The first show was March 9th at the Night Light in Oakland, and featured City of Women, NighTraiN, and Punk Funk Mob. The second one was at The Hemlock on March 10th and the lineup there was City of Women, NighTraiN, and Books on Fate.
CITY OF WOMEN
This is a band that I am always excited to see play - yes, even two nights in a row - and if you haven't seen them perform, then you are missing out on one of the best live experiences in San Francisco. City of Women always put 110% into their performances, whether they are playing to a packed crowd or just a handful of people on an early Monday night slot.
The two shows made for a nice contrast and kept things fresh - though I would not have complained if the exact same songs were played both nights! And yes, I do mean that.
So, if it's not already obvious, I really think that everyone should see City of Women live at least once (I dare you to do it only once!). I promise there's something to entertain everyone - you'll laugh, dance your ass off (even if you think you don't know how!), and generally have a really fucking good time. Check the band out on Facebook for info on upcoming shows. That's an order. No, really... do it now.
The four-piece hails from Seattle and were formed initially as part of a stage production. If you're sitting there thinking that means "pre-fab", you are way, way off base - these girls are original recipe, and they enjoyed the experience so much that they continued on after the play was over. I think that's awesome.
If I had to summarize, I'd say their sound is equal parts punk, rock, funk, and a little bit of raunchy schoolyard chant. All raunchiness aside, they are just about the nicest people you could hope to meet, and you should definitely say hi if you get the chance to see them perform - which you should definitely do. I'm insisting.
PUNK FUNK MOB
Punk Funk Mob took no prisoners, belting out lyrics, trading places on instruments, and generally dishing out one of the most punk fucking rock performances I've ever seen.