If Neil Young is to be believed, this rock and roll thing is probably here to stay.
nugs.net is the premier platform when it comes to streaming on-demand live performances from your favorite artists. While the platform gained steam in the tape-trading jam scene years ago, it’s made some serious moves to attract the live recording catalogs of some major entertainers: Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, Pearl Jam, Dawes, Blackberry Smoke, Tyler Childers, The Hold Steady, Wilco, and so many more.
The nugs.net archive is extensive, with a little bit of something for everyone, in practically every genre – from bluegrass to Americana to metal.
As an example of the breadth and depth of the catalog, I handpicked seven modern classics worth digging into, from Santana to Metallica.
I encourage you go explore it for yourself – there really is something for everyone.
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11/3 – 11/14/2021 – House Of Blues Residency – Las Vegas, NV
Few pour their soul into the guitar like Carlos Santana. This past November, Santana took the stage for an eight-night residency at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas. His legendary showmanship is on display throughout the run, with all the usual hallmarks: That warm, infectious guitar tone, howling psychedelic organ, and sidewinding guitar bends in Samba Pa Ti.
All eight shows are available to stream via nugs.net.
12/19/19 – Chicago Theater – Chicago, IL
On a chilly winter night in the Windy City, Jeff Tweedy and company filled the iconic Chicago Theater for a string of four homecoming shows, dubbed Winterlude. The last night of the run, available to stream via nugs.net, is proof that hometown Wilco just hits different. It hits the trifecta of what makes Wilco so great live: Screaming guitar solos, genre-blending pedal steel guitar on songs like Via Chicago, and Tweedy’s unmistakably reflective alt-rock melancholy in staples like Handshake Drugs, Impossible Germany, Jesus, Etc.
9/5/21 – Towne Park – Aspen, CO
Fins up at 8,000 feet.
If you know your Jimmy Buffett lore, you know the man isn’t just tied down to geographic locations with beaches. In the ’70s, Buffett became good friends with Hunter S. Thompson and his motley crew of local characters, hanging out frequently in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Later, Hunter moved in with Buffett in Key West, right around when Buffett’s fame was exploding thanks to Margaritaville.
This show is the first time Buffett has played the Colorado mountain town in 40 years and, clearly, he’s completely amused by being back in his old stomping grounds. It’s a ton of fun to hear him talk about his memories – not something Parrotheads typically get at a run-of-the-mill amphitheater show.
11/16/21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Who doesn’t love a surprise, especially when it’s a show in a 500-capacity venue? For their first show back in nearly two years, Metallica threw a surprise show at The Independent in San Francisco. Admission: $20, cash.
Naturally, wristbands at the venue went fast: The gig sold out a half-hour after being announced.
Musically, it’s a treat to hear a band that regularly sells out arenas in such an intimate venue. “Whiplash” kicks off the show off, with a string of live Metallica classics like “Ride the Lightning”, “Moth Into Flame”, “Fade to Black”, “Master of Puppets”, and the show closer, “Seek and Destroy”.
The Allman Brothers
9/18/05 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO
Looking back, the mid-Aughts were such wonderful years for the Allman Brothers Band. To refresh your memory, the line-up consisted of Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Derek Trucks, and Warren Haynes. The chemistry was combustible with so much talent on the stage.
This late summer Red Rocks show was one of the best of the tour. The tones and interplay between the members are tight and lucid, with Warren Haynes chiming in on vocals with his legendary smoky voice.
The “Whipping Post” closer, per usual, is absolutely filthy.
04/27/19 – Tuckfest – Charlotte, NC
Please allow crying steel guitars and wailing fiddle to set the mood just right.
If you’ve never experienced the gritty Americana thrill of a Tyler Childers show, you’re seriously missing out on a serious hootenanny. His set at Charlotte’s Tuck Fest a couple of years back is a rowdy showcase. Childers even pauses in the middle of Lady May to stop a fight in the audience.
Good on you, Tyler, for telling Brad and Chad to knock it off.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
01/03/20 – Mars Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
Every Jason Isabell show is a full spectrum of emotions: You laugh, you cry. You’re reminded of loved ones, mortality, loneliness, heartbreak.
All things considered, it’s a deeply cathartic experience – part sanctuary for deep personal reflection, part rock ‘n roll communion.
This show in Huntsville captures that range of emotions, featuring signature Isabell tunes that just feel right for the moment -“Alabama Pines”, the hauntingly sorrowful “Elephant”, “Decoration Day” & “Goddamn Lonely Love” from his Drive-By-Truckers years, and “Cover Me Up.”
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