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Friday Fun: Random Lineups

09:01 AM Friday 4/30/10 | |

Have you ever been to a single day festival or other day-long events where the bands on the lineup had nothing in common with each other, something along the lines of a country singer followed by an industrial rock band followed by a tween act followed by a jazz trio? What’s the most random lineup you’ve ever experienced?

First of all, we’re not dissing those who like variety in lineups. We love an element of randomness. It reminds us of the old Bill Graham days when the legendary promoter would put several different-sounding bands on the same bill. You had some rock, some R&B, some folk, some blues – it worked.

  • Miley Cyrus

    United Center, Chicago, Ill.
    October 27, 2009

    (Bobby Talamine / SkipTheDial.com)


But we noticed a posting on the website belonging to the NBC television affiliate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area describing the lineup for the 2010 Stockyards Stampede featuring M.C. Hammer, Randy Rogers Band, Everclear and Ryan Bingham and titled, “The Most Random Concert Lineup Ever.”

  • Buckwheat Zydeco

    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, La.
    May 2, 2009

    (AP Photo / Bill Haber)


So what’s the most random lineup you’ve ever experienced? Knock that one around betwixt your ears for a while then take a few seconds to post your accounts in the comment thread below.


  1. clapton7 wrote:

    06:01 PM, Apr 30, 2010

    I didn't attend it, but I think it was either last year or the year before at Summerfest, they had Keith Urban & the Counting Crows together on the same night. Seems strange, but it was probably a great show.

  2. burnt toast wrote:

    05:09 PM, Apr 30, 2010

    Berlin/Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble/Talk Talk  at Red Red Rocks in  1984  SRV smoked a definitely strange bill.

  3. jaredoliveira wrote:

    03:36 PM, Apr 30, 2010

    Probably last year's "Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Circus and Medicine Show", or whatever the hell it was called. Michael Franti & Spearhead, Counting Crows, and Augustana. A hip-hop/reggae/rock group with a pop group and an absolutely horrid rock band... and all playing together? More awkward moments than good moments. Highlights were when Spearhead and Crows played individually. The worst moments were when Augustana were on stage.

  4. kosteriowa wrote:

    09:42 AM, Apr 30, 2010

    one of the strangest double bills in my 40 years of concert-going career was in in winter of 1976...rko theatre...davenport iowa..pure prairie league...with...tommy bolin..bolin doing the opening set..amazin' guitar work..by bolin..less than 2 weeks after the show...he died of a drug overdose in dec. '76....keep on rockin' pollstar...koster