The Oysterfest in San Francisco is not the place I would expect to catch a kick ass set. But apparently, Oysterfest is light on oysters, and hard on rock.
An interesting theme running through the stellar lineup of this 2 day festival was 2 acts featuring actresses: Juliette & The Licks, featuring Juliette Lewis of Natural Born Killers and Strange Days fame, and She & Him, featuring Zooey Deschanel of Almost Famous fame.
Juliette & The Licks are not just some band fronted by an actress trying unsuccessfully to live out some closeted rock fantasy. They successfully make it a work, and I’m only reminded of the acting past when the guy behind me yells, “I love you, Mallory!” In a world of female fronted rock bands that fall short on believability, I felt myself wanting to be her on stage, an emotion I rarely experience.
The performance was energetic to the point of being jaw dropping- Iggy Pop meets Peaches meets…Cirque du Soleil. Seriously, there were backbends and jumps and kicks in there that had jaws collectively dropping around the audience.
The songs were great for a mostly unaware audience standing outside on a hot summer day. It was party rock ‘n’ roll. She introduced songs well, giving some backstories, and did a crowd pleasing cover of AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds.
Festival performances are often not representative of an artist’s real offerings. However, this ‘taste’ was enough to get me in the door for the next time Juliette & The Licks come around here.
Juliette & The Licks performance: 8.5/10
venue (Fort Mason): 7/10
value ($20.00/ticket): 5/10 (mostly because of the lack of variety in oysters, come on!)