Workin’ for the Weekend – eventseekr’s Top Picks for 11/11/2011-11/13/2011

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re already halfway through the work week. A.K.A.: 2 days until the weekend officially begins! As usual, San Francisco is offering a bunch of fun events this weekend, and eventseekr has the scope on the best, including the top five art exhibits opening in November. If you’re not feeling too artsy, here’s the down-low details on our top five picks for other events this weekend.

Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon

The Luxury Chocolate Salon is a seasonal chocolate show taking place at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco this Sunday, November 13th. This is a must-attend event for any serious chocolate enthusiast. The Salon will feature over 30 participants, which include not only confectioners, but also local wineries and culinary artisans. Festival highlights include chef and author talks, television interviews and of course the opportunity to taste many different wines and chocolates.

Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble @ Rickshaw Stop

This German trio creates wonderfully unique sounds by combining classical instruments, jazz and electronic dance music. After wowing listeners with this beautiful fusion on their debut album, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble has transitioned away from laptop production and expanded to a ten-piece live band. They will play at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco this Friday, November 11th. Expect to hear the compelling texture of many layered instruments that come together to create a live performance that is unique and surprisingly dance-able.

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The One AM Radio at Rickshaw Stop 8/3/11 [Interview]

I’m standing near the dimly lit bar in the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco when Scott Leahy, guitarist for The One AM Radio, approaches me.

“Want to come back to our green room?” he says.

I follow Leahy backstage and up a set of narrow old wooden stairs to the green room, which feels like somebody’s garage hangout. There is graffiti on the walls, some exposed insulation, a couple of couches and a table with chairs. A single over-head lamp lights the room. The vibe is laid back: Front man Hrishikesh “Hrishi” Hirway is eating pineapple fried rice and sitting across from him at the table are band members Fontaine Cole and Leahy. Also in the room with us is the man behind the opening act, Geotic, Will Wiesenfeld of Baths. We start talking about the creative process, what it’s like to be in a band, inspirations that are close to home, and what the future holds for The One AM Radio.

Photo by Elisha Christian.

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Lollapalooza Day 2

Day 2 is what I had been waiting for the most. Friendly Fires had an afternoon set on the Bud Light stage, one of the two main stages. As I had previously mentioned in an earlier post, I had been wanting to see them for the longest time, but there was a schedule conflict between them and Skylar Grey. But after catching Skylar at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco a couple weeks back, I was able to eliminate that conflict.

View of the Chicago skyine during Friendly Fires. Photo by Joey Pangilinan

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Skylar Grey- Rickshaw Stop 7/28/2011 [Recap]

Back in March of this year, I bought a three-day pass to Lollapalooza, which is finally about to happen later this week. Upon seeing Lollapalooza’s lineup for the first time, my heart leapt a beat in excitement when I saw that Friendly Fires would be playing on the festival’s second day. I have been yearning to see this band perform live for quite some time.

Thankfully however, there didn’t appear to be any schedule conflicts. That is until I did my due diligence and listened to some of the bands that I’m not already familiar with. When I started listening to Skylar Grey’s music, I liked what I heard. Unfortunately, I did not like what I saw when I realized her set overlaps with Friendly Fires’ set for all but 15 minutes. When attending a music festival, schedule conflicts like that are the bane of my existence.

With a little fortunate coincidence on my side, a few weeks ago I found out that Grey was playing a show here in San Francisco at the Rickshaw Stop on July 28th. As it turned out, this was Skylar Grey’s first performance as Skylar Grey. Grey is the stage name for Holly Brook Hafermann.

Photo by Misha Vladimirskiy

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