For those of you music heads out there that live for the live performance, there are not many acts on the scene that FORCE emotional, mental, and visual stimuli on stage and in your face like Mr. Saul Williams. His newest full length album, Volcanic Sunlight, hit the shelves in November 2011 and this show falls smack dab in the middle of the North American leg of the corresponding tour. Are you as excited as me?! Awesome! More details after the transport.
Last time I had a chance to see Saul Williams live was just following the release of his last major studio album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust!(2007). Slim’s played host to that performance as well, and let me tell you, I was totally blown away by the stage theatrics and overall raw emotional output of the show. An open mic spoken word poet and theater actor by essence, Saul’s incredibly intense and connected sense of presence during the performance is highly contagious and forcefully energetic. From his writings as a poet, acting in theater and film, or musical performances, this is a true ARTIST with a very unique and intriguing delivery of his perspective and talents with something almost any conscious being can appreciate.
Slim’s is one of those SF venues with true grit. The beer and whisky flow like the morning fog over the coast (and can cause just as much blurred vision). There are 2 or 3 very inconveniently placed pillars throughout the vertically center plane of the GA floor area that become extremely sober and rigid dance partners if you are into that sort of thing, but all in great fun. The stage and lighting provide a fantastic backdrop for any show that screams for a close encounter, and surely, Saul Williams fits the bill. As a side note, one of the best burritos I have ever had in SF lurks in a deli directly across the street from the venue. I’m talking about a post-show hunger dream. Tickets are still on sale now: SF show tickets! , so get off your asses and into the fog…the Volcanic Sunlight will warm you up and make you dance. See below.
And for those interested in learning more about the body of work and life by Saul Williams, see his website.