Monday, June 27, 2016

Three Concerts I Saw Outside of Manhattan

Lately, I have been traveling through tunnels and across bridges to attend concerts. Here are three worthwhile concerts I attended outside of Manhattan.  

My first stop was Gregory Porter at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown NJ. After seeing Patti at Mayo a few years ago, I have been itching to return to not only see a show but also check out another of the dining experiences in Jockey Hollow at the Vail Mansion. Grammy award winning Gregory Porter was my opportunity to do so. Gregory Porter did not disappoint and all I can say right now is drop everything and listen to the title track from his most recent album - Take Me to the Alley.  

Next up was Valerie June at Sopac in South Orange NJ. With Valerie June, I think that you either get or don't get her "organic moonshine roots music." Her voice creeps up on me and screams American heartland all the way. It is fun to watch her development. 


Third was my first trip to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I finally had the opportunity to see Florence and the Machine. Don't know what it is about English lead Florence Welch but I just dig her voice and admire her energy. Well worth it on a school night. 

These concerts remind me that the music world does not begin and end in Manhattan. All venues were easily accessible by public transportation and were well worth the trip.

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