A quick piece of advice for the IAMSOUND Sessions promoters who booked the phenom indie pop band Cults last night at the Clift Hotel: it might be wise to schedule what’s called an “opening act” next time your headliner doesn’t come on until 10:30 p.m., even if the show is free. Asking hundreds of fans to wait idly with $10 drinks and thumb their cell phones for 90 minutes on a Sunday night doesn’t do much to engender support for the spotlight band. By the time Cults came on, the crowd was impatient, angsty, still chatty and generally indifferent to what was happening onstage. (#hipsterproblems)
The Clift Hotel's downtown nighttime hangout the Redwood Room and their recently made over Velvet Room seem to be taking a cue from the Burritt Room by staging killer free shows to pair with their top-notch cocktails.
Collaborating with indie music tastemakers IAMSOUND Records, both lounges will host seriously-praised acts like tropicalia-pop collective Fool's Gold (we dare you to cut loose), alt-folk crooner Cass McCombs and Le Tigre's JD Samson's dance band MEN to make this winter just a little more bearable. The first concert is this Saturday, the 15th, featuring Francis & the Lights.
Sometimes you don't even have to get out of town to get away. But San Francisco hotels often come with a lofty pricetag, which is precisely why it's important to cash in on a deal when you see it.