As I walked up the dirt slope to the hallowed grounds of Frost Amphitheater–also known as Frost Admit Weekend Only Theatre–alongside a gaggle of barefoot, daisy-chained sorority girls, it came as no surprise that my vision started to blur and my mind began to conjure up hazy, ecstatic fantasies of Woodstock.
All things considered, The National’s concert Saturday night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium had all the elements of a terrible show. Picture the band performing gloomy songs about bad friendships in a drab venue located in a sketchy area of San Francisco. However, calling the concert terrible could not be farther from the truth.
As thousands left Stanford Stadium dejectedly following the Cardinal’s loss to Oregon on Saturday night, a fortunate few detoured to Ford Plaza for an exclusive concert featuring Maroon 5.
The stage: a cozy ballroom with lavish décor, adorned with ornaments and gold-lined figurines that would seem more fitting for an orchestra or opera hall, had the hall not been covered with a hardwood floor that gave a hint to its original purpose. The Regency Ballroom was the perfect setting for the triumphant return of the band Jack’s Mannequin, who played there Monday to promote their newest album “People and Things.”