After seeing the "Biggest Concert Disappointments..." thread, I was wondering what concert experiences surprised you the most. If you are taking the time and spending the money to attend a show, you are usually familiar with at least one of the acts and have high expectations or you wouldn't be attending at all. However, sometimes there is that opener that blows you out of the water. Maybe you went to hang out with your friends and didn't really care about the show. Maybe it was one band in a huge festival lineup. A couple stand outs for me... Girls opening for Los Campesinos! in Dallas 2009. Never had heard of them before that show, but the performance was awe inspiring. Ex Hex in San Diego 2019. A good friend was in town, and we wanted to go out. I wasn't familiar with Ex Hex, but I gave them the benefit of a doubt because of their label (Merge Records) and a quick listen on Spotify. They were playing at the Casbah, a smallish venue that's one of my favorites in town. Amazing artists playing a tight set. One of the best shows I've attended recently.