me with that answer!


    April 1, 2017

  • Oh Yes….I think the camera person is all tensed and ready, but when the eruption occurs, camera man spaz (es) out on us…OMG really busted….whaddoo I do??FOCUS!!!!

  • I have noticed you don’t monetize,
    don’t waste your traffic, you can earn additional cash every
    month with new monetization method. This is the best adsense alternative for any type of
    website (they approve all websites), for more details simply search
    in gooogle: murgrabia’s tools


    July 26, 2019

Leave a comment  




Submit comment