From Dems Good Beeble to the Jesus of Cool

The weekend began with a raucous night of music Friday with The Gourds in North Beach. Before a crowd of Oracle suits (private party), I was treated to one of the best Gourds sets in perhaps a decade. They covered most of their catalog, including obscure favorites such as "Up on High" and "When Wine Was Cheap". A two-hour plus double-set reminded me, once again, that music can send a jolt through us that can quickly abridge the trials of the day.

Saturday was a trip to Golden Gate Park to see Gary Louris & Mark Olson, followed by Nick Lowe. The former were good, but this reunion of sorts, still seems to be lacking the honest bond that existed between these two while co-fronting The Jayhawks. Nick Lowe took the stage alone and had the thousands spread over the grass gripped. The set closer, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding", was delivered with such truth and subtle delivery, that I'm certain a few tears were shed. It was the perfect unison of music, poetry and a statement about where we are in this world.