20 April 2009
The Fox Theatre - Band of Horses
This past weekend, Rosemary and I took a trip to Oakland's Fox Theatre to catch a performance by Band of Horses. While the band was fabulous (as expected), I was more impressed with the venue itself. After closing down more than 40 years ago, the venue finally reopened in February of this year. The exterior features a magnificent neon marquee and Middle Eastern architecture. The Middle Eastern theme continues inside with gilded walls, lavish fabrics and vibrant tile and paint works. Two 10-foot tall god-like statues reside on either side of the stage, glowing eyes beaconing concertgoers. Quite impressive.
The theater will serve as the flagship live music venue for Another Planet Entertainment, which has booked numerous shows for the Greek Theatre, the Independent, Paramount Theatre and other Bay Area venues. Expect great shows! Fleet Foxes, The Shins, M. Ward, Animal Collective and Of Montreal are all slated to play upcoming shows.