By Kory Thibeault //
Boy, do I love The Fillmore.
“Best venue in the Bay” debates aside, I feel The Fillmore has a special presence, a certain energy that is the product of its rich musical history. Moreover, I truly feel that every musician who takes the stage under those beautiful lights and chandeliers channels their energy into every note they strike. At least that was the case when The Wood Brothers graced the stage last Friday night.
Since 2006, brothers Chris and Oliver Wood have been releasing carefully-crafted Americana albums under the moniker “The Wood Brothers”. They have continued their success more recently, executing their recorded work beautifully with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. This band’s talents certainly extend beyond the studio. Most impressive, though, is the four-piece’s ability to translate its often-mellow sounds into an enthusiastic, crowd-pleasing performance that certainly left the audience at The Fillmore craving for more.
A particular highlight of the evening was seeing Chris and Oliver bring Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz from opening act Mandolin Orange on stage to help cover Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, which was an instant hit with the crowd.