Early Tuesday night, before dusk had even settled, a swarm of people had amassed outside of the Greek Theater, buzzing with excitement for the evening that awaited them on the other side of the security checkpoint. What awaited, of course, was the Berkeley leg of legendary country songwriter Lucinda Williams’ joint tour with indie darlings Big Thief, whose sprawling double-lp Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, out on 4ad, cemented them as a household name early last year.
Review by Laila Karkori, photos by Jaida Berkheimer
“Must be at least 6 years old to attend” read the event poster as I walked into the Great American Music Hall. The energy was electric on the evening of July 23rd as a crowd of uniformly stylish, enthusiastic individuals filled the venue awaiting the San Francisco rock band, Pardoner. Comprised of River Van de Berghe, Colin Burris, Max Freeland, and Trey Flanigan, Pardoner were wrapping up a month-long summer tour, with San Francisco being their final stop.