Kudos to nono for this fascinating thread and going to a Yo La Tengo concert.
How esoteric is that?
And Glitter, you saw R&R history but then growing up in the Baltimore area you saw some great concerts as I did when I lived in Annapolis and DC
Ragman's list is the one I'm most jealous of as he and I have similar tastes.
My first best concert was on Sept 23 1964 where I saw my beloved Beach Boys.
The Beatles "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" had hit #1 but I saw them as a sissy band.
I was into hot rods and surfing and had no time for "girls" ; they had "cooties"
The venue was the hanger-like Alexandria Roller Rink near Washington DC
The opening act was Billy Ward and the Dominoes who had a monster R&B hit in the late 50's with 60 Minute Man. I don't remember their set at all, being a white suburban teenager I had no appreciation of R&B yet.
The second act was The Mugwumps, a band that included Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty, later of The Mamas And Papas.
On guitar was Zal Yanovsky, later a member of The Loving Spoonful.
But I was restless for the Beach boys and when they came on I thought I was dead and gone to heaven.
They were greeted by a barrage of jelly beans(go figure) and such screaming that all I could hear was a dull roar.