San Francisco LoveFest Parade 2008

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
        SF LoveFest Parade Oct 4th 2008     

Despite the dismal Bay Area weather forecast for this weekend that called for heavy rain from late night Friday well into most of today (Saturday, October 4th), meaning it was to literally rain on the parade -- the big annual San Francisco LoveFest Parade -- the weather turned out to be just perfect today. Sunshine,  blue skies, and temps in the upper 60's, the perfect weather to accompany all the loud lovely bass-driven music from the parade of electronic music DJ floats going down Market to Civic Center for the all day outdoor dance party. Even before noon, and outside SF, for many the party had already begun this morning en route to the event. On the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART I took into SF, each car on the whole train was like a loud, happy, smoke-filled party and very unlike the BART I am used to commuting on. Even though it still was only morning time, it was 4:20 on BART.

It may not draw a million plus revelers like Berlin's legendary Love Parade (whose website estimates that mega outdoor dance party "peaked in 1999 with one and half million ravers") that it models itself after, but the SF LoveFest Parade, now in year four, is a hell of a San Francisco event -- especially when the weather is as perfect as today. Starting close to its scheduled kick off time of noon today at 2nd & Market and booming its way down Market to Civic Center by a bit before 2PM, the parade, which drew tens of thousands along its route, had a great vibe and was less strictly policed as some other Market St. parades. Without any barriers, it was easy for party people to jump into the street and follow the beat booming from the various floats, and that's what many happy dancing people did. Organizers predict about 60 or 70 thousand overall for the entire LoveFest event this year.

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Mic Placement

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 4, 2008 02:05pm | Post a Comment
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Omega Syndrome

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Posted by Brad Schelden, October 3, 2008 12:35pm | Post a Comment
My Bloody Valentine is one of those bands that people get really obsessed with. I can still remember the first time that I ever heard them. After that first listen to Loveless I was forever addicted, forever devoted to the magnificence that is My Bloody Valentine...however, they broke up the same year that I finally discovered them. So I slowly came to terms with the fact that I would never probably see them live. I knew I would never see The Smiths perform live, but at least I had many Morrissey shows that more than made up for it. My Bloody Valentine is also one of those bands that brings people together, like we share thismy bloody valentine you made me realise common unbreakable bond. You just know which of your friends are fans and you don't really even have to talk about it. Since you know what it is like to be a fan you can figure out what it is like for others. If you are a My Bloody Valentine fan you have most likely listened to Loveless and Isn't Anything many times by yourself in your bedroom. You have probably listened to these records right before you go tosleep. They have probably helped you overcome bouts of depression and just made you happy to be alive. They have spoken to you in a way that only really good music can, even though you can't really explain how. You have also probably listened to Loveless with your boyfriend or girlfriend during one of those special moments. I know I have said this before, but I really can't imagine my life without these albums. They are that good. They are that important.

I never thought in a million years that I would have the opportunity to see My Bloody Valentine perform live, but after I went to the amazing Yaz reunion earlier this year, I had a newfound hope of seeing some of my other favorites. That Yaz show completely blew me away. They were absolutely fantastic and I was so grateful that they reunited for their many fans who never had the chance to see them before. Theymy bloody valentine feed me with your kiss also seemed to be enjoying themselves greatly which made the show even better. I made a mental note of all those bands that I never got the chance to see. Kate Bush and The Cocteau Twins were at the top of the list, but so were Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. I think I had somehow managed to see most of my other favorite bands at some point in my life. My Bloody Valentine did finally reunite for a brief tour this year. I bought my tickets months ago but had convinced myself that it would get canceled. I even got a call from Ticketmaster explaining that the show would be starting a 1/2 hour earlier. I was fully expecting them to announce that the show was canceled. I had also somehow thought I had tickets to Wednesday night even though this whole time I had tickets to Thursday. I was luckily able to switch the tickets at last moment since I was already going to see Sigur Ros on Thursday night. I had some high expectations. I was also just excited to see them finally and knew that I would enjoy the experience regardless of how great they were. I knew it would be this amazing group experience that I would be sharing with all these other My Bloody Valentine fans that had been waiting all these years just like me. And while we were definitely in attendance that night, there was also an amazing amount of Twentysomethings there. I went the first night so I sort of thought that the Thursday show was maybe the night for the original fans. But it just made me happy that all these people were as excited to see them as I was. It really didn't matter if they had liked them for 5 years or 20 years. My Bloody Valentine still has that same incredible power over you. 

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