Flamin' Groovies at the Chapel
Our last night in San Francisco featured an excellent gig by legendary local band the Flamin' Groovies at The Chapel, a great venue on Valencia Street which was packed. The band, which included original guitarist/vocalist Cyril Jordan, played their 1976 album Shake Some Action, plus a few other tracks including Tallahassee Lassie, Married Woman and Slow Death.
The band focused on the album tracks, beginning with the title track and moving on with Sometimes, the Beatles inspired Yes It's True and a Chuck Berry style version of St Louis Blues. Then it was You Tore Me Down, Please Please Girl, The Lovin' Spoonful's Let The Boy Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry's Don't You Lie To Me, more Beatles with I'll Cry Alone and Misery,then Teenage Confidential and I Cant Hide. Great to see them back together and in such good form, and in their home town as well. Supporting them was another Frisco singer Kelley Stoltz whose folk rock material was quite enjoyable.
Our trip to San Francisco was a busy one, with a trip to Alcatraz, an evening in the Castro, cable car trip and much sightseeing, including locations with Jack Kerouac and the Beat poets. Then it was off to the truly awesome scenery of the Yosemite National Park, before spending the night in the far more mundane surroundings of Bakersfield.