Yesterday I completed an extensive update to my personal list of local concerts of interest. After a very slow summer (the last show I saw was in late July — two fantastic sets’ worth of avant-jazz by Tim Berne and company at Baltimore’s An Die Musik Live), this fall is a bit out of control for me. In September and October alone, there are 31 shows I’m interested in seeing, including 8 within 10 days next month and 14 within 15 days in October. I’m pretty excited, as my increase in live-music attendance this spring was something I’m really glad I made myself do. I’d like to get back to that.
Next show is tomorrow, in fact — Woodenhead playing in Bethesda. I haven’t actually heard much of their music, but the description alone, not to mention a little writeup in the Washington Post, was enough to get me out for the token $10 the show costs. Even though I’ll be in the area, ProgDay isn’t in the cards (or, more importantly, the budget) for me this year, so I might as well catch them while I’m around. I’m pretty bummed that I’ll miss both of Uzva’s local shows, though, as I’ll be out of town that weekend.
Coolest show on the list? Too many to choose from, but I definitely don’t want to miss the Kronos Quartet playing unreleased compositions by Einstürzende Neubauten! Also, Squonk Opera is doing College Park: The Opera at the University of Maryland and, if it’s comparable at all to the only thing I’ve heard of theirs — Bigsmörgåsbørdwünderwerk — I’ll be thrilled.