Things get rowdy as Shannon and the Clams storm The Chapel

Shannon and the ClamsBy Pedro Paredes //

Shannon and the Clams with Earth Girl Helen Brown, Magic & Naked //
The Chapel – San Francisco
January 23rd, 2015 //

Oakland’s Shannon and the Clams brought plenty of their youthful fan base from across the bay to play a sold-out show at The Chapel last Friday night.

Opening the night was psychedelic soul/folk band Magic & Naked. These three guys from Switzerland showed a rather quiet side to them, as they did not interact with the crowd much, but their music was well-received by those who arrived at the venue early.

Next up was Earth Girl Helen Brown, bringing a huge stage presence that featured her charismatic voice and engaging banter as more attendees started filing in. With their old-school, groovy sound, the highlight of Brown’s set was “I Walked All Night”.

By the time Shannon and the Clams hit the stage, The Chapel was absolutely packed, with quite a few fans scrambling to get a spot up front. It was surprising to see the venue change so drastically from a subdued audience during the first two acts to one with such high energy, highlighted by a number of crowd surfers. For this concert photographer, it was hard to remain toward the front of the stage, as I was quickly forced to protect my camera with people jumping straight at my head. Needless to say, the garage-punk trio put on one hell of a show.

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