I honestly had no idea this venue existed. It suffers from the plight of most SoMa venues in that most people don’t ‘hang out’ there as with other areas (I’m looking at you Mission District). Two full bars, a stage, and lots of art makes it a interesting venue. Honestly it’s only major flaw (from a band’s perspective) is the two room split makes it easy to lose half your audience to the other room; even though they can still hear you through the sound system, it’s a little disheartening.
The Rollers opened the show promptly at 7p. A band made up of coworkers for one of the participating companies at the event, The Rollers do covers with a solid rhythm section and lots of energy. Unfortunately they played one of the few covers from our sets so we had to cut it.
Vinyl Spectrum has been finding it’s groove with a solid line up. The sound is bouncing somewhere between James Chance and The Pixies. We started the set with a call and response routine with me at the back of the venue moving forward. It was kitschy but was well received. Not sure what the future holds for the band but things are steady at the moment.
Playing a private party tomorrow with Vinyl Spectrum. So no flier.
A familiar venue, the Hotel Utah has feature in previous post before. I’ve had some mediocre experiences here but nothing horrible. On a packed like (like it was this night) is always enjoyable. Which is easy because 60-80 packs the place.
The Hudson Heat have a lot going for them in that they remind me of a lot of other bands. There’s a little something in there for everyone to cling onto. Part Dashboard Confessional, a little Wilco, and various other straight ahead alt rockers. The band was solid and had a strong audience from the beginning.
Vinyl Spectrum took the middle slot, my personal favorite. The band was fresh after spending a 10 hour block in the studio a few days prior. Frankie (guitar/vocals) got a little[a lot] carried away during a solo and spent 5 minutes in the crowd letting people play his guitar. We play a song called “Ellie’ and there happened to be a woman with that name in the crowd. Song’s about a street walker but she seemed pleased. If we can keep this line-up together, I think things will be looking up.
Greyhounds, an amazing band. I made the mistake of wandering outside at the beginning of their set. When I walked back in I was immediately mesmerized. Solid Rhythm and Blues with tons of energy and feeling in it. I don’t want to say too much and not do them justice.