"I can love Iceland in a wheelchair, baby"...With apologies to Benni Hemm Hemm, who put on an terrific concert in San Francisco Monday night! It was so considerate of them to schedule it for a night when we could get there. (Check out the rest of their schedule, and if you can go see them while they're in the U.S.--DO IT!) The band, which can number up to seventeen musicians, was about eight strong as they played before an enthusiastic audience at the Bottom of the Hill. Their sound is great, and the horns and percussion are very exciting. Of course we couldn't understand all the words...I'm hoping to get the words to the "saddest song in the world".
To be strictly honest, I'm not really with the band. But I did get my picture taken with Benni, and he was most gracious in talking to John and me. Under my arm you'll note my new copy of their Most Wonderful CD, Kajak.
Here's what Benni had to say about the concert in his blog:
We booked our tickets while in Virginia, and drove down to San Francisco from Santa Rosa just a day after arriving in California, for the express purpose of experiencing Iceland in San Francisco. Benni being a fellow librarian and all that, we have to stick together. So we got in to S.F. in time to enjoy City Lights bookstore, Trieste coffee shop, and a fabulous dinner at Chef Jias. At 11 pm we drove over to Potrero for the concert. How do you like my band shirt?
We had great fun in San Francisco. We checked out the downtown in the cold, cold wind - and it felt just like being in Iceland - and we went to Amoeba, the best record shop in the world.
The show at The Bottom of the Hill was fun. Óli did a standing drum solo, Palli jumped and we had a great time. It was a good night.
WHAT A HIGH! Thank you Benni Hemm Hemm! Plus, this concert was the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY WE ARRIVED IN ICELAND--how cool is that?