Date: December 7, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Opening Act(s): Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T.
Many of the more popular Macklemore & Ryan Lewis songs were recorded with other artists. In an interview with Jim Shear on VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown Macklemore stated that they always try to have these guest artists as part of their show whenever possible. I was hoping they would be available to participate in this show.
The show started with “BomBom” which is an instrumental song that allowed the band to shine. Macklemore came on stage and started in with “Ten Thousand Hours”., “Crew Cuts” and Life is Cinema”. The crowd went crazy when they performed “Thrift Shop” with Wanz. Of course there were several people wearing thrift shop ‘furs’.
Macklemore talked about how he had let drugs get the best of him. It didn’t allow him to be creative and stopped him from producing the music he wanted to. With good friends by his side, including Ryan Lewis, he was able to get sober and make his dreams a reality. He didn’t preach to people that they should stay away from drugs, but rather said everything in moderation is ok. However, if you ever find that the drugs are taking over and preventing you from fulfilling your dreams to seek help. This led into “Otherside”, which he performed A cappella and “Starting Over”.
Mary Lambert came on stage to sing her part of “Same Love” and Ray Dalton was there for “Can’t Hold Us”. I was surprised they did this song so early on in their set. I thought for sure they would end with this. The Bay Area’s own E-40 also came to the stage to perform “Function”. The pre-encore songs were “White Walls” which I hadn’t realized was an M&R song and “Wing$”.
For the encore Macklemore performed “And We Danced” in a 1980s hair band outfit. During “Irish Celebration” green, white and orange confetti was shot into the air. Macklemore then introduced his entire band and told a story about each of them. You could tell that they all genuinely like each other.
Macklemore said he was being told that they had gone over their time and they had to end the show or be fined. Everyone booed and yelled to keep going. He said he heard someone say “F*ck the institution!” and said, “You know what that means. It means they can’t tell us when the music stops. We decide when the music stops.” They performed “Can’t Hold Us” one more time with inflated balloons and streamers falling from the ceiling. This was a great end to the night.
All I wanted from the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis show was a fun night of jumping up and down and dancing. I ended up getting so much more.
Talib Kweli was the second opener. I had seen him once before when he opened for Beastie Boys in 2004. He brought out Res who performed a couple of songs with him. She also performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”. I didn’t care for her version. It’s hard to do such a famous song well.
Big K.R.I.T. opened the show. I had seen his name but wasn’t familiar with his music. I did enjoy “Rotation” because he kept saying “I’m just rotating my tires, rotating my tires”. You can see listen to it here.