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October 1st to 15th
by matthew thayer on Oct 02, 2004
The summer doldrums are finally over and there's no more need to think about Shoreline or Concord; chances are the one show you wanted to go to was canceled anyway? (Lollapalooza anyone?)
In my brand, spanking new column, I will breakdown the concerts that have the buzz, and the shows that used to be only for the ones in the know. I'll scour the scene and report back to you.
1. 4th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Speedway Meadow (above the Polo Fields), Golden Gate Park
October 1st to 3rd
Break out those Stetsons and get there late for the best acts and guaranteed sunshine. I kid you not, the fog clears for Steve Earle and Emmy Lou Harris. There's something for everyone this year. Standout artists include John Prine, a man with a gift for funny, poignant storytelling, Gillian Welsh, a longtime local favorite, the rockin' Greg Brown and Peter Rowan w/ Tony Rice, two acoustic guitar wizards. This is THE EVENT for folk rock and bluegrass, and it's FREE! Public transport is highly recommended as Reggae In The Park is jamming this weekend as well.
2. Ghost / White Magic / Six Organs of Admittance
I tend to enjoy all things Japanese when it comes to music. Ghost will be no exception; you may have noticed the flyer's lining the street poles of the Haight and Mission for the last few weeks. The band is touring in support of its first full length since 1999 Hypnotic Underworld, a heady blend of acoustic folk and hard edged, psych, prog-rock which has been scoring generous reviews in the indie press.
3. Snow Patrol / Eisley
Need a fix for your long cured Coldplay fever? Maybe not (and I would understand), but the excitement of those first Coldplay shows at Bimbo's and the Fillmore cannot be denied, and if you're in the same frame of mind come on down to see Snow Patrol. Join Gary Lightbody and his mates as they return with their current BritPop invasion. Who knows you may rub elbows with a budding Hollywood starlet…
Amoeba Records / The Fillmore
Old school power pop in the house. Supergrass turns a decade this year! Reports from England say they'll not only bring their rock and roll party to the Fillmore, they'll also bring the acoustic guitars and living room furniture. If you can't scrape up the jackson to pump your fists and pints at the Fillmore, then drag your sideburns over to Amoeba Records on Haight Street for the 6 PM instore.
5. Eagles of Death Metal / Bullets and Octane / Parchman Farm
Cafe Du Nord
When current Queens of the Stone Age singer/guitarist Josh Homme brings EOFDM to the tiny stage of the Cafe Du Nord the speakeasy may never be the same. Yes, it's a side project but it's also part QOTSA, a band that blew the roof of the Fillmore a few years ago. Death Metal is the name the band uses to check into the hotel; expect your ears to be shattered by Queens/Kyuss inspired R&R. Get your tickets early, this one will probably sell out.
6. Mark Lanegran Band
Great American Music Hall
The former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age frontman hits San Francisco in support of his latest solo full length, the grungy, hard edged BubbleGum. As this goes to press, I heard Mark was in a car accident and canceled several east coast dates, so say a prayer and check with the Great American before heading over.
7. The Abyssinians
Roots reggae at its long standing best. The Abyssinians were born back in 1968 down Jamaica way. The current tour includes all three original members: Donald and Linford Manning and Bernard Collins. The soulful sounds of this gospel inspired trio will inspire us all to do better.... Peace.
8. Clarion Alley Block Party
Clarion Alley between 17th and 18th & Valencia and Mission
Last year's block party was infused with the smell of spray paint, the sight of creation, the sounds of ska, rap, experimental rock, and the chugging of many 40 ouncers from the corner store. I have no details for this year's event, but will let you know if I hear anything; half the fun is the surprise.
by matthew thayer on Oct 02, 2004