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Start making sense October 12, 2008

Posted by Merrilee in Uncategorized.
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In the last month, we’ve been to two concerts, which must be a new record.

For Keith’s birthday (and because they were in town) we went to the Mountain Winery to see the Funky Meters, Dr. John, and the Neville Brothers. We had never seen a concert in this venue, and it was a great show and also a great place to see a show.

On Monday, I planned a surprise for Keith for our wedding anniversary (6 years!). We met friends Wayne and Breanna for dinner at NOPA (a newish restaurant in San Francisco featuring local, fresh food — in fact, they had been featured in the silent auction at the Hoes Down). Following dinner, we went to Davies Symphony Hall to see David Byrne perform.

I had seen David Byrne perform once, at the Greek Theater (Berkeley) on the Rei Momo tour — it was a great show. And of course I have seen Stop Making Sense countless times, so I was looking forward to the performance. I was not disappointed.

The band had two percussionists, up to three guitars, a bass, keyboards, backup singers and dancers. All the performers we dressed in white (but not matching) outfits, right down to their shoes. They performed songs from Byrne’s new album, but also a number of Talking Head songs. The new album is produced with Brian Eno, so this was a tour that included (I think) other Eno collaborations. The show was very choreographed — the dancers would come in and rearrange Byrne and the backup singers, for example.

After an hour and a half, the band left and was called back for an encore. After three songs, they stood on the stage and received applause for a long time. Then David Byrne said something like “clear the aisle and make room for … San Francisco’s very own Extra Action Marching Band!” Extra Action is a pretty outrageous marching band, complete with flag twirlers and scantily clad dancing girls (and one dancing boy). They paraded up the aisle, played a number, and then the whole ensemble pitched in for a pretty swinging rendition of Burning Down the House. What a great way to end the show.

David Byrne and the Extra Action Marching Band / from Jutta @ Flickr

David Byrne and the Extra Action Marching Band / from Jutta @ Flickr

As a teenager, I informed my mother that Burning Down the House was her favorite song. I still think it should be.

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