Patti Smith, Boarding House, Winterland, Henry J Kaiser, Warfield, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1996. As you can see, we had a thing about Patti Smith in the late-70s. Here is the audio from the first time we saw her. Horses had come out a few months earlier.
Next was Winterland, truly a colossal show, just after the release of Easter. Here she sings "Because the Night" in 1978:
Our third show was in Oakland, in support of Wave. She went into semi-retirement, surfaced some years later, and we caught her one last time at the Warfield in 1996.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Keystone Palo Alto, year?. Don't remember when we saw them. I won the tix on the local college radio station, so probably 1980s. It was a good show ... Southside is reliable. Here they are, having a party in 1978. I love this video. Southside and the Jukes are joined by Southside's old buddies Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt back when he was still Miami Steve (he produced the first few Jukes albums). Professor Roy Bittan also sits in. If you're a fan of Conan O'Brien, you might recognize a few of the horn players. In the video, you get a real feel for how Bruce and Southside had played together so many times.
Sonic Youth, Berkeley Greek Theater, Oakland Fox Theater, 1999, 2009. I am not their biggest fan. The first time I saw them, they headlined a multi-act concert where Sleater-Kinney was on the bill. The second time, a friend got us tickets, and I'm not turning down freebies.