Little Red Toddies and Big Dickels to Keep You Warm [Live Review]

Little Red / Yalls / Bleeding Knees Club / Oona | Saturday, November 5th | Rickshaw Stop | San Francisco

It was Saturday night after a bout of rain when a couple of friends and I strolled up to Rickshaw Stop. I was ready for my dose of feel-good rock in the form of Australian quintet, Little Red.

Little Red. Photo courtesy of Tell All Your Friends PR.

The group is currently touring their latest album, Midnight Remember. Unfortunately, the ‘Stop’s doors weren’t open yet. I guess we got a little overzealous. We did what any respectable concert attendee would in said case and had a drink down the street. The city streets had a chill that made the inside of the venue feel like a paradise once we got there. As far as concert spots go, the Eden parallel is not too far from the truth. One can rock out by the stage with the bartender only a hop away. There are also two upstairs balcony areas furnished with benches and couches. Yes, couches. Needless to say, we spent a big part of the evening lounging in the warmth, enjoying the atmosphere and sipping our specialty drinks of the evening: Little Red Toddies (add a bit of grenadine) and Big Dickels. The namesake of the toddy was obvious, while I was left wondering if the latter was dubbed so in honor of the first performer, Bleeding Knees Club.

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Bridge School Benefit Concert 2011 [Preview]

Every year since 1986 (except for 1987) Neil Young and his wife Pegi along with The Bridge School organize and host The Bridge School Benefit Concert at The Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. The concert is, as the name states, a non-profit event in which all proceeds directly benefit The Bridge School. The organization is a recognized leader in education for children with severe disabilities.

The Bridge School Benefit Concert always brings an impressive group of musicians together, many of which are personal friends of Young. I discovered at last year’s concert that Young also jumps in to play alongside many of the other bands, the most memorable being his appearance during Pearl Jam’s set.  The band didn’t hesitate to mention the impact that “Uncle Neil” Young had on them as an inspiration and long-time mentor.

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