Another Fun Music Challenge

So you may remember that I kinda lost my mind a couple of months ago and accepted a friend’s challenge to see 100 bands in the month of March. And, thanks to four crazy days at South by Southwest, I did it. In fact, I ended up seeing 111 bands that month.

And while I’m still seeing quite a bit of live music these days (I’m sitting somewhere around 160 bands for the year so far), the odds of me taking on this type of challenge again in the near future is highly unlikely.

However, I recently came across another DC-area blogger – Eric at Big Yawn – who is in the middle of his own concert challenge. Apparently Eric turned 33 at the beginning of the year, and as penance for having not seen many shows the last couple of years, has challenged himself to see 333 bands this year.

As of today (5/23), he’s up to 82 bands, which is a bit behind the pace he’ll need to hit 333, however he has a huge number of shows on his upcoming shows list, so hopefully he’ll catch up quick.

I’ll certainly pulling for him.  We seem to have quite a bit in common – we’re both 33, we have similar taste in music, and there’s something deeply wrong with both of us.  So, in a way, by rooting for Eric, I’m rooting for myself, and everyone else trying to find that balance between work, family, and damn good music.

Good luck Eric!

Saturday 23 May 2009 at 2:28 pm by Steve


  1. Comment by Eric — May 28, 2009 @ 9:09 am

    Balance, you mean there is a balance?

    Thanks for the shout out Steve. Just hit band #100 last night. And hey, if we are attending the same show, anytime you want to say hey, I’ll buy you a beer.

  2. Comment by Steve — May 28, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    Hey, congrats on #100? Who was the lucky band?

    As for a beer, well, I don’t think I’ve ever turned down a beer in my life. :^)

    I’ll keep an eye on your upcoming list and compare it to my upcoming show list (on the right-hand side of my blog) and see what matches. Right now the only show that you have bolded that I’m going to is Phoenix, though I plan on being at several of your non-bolded shows (both Antlers shows, The Hold Steady, Frodus, Wilco, etc.).

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