Similar story. 2015. A local radio station used to get all kinds of bands, singers to play at different venues around town even out on the San Diego bay dinner boat. Tickets gratis for the asking but limited for obvious reasons. Typically only 1 to 3 hundred in attendance.
The Temperance Movement from England was this random week’s show at Balboa Park in San Diego. The park was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition though the land was set aside in 1868. Anyway, there are several nice venues on the property. One is the Grand Ballroom.
Having no idea what to expect we were outside the venue on the 2nd floor. At one point the ballroom was also a moving picture theater. The old holes the projector shown through were still there. The band lit like a firecracker from the get go. The image in my mind of looking through the projector portal at this band I’d never heard of let alone seen and for free just elevated the level of energy from hmm, hope this is good to oh my WTF! We went straight down to the floor.
Great sound, ~200 people. One could move wherever even right up to the stage.
About 20 mins. into their set mid-song, the front amps blew a breaker, or was flipped inadvertently. Silence for less than a second.
The band barely even paused switching to acoustic for 90 seconds before the power was restored and the song finished with power. True touring musicians going with the flow.
I haven’t been to be more than 100 shows in 53 years but this is with no doubt my favorite of all.
Short video https://vimeo.com/127786814 - Wish I had kept recording beyond where I stopped…