Thursday, January 2, 2014

If You Want a Vibrant Music Scene in S.F., Go To More Shows

Posted By on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

click to enlarge The Soft Moon performs at Cafe Du Nord
  • The Soft Moon performs at Cafe Du Nord

From the latest SF Weekly:

Want to Keep Your Music Scene?: We, the music fans, must know that we influence what happens here. We need to understand why places we think we love have to close or undergo vast changes -- places like Viracocha, Savannah Jazz Club, Cafe Du Nord, and Rassela's Jazz Club, to name a few examples from 2013.

It's not the techies, whoever we think they are. It's not gentrification, of which nearly everyone reading this is probably guilty in some sense. It's all of us. Clubs close because you and I didn't go to them enough. [continue reading]

S.F. Tape Music Festival: "It's like sitting in a movie theater," Ingalls says. "It's cinema for the ear .... Speakers surround the audience, so a sonic canvas is created that the person projecting the sound can manipulate. They can mix the volume to focus your attention on a tiny sound, or wrap you in a massive IMAX theater ambience. You actually feel the music. We do it in the dark because of the effect it creates when you can't see where the speakers are. Your brain has to fill in the gaps, so you create a 3D environment in your mind." [continue reading]

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and lows from the week in S.F. music.

And we recommend the following shows:

Cold Beat at the Uptown, Friday, Jan. 3

The Yellow Dress at Rickshaw Stop, Saturday, Jan. 4

The Easy Leaves' Western Winter Formal at Great American Music Hall, Saturday, Jan. 4

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