Big Head Todd & The Monsters at House of Blues Anaheim

Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Date:
January 23, 2016
Location:
House of Blues, Anaheim

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Story
Big Head Todd and The Monsters with special guest Mike Doughty  were on their Wipeout Turn and New World Arisin’ tour celebrating their 30th anniversary. I arrived late that night that I missed Mike Doughty’s performance, but was right on time for Big Head Todd and The Monsters. The band mesmerized the crowd from the start with Heart of Wilderness, such a strong opener that created the vibe for the rest of the night. One couldn’t help but sing to the chorus of Broken Hearted Savior even if one didn’t know the lyrics. They even took request playing Flander’s Field; the first song they ever recorded. Lead singer Todd Parker Mohr was an excellent guitar player whose voice is even more soothing in person. His long guitar solos were the highlight of the night as he powered through almost the songs with solos at the end. The whole country-rock atmosphere was new to me, but I enjoyed the vibe. The audience agreed as they screamed with excitement at every song they played. Never listened to an artist play such long songs, each one was at least 5 minutes long! If I was more familiar with the songs I probably would have enjoyed them more. I enjoyed myself and if given the chance would attend another concert of theirs in the future.

Big Head Todd and The Monsters Selist
1. Heart of Wilderness
2. Broken Hearted Savior
3. Please Don’t Tell Her
4. Flander’s Field
5. Imaginary Ships
6. Wipeout Turn
7. It’s Alright
8. Hey Delila
9.  Riviera
10. Sister Sweetly
11. Everything About You
12. Bittersweet
13. Beautiful World/Time Keep on Slippin’
14. Conquistador
15. Cashbox

Encore
16. Rocksteady
17. Circles

Trivial Notes

  • 20th concert at House of Blues, Anaheim.
  • This was my 30th concert overall and the band was celebrating their 30th anniversary. Coincidence?
  • Forgot to bring my camera .
  • My last concert before I started a job the next day.

The Goodwin Club at House of Blues Anaheim

The Goodwin Club
Skapeche Mode
Jackie Mendez
Skadonna
Date:
September 11, 2015
Location:
House of Blues, Anaheim

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Story
After a 20 year hiatus The Goodwin Club reunited to bring a memorable night filled with ska music. Received a pair of free tickets by messaging the band’s Instagram page. The tickets were mailed which also included stickers and a postcard featuring the band. Gearing up for the day of the concert my partner and I arrived early to obtain a great view of the concert.

Opening up the night was the incredible Skadonna. Blending classic Madonna hits with a ska vibe the band did well in emulating an amusing though a bit campy Madonna performance. The campy nature of the performance created a lively throwback 80’s atmosphere. With the exception of the drummer, all the male members on stage wore black suits appearing professional. The lead singer wore this colorful jacket that was reminiscent of 80’s fashion, but she also wore a black outfit underneath matching the other band members. The lead singer brought out her inner Madonna as she danced on stage. Not being the biggest Madonna fan I only recognized the La Isla Bonita and Material Girl numbers that played. My partner on the other hand instantly recognized all the songs which resulted in sheer excitement of singing along with every song. Regardless of the number of Madonna songs I recognized the enjoyment I received from listening to the band was not reflected in this fact. This band was the closest that one will ever get in seeing Madonna  performing ska versions of her classic hits.

After that electrifying performance next up on stage was Jackie Mendez. Her blend of ska music meshed with the other bands but she had her own twist that made her music unique. The twist in her music was the soulfulness she added in every song. You could tell that she was pouring her heart in every song that she blasted from the stage. The dress she had on stage reminded me of the rockabilly look which made her stand out. Her soulful voice was pleasant to hear wishing that her performance was a bit longer.

Bursting into the scene with strong energy was Skapeche Mode. The combination of Depeche Mode songs sung in ska sounded like an odd mixture but in the end proved to be a hit. On the left of the stage of the stage the members of the band wore dark clothing while the horn section members on the right of the stage wore white with small angel wings. The band turned out to be one of the livest, energetic performers I’ve had the pleasure to view. Of all the members on stage the lead singer and the trombone player were the livest ones of all. They were jumping around, singing at the top of their lungs, but most importantly were having the time of their lives on stage. With the introduction of every song they would go into high gear pumping their fists in the air as they started another powerful performance. From start to finish these guys level of energy never let down, if they were tired one would not know.

After a long awaited hiatus The Goodwin Club made their long awaited comeback. The bands appeared all wearing hilarious Halloween costumes; Mario and Luigi, a long haired green suit jogger, the Red Power Ranger, a cow, and a sailor among others. The band appeared on stage with their costumes and from the start started jamming to the excitement of the anticipating crowd. Starting things off was their performance of Mint Chip which at the beginning consisted of the female singer throwing beach balls to the crowd and using a bubble machine gun. As the vocal part of the song came up the Red Power Ranger member took of his mask revealing himself to be the male lead singer of the band. From there the fun time continued for the rest of the night. Not that surprisingly there was a special appearance from The MC Bat Commander the lead singer of The Aquabats who joined the band on stage to perform Safety First. For All That I Gave the lead singer of Skapeche Mode, Skrince, joined the band onstage getting everyone pumped up. Their performance from beginning to end was a good feel, fun performance. Throughout the performance there was beach balls bouncing around and bubbles floating in the air. Though the performance was quite short, only 8 songs, the band gave it their all in every song. For the last song it seemed that everybody was joining in the band on the fun. The MC Bat Commander and trombone player from Skapeche Mode joined in on during Turkey Tit. As the song came to an end the female singer of the band started throwing the dum dum lollipops to the crowd; I was able to catch one midair! As the song came to an end confetti rained down from above signaling the end of an amazing night of ska music. As the band members left the stage one of them started taking pieces of a trombone apart and throwing them to the crowd. Never have I have seen anything like that, but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the audience members fighting to get a piece of the trombone. Overall this was a fun night with memorable performances from four different bands. Though The Goodwin Clubs setlist was short, the band threw one amazing performance for not playing together for over 20 years. Overall I enjoyed myself and hope to see The Goodwin Club again in the near future.

The Goodwin Club Selist
1. Mint Chip
2. Little Girl
3. Monster Fish
4. All That I Gave
5. Everything
6. Hawaiian Summer
7. Safety First
8. Turkey Tit

Trivial Notes

  • 6th show at the House of Blues, Anaheim.