We hit SF and stashed our gear, chowed a burrito, took a nap on the sundeck and then went to the Toronado for some preliminary beers. What a great place. They have Belgians galore and after a few we were joined by Hollis and Skeeter, our FLA homies.
I was amped for this show, my first since Oct in Sacramento. I have seen over 20 Mofro shows in all.
After many more beers @ the Toronado, we were off to hook up w/ the ever delightful Emily and away we went to the Fillmore. Good company can make or break a show and I must say that we had a superior posse riding the rail and standing tall all night. Thanks for hanging out, it was truly wonderful. Chuck Prophet opened the show. They were pretty good. I liked the pedal steel sound and Chuck can get that Bakersfield twang sound going good. They get kinda alt-countryish at times, IMO. Anyway, Chuck finishes and on comes MOFRO
They opened w/ How Jr. Got His Head Put Out w/ guest Robert Walter and I knew right away it was on. Next, I think was Brighter Days, fully enhanced by the horns, those guys were the shizznit. JJ catches you offguard w/ what might be some simple songs, but when you see him direct a band, you see the depth of his vision. Anyway, the horns helped w/ the rave up @ the end of days and I can't remember what exactly was next but some highlights, for me were Country Ghetto ("rather starve to death than live from another man's handout - they call us poverty), Dirt Flo' Cracka("Them words just fill me with pride") and a spectacular, soulful Florida @ the end complete with massive horns and JJ testifying and footstomping (in expensive pointy toe leather boots, no less) and wailing on the harmonica. I was thoroughly baptised in the Pentecostal moment and basked in the glory of salvation all the way home, with stops for beer and pizza slices on the way. A freekin great show, IMO.
Special thanks to Hollis, Skeeter, Emily and most especial thanks to BOTB for hanging out on the rail all night and making sure Zoners were representing strong. BOTB even got a knuckle bump from JJ in his only acknowledgement of the crowd all evening.
All in all, well worth the $$ and the trip to SF is just a bonus.
Thx for the review
BOTB's review is in OS at
Kind of ahrd for me to fathom Chuck Prophet opening for Mofro. Should be the other way around.
That was FUN!!
and believe it or not...1st time on the rail at the fillmore for me...
i'll finally get to check out MOFRO in New Orleans at the festival!!
>>>"Should be the other way around."
You gotta be kidding me.
Not sure why the attendance was so low for this show because it seems like there's lots of people talking about it, I've run into people several times this week and the show has come up in conversation without my promtpting...
I was reading the notes I took during the show...the last thing I wrote was C.Prophet "Now it's time for the sex part!" Did he actually say that? ha ha...if he didn't I'm forgetting what sounds like an exciting part of my night
Good company can make or break a show
This show was definitely not broken! Always great to hang with you guys and it was a delight to meet UHollis, only thing better than a bearded set-list keeping, railriding zoner with a southern drawl is when he's got a great woman, who loves going to shows! It's so rare to have an even balance of male and female energy...hopefully JJ wasn't too disappointed that there weren't more panties thrown, He's a sexy man for sure!
i got to a computer this mornin
it was bunk, but now i am in seattle
and a great place, hangin with friends.
the fillmore, well i was surprised, even though not one of my favorite shows, a great atmosphere, with some wonderful people. I miss seeing BOTB and RED, the laughs and the beers are so well greased and moving in such wonderful motion. Emily, your a wonderful to hang with. thank you for the ride on saturday, and its a joy to see those notes being taken at the show, and the m/f enrgy being kept, yo. yes, JJ said that its time for the sex part. i dont remember if that was b/f Movin on or LFA, but it was sex. its good to know peeps are talkin and your not bringing it up. hell , they played a radio show in seattle today(103.7), and the call in's from folks afterwards made skeeter cry.
was the attendance really that low?
does it get that packed there? i looked back and felt it was a decent crowd. though, as you had said, it seemed to be yer typ. SF guy crowd, where were all the ladies?
i'll report back next week in OS when i get back to SFL.
Same thing this weekend at the Independent...no women! No line for the ladies room either But still...I'm pretty sure the guys in the band didn't learn to play guitar to have a bunch of drunk frat boys crowding around and chanting their name.
Not sure why SF doesn't have more show going women but it means it's real easy for me to make friends, hee hee hee!
>>>>Not sure why SF doesn't have more show going women
This problem definitely gets a little old. However, I pleased to say a few of the recent concerts I've attended where quite crowded with some very attractive ladies. The shows I speak of were Pepper @ the Fillmore and Brett Dennen @ the Indy.
Pepper was packed with the beach betty's who love their Sublime-ish island feel. (Not to mention one of their new tunes titled "Point and Shoot" with the chorus that goes... "pussy licking, pussy licking, me oh my!!! I see a photo opportunity!") Might turn some girls off, definitely turned some on.
Brett Dennen had the whole Santa Cruz/Santa Barbara contingent of ladies. Many looked very sexy, with dresses on and revealing shirts (Marina style; even saw some heels and fake boobies) and most were wined to the nine. Point in case a blond with boobs blown out to her chin approaches me as I'm packing a bowl upstairs and asks point blank, "Can smoke your pot?" I grudging say yes and then she proceeds to wave two more girls over. They were all nice just not too keen on the stoner etiquette. Turns out one of 'em was there with Bo Carper (saw them again at MoFro).
Anyway, I hope these are signs to come. Not necessarily hoping that bimbo's will be turned on to jam music but that the male to female ratio will improve. Sorry to get off track just trying to say all hope is not lost.
As for the Mo Fro show: It seemed really empty. In fact I got there fairly late and the box office had already closed. Security dude recognized me and let the four of us in for free. I was impressed by the music and truly expected that they had a bigger fan base out here. (Pepper in comparison was a sold out barn burner.) Unfortunately didn't get to meet any of the other Zoners but of course ran into Emily. She was rail riding with the others and I simply wasn't so into it that I wanted to fight my way up there. Hopefully next time will get to meet you folks.
3/31/07 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA.
Source: Neumann ak40 (@90) > Lc3ka > KM100 > AD1000 > D8 @ 44.1 (only taper)
Transfer: D8 > M-Audio Firewire 24/96 > Samplitude 2496 > CDWAVE > flac
Transferred by Jeff Patton
Disk 1 (74 min.)
01. How Junior Got His Head Put Out *
04. Brighter Days
08. A Woman
09. Lazy Fo Acre
10. Lochloosa +
Disk 2 (74 min.)
Set I continued
01. Country Ghetto
02. 6 Ways From Sunday
03. Movin On Over(To The Higher Side)**
06. The Sun is Shining Do//wn
07. Harp & Drums ++
*w/ Robert Walter on Nord Synth
+w/ Chuck Prophet
++w/ Chuck Prophet(g) & Kevin White(b)
**JJ on guitar rest of show, spilled whiskey in his Nord.
//slight problem at 7:11
entire show with Hercules Horns
I just listened to this for the first time tonight.
And its alot better that i initially remember.
I do recall the edge roughness, but not the brut force that kinda came out in the end.
Great crowd interaction.
I cant wait to go back.