Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City, Austin Mahone, Cher Lloyd, and more
99.7's Triple Ho Holiday Concert
San Jose State Event Center Arena
Dec. 14, 2012
It was pretty much the pop one-two of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy, plus a bunch of slightly less ubiquitous names from the new pop universe of 2012 like Cher Lloyd and Austin Mahone. All of them gathered in the Bay Area this weekend for 99.7 Now FM's, er, interestingly named Triple Ho Show. Photographer Christopher Victorio was on hand to capture the stars behind those radio-friendly voices in the flesh. He sent back these images.
Whether you preferred the dancefloor at Mighty, the plush environs of Bimbo's 365 Club, or the dewy late-night fields of Outside Lands, there were plenty of great concerts in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2012. We reviewed many of them, from "secret" shows at semi-legal clubs to sprawling, three-hour sets by all-time greats like Stevie Wonder. But even we couldn't catch everything. So first, check out our list of the 20 best local concerts in 2012. Then, in the comments, tell us what we missed. Here's to another great year of show-going in 2013.
Now that our hearing has returned, a good week and a half after Alice's Now & Zen festival went down on Sept. 30 in Golden Gate Park, we take this time to present the reason for that loss of hearing: tens of thousands of teenagers freaking the eff out at the performance of Ed Sheeran, the lovable ginger from merry old England.
Justin Bieber, aka the Biebs, Senior Biebalicious, the Biebster, Your Little Sister's Favorite Band, etc.
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
There ain't no devotion like the devotion young females have for Justin Bieber. This was demonstrated right here in the Bay Area on Saturday night, as armies of orthodondics-equipped tweens descended upon Oakland's Oracle Arena for a night of ritual fawning over the Biebster-in-Chief. The 18-year-old pop sensation showed no sign of any stomach illness and gave his fans quite a show, if these photos are any indication. Take a glance and see what true, young, YouTube-Mediated love looks like. All images by Christopher Victorio.
Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
Behold, the embarrassment of riches brought by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: After the three of them spent the better part of Friday afternoon rocking the Rooster stage at the free festival's first day, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, and Ben Kweller showed up at Outer Sunset watering hole the Riptide for an impromptu set. Intrepid photographer Chris Victorio caught the bar show and sent back these photos.
Kings of Leon
Oracle OpenWorld, Treasure Island
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
While you were at home crying over President Obama's performance in the first presidential debate last night, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, and X were rocking thousands of Oracle employees and guests at its end-of-conference appreciation party. Proving that Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder will share the stage with anybody, he even jumped up during Kings of Leon's "The Bucket" to sing along with frontman Caleb Followill. Intrepid photographer Christopher Victorio was on the island last night to check out the show, and sent back these photos.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
After a historic, sold-out show at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Friday, DJ/producer Kaskade bought his Fire and Ice tour to San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for another crazy show. SF Weekly photographer Jessica Christian was on hand to witness the party, and sent back these photos. Check out the full slideshow from Saturday, and, while you're at it, check out our interview with Kaskade, where the former S.F. resident discusses the rise of EDM in America, what he really does onstage, and why we need a new word for what he does.
EDM shows, like Avicii's sold-out party last night at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last night, invert the normal concert-visual rule: Often the most interesting thing to look at is the audience. Certainly that was true last night, when a motley crew of 8,000 -- including both candygirl ravers and respectable-looking adults -- submitted to the pulse and throb of Avicii's relentless neon house. Naturally, there was some really silly stuff going on among the sweaty throngs. Here then are the 10 funniest crowd shots grabbed by photographer Christopher Victorio.
10. Meanwhile, at the Eighth Grade Dance...Or, more proof that EDM is quite literally what "the kids" are into.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The Fox Theater, Oakland
Scissor Sisters could probably play in the Bay Area every night to a sizeable crowd. But of course that doesn't happen. Instead, the band rolls through town every year or so for one neon-crazed dance party like the one that happened last night at the Fox Theater in Oakland. SF Weekly photographer Sugarwolf was on hand to capture the occasion, and sent back these photos.