The Fox Theater Delivers Two Nights in a Row
The Fox Theater stands as a historic monument to the East Bay, and possibly the whole San Francisco Bay Area. Forty-three years ago the Fox shut its doors, only to re-open in February 2009 with a new and improved vision. Now, freshly into 2016 and myself, 6 months into living in Oakland, I’ve watched weekend after weekend filled up with some of the biggest acts come through. Everyone from Van Morrison to Chance the Rapper has played the stage, and on my walks to downtown I watch the line wrap twice around the building with folks eager to catch the latest show.
Partnering with Another Planet Entertainment, who bring acts to the Greek Theater in Berkeley, and produce Outside Lands and Treasure Island Music Festival, the Fox Theater is able to cater to wide variety of genres and people. An example of their versatility, even outside of the music realm, they are the permanent residence of the Oakland School of Arts, a tuition-free art school that dedicates themselves to kids who want to succeed in the arts. Aside from this, they also have a bar that leads into a small courtyard of trees and benches.
On the weekend of January 29th, the Fox will not be disappointing with their weekend line-up. On Friday, Sound Tribe Sector 9, or STS9, will be hitting the stage to melt our faces off with lights and the multi-genre electronic music that they’re famous for. And if that is not enough, Saturday a whole new sound hits the stage with American rock band, Dr. Dog, coming in with hit songs like, “The Breeze” and “Heart It Races.”
Sound Tribe hails from Georgia and is a staple in the festival scene. It’s been several years since I’ve seen them live, but Bonnaroo 2011, they stuck out as one of my favorite performances. The combination of visuals and the jamming, electronic sound is enough to keep anyone in a dancing trance. Their sound is dynamic and interesting, described as funk, psychedelic, jazz, drum & bass, and even hip-hop. Because of their multi-genre nature STS9 has a song for everyone. Tickets for STS9 are going for $34 and totally worth it.
Saturday’s act, Dr. Dog, is an American rock band from Pennsylvania. With 6 members of the band, Dr. Dog brings a twist to traditional rock bands. This January 30th date, is a special show as it is just a week before their newest album Psychedelic Swamp, drops. And as another treat, Hop Along, another Pennsylvania indie rock band, will be opening up the show with their fuzzed out, indie sound. For two awesome bands, tickets are around $27.50.
So, if you’re in the Bay Area January 29th and 30th, why not end your month with two nights of rad music at one of the coolest venues around San Francisco?