Workin for the Weekend: eventseekr’s Top Picks for 10/28/2011-10/30/2011

With Halloween coming around, there definitely isn’t a dearth of events going on this weekend. Since I don’t believe you people need any more help finding party venues, I’ve decided to gather a list of other options!

Here’s to working for the weekend!

Journey to the End of the Night, Saturday, October 29 @ 7pm

To kick off this year’s Come Out & Play Festival, which runs from October 29 to November 6, the festival organizers are bringing back the epic game of Halloween tag that spans from one end of  San Francisco to the other. Participants need to make it through a series of checkpoints using only their brains, brawn and public transportation. Runners will be chased by run-of-the-mill chasers, as well as the fearsome Chaser Killer. This year, the journey will begin at Cupid’s Span in Rincon Park instead of Justin Herman Plaza, due to the Occupy San Francisco protests. To keep on top of event information, follow Journey to the End of the Night on Facebook. You can register for the event here.
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Who to See @ Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 Part Deux

Earlier this week, a few members of the eventseekr team profiled eight bands playing this weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival. Since then, we figured why not single out another six bands from the bill, and tell you, the festival-going public, why you should be going see these six as well. Here’s Joey P., Lauren E., Katie K., and Gillian H. with their picks.

Performing Saturday, October 15

YACHT TUNNEL STAGE: 2:15 to 2:55pm (Joey P.)

YACHT. Photo courtesy of The Windish Agency.

In 2009, I got to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs play the Fox Theatre, and the opening act was a little band named Yacht, but the heck if I knew who they were at the time. Before Yacht took the stage that night, all I saw were a couple signs on stage with a Triangle logo, a synthesizer and/or keyboard, a projector and a screen; these were their instruments. Before long, Yacht’s Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans appeared on stage sharply dressed in a suit and evening dress respectively. Not exactly sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised with Yacht’s dance moves and stage presence. I didn’t know it yet, but their track “Psychic City” would later become one of my favorite discoveries from 2009. Since then, Bechtolt and Evans have assembled a whole live band when out on tour, so when you catch them this weekend at Treasure Island, expect to see Rob “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter on the bass and keys, Jeffrey Brodsky on drums, and Katy Davidson on guitar. Very wicked dance parties in the crowd are sure to ensue.

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Workin for the Weekend – eventseekr’s Top Picks for 10/14/11-10/16/11

It’s Wednesday again, which means that eventseekr’s got your weekend plan right here. In addition to  TIMF, Richard Serra at the SFMOMA and the SF Vintners Market, there’s a lot of good stuff lined up, and some of it for an awesome cause. Katie K. and Lucia C. teamed up to bring you this week’s edition of Workin for the Weekend.

Treasure Island Music Fest Night Shows (October 14-16): Everyone is talking about Treasure Island Music Festival, and for a good reason; it’s one of the most popular Bay Area events this weekend. However, if you’re not the festival type or you don’t feel like dedicating your entire Saturday and Sunday to pushing through crowds of ecstatic fans, you can still be a part of the action and get your live music fix at one of the TIMF night shows. The Head and The Heart show and The Drums show (which I am excited to be covering!) are already sold out, but tickets for the other night shows are still available. On Saturday, JFK (of MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979) will be playing a TIMF after party DJ set at Mezzanine in San Francisco. MSTRKRFT was at TIMF in 2009, and this year Death From Above 1979 is featured on Saturday’s lineup. For music lovers who favor a more laid-back vibe, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down will play at The Independent in San Francisco on Sunday. All of the TIMF night shows are restricted to ages 21 and over.  –Katie

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Who to See @ Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 – eventseekr’s Top 8

As the whole Bay is probably aware, Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 is this weekend, and just like everyone else, we’re beyond excited for this year’s kickass lineup. In celebration of that, we had Julia G., Gillian H., Alexa D., Lauren E. and Katie K. pick out the bands they want to see the most. Even though all of the sets are staggered between the Bridge and Tunnel Stages, we still want to make sure you know to get your ass back on the field for the following performances. So hold your pee, pack some energy bars, and leave the ferris wheel in the Treasure Chest for later–these are the artists you need to see. For more information about transportation to and from the event, check out our earlier Treasure Island Greening post from Mat D. And, if you regret not getting your two-day passes earlier, you still have a chance to win them via the eventseekr Treasure Island Music Fest contest page.

Without further ado, here are our Top 8 Picks for this year’s festival.

Performing Saturday, October 15

ALOE BLACC TUNNEL STAGE: 12:45 to 1:25pm (Julia G.)


Photo by Nico Kaiser, CC BY 2.0

Somehow I associate all those vintage soul revivals with music that people go to for comfort. The soul music created by Aloe Blacc (of “I Need a Dollar” fame) is comfortable and ultra-tasteful without getting too gentrified and therefore annoying. It has groove as well as dignity. Aloe Blacc is also known for his soulful cover versions of unexpected songs (by Velvet Underground and Green Day), so you probably should expect that at the fest.

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SF Weekly Dish 2011 [Review]

The SF Weekly Dish happened on Sunday, October 2. It’s now Friday, October 7. If you’re wondering why this review is coming out so late, it’s because this is how long it took me to digest just how FANTASTIC this event was.

Papalote showed me hella love. Photo by Laura Knight.

Let me break down for you just why this event was so perfect.

  1. Proceeds went to La Cocina, an organization that helps low-income food entrepreneurs get their start in the business. They also run the SF Street Food Festival.
  2. Check-in was a breeze.
  3. The gorgeous SF Design Center was an enlightened venue.
  4. 3 hours of non-stop eating featuring 35 food vendors.
  5. Open…wait for it…BAR.

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Greening @ Treasure Island Music Festival 10/15/11-10/16/11

In August, I experienced my first music festival in the United States: SF Outside Lands. I was impressed by so many things: the music, the crowd and the diversity of shows.

Music is definitely part of me, and since I’m currently in San Francisco, I need to focus on the next important event on the horizon: Treasure Island Music Festival. This year, the festival headliners are Empire of the Sun on Saturday and Death Cab for Cutie on Sunday. Both bands are an excellent reason to go, but when you realize Cut Copy, Beach House, St. Vincent and Death From Above 1979 are also on the bill–going to this festival becomes a necessity. Check out the lineup for day one and day two. (eventseekr’s also giving one lucky eventseekr fan the opportunity to win free tickets to the festival. Read up on the competition terms and conditions before you enter!)

Goldfrapp performing at the 2008 Treasure Island Music Fest. Photo by Joey Pangilinan.

You’ve also probably noticed the Greening tab on TIMF’s official website. It’s becoming more and more common for large events to  show they are committed to a cause–greening, in this case. From October 15 to October 16, “reduction” will be the theme of the green effort. Basically, they will focus on two different reduction initiatives during this two-day festival.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 [Preview]

San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is in its 11th year, and with such a consistently impressive 3-day lineup, it’s truly amazing that this festival is still completely free. Even folks who can’t dig bluegrass tunes will find something at HSB to get excited about. Just as the name suggests, the festival offers an armful of great bluegrass bands, as well as a good amount of folk, rock and country music. The festival kicks off at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park on Thursday, September 29th with MC Hammer’s Children’s Program. I wonder if he’ll be sporting those famous pants.

On Friday, the festival introduces indie sensation Conor Oberst, who performed at last year’s HSB. This year, Oberst is in charge of Friday’s Rooster stage, bringing some friends along with him like his band, Bright Eyes, which is sure to draw a flurry of dedicated fans. I was fortunate enough to see Bright Eyes play at Coachella this spring and let’s just say that their streak of artistic genius was showing. Oberst also brings M. Ward of Monsters of Folk and the “him” of She & Him, as well as Kurt Vile & the Violators, among others.  Other incredible acts on Friday include Chris Isaak (Wicked Game, anyone?), Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, and Robert Plant & the Band of Joy. Starting to forget that this festival is FREE of charge? Yeah, me too.

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