Hey, everyone! I hope all is well and that you’re enjoying this holiday season, staying as stress-free as you can. If you’re done with all of you’re shopping…major kudos because I haven’t done much. No worries, you know your girl works best under pressure, I got this!
I’ve got my coffee and a (finally) organized iTunes library, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished this morning, the main thing I want to do though, is to tell you about my San Francisco adventures from last week.
“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.” — William Saroyan
San Francisco is my favorite place to be. It brings me to life.
I’ve had tickets to see a band called Grizzly Bear for about six months now, so this trip has been in the works for a while. On Monday, I headed out of town, along with my boyfriend and his brother. My boyfriend is the one that got me into this band. If you know me at all, you know that I listen to a lot of different music and they are now one of my favorites.
After checking into our room, we walked around for a bit, then hopped on the bus to get to Haight-Ashbury. We stopped for a drink at Hobson’s Choice. I asked for my fave, a margarita on the rocks with salt. The guys opted for a beer, the darkest one in the place, real manly men beers, I just can’t. I get the notes of chocolate and/or coffee in those types of beers, but still, I can’t. It was a cool bar, I’ll definitely be back.
The weather was perfect in the city and I love all of the walking, even if I don’t have a specific place in mind. Except for those extreeeemely steep roads, if the people I was with didn’t know the extent of my out of shape-ness, they learned that day!
A quick bite to eat before the concert happened at Akiko’s Sushi Bar. You can’t go wrong with the Rainbow Roll at pretty much any sushi spot, but this one was particularly good. I didn’t snap a pic of that, which I now regret but will blame on the fact that it took me 30 minutes to stop feeling the pain my chest from that steep walk I mentioned earlier.
We were really lucky that the restaurant and the hotel, King George are both on Mason St. and neither were too far from the Warfield Theater on Market St. After we ate, we stopped back to hotel to partake in the complimentary wine and cheese happy hour and then headed off to the the Warfield.
When we arrived at the venue, we grabbed some (pricey) beers and made our way to our seats. The opening act was serpentwithfeet, I enjoyed and was intrigued by this artist’s performance. I have tried, but still cannot come up with the words to describe his music, so I’m going to have a Rolling Stone article about him from September of 2016 help me out. They described serpentwithfeet’s sound as, “swooning falsetto, left-field R&B and dark electronic drama.” That sounds about right.
I wasn’t sure what to make of him then, but I appreciated the fact that I was in San Francisco getting to see a musical act that I would never get the chance to see in my small town of Hanford. After a brief intermission, it was now time for Grizzly Bear.
When I first heard of them, around 5 years ago, they sounded like the modern day Beach Boys, with a nice blend of vocal harmonies, traditional and electronic instruments. Who can resist an omnichord and a banjo? I became an instant fan.
They didn’t disappoint. They played a lot of my favorites and a few from their latest album, Painted Ruins. It was a spectacular show.
Besides seeing Grizzly Bear in concert, I had some other plans in mind. I needed to see and pay more attention to the art. I had a checklist of the things that I wanted see and I got to hit mostly all of them. Jimi Hendrix’s apartment and the new murals of Prince and David Bowie on Haight-Ashbury, check! Chinatown, check! Golden Gate Park, check! Fisherman’s Wharf, check!
The one place that I didn’t get to was the Clarion Mural Project, so that’s a definite must the next time I get back. This time, I won’t let so much time pass. And I need to see my San Francisco Giants play more often, it’s ridiculous.
Oh and I can’t forget to mention one of my favorite places of all, the record store. In this case, Amoeba Music. I’m always looking to add to my record collection. Of course, I wanted everything but I came home with the gem, ‘Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan.’
On a sad note, the morning that we woke up on our last day in the city, San Francisco’s Mayor, Ed Lee, passed away. Mayor Lee did great things for the city of San Francisco and will be dearly missed.
So once again, I left my heart in that beautiful city. A place I love to get lost in.
Thanks for reading!