Tour Diary – Napa and San Francisco (Oct 8 and 9, 2010)

SF

Napa, CA: A lazy day in Napa. We could only find one hotel room in this town because it’s the start of “Crush” week, or month or something…it has something to do with drinking wine. In any case we could only find a room for our driver so we spent half the day parked on a highway beside the hotel, while Marc, our driver, slept. It seemed like a good day to spend in my bunk, so I did. Napa is an odd little town. Its’ one visible function seems to be to serve the wine-tourists. A considerable amount of money has gone in to refurbishing some beautiful 19th century buildings on the main drag: tonight’s venue, The Napa Opera House is one such building. It’s a beautiful old building which has been creatively and lovingly restored. We had a pretty good show tonight, aided by an excellent audience.

San Francisco, CA: It’s Fleet Week in San Fran, and that, coupled with the Giants being in the playoffs, gave these usually intense, boisterous streets an extra edge of insanity. The sidewalks were teeming with sailors and baseball fans and the skies were screaming with the Blue Angels acrobatic fighter-jet team. The beautiful weather also seems to have enticed all of the locals into the streets….the end result is a type of controlled-mayhem. I love this city: a wholly unique and special place. Tonight was a new venue for us, Bimbo’s 365. Apparently the place is an old North Beach institution. It kind of has that 1950’s Gentlemen’s Club vibe, complete with painted Vargas style pinup girls on the walls and a signed photo of Liberace in the lobby. It’s a little on the funky side, but not a bad venue. We were worried about geese tonight because of the layout of the place, but the audience was excellent and attentive. A full house and a very good show from our side of the stage made for a great way to end this run. We head back to TO very early tomorrow morning and then it’s off to Europe for some fun with our old world friends. Tonight’s show was our last show in the US for a while. After the Toronto show on November 19th we plan to take an extended break from the road. Something may materialise for the summer and there might be the occasional one-off, but, in general, we plan to not do any extensive touring in 2011. So if you can make it to Toronto, we’ll see you there. Otherwise, stay virtual, maaan…there will be lots happening on the website.

Napa dressing room

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5 Responses to “Tour Diary – Napa and San Francisco (Oct 8 and 9, 2010)”

  1. Barbara Says:

    October 11th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Thanks to the band for two wonderful shows, especially the passion on display during the encore in SF. When considered as a whole, the shows offered a stunning setlist (I’d hoped that “Crescent Moon” would make an appearance). And those Vic Chesnutt songs knocked me out–very rich material there. My friends in London are in for a real treat…!

  2. Tom Says:

    October 11th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the music. The SF encore was furious, which surprised me a bit in a rather positive way. What was the final song with the near rapid-fire vocals?

  3. Tom Says:

    October 11th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Mike,
    Great to hear that you’re taking time off in 2011 … you (and the band) really deserve the step-back from the road for an extended period of time and to just breath for a while … Sit back and let life in for a change. When I think WAY back to the first time I saw the Junkies in WPB, Florida (at the Carefree Theatre), and then to all the miles and shows in-between, wow, that’s a lot (and exhausting I’m sure) OUTPUT from you. So, well done my friend, and now, go enjoy your life, you certainly deserve it.
    We’ll always be here when you get back.
    Peace, from Boca Raton,
    Tom.

  4. Devon Strolovitch Says:

    October 12th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Thanks again for taking the time this weekend. We’ll have something on the air in SF tomorrow night at 9 pm on KALW 91.7 FM and streaming live at http://www.kalw.org/listen.html.

  5. Byron Says:

    October 15th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I have been trying for years to see your amazing band in person and I finally did last saturday night at Bimbo’s in SF.What a show! Everytime you tour in SoCal it usually in the summer and I always miss it due to my job ( i’m a commercial fisherman and out at sea summers). So when I saw you guys would be in SF Oct.9 , I bought the tickets and my wife and I flew up from LA and met my brother who came in from Seattle.What a wonderful evening.We got in line at the door early and scored a table right in front of the stage,we could’nt be any closer unless we got on stage with you. Some of the songs brought tears to my eyes. Yeah,a big tough fisherman getting misty eyed at a concert,well thats just the way it is.That is what your show meant to me. By the way, I was the guy in the security line at the airport talking to you way too early the next morning.Thanks for the great show!