Eastern Iowa’s Top Ten Concerts of 2019
2019 was a damn good year for live music in Eastern Iowa.
We saw some legendary performers who traveled through on national tours and local favorites who filled the stands with pop music. Add some gutsy blues, jazzy progressive and heavy doses of classic rock, and you have every reason to say it was very good year for live music.
Here's my list of the Top Ten Live Concert Performances of 2019 in Eastern Iowa:
Susan Tedeschi and her husband Derek Trucks kicked off 2019 at the Paramount Theatre with a sold-out show filled with a smokin' hot set list of blues guitar wizardry.
The threat of rain forced this show to move indoors from McGrath Amphitheater to the US Cell Center. It was the correct call to make. The band was spectacular and everyone loved the show.
Cedar Rapids' Pop Music idol AVP made the Freedom Festival's Balloon Glow shine brighter than ever with an incredible performance at the Sinclair Levy, in the first year at the Glow's new location.
Larry the Cable Guy didn't make it but Styx fans didn't seem to care. In fact, we were kinda confused about the original comic-and-rock-band double billing to begin with. Tommy Shaw and JY put on a great show regardless.
Donald Fagen continues the Steely Dan tradition of delivering jazz-infused progressive rock to rave reviews. But he's never answered the burning question, "where did you get those shoes?"
Cedar Rapids' hometown heroes brought their uniquely pop playlist to the baseball field at Veteran's Memorial Stadium on a summery Saturday night. Not surprisingly they would sell out their Halloween show just two months later.
Bret did an awesome job as usual, and Night Ranger really rocked it...but some say Lita Ford stole the show as opening act on this Hometown Heroes tour stop. Kudos to KRNA DJ Jaymz Larson for welcoming Iowa's youngest philanthropist Carson King onstage to a standing ovation.
Peter chose Cedar Rapids as one of the stops on his Farewell Finale tour and we're sure glad he did. After playing all our Frampton favorites, his heartfelt tribute to former Beatle George Harrison was icing on the cake.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley did not disappoint their fans in Moline. After all these years, they still prove they can rock n roll all night...but the KISS Army was a little confused by the opening "act" - a rock n roll speed painter who splashed it all over the stage.
Sir Paul performed all the Beatles hits that would fit into a spectacular concert that lasted well over two hours. Not bad for a guy who would celebrate his 77th birthday a week later. Fans shed tears of joy as they shared fond memories from the golden era of rock n roll.