The Dave Alvin Concert Archive by Tom Wilk
Since launching his solo career with the release of Romeo's Escape in 1987, Dave Alvin has maintained a busy touring schedule that's taken him across North America and Europe. Now, Fans can hear and download nearly 300 of his concerts recorded between 1987 and 2016 at the Dave Alvin Collection at the Internet Archive. Visit https://archive.org/details/DaveAlvin
As of mid-December 2016, the site featured 290 shows, recorded primarily at clubs and outdoor festivals. In addition, there are interviews and performances recorded for radio programs. The concerts feature Dave performing with various bands, including the AllNighters, the Skeletons, the Guilty Men, The Guilty Women and The Guilty Ones. There is also a few shows recorded with Phil Alvin from their 2014-2016 tours as well as a wide selection of acoustic shows by Dave, including several with Rick Shea and Chris Miller.
The earliest show in the archive is a September 1987 concert by Dave Alvin and the AllNighters at the Chestnut Cabaret in Philadelphia. The archive is searchable by year. There are no shows available for 1988, 1989, 1990 or 1993. Every year from 1994 to 2016 is represented. 2011 is represented by the most concerts with 22, followed by 2006 and 2010 with 21 apiece, and 2014 with 20.
The shows include Dave's first concert with the Guilty Women, which was held in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, as part of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival on Oct. 4, 2008. Some concerts feature Dave previewing new songs from albums yet to be recorded. For instance, he played MUSEUM OF HEART on Nov. 8, 1992, at J.C. Dobbs in Philadelphia, almost a year before that album was released. In 2003, Dave road-tested ASHGROVE, RIO GRANDE,