CAIFANES — @SFWarfield

21 09 2011

Caifanes. Caifanes. Caifanes.

I’ve had a couple of days to try and digest how I felt about the Caifanes show at the Warfield in San Francisco – to the point that I actually had to go back and re-write the review. As a fan of the band, I didn’t want to make it sound like it was too much of a homer review. Considering my love for the genre (Rock en Español) and musica Latina in general, I strongly considered what I wanted the review to sound like.

But honestly, there was no way around it. I think Caifanes was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Definitely Top 2 status. And probably the concert of the year. I complain about people using their cameras at shows, but I’m glad this one guy decided to record a bit of it. Here you go … this is “Aqui No Es Asi” which was one of my favorites of the show.

You can’t see me, I’m to the left … you see that one guy in the Cowboys jersey crowd surfing, well, we were holding him up. There is this moment in the video, when Saul takes the Mexican flag and starts ‘crying’ into it … it felt like the Warfield shook with the roar of the crowd. It was an unbelievable time. Here’s a bit of my review that I (re)wrote for the Daily Journal.

Caifanes puts on epic show
By Julio Lara, Daily Journal Staff

There are moments that transcend music.
They are rare, but they do exist. It’s like catching lighting in a bottle, a perfect alignment of the stars — everything has to be just right.
It is rare, but it does happen.
Caifanes’ show last Sunday at the Warfield in San Francisco was such a moment. The Rock en Español legends put on something much deeper and intimate than just a rock show; maybe because for the majority of their fans, Caifanes is more than just a rock band — they’re like musical high priests. On Sunday, the Warfield was their temple; their show, the last on the U.S. leg of their reunion tour, felt darn near spiritual. 

I don’t usually brag about my reviews, and have only taken a legitimate pride on a handful of them. This one, I think I got just right. So please, read it. Damn, I said please. You don’t have to do anything. Haha.

I mention in the review a couple of highlights, and like I said in the previous post, there were certain songs I was hoping to hear. Caifanes played most of them. But just so you know —

**** Aqui No Es Asi — amazing stuff; Ayer Me Dijo Un Ave — crowd sang about 90% of it, super special moment; Matenme Porque Me Muero — I believe I got the majority of my bruises during this song; Perdi Mi Ojo De Venado — personal favorite

The encore consisted of four songs (told you) — La Negra Tomasa, Nubes, La Celula Que Explota and No Dejes Que … all of which get the **** mark from me.  Here’s the complete set list (confirmed by Arte Delgado, because my notebook was made to shreds … and so were my glasses. RIP).

I’d be lying if I said that I don’t want to see Caifanes again if they come back. But honestly, a part of me just want to take this night for what it felt like — a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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