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FUV Five Favorite Concerts 2014

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Kara Manning

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Kara Manning's Five Favorite Concerts (Host of "UKNY"):

1. Underworld at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield (September 14, 2007):
No other show has surpassed the emotional impact of seeing Underworld on this particular late summer evening. I was at a serious crossroads in my life and unmoored following the death of my dad. A friend bailed on going with me an hour earlier, I was loathe to go alone, and recall halting in my tracks on the way to the field, on the brink of turning back home. But I didn't. I kept walking. This brilliant Underworld show—communal, uplifting, joyful, brooding, sensual, robustly spirited and embracing the very essence of passing from the dark to the light—was a revelation, as close to a baptism as I'll ever get. Returning home that night, chatting with friends I'd run into whilst there, a crisp breeze rifled through the trees, ushering autumn into the park as fallen leaves protested with a noisy crunch underfoot. Everything seemed electric around me and I felt, at last, that I could move forward with strength, gently pushed by Essex rhythm and poetry. I've seen Underworld many times, before and since, but that show is etched deeply into my heart.

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Rita Houston

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Rita Houston's Five Favorite Concerts (FUV Program Director, Host of "The Whole Wide World"):

David Bowie at Madison Square Garden (July 1983):
I was already a huge Bowie fan, but this was when the rest of the world found out about Bowie. I'll always remember the stage set, his dance moves and my long lost t-shirt from this show.

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Russ Borris

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Russ Borris's Five Favorite Concerts (Host of The Alternate Side and FUV's music director):

Prince, Madison Square Garden (2004):
Without a doubt, the best show I've ever seen. A three-hour party paused in the middle for a 45 minute solo acoustic set in the middle of Madison Square Garden. Unreal. (check out an earlier Prince show, from 1982, below)

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Darren DeVivo

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Darren DeVivo's Five Favorite Concerts (FUV Weekday Host):

The Doobie Brothers, The One Step Closer tour at Belmont Park, New York (July 18, 1981):
They say you never forget your first time! This was my first concert (not counting Glen Campbell in Las Vegas a few years earlier). The $5 tickets went on sale the morning of the show and I ended up with second row seats. “Boy, going to concerts is easy and cheap,” I thought at the time!

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Dennis Elsas

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Dennis Elsas's Five Favorite Concerts (FUV Weekday Host):

The Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden (August 1 ,1971)
George Harrison and friends—including Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and Ravi Shankar—with the first major rock concert organized to raise money and awareness for a social cause. Though questions linger as to how successful the charity results were, it was still an amazing afternoon and evening (two separate shows) of musical collaboration.

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Don McGee

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Don McGee's Five Favorite Concerts (Host of "Mixed Bag"):

Cream Reunion Concert, Madison Square Garden (October 25th, 2005)
The most expensive ticket I've ever bought - to any event. Worth every penny.

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Carmel Holt

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Carmel Holt (FUV Weekday Host, Assistant Music Director):
This is an impossible task, but here are 5 concerts I'll never forget, in no particular order:

Ryan Adams, solo acoustic, Beacon Theater, October 2002:
This was Ryan's biggest NYC show to date, and it was incredible. He was only a couple years out of his band with Whiskeytown, and had just released his third solo outing, Demolition. I am, and always have been, a diehard fan, and have seen him at every opportunity over the last 12 years, both solo and with his band, The Cardinals. It was hard to pick a favorite show. Was it his Carnegie Hall solo acoustic show back in 2011? Was it with the Cardinals' Halloween show at The Apollo Theater in 2008? But my first Ryan Adams concert still pulls on my heartstrings. I feel so lucky to have seen him at this time in his career. The show pulled material from Heartbreaker, Gold, of course, and the new album. This was also the first time I experienced Ryan's deadpan humor, which I have come to look forward to as much as the music. That night we got a few breaks in the beautiful sadness with fun and silly covers like "Brown Sugar" and, most memorably, Madonna's "Like A Virgin".

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Paul Cavalconte

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Paul Cavalconte's Five Favorite Concerts (FUV Guest Host):

1. Foxboro Hot Tubs (aka Green Day), Bowery Electric
Two hundred people in a dive bar cellar. An all-night explosion of sweat, PBR Tall Boys, Billie Joe crowd surfing, ending arm in arm with him singing "New York New York."

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Alisa Ali

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Alisa Ali (The Alternate Side Host, WFUV Producer and On Air Host)
There have been so many great shows and the memory is not what it used to be, but here are a few that come to mind:

My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo (2004):
The band was on the Which Stage at Bonnaroo and during their set, the clouds went gray. During a blistering guitar solo, the rain starting coming down. It seemed like the more furiously the band played, the harder it rained. I remember the wind was a' howlin' and so was Jim James.

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