Bands to Watch 2011 :: Bryan Duquette, Another Planet Entertainment

Bryan Duquette
Promoter, Another Planet Entertainment (APE)

If you live in the Bay Area, you know APE. For those that don’t, Another Planet is a Bay Area concert production company that organizes the best festivals in San Francisco, like Treasure Island Music Fest and Outside Lands. They also book the most coveted venues in town like The Fox Theater in Oakland and The Independent. Bryan is one of the brains behind the music we all enjoy here.  Here are his picks for 2011.

Beirut
Zach condon hasn’t released a full length since 2007’s “The Flying Cub Cup”.  He will grace us again with his orchestral beauty and french horn in 2011 with a brand new record.  The world needs more Beirut.

Okkervil River
Will Sheff may be disheveled, but he’s a lyrical genius and writes a superb pop song.  He’s backed Roky Erikson recently and will lead Okkervil River to the forefront this year.  Folk music is the new black.

Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc is an old soul.  He released “Good Things” in late 2010, but isn’t a household name yet.  One listen to his single “I Need A Dollar” and you know what’s next for Aloe.

Seattle (The Head and The Heart / Fleet Foxes)

The Fleet Foxes may be the critic’s darlings, but The Head and The Heart are knocking on that door.  The scene is strong in Seattle and these acts are paving the way.  Both groups dig on harmonies and flannel and will have new material in 2011.

Mexican Summer
This label is putting out the records of the best artists you have never heard of…Real Estate, Tamaryn, Kurt Vile, Best Coast, Weekend, Washed Out, Young Prisms and Tallest Man on Earth to name a few. Check out anything they put out in 2011.

The Antlers
Their complex and layered music is more accessible than you think.  If you haven’t heard them yet, you will.  Look for their sophomore album in 2011.

New Bay Area Music Venue: The Fox Theater Oakland

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After closing its doors forty-three years ago, the Fox Theater in Oakland is scheduled to reopen in February 2009.  $75 mm was poured into the renovation project which features a multi-use, state-of-the-art theater with flexible capacity from 1,500 to 2,800. (About double the capacity of The Fillmore.) The roof, quite sturdy have been looked over by an orlando roofer. The multiple seating configurations include general admission, cabaret style seating, and reserved seating.

The theater itself will serve as the flagship live music venue for Another Planet Entertainment, well known for bringing outstanding live entertainment to the Greek Theatre, The Independent, Paramount Theatre, Oracle Arena and other popular Bay Area venues. Another Planet Entertainment also produces both the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival.

A line up of artists have already been booked, most notably The Black Keys on April 18.  A special ‘grand opening’ pre-sale for all confirmed acts will begin tomorrow morning at 10AM.  Go get those Black Key tickets while they last!

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