Monday, April 8, 2013

Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Facebook's ad targeting is really well targeted. Like, creepily stalkerish so.  The Mighty Mighty Bosstones played a free concert at Breckenridge this past Saturday, and Facebook was showing me an ad for it probably a month ago.

Of course, I was there with camera in hand.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Kevin Lenear
Only in Colorado do you have to carry your saxophone across a ski slope for a gig.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Ben Carr
Bosstone Ben Carr still looks like he's actually enjoying himself on stage.  God bless him.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Dicky Barrett
Lead singer Dicky Barrett's guttural growl hasn't diminished with age.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Chris Rhodes
With the stage set up on a slope I could barely see the heads of the guys in the horn section and couldn't see drummer Joe Sirois at all.  Fortunately, trombonist Chris Rhodes visited the front of the stage on occasion.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Dicky Barrett
Dicky making the universal concert sign for "I can't hear you."

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Ben Carr
My first Bosstones show?  UMASS Amherst Pond Concert, spring of 1992.  We bounced straight up and down like this then, too.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Dicky Barrett
Another classic concert trope: "Now you sing!"

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Lawrence Katz
Guitarist Lawrence Katz makes one of his infrequent forays to the front of the stage for a solo.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Dicky Barrett
So this is what it feels like to sing 10,000 feet above sea level...

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Dicky Barrett & Ben Carr
Ben dismissing Dicky's assertion that the Bosstone is "the nicest man he's ever met."

A solid 90-minute set with a terrific mix of old school stuff and more recent material.  An energetic and appreciative crowd, and the 40% chance of rain in the forecast never materialized.

I also discovered that in 2013, saying that the pictures you're shooting are for "your blog" is not impressive enough to get you in front of the ropes.  Lesson learned.


Orontes said...

Very cool. I have a hard time thinking that they've been around that long, and now I feel old.

SteveHarbula said...

Trust me, I know how you feel.