If you have a passion for live music, there’s a music streaming—and downloading—site you are going to want to check out. Formerly known as Wolfgang’s Concert Vault, the now-simplified Concert Vault owns the rights to the master recordings from the archives of Bill Graham Presents. With a membership to Concert Vault, you can stream hundreds of thousands of exclusive live performances and concerts, spanning rock, jazz, folk and bluegrass, country and indie genres.
What you get with Concert Vault
Concert Vault recently partnered with GrooveBug to bring a better experience to its customers. The website has a (somewhat) more manageable interface, lots of new content and great iPad app helps users navigate through the vast concert library. I say “somewhat” because with hundreds of thousands of concerts to choose from, a little clutter is both inevitable and forgivable. The app is also available on iPhone and Android, but the larger format iPad is better for concert viewing.
It’s hard to pigeonhole Concert Vault. Streaming is available for both audio and video performances, and when the company has all the correct licensing, it offers many of the concerts for download as well. Your free listening options are rather limited, but for a monthly fee of $3.99, or an annual fee of $39.99, you get two concert downloads a week, iPad access, unlimited streaming and discounts on the equally vast repository of concert memorabilia for sale on the site. Once you are a member extra downloads never cost more than $5.
Navigating Concert Vault
The site can be a bit daunting, but the best way to jump in might be through the iPad app. The beautiful app borrows from the success of GrooveBug’s iPad partnership with classic jazz label Blue Note Records. While it’s not as well organized as some of the big premium streaming music services, it’s not terribly difficult to find your way around with some practice. The home screen has lots of good suggestions for starting-off points. Shows are listed by genre, and videos are grouped under their own tab for easier navigation.
Those who know Concert Vault in any of its previous incarnations know this isn’t a site for teeny boppers. But neither is it just a hangout for nostalgic baby boomers and Grateful Dead fans. Graham’s collection is bursting with live concerts recorded at iconic venues like the Fillmore (East and West) and Winterland Ballroom. In addition to the Bill Graham collection, at least a dozen new collections have been added to extend both the scope and the depth of the concert offerings. Neil Young, U2, Aerosmith, Charles Mingus, B.B. King, Gladys Night and The Barenaked Ladies are just a few of the live acts currently featured on the Vault’s home page. The Who at Tanglewood in 1970 is my concert pick for today.
Head on over to Concert Vault and sign up for the seven-day free trial membership, then come back and write a Viewpoints review. I want to know if you love Concert Vault as much as I do.
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