I love live music, even when it's not very good. I love getting caught up in the whole event of a performance, in the enormous bravery it takes to stand in front of people and play music for them. I was spoiled in undergrad with a wealth of opportunities to hear live music in cafes most nights of the week. It wasn't always good, but it was always earnest, and sometimes it was really, really good. San Francisco's live music scene isn't as easy to navigate. If it's free, then it's painfully crowded. Oftentimes when it's not free, it is also painfully crowded. If it's not free, it can be quite expensive, which makes me inclined to see things I already know I like, rather than try something new. And then there's always 70,000 other things going on the same night, so it's easy to miss something.
All that to say, I've been craving some live music. Enter Classical Mystery Tour. The night began with a cocktail.