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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending two concerts.

Patty GriffinSaturday night was Patty Griffin at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. I'd never been to the amphitheater at the museum, but I'm happy to say that it was quite nice. Beer and wine was available, in fact you could a bottle of wine for $12. We took a blanket to sit in the lawn, but ended up moving right up front about 6 feet from the stage. It was a great show.

The NCMA site says about Patty:

A native New Englander, Patty Griffin made her reputation as one of America's most gifted and compelling singer-songwriters while living in Austin, Texas. The multiple-Grammy Award nominee has been covered by artists such as Emmylou Harris and the Dixie Chicks, and her own recordings are gems of storytelling, craftsmanship, and vocal beauty.

Wendy NewcomerSunday night was Wendy Newcomer at Bicentennial Park in Asheboro.Ok, so maybe I'm a little biased because Wendy is my cousin - but she's fabulous. Her voice is very smooth and relaxing. She tends to record sad songs, but thats cool with me - so do a lot of my favorites like Patty Griffin, Damien Rice, and Lori McKenna.

The show was very nice!  Needed more cowbell, though.  I wondered if the crowd might get a little rowdy when Wendy started singing what I think was the most fun song of the evening, "Too Much Vodka", about a wild night on the town. Then I realized that we were way out in the country, and sitting in a fold out chair in the middle of town is probably about as wild and crazy as a lot of those people get. But what do I know, I'm just a silly city boy.

Pictures from both concerts can be found here on my Flickr page.

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Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006 2:39 PM General | Back to top

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