some bands I would rather have seen yesterday

Yesterday, I went to Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. While it certainly had it’s moments, it wasn’t the best musical experience of my life. I won’t bore you with the details. Instead, let’s put it behind us by listening to some of the bands and musicians I wish had been on yesterday’s bill. I’m not going to write a lot because these performances speak for themselves. Take a gander and I think you’ll be hard pressed to walk away without a new favorite.

Nb: This list is comprised, for the most part, of acts you can see in small clubs all over the country (and in some cases, the world) for under $20. A couple of the bands have transformed into new/related/spinoff groups but, the odds are good you can see most of these folks live in the next year or two if you keep an eye on those club listings.




It was unbelievably hot in that club,
but this was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.




A Welsh-Chicagoan singing about Hank Williams:



One Man Bands




You can’t see this band anymore,
but most of them are still playing music.


One of my favorites…


…and this one’s for Willie 🙂

some bands I would rather have seen yesterday