Best of the Year: Top 10 Concerts of 2018 by Shantel

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Marco Benevento shakes up The 8×10 on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Shantel M. Breen)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

This year has been a music filled year for me.  I have managed to make it to over 80 shows in 2018 and some of these shows I had the pleasure of reviewing for Parklife DC.  As I wrap up my concert calendar for this year, I started reflecting on my most memorable shows for 2018.  I focused on shows that I felt were excited to photograph or the performance left an impression on me.  In most cases, the shows in my Top 10 were the first time seeing the band perform and consequently, winning me over as a new fan.  Listed in chronological order, my Top 10 will take you through 2018 and hopefully remind you of some great musical memories as well!

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Live Review: Old 97’s @ Rams Head Live — 12/8/18

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The Old 97s bring their Holiday Extravaganza to Rams Head Live on Dec. 8, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

The year 2018 was a busy one for the Dallas, Texas band the Old 97’s. Right on the heels of the critically acclaimed Graveyard Whistling, the band put together their first Christmas album; frontman Rhett Miller released his seventh solo album, The Messenger; and they celebrated 25 years as a band — a major milestone. All of that came together in a terrific concert at Rams Head Live on Saturday.

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Snapshots: Reel Big Fish @ Rams Head Live — 11/25/18

Reel Big FishReel Big Fish performs at Rams Head Live on Nov. 25, 2018. (Photo by Jules McNamara)

California ska band Reel Big Fish are not one to leave a pun unexplored, as their name suggests! And so they dropped by Rams Head Live on Sunday for a show on their The Tickle My Tiki TOURch. Jules McNamara was there to capture the action!

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Music Park: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Rams Head Live — 11/23/18

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performs at Rams Head Live on Nov. 23, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)

Baltimore’s own Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performed two shows for their hometown fans this past Friday and Saturday at Rams Head Live! It was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend!

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Music Park: The Struts @ Rams Head Live — 11/18/18

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Luke Spiller fronts The Struts at Rams Head Live on Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

When introducing a new song by The Struts at Rams Head Live recently, frontman Luke Spiller confessed he made the mistake of reading the comments to the song’s video on YouTube.

“The Struts should stick to what they know,” read one disgruntled comment on the song “Bulletproof Baby.”

Undeterred, the charismatic singer declared, “Fuck them. The Struts do what they want!”

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