Last Night: Cake at the Fillmore
|John McCrea, Cake|
January 9, 2009
Better Than: cake, the food.
Although birthday cake was available upstairs, it was clear that last night's sold-out crowd didn't come to the Fillmore for the dessert -- they came for Cake. The show was birthday bash for Bill Graham, San Francisco's legendary music promoter who would have been 79 this year had he not passed away in 1991 after a tragic helicopter crash. Proceeds from the concert went to the Bill Graham Foundation, which provides grants for music, the arts, and education.
But eager Cake fans (for whom the fundraiser aspect was just a nice side-perk) had to wait patiently for the lights to finally dim for the headliners around 10 p.m. Even after that, they had to sit through what felt like a half-hour of crescendo-heavy intro music accompanied by an odd slide show of cats, RVs, random buildings, cars, and other images of Americana at its not-so-finest projected behind the stage before lead-vocalist John McCrea finally stepped up to the mic wielding his Kleen Kanteen and vibraslap.
|Xan McCurdy, Cake|