(illustration: Cassidy Miller)
In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene.
Boostive, Gene Evaro Jr., Salami Rose Joe Louis’ Band Of Science at Bocci’s Cellar (SC) July 21.
When the long-time Santa Cruz dub, break, and chill-hop party band Boostive announced they were going to relocate to SoCal, some people took it harder than others — The Crepe Place double-booked the band’s farewell show, and picked the other lineup over them. For the second time.
Luckily, Bocci’s Cellar was able to host in their side garden while hosting karaoke inside. The show began with experimental duo Salami Rose Joe Louis’ Band Of Science, featuring a trumpet. I don’t have enough space for all the amazing things I have to say about them. Check out their album Son of a Sauce! on Bandcamp. From Joshua Tree, CA came Gene Evaro Jr. and his wildly entertaining band. Always with smiles, they swap and dip and clap along to the songs, building up the energy of the set with every song. They release a new CD next month, and I highly recommend it. Boostive welcomed Salami Rose up to the stage to sing over several tracks, and it wasn’t long before they literally unscrewed the lightbulbs to darken the stage and chill out the vibe. It wasn’t long before the smoke was too thick to see the stage, and all you could do was groove. They’ll be missed in Santa Cruz for sure. —Joshua Huver
On An On, Sego, Yours at Rickshaw Stop (SF) July 21.
Sego was one giant ball of pent-up house party energy. Running through much of their new record the set was thankfully capped off by the dance-punk single “The Fringe.” I even caught a set of one band members parents who were catching their first show from the band throwing down some serious head bobbing. On An On may not be returning to San Francisco for sometime after a touring hiatus announcement, so this show helped tide fans over with a set that hit the full spectrum of their two releases with a handful of songs that took on some fresh experimentation specifically for this tour. The band may not be fully disappearing, but if we could convince them to come around once a year just to play “Ghosts” live it would be worth it. Long live On An On. —Mike Chouinard
Weezer, Panic! at the Disco at Shoreline Amphitheatre (MV) July 31.
Not only was it one of the biggest shows I’ve ever been to, but it featured two bands that, had I never known them, I don’t know how I would have obsessed over music the way I did and do. Sure, I really truly have no clue about any of the new albums either of them have released after 2010, but screaming along to the music of my youth with today’s youth and their dads is something I’m happy I’ve finally experienced. Nothing truly beats starting a dance pit on a lawn to “Buddy Holly” by Weezer or panicking with 14-year-olds when Panic! plays the hit that made me emo in 2006, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” —Erika Delgado
The Strokes at The Wiltern Theatre (LA) July 25.
I flew down for the night to sit by myself in the mezzanine of The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles so I could watch The Strokes play because they are the greatest band of all time there is no debate thank you very much. —Will Reisman