Bjork’s Bay Area Residency Finishes with Mike Patton

Bjork played three shows in Richmond in the course of a week.

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Josh Keppel
Bjork played three shows in Richmond in the course of a week's time. On the final night, SF's Mike Patton joined Bjork on stage for a first-time live duet on "Where Is the Line" from her album Medulla.
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Josh Keppel
Bjork played three shows in Richmond in the course of a week's time. On the final night, SF's Mike Patton joined Bjork on stage for a first-time live duet on "Where Is the Line" from her album Medulla, which Patton recorded vocals on for a few tracks.
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Josh Keppel
Bjork chose the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond for her "In the Round" shows.
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Josh Keppel
With people seated all around the stage, Bjork wandered around, sometimes facing one side for an entire song, other times singing to fans on all sides.
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Josh Keppel
The Craneway Pavilion, seen there at the right under the smoke stack, is an unusual choice for a concert, which is part of what makes seeing Bjork live so much fun. In August of 2003, Bjork played at piers 30/32 in SF, complete with firework accompaniment.
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Josh Keppel
A walk around the grounds near the venue was a nice way to start or end the evening. This area is where Rosie the Riveter was cranking out a ship a day for the World War II efforts decades ago.
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Josh Keppel
The Craneway Pavilion is an event space that regularly hosts Bay Area Derby Girls roller derby bouts.
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Josh Keppel
Observant concert goers walking along the water could see Bjork getting primped in her tour bus minutes before the show, with her dress hanging in the window and her wonderful wig firmly in place.
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Josh Keppel
It was nice to watch the sunset through the windows in the roof, and on one full side of the building, while waiting for the show to start.
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Josh Keppel
Beautiful views of the Bay, Angel Island and San Francisco were readily available. Some people stood just outside these windows and watch the whole show for free, standing about 20 yards from Bjork while she was singing.
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Josh Keppel
There was a lot of great fashion on hand at the show. I counted a number of swan dresses.
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Josh Keppel
Bjork had renowned Icelandic female choir Graduale Nobili touring with her. The group of about 20 women sang on most of the songs during the show. The large structure on the right was a kinetic sculpture that used Earth's gravity to move it around. Sadly, it also blocked the view for a lot of people standing on that side.
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Josh Keppel
Bjork also had an amazing "toy," as she called it, that descended from above for three or four songs with two Tesla coils, hooked up to a synthesizer, that played along to the music. Even if Bjork was singing to the other side of the room, the Tesla coils kept you mesmerized.
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Josh Keppel
Perhaps the greatest view upon exiting a concert in the Bay Area.
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Josh Keppel
Hopefully other artists will stage shows at the Craneway Pavilion in the not-too-distant future.
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Josh Keppel
Taking the unique experience one step further, Bjork show producers arranged for a special ferry that left from SF's Pier 39 and went across the Bay to the Craneway Pavilion. As the show dates approached, the boat tickets seemed to be harder to get than the concert tickets.
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Josh Keppel
Aside from the line to get on the boat after the show, the ferry seemed like a great option. (The lines to get out of the parking lot were no picnic either.)
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Josh Keppel
After the Wednesday night show, I stopped on Treasure Island to take in the City, Moon and Marco Cochrane's Bliss Dance sculpture.
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Josh Keppel
I again stopped on Treasure Island after the final Bjork show on Tuesday night and was saddened to see that a vandal apparently destroyed the box that controls the lighting for the sculpture. Lame. Thanks for the great week of shows, Bjork, and please come back soon!
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