Five for Friday

I've mentioned it several times before, but it never hurts to reiterate the truth. I am a nerd. More specifically, I'm a music nerd.

Every now and then I geek out and ponder what it would be like if certain musicians teamed up for an epic tour. I've seen some of them in concert before, others I haven't. While these hypothetical tours I've constructed in my daydreams will never be a reality, I'd eat fish fried in peanut oil to see the show if they actually followed my suggestion. (And if you knew how much I despise seafood and hate anything cooked in peanut oil, you'd know that says a lot.)

Here is one of those potentially most awesome shows that will never happen.

The openers:

1. Bobby Bare, Jr. The son of country music legend Bobby Bare, and front man for cow-punk band Bare Jr, Booby is obnoxious, irreverent, and wildly creative. His current work as a solo artist has turned him into Alt Country's most reliable stalwart. He'd be a great start to the show with a 20 to 25 minute set.

2. Aaron Sprinkle. Aaron was the guitarists for one of my all time favorite band - Poor Old Lu. He's released one solo album (dancing the line between indie rock and adult contemporary) but is more widely recognized as a producer. He's produced albums for bands like Demon Hunter, MxPx, and Anberlin. He's got an ear for music and could fill out another 20 to 25 minute set.

3. David Bazan. Once known as the singer/guitarist for Pedro the Lion, Dave has maintained a healthy solo career, critical acclaim, and a small (yet loyal) cult fan base. Give him a mic and an acoustic guitar and he'll make a grown man cry. Give him a 30 to 40 minute set.

The headliners:

4. Mike Doughty. His band Soul Coughing made him famous. But in 2000 Mike quit his band, quit his label, and quit doing drugs. Then he launched a solo career that is better than anything Soul Coughing accomplished. In my opinion, Mike Doughty is one of the most creative people currently working in the music business. He could take an hour to and hour and 15 minute set.

5. Ben Folds. If I consider Mike Doughty to be the most creative mind in music, Ben Folds is the hardest working person in the recording industry. He recently reformed his original band (Ben Folds Five) for a concert tour, worked as a judge for two seasons on the NBC show 'The Sing Off,' all while writing, recording, and touring to support his solo work. And he's funny. Of the five artists on this list, Ben's catalog of songs is the largest and he would easily fill out an hour and 20 minute set.

Show starts at 7pm. Five to ten minute intermission between sets. Encore would include all five combining voices and singing each other's songs. Everybody is out of the building by midnight. If it were to come to fruition, it'd be one of the greatest shows ever.

I should note that there is a bit of overlap between these artists. Aaron Sprinkle produced for David Bazan. Ben Folds helped promote Mike Doughty's book. All five sonically fit together. The dynamics they could display if given the chance to play together would be amazing.

Of course, it will never happen.

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