I’d never been to the Hemlock before. It’s a bar with a music space in the back room. The back room is tiny, smaller than most, if not all, of the other venues I’ve been to in SF. It’s a nice space and the sound was good.
The band that was up when I got there was a guy (Stephen) who goes by French Quarter. Immediately after I got there, he did a slowed-down, finger-picked version of Stayin’ Alive, so I was immediately in (slowed-down and interesting covers of mainstream tunes almost always reel me in).
The French Quarter guy is the sort that even I made fun of in high school: his pants were too small, his sweatshirt too big, wearing a headband, with unkempt hair and not wearing shoes. But his songs were good, just guitar and vocals. Heartfelt, sincere and interesting. I bought an album from him after the show.
I’m going to skip over the middle band. The Finches were headlining and I’ll just get to them.
Carolyn and Aaron were nice and gentle, actually. Between that and their music, I found it very appropriate when Carolyn revealed that they work with pre-schoolers. Their set was nice and I enjoyed it overall. They finished with my three favorite songs: “House Under a Hill”, “Daniel’s Song”, and “Last Favor.” Daniel himself, Carolyn’s brother, was standing right behind me, so that made for an ultracute moment, there.