That is a TOUGH question to answer. My musical tastes are very eclectic... I can't possibly list just ONE concert as best, here are some of the very best I've ever been to.
Stevie Ray Vaughan. He opened for my favorite band, The Moody Blues, it was 1981. I had no idea who Stevie Ray was. He came out dressed all in black with that black cowboy hat he wore. I remember thinking "Who IS that?" Then he started to play. OH MY GOD. He was absolutely riveting. At that point, I think just about everyone in the stadium, including myself, collectively thought in the exact same moment, "FORGET THE MOODY BLUES." When Vaughan was done with his set, everyone was cheering and yelling and screaming, begging him to come back.
Tony Cuffe. A back yard concert about 7 years ago. About 50 of us attended. Cuffe was a Scottish folk musician who played traditional Scottish folk songs and also wrote original songs in the traditional style. He played guitar, tin whistle, vocals. He was accompanied by Andrew Jackson on folk harp. An opportunity to hear my favorite Celtic musician up close and personal. Seriously, I thought I had died and went to heaven. I am saddened to say Tony passed away several years ago. That was hard for me to take. I find I can't listen to his music anymore.
Andre Segovia. 1983. He shuffled onto the stage, all kind of hunched over, being about 90 years of age (92 I think) at the time, sat down and then he began to play - such beautiful music eminated from him and his guitar. It was sublime!
The Moody Blues. In Portland, Maine. Somewhere around 1990 I think. I had not seen them perform live in many years and didn't know what to expect, did not have high hopes. It was one of those nights when everyone in the band was "on". My husband and I were blown away, along with everyone else. They gave not one, not two, but three encores. They were having a terrific night and knew it.
Jamie Cullum. Last Year. At The Paradise Club, Cambridge, MA. Smallish Club. Powerhouse of a performer. Terrific show. How can anyone exert, expend, give off that much energy and have any left over for anything else? Whew!
Vance Gilbert - about 7 years ago. We've seen him a number of times since. Gilbert plays the folk music circuit all around the country. He started out a jazz musician, then transitioned into folk. The first show we attended at The New Moon CoffeeHouse in Haverhill Massachusetts was very special, the best of all the times we've seen him. Terrific music and the guy had us in stitches as well with his humor.
Edit: I just had to add "Monsieur Chopin" the one man show put on by a man named Felder (can't think of his first name right now) last year in the Boston area. This was exceedingly well done. Outstanding show. You had Felder acting out Chopin and sharing insights into the pianist'composer's personal life and times, interspersed with Felder's playing of Chopin. I can't think why this has not gained more national attention. If this show comes your way, PLEASE GO - YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
Well, now you've got me thinking what shows I've seen over the years… Here are others we've seen, in no particular order, I'll include them just for fun - maybe it will get some conversations going:
Jimmy Webb-last year, - this was just him & his piano. He talks a fair bit, shares great stories with his audience
Stephan Grappelli - powerhouse jazz violinist!
Bruce Springstein -acoustic tour
Grey Eyeglances-they had a vintage electric Wurlitzer on stage with them. That's the piano I taught myself how to play piano on. It's SO back in voque right now, everyone's playing it-it's in the backup of so many artists right now: Ray Lamontagne, Madeline Peroux, Vienna Tang, Bruce Hornsby, and many more -I could go on… Everytime I hear it I think "Why ever did I sell mine?"
The Bothy Band
The Strawbs-just a few years ago. Yes, they're still around. For anyone who may know this
semi-obscure English band.
Bare Naked Ladies-my husband's favorite band
The Wallflowers-in a high school gymnasium
Jean Luc Ponty-way, way back, probably around 1975ish. Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh PA
John Renbourne with Isaac Guillory opening and accompanying Renbourne-Isaac was a fantastic guitariest (acoustic) - he stole the show
Jewel with Jason Moraz opening. Moraz was accompanied by a bongo drum player and guy on acoustic bass. I like that line up better than his cd's, with lots more instrumentation.
Keb Mo, at Boarding House Park, Lowell MA Keb
played his dobro guitar.
Bruce Cockburn-at Nock School Auditorium. Honest.
Ray Davies -tickets won from WXRV Radio. He did a kind of play-a show about his life and that of the Kinks. It was excellent.
Joe Walsh -at Hampton Casino Ballroom. Not really our favorite kind of music. I think we had free tickets or something. The crowd was a rough one. A fight almost broke out.
Justin Hayward at Hampton Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH
Oak Ridge Boys-Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh PA
The Nields, Denby Hall, Bradford College, Haverhill MA
Red Hot Chillie Peppers at The Aquarium in Boston
Trout Fishing In America-Denby Hall, Bradford MA
Johnny A-great electric guitarist
Monster Mike Welch-Coffeehouse concert