Date: November 7, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: The Fillmore
Artist: Atlas Genius
Opening Act(s): Family of the Year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
I saw Atlas Genius at Live 105s BFD 2013 this summer. I liked what I heard so wanted to check them out when they headlined The Fillmore. Lead singer Keith Jeffery’s microphone was set up stage left rather than center stage, but he worked the stage and didn’t ignore those of us stage right. This set up allowed drummer Michael Jeffery to be seen instead of being blocked from view, which often happens to drummers.
This Australian band put on a great show. The crowd was clapping, jumping up and down and dancing to all of their catchy tunes. Keith Jeffery jumped into the area reserved for photographers and stood on the steps of the railing to get closer to the audience. Instead of jumping back up on stage, he walked into the crowd that was stage right to go back through the curtain that covers bands from being seen as they wait in the wings to go on stage.
When Keith asked for the lights to be turned on so he could see the audience he specially said that he wanted to see the chandeliers. I love when bands come to The Fillmore and comment on how amazing this venue is and shows respect for its history. My only complaint is that he called us ‘Frisco’. Frisco is a town in Texas it is not an acceptable abbreviation for San Francisco. For the record, neither is San Fran.
Atlas Genius closed out the show with their first US hit “Trojans”. At the end of the show Keith once again jumped down into the photographer area and walked to the curtain after hugging a fan that was literally two people away from me. If you don’t know Atlas Genius, check them out on SoundCloud.
Family of the Year
Family of the Year from Los Angeles was the second opener. They were a bit more on the mellow side in comparison to both Atlas Genius and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. They seemed a bit crowded on the stage. There were several times I thought the bassist Brent Freaney, oddly not listed on their official website, was going to bump into keyboardist Christina Schroeter. Drummer Sebastian Keefe came out from behind the drum kit to play the tambourine and sing “Buried” at the front of the stage. While I liked other songs, this was the stand out song for me. Check them out on SoundCloud.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. from Detroit was the first opener of the night. I had seen them once before at The Regency Ballroom in 2012 when they opened up for Fitz and The Tantrums. I remember them vividly because the jackets they were wearing glowed with black lights. I had liked their set then, but really enjoyed them this time. They were very high energy, interactive with the crowd and played music that made you want to clap and dance. My favorite song of their set was “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)”. Listen to them on SoundCloud.