Sad news out of the Fillmore district last week: the beloved jazz/hip-hop lounge formerly known as Yoshi’s—and more recently known as The Addition—shut its doors this past week. In its honor, we suggest putting on a Duke Ellington record (The OKeh Ellington), pouring a glass of sumpin-sumpin, pouring some of said sumpin-sumpin on the floor, and remember that we at least still have Yoshi's Oakland and SFJazz Center.
If you think the most exciting live music event of January was the Coachella lineup announcement — which, to be fair, is thrilling — you’d be wrong! The fun doesn’t stop anymore, people. Fun is a 24/7/365 concern in 2015. Get with the program. Here are five options more thrilling than a SoCal festival lineup tweet:
Twenty-Fifteen already figures to be another year worth toasting. We’re starting things off the right way locally, and we’re not even close to the meat of the late-winter/early-spring influx of new material and touring bands.
It’s New Year’s Eve week and you need all of the fun. You’ve come to the right place.
Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros To Pimp Out Vintage Railcars, Start Their Tour in Oakland
Tour vans are so 2010. For one of the coolest band caravans to cross the country in recent memory, red-hot indie bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show are pimping out vintage railcars and riding them through the Southwest. It all begins at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on April 21.
We all know this is a bona fide music lovers' town, so it's really no surprise that San Francisco annihilated the competition in Stubhub.com's "Most Rockin' City of 2010" rankings, in which we placed 4th, based on how much money the population spent on ticket sales through StubHub.
Apparently, despite the recession and hard times all around, the city shelled out hundreds to see gigantic shows, like Lady Gaga's Monster Ball, to smaller artists' performances, like Vampire Weekend. The top-ranked city? Hartford, Connecticut (say what?), which grabbed the title of "Most Rockin' City of 2010" from the now 3rd-ranked New York City. Boston, MA ranked 2nd. We're just appalled that neither LA nor Austin, TX are on the list.
Concert fans are not taking these tough times sitting down—music lovers everywhere have been voicing their concerns over hefty show prices and fees in hopes of stirring up some deals. This time around, being loud has paid off. Live Nation, one of the world's largest ticket brokering services, just issued a great one-day-only offer: $24.99, no additional fees, for lawn tickets to some of this season's biggest performances.