This month we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary under current owner Mike. Since 2004 we have seen countless bands and some memorable shows. Below are a few of the Granada staff’s all-time favorites. Here’s to another 10 years!
Heath Gage – Audio Engineer
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings 2/27/14
Less than a year after battling a life threatening illnes, Sharon lights up the theater like she has something to prove. She doesn’t. She will always be awesome.
Ryan Henry – Talent Buyer
So tough to narrow it down to 10 but here it goes
Father John Misty
White Denim at Gorilla vs Bear 1
Sylvan Esso opening for tUnE-yArDs
Tim Ziegler – Venue Manager
Brian Jonestown Massacre
dredg / RX Bandits
Sunny Day Real Estate
The Avett Brothers
Animals As Leaders opening for Dillinger Escape Plan
Stanley Clarke & Victor Wooten
The Head & the Heart
The Winery Dogs
Trang Nguyen – Marketing & Promo assistant
My Top 10
Grizzly Bear – This was before the A/C was installed so it was sweatfest 2009
Cut Copy / Foals – Still afraid of Yannis jumping to his death to this day — Long Live Yannis Baratheon!
Father John Misty
GvB2 – Our group started a dance party on the floor ala Sober that night
Breaking Bad Season Premiere / Finale – My favorite part of this night was seeing the crew that dressed up. Ding ding ding
Joe Overman – Marketing & Promo assistant
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (10/11/12) – I’d been waiting for the chance to see Godspeed live for years. I listened to live bootlegs of them all the time because I never got to see them before their hiatus, so that reunion tour was like an answered prayer. And the show was everything I’d always imagined. Epic beyond compare. This was also my first year working at Granada so the excitement I felt was huge. This show will probably remain a personal favorite for the rest of my life.
Battles (10/22/11) – Love this band and their live shows are a masterclass in looping & timing. Show was super impressive to watch and a ton of fun, lots of dancing bodies in the theater that night.
Tame Impala (2/27/13) – Lonerism is an incredible album and it was launching Tame Impala in a major way. Though everyone I knew was listening to it all the time, i hadn’t paid any attention to the album, I just thought it was pretty cool. Went to the show cause I was like “Why not? Should be fun.” Understatement of a lifetime.
Sufjan Stevens (11/30/12) – I love Christmas. I love that time of year and I love Christmas music and nobody does it better than Sufjan. This was also maybe the biggest intimate show I’ve seen. By that I mean, even though the show was sold out, it was like a family assembly with the great joyful spirits everyone had and overall moood of anything goes-ness. Everyone was holding hands and singing along. Maybe it was really the spirit of Christmas.
Space Jam mockbuster (6/21/14) – This was the debut of the Summer Mockbuster series, which was a complete blast and totally changed the way I want to view movies in theaters. This was also the day that I officially moved to Dallas and proposed to my fiance Katie. HUGE DAY!
Garrett Zuhowski – Marketing assistant
Hal Ketchum (with the power out)
Butthole Surfers & Peaches
Akron / Family & Warpaint
Ramblin Jack Elliot
Deerhunter, Best Coast, and Sonny & the Sunsets
Tim & Eric, Neil Hamburger
Cut Copy, Foals, Holy Ghost!, The Naked & Famous
This Will Destroy You, Sundress, Botany
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti
James Gee -Venue Manager
The Avett Brothers
Explosions in the Sky
Minus the Bear
Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper
Chris McDonald aka CMAC aka Cookie Monster — Marketing Manager
M83 (5/19/12 & 5/20/12) – One of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen period. The posters are still hanging in my office. I have never heard a crowd cheer so loud as this one did after “Midnight City”. What a night.
Cut Copy & Foals & Holy Ghost! & The Naked & Famous (4/20/11) – The epic co-bill! Two tours combined to make this legendary lineup. Malmberg commemorated with an excellent poster and we witnessed King Yannis risk his life by scaling our balcony during Foals’ encore.
The National & St. Vincent (9/14/07) – The first amazing show that I saw at Granada. Pretty surreal looking back that this happened at Granada.
Gogol Bordello (3/19/08) – I dunno what Eugene & the crew are up to nowadays but six years ago they were one of the best and most entertaining live bands around. We all started wearing purple after this one.
Gorilla vs Bear 1 -4 (especially White Denim, Glass Candy, Haerts, Sophie) – Couldn’t choose just one. An event we look forward to every year.
Ratatat (9/16/08) – Right at the peak of their popularity. One of the most packed I’ve seen Granada. Wildcat is still the jam.
BEST OF THE REST
Bonnie “Prince” Billy (6/6/09) – Gorgeous. Afterwards Will taught me a song on my ukulele.
The Besnard Lakes (5/20/10) – Criminally underattended. Powerful show for a small audience.
The Walkmen (3/5/11) – We can’t be beat. A knockout live band.
Jens Lekman (11/12/12) – Oh Jens I will always love you.
Father John Misty (5/6/13) – The ultimate, self-obsessed showman. Snarky & swarmy, but a great voice and dancer.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (2/27/14) – Absolute dynamite. An inspiration. One of the greatest of ALL TIME!
Gotta also mention The XX Dating Game, Breaking Bad parties, Walking Dead parties, and the Summer Mockbuster Series!