I'm not sure if this is a thread that will be of interest to the masses or not, but, it is a subject that I've been thinking about coming off of this weekend of live shows. Opening acts. So I saw two shows this past weekend, Neko Case and Lucy Dacus. Totally different settings (Neko played a nice size indoor theater...Lucy played outdoor stage at a club on a particularly cold and nasty night), and artists that are at different stages of their careers. The same could be said of the opening acts for each of the headliners. Neko's opener was Jennifer Castle, who has recorded a handful of albums, one of which was nominated for Canada's Polaris Music Prize a few years back. The opener for Lucy Dacus was illuminati hotties, who put out their first album just last year. The audience reaction to these openers was as different as could be as well. I felt really bad for Jennifer Castle. People in the quiet, seated crowd were openly stifling laughter while she played. Admittedly, her songs were a bit on the precious side. Like diary entries and poetry about nature. The bigger issue was that she was all alone. Just her in the middle of a very large stage with a guitar and, at times, a harmonica. She has a strong voice, but it is rather reedy, and, at times, child-like. I'm not going to say I was a fan of the performance, but I know that is a tough thing to get up and do. I listened to her most recent album, and it wasn't as sparse. The set felt long even though it was about 40 minutes in length. Compare that with the illuminati hotties set. They played about the same length, but they had that crowd in the palm of their hands from the opening note. There are a number of factors as to why those audiences reacted in such different ways, but it really got me to thinking about those unsung heroes...the opening acts. Some that I've seen graduate to headliners, and some that simply disappeared. What are some of your more memorable opening act stories...good or bad?