(Orange, Texas)

December 29, 2012

Best concerts of 2012

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — This list is always subjective, but good music is good music and a great concert is still a great concert, but just because an artist or group is well known or has numerous hit singles does not necessarily mean each has what it takes in a live music venue. Below is the list of the best shows in 2012.

1. Bryan Adams at Julie Rogers Theater in Beaumont (Jan. 27, 2012)

Surprisingly, the Bryan Adams "Bare Bones" concert, which featured Adams performing all of hits and gems in an intimate, solo setting proved to be the most entertaining show of 2012. It was a night of sing-alongs, laughs and energy in an unexpected environment.

2. Snoop Dogg at Ford Park Exhibit Hall in Beaumont (June 3, 2012)

The hip-hop super start was 30 minutes late on stage, reportedly due to the overtime basketball game in the NBA finals, but a packed house of fans didn't mind once the rapper hit the stage with his trademark swagger, style and hits.

3. Dog Jam 2012 at Ford Park Pavilion in Beaumont (July 28, 2012)

This heavy metal show fared amazingly well in the Beaumont market and delivered several surprising performances. The concert featured headliner Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid and Battlecross in a seven-hour metal music marathon with more than 5,000 fans in attendance.

4. Hall and Oates at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie (Dec. 8, 2012)

Arguably the greatest pop-rock duo of all time did not disappoint with this holiday season performance at Nutty Jerry's. More than 1,100 fans packed this venue to sing and dance the night away to hit after hit.

5. Godsmack, Staind, Halestorm, Man Made Machine at Ford Park Pavilion in Beaumont (April 24, 2012)

Hard rock fans were delighted with the co-headlining "Mass Chaos" tour which featured New England acts Godsmack and Staind. This show featured everything rock fans could want with loud music, lots of lights, and songs with catchy lyrics.

6. Theory of a Deadman, Charm City Devils at L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles, La. (July 19, 2012)

This concert is the definition of what the weekly summer "Party by the Pool" concert series is all about as it featured a well known band, which is current, relevant, popular and good. Thousands packed the pool area of the casino for this show and it only cost $10.

7. Lindsey Buckingham at Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts in Orange (Aug. 19, 2012)

Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham opened the 2012-2013 Lutcher Theater season in style in a show which featured only the musician and his arsenal of electric guitars. Although he only performed a handful of Fleetwood Mac songs, it was night to remember.

8. Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Ford Park Arena in Beaumont (March 3, 2012)

Welcome to Beethoven meets heavy metal. This amazingly talented unit of classical and rock musicians delivers a stunning performance each night. If the music doesn't mesmerize you, then the light show surely will with walls of flame and more lasers than a Star Wars movie.

9. The Toadies, The Phuss, Sea Lion at The Gig in Beaumont (April 4, 2012)

The opening acts were definitely the undercard this night as a capacity crowd turned out to see the Texas natives in the group's first appearance on Crockett Street in three or four years. Whether you are a fan or not, you have to say The Toadies are a good band to see live anytime.

10. (Tie) Tanya Tucker at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie. (May 11, 2012)

The Texas diva was in fine form at this concert at Nutty Jerry's and did not disappoint as she performed a 75 minute set of music featuring well known hits and classic gems. The show also featured a song from her young daughter and a guest appearance the legendary Jo-El Sonnier.

10. (Tie) Shoji Tabuchi at Lutcher Theater for Performing Arts in Orange (Dec. 15, 2012)

Making his first return appearance to the Lutcher Theater in 19 years, Shoji Tabuchi's showcase was not only a concert, but it was a masterful performance from a true entertainer. Tabuchi performed holiday classics, as well as Cajun, Country and Classical music while his sense of humor left little doubt he has a true comedic nature.