Five Shows President Obama Should See in S.F. Tonight (After His Tech Meeting)
|You're coming tonight? But Prince isn't 'til next week!|
Still, there's rarely a bad night to be out on the town in S.F. If this rainy Thursday is your only chance to take in some live music in S.F. -- and you're going to need a beer and some beats after hanging with nerds all evening -- here are five ideas for how to spend your precious time.
1. Cake at the Fillmore
It's hard to imagine any bandleader who sees more eye-to-eye with you on environmental issues than Cake's John McCrea. Plus, Cake recently released a song called "Federal Funding," which may provide some much-needed perspective on your impending budget struggle. And knowing your appreciation for stirring rhetoric, President Obama, we think you'd probably love this wordy alt-rock band from up the road in Sacramento.
2. Gift of Gab at the Independent
Few MCs, let alone politicians, are as quick-tounged -- or quick-witted -- as Gift of Gab, Mr. President. And why not show those culturally constipated political opponents of yours that there really is something called positive hip-hop?
3. Wicked Mercies (and many more) at Winter Music Fest/Cellspace
Hell, you're from Chicago, so you must love classic soul, right, Obama? Well, Wicked Mercies bang it out with gusto, thanks to three female singers and an honest-to-god brass section. Maybe they're not Chicago-style, exactly, but we bet you'd have a hard time finding something this funky in D.C.
4. S.F. Bluegrass & Old Time Festival at Cafe Du Nord
Rather than antagonize the opponents, Mr. President, you could try one-upping them on your appreciation of traditional American music. The next time you have the chance, wouldn't it be cool to pick up a fiddle, wring out out some jig, and blow your opponents' little redneck minds? Find some inspiration here -- because wow, we'd really love to see the first Black (banjo-playing) President.
5. All Atheists Are Muslim at Stage Werx
Okay, so this isn't music, but we would just love to see you attend a comedy show about an Atheist boy and an Iranian-descended girl trying to have a normal relationship in the midst of thousands of years of religious tradition. We bet you'd find something to relate to, Mr. President.
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