Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community’s live music offerings over the course of one evening. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way.
What do we call the ground level areas of Potrero Hill? Potrero Flats? It deserves a name – it hosts a plethora of our favorite places, such as the San Francisco Center for the Book and Bottom of the Hill, and, in it’s own sphere of influence, Thee Parkside.
We must admit that, not only do we know fairly little about Thee Parkside, we know less about thee neighboring park. (We looked it up in the interest of journalistic dilligence – it is Jackson Playground). Our friends The Famous (the band, not the category of people, of whom we do also count many as friends), offered us a chance to remedy this gap in our gadding by headlining an afternoon show.
The Famous are into their second set as we arrive with an uncharacteristic surplus of sunshine at our backs. They are delivering their signature runaway train variety of roots music. Vic Barclay is squeezing an unlikely combination of aggression and finesse from his Telecaster, while singer Lauerence Scott uncannily channels both Peter Wolf and Howlin’ Wolf.