One of The Show Last Night’s longest running “traditions” is to create a list of the best content we’ve created throughout the year, at the end of each year! This year is no different in that manner. We’ve asked our photographers and friends that have stuck with us throughout this hell of a year to send us their favorite shots they’ve taken! It’s crazy to see how styles have changed, and everyone has progressed as photographers this year! This year has been exceptionally great to TSLN. We’ve added more photographers and writers this year to help us on this journey. We’ve even extended from the Twin Cities, out to the greater Denver area! Enjoy our favorites below!

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Christian is one of our new writers, and we asked her to write up a review of his 5 favorites shows of 2016!

Christian is Colorado resident and new contributor to TSLN who became familiar with the blog while she was representing Minneapolis sweetheart Caroline Smith. Whether she’s promoting bands, teaching dance classes, or attending concerts, her passion for music is evident. She’s currently the publicist for acts including Elephant Revival (CO) and The Lil’ Smokies (MT).

TOP 5 SHOWS OF 2016:

1) Nicolas Jaar at The Gothic Theatre (Denver) exceeded all expectations. Electronic artists at traditional concert venues usually have similar production setups (i.e. lots of layers to distract you from the DJ at his/her laptop), but this one was refreshingly simple and thoughtful. Jaar’s live vocals and instrumentation (including a custom saxophone) was perfectly accompanied with a backlit fog filled stage, which created the most beautiful gradients. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire show, especially after his THIRD encore.

2) Portugal. The Man at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) was a sweaty, sold-out mess of perfection. I hadn’t been to a show in a while, where the bassist knew how to shred so hard. And there’s nothing like rocking out to a band, packed like sardines in such an intimate venue. The stage was full of gear painted in imagery from their Evil Friends album, and whoever they had doing lighting for that show was a magician—creating beautiful gradients of color across all the band members.

3) CAKE at The Boulder Theater (Boulder) was another sold-out show in an intimate venue. I had attended the first night of a two-night stand at the venue. I heard the second night was almost a replica of the first night—very similar set list, same “off-the-cuff” remarks… Nonetheless, that doesn’t make the CAKE that I experienced any less amazing. It wasn’t just the nostalgia that made this show good—it was actually really, really great! John McCrea doesn’t sound at all like he’s 52 years old since the band’s first albums, and he had great banter and audience involvement (whether it was staged or not, it was very believably impromptu).

4) Bishop Briggs at The Ogden Theatre (Denver) was main support for Kaleo, and she blew me the F*** away. This lanky girl, head topped with tiny double buns, wearing a baggy Spirited Away sweater, belted her lungs out all the while running and jumping all over the stage. I kept asking myself, “How is she not out of breath!?”. I went to this show not knowing who she was at all, but it was definitely love at first sound.

5) Foals at The Ogden Theatre (Denver). This was such a rock ’n’ roll show, and I have zero bad things to say about it. They played all of my favorite songs from their latest album, What Went Down. Before the show ended, I had decided I would definitely be at their next headlining show in the Denver / Boulder area.

Happy New Year!

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Ryan Cutler:

Lee Tran:

Muriel Knudson:

Connor Siedow:


Tanner Morris:


Trevor Sweeney:

Pierre Ware:

 

Marty Lang:

Paul Fitch:

Mariah Crabb:

Riley Downs:

Casey Carlson:

Alexander Just:

 

 

 

 

Here are links to other year’s “Best Of Lists”:

2014

2015

We hope 2017 treats you better than 2016!!!

 

 

 

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