Re: Concerts that surpised you as to how good the band was
I saw Lupe Fiasco at a college homecoming last year, and I didn't even expect there to be a band. Turns out, most of the members in his touring band are Berklee or UNT graduates and can do some serious burning on their instruments. The drummers was all gospel chops which I didn't particularly dig, but the five string bass player, the guitarist, the keyboardist, and the violinist were all such heavy musicians, and it seems like they had been playing with each other for a while. No tracks, no stuffed drums, everything was plugged in and live, and each solo was so impressive.
I honestly expected to see Lupe Fiasco with a DJ and back-up singers/dancers, but this was just an incredible show all around.