Looking back on 2009
Yesterday, the big story in the arts and entertainment section was a look back at nine trends of 2009. I pitched in for two of them: Local bands in 2009 and live music in 2009.
When I thought about it, I realized: For local musicians and music lovers in general, 2009 was a great year.
It seemed like every prominent local band signed a record contract or released a well-received album. Beach House, J-Roddy, Double Dagger, Wye Oak, Dan Deacon were just a few of them. Here's a link with more about it.
But let's not forget live music ...
This was an awesome year to see live music. Just about every big name act in pop and rock came around, and they all put on solid shows. Paul McCartney was awesome. U2 were great. Jay-Z and Beyonce kicked butt. And Bruce. Well, what more can I say about Bruce. I think Frank Remesch, 1st Mariner's general manager, says it best here.
Did you have a favorite show of the year? Springsteen was mine.
And as for those local bands -- next week, I'm going to list Baltimore Unsigned's Top 30 songs of 2009. Stay tuned.