TVD Live Shots: Lucero and Esmé Patterson at the Fillmore, 2/18

Memphis, Tennessee’s very own country-punks Lucero made a return visit to San Francisco’s Fillmore for a Saturday night throw down.

The crowd, which had been chatty during opener Esmé Patterson’s set, grew impatient as Lucero finally took the stage and frontman Ben Nichols set about methodically tuning his acoustic guitar. But once the music kicked in, the heavily flannelled and bearded crowd quickly settled into the deliberate groove. It was going to be a long night at there was certainly no rush from the band’s perspective as Ben took time to chat between tunes and frequently consult with pianist Rick Steff on the setlist.

The drinks flowed liberally as Ben repeatedly promised to break out the electric guitar and kick things up a notch or two. Unfortunately there were a few casualties during the 45 minute acoustic portion of the set with a few dudes being manhandled by friends to the lobby where they ultimately succumbed to the drink. Ah well, more Lucero for the rest of us.

When the electric guitar finally did come out, the room (which had already been singing and dancing along) quickly lit up and stayed up as the band blasted through the remainder of their set. With something like 30 songs over the course of nearly two hours, the San Francisco crowd would be going home tired, likely drunk, and no doubt sated.

Lucero

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Lucero

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Lucero

Lucero

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Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

Lucero

ESME PATTERSON

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson

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