Throw Back Thursday: Flatfoot 56

Back in 2007 or 2008 when I was working at the bookstore I got a surprise visit from Flatfoot 56. The guys were kind of cool. Came in an asked about their CD without identifying themselves. It wasn’t until after I told them about the CD and tried to sell them a copy.  The guys were impressed I was familiar with their music .




Top 10: My Dream Music Festival

Regular readers have probably figured out that I love music. Over the years I have been able to attend several concerts. I  have often thought of bands/artists that would be included in my ideal music festival. The best word to describe my line up is eclectic.

#10: Dennis Agajanian – Not much of a country/bluegrass fan but this guy is an amazing guitarist. He actually plays the Hallelujah Chorus on the guitar.

Franklin Graham with Dennis Agajanian
Franklin Graham with Dennis Agajanian

#9: Need to BreatheJust because every festival needs a good southern rock band. Also, they put on a good show.  Really enjoyed seeing them in concert.

Need to Breathe
Need to Breathe -- Sorry it is so dark.


Josh Groban

#8: Josh Groban & John Williams – I’m pretty sure this pairing has never happened. It is the line up of my dream festival. Williams is one of my favorite modern composers/conductors and Groban is one of my favorite classical/pop singers.  Just think it would make for an amazing concert. Somehow the score from Star Wars would have to be included.

#7: Flame, LaCrae and others from Cross Movement – Yes, I know my last entry was classical. Why not throw in some rap for fun. The Cross Movement Guys are great in concert.  I like how they took time to hang out the masses.

Trip Lee from Cross Movement.
Trip Lee from Cross Movement.

#6: Flatfoot 56 — Flatfoot 56 is a Celtic Punk Rock band based out of Chicago. They are actually pretty good. Doesn’t every festival need punk band. They are pretty cool guys as well.

Taken with half of the guys from Flatfoot 56.

#5:  Jars of Clay – I have actually seen Jars at a festival type event. I like their eclectic sound and use of unusual instruments.


#4: Plumb – Tiffany Arbuckle AKA Plumb can still rock although motherhood has mellowed her some. Never seen her in concert. She is one of the few artists on my must see list.  Hopefully, she would rock out some in a festival setting.


#3: Phil Keaggy – One of the best concerts I’ve ever attended was Keaggy and friends.  He is probably one of the best guitarist alive. It would make the concert a little sweeter through in Wes King and Scott Dente as backup.  Or maybe mix it up some have have Keaggy preform with Groban and Williams.  I also think it would be interesting to hear Keaggy and Agajanian together.


#2: Third Day – Third Day is amazing in concert. They are actually better live than on CD. It was a great concert and would like to see them again.

Third Day performing from the middle of the audience.
Third Day performing from the middle of the audience.

#1: U2 – U2 is at the top of my want to see list.  So, it is pretty much a no-brainer that they are the #1 band in my line-up.


Well, that is the line-up for my dream music festival. Yes, I know it is a little strange and probably unrealistic.

Concerts Part II

Yesterday, I posted a list of bands I’ve seen in concert. Found some pictures of bands/concerts.


Taken with one of the guys from Caedmon’s Call. The bookstore where we work sponsored the concert, so we got to go backstage.


We got to see Casting Crowns when they were touring with Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Tomlin.


Somehow The Big Guy got tickets to the concert and a meet and greet from one of the record company reps.


Taken with Trip Lee, one of the Cross Movement guys. I know the quality on this one is bad, it was taken with a cell phone.


I took these the night Flatfoot 56 stopped by the store.

Some Musicians You Should Check Out

If you have been reading my blog you may have figured out that I like music. I have complied a list of of some of the musicians I listen to. This isn’t really a Top 10 or favorite list just some artist I find interesting.

bards.jpgBrobdingnagian Bards. The Bards call themselves the Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. They have won several Austin Music awards. You can listen to their music on their website (scroll to the bottom) or on MySpace. I really like the song Wild Mountain Thyme and the Jedi Drinking song is amusing.

John Cox. I first discovered Cox when he was touring with Petra on the Petra Praise 2 tour. This is one of my favorites Sunny Day.

Ed Miller. Originally from Edinburgh, currently lives in Austin, TX. He is considered one of the best singers from the Scottish Folksong Revival. Check out this interview with Flatfoot 56. Be sure to watch the entire thing,they stuck


Listen to tracks from his latest CD.

Flatfoot 56. Flatfoot 56 is a celtic punk band from Chicago. These guys came in the store one night. It was pretty cool.

Larry Norman. Sunday February 24, 2008 Norman lost his fight with a long-time illness. Norman was a pioneer and legend of Christian rock. He paved the way for Christian rock, alternative and modern rock. Unfornately, his music didn’t gain the acceptance from the Christian music scene it deserved.

The Choir. The Choir is one of my favorite alternative/modern rock bands (See Top 10: Favorite Bands #7) .


Listen to The Choir.

Check out the music and let me know what you think. Feel free to leave suggestions on music that you think I should check out. I enjoy finding new music.