Last night - a Sunday - Alan and I did something very out of character: we left the house to attend an event in the city. Now, we often talk about how great it would be to do something like that but we never actually do. When it comes right down to it we're homebodies that like each other, like our home, and don't much like other people. So we often choose to stay home instead of doing all the great things that make San Francisco and Oakland such wonderful places to live. But not last night. Nope, last night we ventured to the famed Fillmore Auditorium (mere blocks from our first apartment in San Francisco - and now, we didn't go there when we lived there) to see a concert.
The Frames is a band fronted by Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning musician from the Irish movie Once. Incidentally, this is now one of my favorite movies. Hansard formed a band called The Swell Season with his co-star in that film, Marketa Irglova, and they were playing in Saratoga this summer at the Mountain Winery. We were going to get tickets but the concert was on a week night over an hour away from our respective jobs and there's no way we would have been able to get down there in time to see it. Incidentally, this is also the concert where a crazy person jumped from the top of the stage scaffolding to his death right in front of the bad and the audience. In hindsight, I'm glad we didn't manage to get tickets.
But when I saw Hansard's other band - The Frames - would be in SF over Thanksgiving weekend I jumped at the chance to get tickets. And I'm so glad I did! While nearly 4 hours on your feet is normally not my idea of a good time, the venue - The Fillmore - was spectacular for an intimate concert with this amazing music.
Now, having worked in radio for a couple of years way back in the day I've been to my fair share of concerts. From Journey/Foreigner to The Barenaked Ladies to The Dave Matthews Band to Paul Simon/Bob Dylan to Jewel I've seen a ton of shows. At one point I was seeing at least one concert a week during the summer. But never have I been this close to the stage for such an amazing act. I don't know what it is, but I just love Hansard and could watch him play/sing all night. He's a man you can tell loves music and loves performing. So while my feet were angry, my knees were creaking and my back was aching, I had a huge smile on my face and my heart was happy. Definitely a great band that I recommend seeing if you like to hear a band really give its all for the audience.
Unfortunately it didn't occur to me to bring my camera since I had no idea how close to the stage we'd actually be, but I did manage to get a couple of good snaps with the iPhone. And the video quality ain't so bad either.