An obligatory end of year list – best gigs of 2009

As we race towards the 1st anniversary of this blog, coupled with the end of 2009, I do feel compelled to produce some ranking lists pertaining to said year. Here’s my list of favourite gigs from 2009:

#5 Ben Kweller at the Corner Hotel, Melbourne, April 16 – the mop-haired little prodigy shows off his new country sound with his usual energy

#4 Syl Johnson at the Corner Hotel, Melbourne, February 14 – there may be few better ways to spend a Valentines than with a 72-year snake-hipped soul-funk legend

#3 Ben Kweller at Slims, San Francisco, June 17 – great night of drinking, dancing and singing BK Happy Birthday

#2 Justin Townes Earle/Wagons at the Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, October 2 – bluegrass brilliance from Steve’s son, coupled with the swagger of new favourite Aussie live act

#1 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at HiFi Bar, Melbourne, January 2 – started out as gig of the year, and kept the mantle all year. Fantastic band fronted by the funkiest 52-year-old ex-prison warden I’ve ever seen.

OK, I’ll get back to the CD reviews.

What were your favourite live outings?

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