My kind of rock concert, part 2

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As expected, the Brian Vander Ark concert was awesome.  The audience was about 20 employees, family, and friends of Farstar.  I got to catch up with Cara and Jeff Serber as well as some of the old Farstar crew.

Kevin Lofgren kicked off the evening with a speech about love and unicorns and such (just kidding — it was a good speech).  Then Brian played for about 90 minutes from a set list that KL had put together.  But maybe the coolest part was when Brian sat down after his set and jammed with 4 of the attendees who had brought their guitars.  They went around the circle playing both cover tunes and originals.  Jeff’s “Oh My God, I’m an Accountant!” song was hilarious.

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It’s pretty amazing to be in such an intimate setting with a musician of Brian’s caliber.  This is a guy that has sold over 3 million albums and played to full arenas, but has chosen to buck the system and make music without a label.  I talked with him about this and he said it’s actually more profitable for an artist like him to do it that way.  He also mentioned that within a couple of weeks of announcing his “Living Rooms and Lawn Chairs” tour idea, he had booked 68 dates.  I think more artists will do this sort of thing in the future.

 The only downer was that I got a speeding ticket on the way home.  So much for my free concert…

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2 thoughts on “My kind of rock concert, part 2

  1. Solidarity on the speeding ticket. I thought taking defensive driving resulted in big savings, but after paying $108 to the court, $10 to the DPS and now $30 to the defensive driving class people, I don’t think I’m saving much. At least my record will be clean, though. And I HAVE been trying to slow down…..

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