Cloaca Melodia

My life in concerts, by Mike Sauter.

12/18/2026

My Life in Concerts: The Blog (explanation)

Here's the brief how-to. Click on the post header (where it says "My Life in Concerts: The Blog (explanation)" above) or the date link at the bottom of this entry to read background and more detailed info.

There are 3 main ways to use this blog. (1) Browse. The archives, the monthly list at left, are months in which I attended a concert. You can click on these links to browse around and read about shows I've attended.

(2) Search. Type in an artist or venue name in the search box (in the upper left) and click the "search blog" button next to it to see a list of shows or entries which mention that name.

(3) Labels. Each entry is tagged with artist name, venue name, city of show, and two-letter state code (NY, PA, etc.). You can type in the URL http://cloaca-melodia.blogspot.com/search/label/[label name] to see a list of entries tagged with that label. Replace [label name] with whatever you want to check out (minus the []). For example, if you want to see all the Red Hot Chili Peppers shows I've seen, use as the URL:
http://cloaca-melodia.blogspot.com/search/label/Red Hot Chili Peppers
Spaces are acceptable and proper capitalization is required (e.g., you must use "Red Hot Chili Peppers" and not "red hot chili peppers" or "NY" and not "ny").

And be sure to post comments/memories if you attended any of the same shows as me!

Questions? See email address at left.

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A few years ago, I started working on a list of all the concerts I've ever attended. Then I started adding setlists or other info where available. And then it occurred to me to put it all in blog form, backdating the entries to the actual performance date. For a long time, Blogger only let one backdate to 1990, but now any date is fair game so I can go all the way back to my first concert experiences in 1985.

I began the project by getting out all of my ticket stubs, but I've also gone to huge number of shows where I've been on the guest list and never had a hard ticket. A number of these took place before the rise of the Web, so I'm having a devil of a time tracking down specific date info for them. In the early stages of this blog, I simply left these shows out but that doesn't provide a full picture of some of the artists I've seen. Plus there are some undated shows I really want to write about. Therefore, I finally decided to give rough approximate dates for a number of shows and try to correct them later (all inexact dates will be noted as such in the show's full entry.

5/18/2017

Nancy & Beth, The Pixies, Mondo Cozmo, Laura Marling, The Mavericks, Real Estate, Gov’t Mule, Ron Gallo

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA

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5/17/2017

Ani DiFranco, Bash & Pop, Blondie, Greg Graffin

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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4/14/2017

The Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock

Mr. Smalls, Millvale, PA  

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Richard Butler of the Furs:


Robyn Hitchcock:



Psychedelic Furs setlist (according to this source):

  1. Dumb Waiters
  2. Heartbeat
  3. The Ghost In You
  4. So Run Down
  5. Heaven
  6. No Tears
  7. Believe
  8. Alice's House
  9. Love My Way
  10. Angels Don't Cry
  11. All of the Law
  12. Mr. Jones
  13. All That Money Wants
  14. House
  15. Pretty in Pink(encore break)
  16. President Gas
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7/29/2016

The Record Company, Brooke Annibale

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA  

Part of WYEP's Final Fridays series.
 
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7/19/2016

Paul McCartney

HersheyPark Stadium, Hershey, PA  

A great show. Gorgeous night. It's not only always great to see McCartney live, but it was my daughter's first big concert.

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setlist (according to this source):

  1. A Hard Days Night
  2. Save Us
  3. Can't Buy Me Love
  4. Letting Go
  5. Temporary Secretary
  6. Let Me Roll It
  7. I've Got A Feeling
  8. My Valentine
  9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five
  10. Here, There And Everywhere
  11. Maybe I’m Amazed
  12. We Can Work It Out
  13. In Spite Of All The Danger
  14. You Won't See Me
  15. Love Me Do
  16. And I Love Her
  17. Blackbird
  18. Here Today
  19. Queenie Eye
  20. New
  21. Fool On The Hill
  22. Lady Madonna
  23. Four Five Seconds
  24. Eleanor Rigby
  25. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
  26. Something
  27. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  28. Band On The Run
  29. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  30. Let It Be
  31. Live And Let Die
  32. Hey Jude(encore break)
  33. Yesterday
  34. Hi, Hi, Hi
  35. Birthday
  36. Golden Slumbers

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7/14/2016

Fitz & the Tantrums

Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA  

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6/25/2016

Lucius, Boy & Bear, Margaret Glaspy

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA  

WYEP's Summer Music Festival.
 
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6/12/2016

Lake Street Dive

Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA  

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setlist (according to this source):
  1. Godawful Things
  2. I Don't Care About You
  3. Side Pony
  4. Stop Your Crying
  5. Clear a Space
  6. Better Than
  7. Hell Yeah
  8. Saving All My Sinning
  9. Spectacular Failure
  10. Close to Me
  11. Lola
  12. Mistakes
  13. Got Me Fooled
  14. Elijah
  15. So Long
  16. You Go Down Smooth
  17. Bad Self Portraits
  18. Seventeen
  19. Call Off Your Dogs(encore break)
  20. Bohemian Rhapsody


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6/08/2016

Peter Wolf

Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA  

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setlist (according to this source):

  1. Wastin' Time
  2. It Was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman)
  3. Nothing But the Wheel
  4. Cry One More Time
  5. Peace of Mind
  6. Love Stinks
  7. Tragedy
  8. Homework
  9. I Don't Wanna Know
  10. Give It to Me
  11. If You Wanna Be With Somebody(encore break)
  12. I Need You Tonight
  13. Must of Got Lost

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6/03/2016

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA  

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5/20/2016

Corrine Bailey Rae, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Band of Horses, Low Cut Connie, Soul Asylum

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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5/19/2016

The Zombies, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, The Head & The Heart

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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5/18/2016

The Jayhawks, Hayes Carll, Bonnie Raitt, Kurt Vile

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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10/27/2015

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

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6/27/2015

Martin Sexton, The Lone Bellow, Kopecky, Brightside

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA  

WYEP's Summer Music Festival.

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8/29/2014

Simone Felice, Tom Brosseau

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA  

Part of WYEP's Final Fridays series.

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6/28/2014

Sam Roberts Band, Valerie June, Elizabeth & The Catapult, the Red Western

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA  

The WYEP Summer Music Festival. Great show. Threat of a thunderstorm delayed Valerie June set for a long time.
 
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6/15/2014

Jake Bugg

Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA  

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setlist (according to this source):

  1. There's a Beast and We All Feed It
  2. Trouble Town
  3. Seen It All
  4. Me and You
  5. Storm Passes Away
  6. Two Fingers
  7. Messed Up Kids
  8. Ballad of Mr Jones
  9. Saffron
  10. Broken
  11. Simple Pleasures
  12. Green Man
  13. Kingpin
  14. Taste It
  15. Slumville Sunrise
  16. Hercules
  17. What Doesn't Kill You
  18. A Song About Love
  19. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
  20. Lightning Bolt

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6/12/2014

Smithereens

Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA  

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9/27/2013

Diego Garcia, The Harlan Twins

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA  

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8/07/2013

The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

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Black Crowes setlist (from this source):

  1. Jealous Again
  2. Thick N' Thin
  3. Hotel Illness
  4. High Head Blues
  5. How Much for Your Wings?
  6. Bring On, Bring On
  7. Soul Singing
  8. Wiser Time
  9. She Talks to Angels
  10. Thorn in My Pride
  11. Sting Me
  12. Remedy
  13. Hard to Handle
  14. Hush
    (encore break)
  15. Show Me
  16. Turn On Your Love Light 


 Tedeschi Trucks Band setlist (from this source):

  1. Made Up Mind
  2. Do I Look Worried
  3. Get What You Deserve
  4. It's So Heavy
  5. Part of Me
  6. Midnight in Harlem
  7. Nobody's Free
  8. Angel From Montgomery
  9. Sugaree
  10. Misunderstood
  11. Bound for Glory
  12. The Storm

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7/26/2013

Brett Dennen, Goldspot

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA

Part of WYEP's Final Fridays series.

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6/12/2013

Glen Hansard, Mark Dignam

Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA  

It was part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Great weather, and terrific performances.

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setlist (according to this source):

  1. The Storm, It's Coming
  2. Maybe Not Tonight
  3. Talking With the Wolves
  4. Love Don't Leave Me Waiting
  5. Philander
  6. Low Rising
  7. When Your Mind's Made Up
  8. Bird of Sorrow
  9. Leave
  10. In These Arms
  11. Astral Weeks
  12. High Hope
  13. Fitzcarraldo
  14. This Gift
    (encore break)
  15. Say It to Me Now
  16. Gold
  17. O Sleep (with Lisa Hannigan)
  18. Falling Slowly (with Lisa Hannigan)
  19. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (with Mark Dignam)
  20. Her Mercy
  21. Baby Don't You Do It
  22. The Auld Triangle (with Lisa Hannigan & Mark Dignam)

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6/07/2013

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA

It was the opening night concert for the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and it was a beautiful evening in Pittsburgh.

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According to an internet source, here was the setlist:

  1. 40 Day Dream
  2. That's What's Up
  3. Man On Fire
  4. Janglin'
  5. Million Years
  6. Carries On
  7. Fiya Wata
  8. I Don't Wanna Pray
  9. Truth
  10. Up From Below
  11. If You Wanna
  12. Child
  13. Jade
  14. Mayla
  15. Better Days
  16. Home
  17. Om Nashi Me

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5/17/2013

Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bobby Long, The Lone Bellow, Kopecky Family Band, The Olms

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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5/16/2013

Josh Ritter, Mavis Staples, Tom Jones, David Wax Museum, Robert Randolph, Foxygen

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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5/15/2013

Sam Beam, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Tom Tom Club, Phoenix, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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6/22/2012

Dr. Dog, Great Lake Swimmers, Sharon Van Etten, Donora

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA

It was the WYEP Summer Music Festival.

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5/18/2012

Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, The Walkmen, Nada Surf, J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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5/17/2012

Joseph Arthur, Citizen Cope, J.D. McPherson, Father John Misty, Beth Orton, The War on Drugs, Polica

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA

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5/16/2012

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA  

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7/29/2011

Sean Rowe

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA

Sean is a singer/songwriter from the Albany, NY, area with a deep, rumbly voice that needs its own ZIP code.

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He did a bunch of great songs from his first nationally distributed album, Magic, including "Jonathan." He also did a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel," Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," and a Tom Waits song for his encore.

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7/26/2011

U2/Interpol

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

My fourth time seeing U2. I never planned it this way, but I've seen them once per decade. It was a very enjoyable show, although if I had to rank them, it might be fourth. At best, tied for third.

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The show started off great, with four songs from Achtung Baby and the concert had a terrific final third. Somewhere in the middle it the set list was a tad soft, although I'm not sure exactly why.

The set was interesting to look at at first, but not although that great in enhancing the show (unlike, say, the Zoo TV tour staging).

Bono's voice definitely couldn't hit all of the high notes of old, although he pulled off the Pavarotti part in "Miss Sarajevo" quite gracefully.

Setlist:

  1. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  2. The Fly
  3. Mysterious Ways
  4. Until the End of the World
  5. I Will Follow
  6. Get On Your Boots
  7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  9. Beautiful Day
  10. Elevation
  11. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  12. Miss Sarajevo
  13. Zooropa
  14. City of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo
  16. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On
  20. One
  21. Hallelujah/Where The Streets Have No Name
  22. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  23. With Or Without You
  24. Moment of Surrender
  25. Bad



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6/24/2011

Fitz and the Tantrums, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Jukebox the Ghost, Big Hurry

Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA

It was the WYEP Summer Music Festival.  

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6/07/2011

Jonathan Richman

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5/27/2011

The Avett Brothers/Nicole Atkins

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4/21/2011

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3/08/2011

Jonathan Richman

Mr. Smalls, Millvale, PA

Marking the 6th time I've seen Jonathan live, it was perhaps the 2nd or maybe 3rd best performance.



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Here's the set list, as I recorded it:

1. No One Was Like Vermeer
2. This Romance Will Be Different For Me
3. O Moon, Queen of the Night On Earth
4. I Was the One She Came For
5. Bohemia
6. Dancing in the Lesbian Bar
7. Old World
8. Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild
8. Let Her Go into the Darkness
9. Keith Richards
10. Here It Is (Leonard Cohen cover)
11. These Bodies That Came to Cavort
12. We'll Be the Noise, We'll Be the Scandal
13. Sa Voix M'Atisse
14. Her Love Is From Somewhere Else
15. ?
16. When We Refuse to Suffer
17. My Baby Love Love Loves Me
18. My Affected Accent
19. You Must Ask the Heart

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1/28/2011

John Hiatt & Lyle Lovett

Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

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4/30/2010

Elizabeth & The Catapult/Emily Rogers

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10/09/2009

Mike Doughty

Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA

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This concert was one of Doughty's "Question Jar" shows. A glass jar was placed on a stool at the front of the stage and, prior to the performance, audience members were encouraged to write questions down on provided slips of paper. During the show, slips were pulled and questions would be answered.

A live broadcast on WYEP for the show's first hour, I acted as MC and special guest question-asker.

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9/12/2009

Serena Ryder, Ra Ra Riot, Lohio

WYEP's Rock the Block, Pittsburgh, PA

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8/14/2009

The Decemberists

Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

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Setlist:
1. Prelude
2. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
3. A Bower Scene
4. Won't Want for Love
5. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
6. The Queen's Approach
7. Isn't it a Lovely Night?
8. The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid
9. An Interlude
10. The Rake's Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The Queen's Rebuke/The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret in Captivity
15. Hazards of Love 3
16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)

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18. Oceanside
19. July, July!
20. The Sporting Life
21. Billy Liar
22. Shankill Butchers
23. Down by the Water
24. Dracula's Daughter
25. O Valencia
26. Crazy On You

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27. Summer Comes To...?
28. A Cautionary Song

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8/02/2009

Pete & Tao Seeger & Friends

George Wein's Folk Festival 50, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

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Setlist:

  1. Well May The World Go
  2. War Time Blues
  3. Walking Down Death Row
  4. When the Saints Go Marching In
  5. Will the Circle Be Unbroken (led by Del McCoury)
  6. Cajun Fever (led by Balfa Toujours)

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Judy Collins

George Wein's Folk Festival 50, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

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Setlist:

  1. Both Sides Now
  2. Someday Soon
  3. Anathea
  4. Oh, Had I a Golden Thread/Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  5. The Weight of the World
  6. The Blizzard (Colorado Song)
  7. Amazing Grace
  8. Diamonds and Rust (duet with Joan Baez)

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Joan Baez

George Wein's Folk Festival 50, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

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Setlist:

  1. Lily of the West
  2. Scarlet Tide
  3. God Is God
  4. Silver Dagger
  5. Love Song to a Stranger
  6. Farewell Angelina
  7. Gospel Ship
  8. Christmas in Washington
  9. Joe Hill
  10. Forever Young
  11. House Carpenter
  12. Long Black Veil
  13. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
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  14. Angel Band

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Arlo Guthrie

George Wein's Folk Festival 50, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

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Setlist:

  1. In My Darkest Hour
  2. St. James Infirmary
  3. Motorcycle Song
  4. I Don't Want a Pickle
  5. instrumental
  6. Alabama Bound
  7. Pretty Boy Floyd
  8. Times Like These
  9. City of New Orleans
  10. My Peace

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Neko Case

George Wein's Folk Festival 50, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

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Setlist:

  1. Things That Scare Me
  2. Sparrow
  3. People Got a Lotta Nerve
  4. Fever
  5. Animal
  6. Teenage Feeling
  7. Hold On, Hold On
  8. Middle Cyclone
  9. Pharaohs
  10. Tigers
  11. Wish I Was the Moon
  12. Polar Nettles
  13. Red Tide
  14. Don't Forget Me
  15. This Tornado Loves You
  16. Vengeance
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  17. Train From KC

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8/01/2009

Pete & Tao Seeger & Friends

George Wein's Folk Festival 50, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

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Setlist:

  1. Turn! Turn! Turn!
  2. The Midnight Special
  3. Blue Skies
  4. Des Colores
  5. Take It From Dr. King

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  6. The Little Light
  7. Guantanamera
  8. Worried Man Blues (led by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
  9. If I Had a Hammer
  10. This Land Is Your Land

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