I didn't go to many Pop concerts unless they were free -- like getting tickets because I worked in a record store. But, occasionally I did, and usually enjoyed them but they were often unmemorable. Some of the others, though, still stay with me.
- The Supremes, Portland, OR, Memorial Coliseum -- probably late 60s
- Isaac Hayes, Chicago, IL, Auditorium Theater -- my roommate and our girlfriends were almost the only white faces in the theater that was filled to the rafters. The nosebleed section was where we were sitting. Very early 70s.
- Jim Croce, Old Town, Chicago, IL, Quiet Knight -- just Croce sitting on a chair with his guitar at a mostly folk venue that maybe held 100 people and wasn't filled. The opening act was a magician. I astonished folks at surrounding tables when I recreated the 3 rope trick (unequal - equal - unequal) that he had done during his act. Early 70s.
- Willie Dixon, Chicago, IL, Quiet Knight -- Dixon's girth and double-bass dominated the small stage. A great night from one of the giants of the blues in Chicago. Probably mid 70s.
- Bryan Bowers, Evanston, IL, Amazing Grace -- the autoharp virtuoso was a house favorite at this ground breaking collective that grew out a small coffeeshop at Northwestern University (PDF). One of my roommates (Flawn Williams) was a founder of the group so I spent lots of time listening to the sounds they brought to town. Throughout the 70s.