With a total of ten musicians onstage, Seattle band Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground kicked things off with a rather infectious blend of pop, funk, and jazz. Having never listened to the band before, I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Complete with the occasional ear-splitting guitar solo and a perfectly in-sync horn section, I often found myself wanting to dance… and I never dance.
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
The atmosphere changed considerably when The Dear Hunter
took the stage. Led by vocalist Casey Crescenzo, the band played a somewhat stripped-down set of songs, though certainly not to the disappointment of the crowd. Though the music itself was anything but dull, the band’s onstage presence left much to be desired – however, their set was rescued toward the end, when Good Old War
’s Dan Schwartz and headliner Anthony Green
walked out to contribute backing vocals.
The Dear Hunter
With all three members of Good Old War
serving as his backing band, Anthony Green
took the stage just as the crowd’s anticipation was at a high. Launching into “She Loves Me So,” the opener of his of 2008 solo debut Avalon
, Green’s signature high vocals were nearly drowned by the sound of fans screaming the lyrics right back at him. Other highlights included a cover of the Deftones
’ “Diamond Eyes,” Circa Survive
’s “Get Out” (featuring Casey of The Dear Hunter
on guitar), and the much-requested “Seven Years,” which Green recorded as a part of Saosin
. The show concluded with “Devil’s Song,” which was preceded by Green dividing the crowd in two and instructing each half to sing a different part.
It probably goes without saying that Anthony’s fans clearly adore him, but it’s possible he appreciates them even more: he made a point to mention what a joy it always was to play in San Francisco, which he described as a “weird, fucking magical” city. Throughout the night, Green showcased his unique ability to sound pitch-perfect while still putting on quite the show; jumping, dancing, and (at times) thrashing around like a madman, he successfully managed to reassert himself as one of the most exciting and entertaining performers in music today.