St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Zoo Station (U2 Tribute!)

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St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Zoo Station (U2 Tribute!)

Lisa Marie Johnston

Sat, March 16, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 18 and over

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Zoo Station (U2 Tribute!)
Zoo Station (U2 Tribute!)
The lights go down, it’s dark and the soaring sound of a rock band bound for greatness collides with the low ceiling of a small club. It’s like 1978 all over again, when U2 first
stormed the pubs of Dublin, Ireland.

But this is the 21st Century in San Francisco, and the band is Zoo Station, a quartet that bills itself “The Complete U2 Experience.” Since 2001, this talented force has delivered
the visual, musical and spiritual thrill of a U2 concert to bars, clubs, outdoor festivals, private parties and corporate events along the West Coast of North America. Singer Bonalmost leads the show, flying high with the vocal strength and confidence of Bono’s The Joshua Tree days. The Sledge showers thick layers of effectual guitar work over crowd as Adamesque on bass and Barely Larry on the drums deliver the pounding heartbeat of some of modern rock’s most memorable songs.

The band’s primary job is replication, but periodically Zoo Station innovates as much as it imitates. During their trademark full-album spotlight sets in which the band plays an entire U2 album from start to finish Zoo Station encounters such obscurities as “Elvis Presley and America,” “Promenade,” “Red Hill Mining Town” and “Acrobat,” songs
rarely or never performed live by U2.

“Songs like these are exciting,” says Bonalmost. “All we can really do is ask ourselves, ‘What would U2 have done onstage?’” More familiar are melodies like “Pride (In The Name of Love),” “With or Without You,” “Beautiful Day,” and “Vertigo.” Behind the band, a multi-media visual projection system elevates Zoo Station’s performances to the highest level of virtual authenticity. Swirling abstract imagery appears behind the stage, interspersed with rapid-fire “U2-phemisms” and in-synch flashing light choreography. All are recognizable from U2 shows, and these visual effects, centerpieced by Bonalmost’s lively theatrics, reflect Zoo Station’s deep-set love of U2’s music and their commitment to fully recreating the dense emotional impact of a U2 concert.

Since day-one, when an earnest Craigslist posting sparked the band, Zoo Station has played over 475 shows and now flourishes a repertoire of more than 150 U2 songs. The
sing-along radio hits appease casual listeners, while the most loyal U2 fans are wowed by the surprising depth and variety of the set list. Such thrilling rock and roll was made
for vast arenas, one-acre stages and sky-high screens, and though U2 quit the bar scene in 1980, Zoo Station thrives there, doing what U2 no longer can: setting the smallest
neighborhood pubs burning to life with a sound that has drowned out the world.
Lisa Marie Johnston
Lisa Marie Johnston
Lisa- Marie Johnston is an accomplished singer/song-writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has an ep called "This is Me" (Jan 2011) which is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and several other media sites, and is excited to announce the release of her first full length record "Special Projects" (Sept 2012). Lisa-Marie's style of music is affectionately referred to as Stomp and Groove. Her sound is acoustically driven with some Country/Rock/Reggae vibes. She says that her music is a blend of Sheryl Crow and Sublime having a jam in a bar in New Orleans… In her repertoire, Lisa-Marie has hundreds of songs and enjoys working with other artists. Lisa-Marie went back to school as a music major in 2010 and plans to become a teacher. She currently works with underprivileged youth in Oakland and Berkeley, Ca. Lisa-Marie is an independent and self managed and produced artist.
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103