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Alice Summerthing 2012

Alice Summerthing 2012

Radio Station Alice put on their annual free Summerthing Concert in Golden Gate Park at the renamed Hellman Hollow (formerly known as Speedway Meadow) Thousands came to check out the lineup featuring Vicci Martinez, Graffiti6, Scars on 45, Boys Like Girls, and Adam Lambert.

What more can you ask for on a Sunday afternoon, picnic? food trucks? giveaways? quality time with friends? live music? and girls screaming at the top of their lungs? I can do without the screaming. It always boggles my mind as to why people actually scream when they see their favorite musician or singer. Maybe clapping is a good response to saying that some musical artist has done a good job is good, but screaming, I could never understand. Please spare my ears so I can actually listen to the music.

The performances were lively, but unfortunately the artists were out of my element of familiarity. At most each artist performed only one of their more popular hits. Nevertheless, the show was entertaining and seeing that the crowd was really into it gave proof that the show was great.

Alice Summerthing 2012 was cool, now let’s look forward to Alice’s Now and Zen Concert 2012 later this year.

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Do you like bubbles? There were plenty at Alice Summerthing 2012.

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Vicci Martinez photographing with a fan after her performance.

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Jamie Scott on the acoustic guitar at Summerthing 2012.

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Pete Cherry of Graffiti6 on the bass.

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Graffiti6 duo (TommyD and Jamie Scott) jammin' at Summerthing 2012.

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Danny Bemrose of Scars 45 on lead guitar and vocals.

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Scars on 45 Chris Durling bangin' the drums.

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Stuart Nichols of Scars on 45 lays down the bass beats.

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David Nowakowski on the keys.

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Vocalist Aimee Driver of Scars on 45

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Vocalist Aimee Driver of Scars on 45.

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Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls on lead vocals and electric guitar.

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Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls feeling the energy from the crowd.

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Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls better be wearing some Speedos because it can get chilly in SF.

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Paul DiGiovanni of Boys Like Girls generating energy for the crowd.

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Boys Like Girls Morgan Dorr on the bass.

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shhh listen...

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Adam Lambert's bassist and drummer rockin' it at Summerthing 2012.

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Hittin' the keys for Adam Lambert.

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Love the reflection on Adam Lambert's shades.

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Tommy Joe Ratliff on Electric Guitar for Adam Lambert.

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Adam Lambert and his fierce stare.

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Alice’s Now and Zen Concert

Now and Zen Concert 2009 (click here for images)

On Sunday, Radio Alice 97.3FM put on a concert open to the public for free. This is the very first time that Alice hosted a free Now and Zen Concert. The Alice Summerthing Concert earlier in the summer is normally free, but having another free concert brought to you by Alice is just simply amazing. Featured music artists were Train, Colbie Caillat, Howie Day, and Dashboard Confessional.

People in record numbers crowded Sharon Meadows with thousands of people on the field as well as hundreds of people sitting on the grassy knoll in the back. Sharon Meadows is located toward the eastern end of Golden Gate Park and just right before the Panhandle Park. Various food and merchandise booths lined the entrance way before people proceeded to the main concourse.

This year I was able to attend just the performance by Train and a performance it was. Lead singer Patrick Monahan riled up the crowd with his charm and some pretty amazing songs. He energized the crowd by singing his number one hits as well as grabbing cameras from the audience to take pictures of himself and the audience. He even came down to audience level to just sing to the crowd and to be embraced by his fans.

His song set consisted of 16 songs. They were “You Already Know”, “Meet Virginia”, “Get To Me”, “She’s On Fire”, “Ordinary”, “Ramble On”, “San Fran”, “I Got You”, “Calling All Angels”, “Cab”, “Save The Day”, “Hey, Soul Sister”, “Free”, “Drops of Jupiter”, and “Dream On”.

Alice has yet again impressed me with an amazing line up and I hope that it doesn’t stop there. I can’t wait for another year of great music, fun in the sun, and the possibility in meeting new people.

Pictures of the Now and Zen Concert can be seen by clicking on the picture link above. Feel free to leave comments below for the pictures and the posting.