Venue Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Go to the Fillmore

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Venue Spotlight is a weekly review of a music venue in the Bay Area, designed to help you separate the standouts from the less-than-stellar. This week I’m focusing on the Fillmore—here are my five reasons for attending:

1. History. I know I start all of these out with history, but the Fillmore’s one of the coolest of the classic San Francisco venues. The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and The Doors all played here. It even gets a shout-out in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”!
2. Proximity to the Kabuki. The Kabuki is one of my favorite movie theaters in the city, and it’s a mere two-minute walk from the Fillmore. See a movie, then go to a concert. Best night ever!
3. Resilience. The Fillmore was badly damaged when the 1989 Loma Prieto earthquake hit. In fact, it was closed for five years. But hey, it’s been going strong ever since, so attending a concert here is like a big “eff you” to the earthquake. At least, that’s how I interpret it.
4. Free posters. Many Fillmore shows come with a nifty poster you can take home. If you’re a fan of posters in general, you can check out the awesome psychedelic poster art they have on the walls. (Don’t take those, though—that’s stealing.)
5. Free apples. Seriously. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An apple at the Fillmore makes for … a really enjoyable concert experience? Don’t question it, just enjoy the free food.

Check out the website for a full list of upcoming acts, and don’t forget to buy your tickets before they sell out!

(Photo courtesy Tracy Ruggles.)

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