If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music…Thomas Carlyle
I have not been in San Francisco in many years…like 18+ years. But I still remember the city. Open 24 hours, color, food, and the energy of the city is definitely unforgettable. This being the last set of stops in the United States Tour, it would allow you to just jet home to Los Angeles, recover and then spend the holidays with your family.
At this point in time, I am not sure what I would be doing. I know that life is going to change in large, immeasurable ways for me following this accomplishment. So it is just going to have to be one of those door open and see what happens kind of times. My guess would be putting the finishing touches on the book that is going to come from this amazing journey.
So on to the Masonic Theatre in San Francisco.
Stops 29 & 30
Dates: October 29 & 30
Theatre: The Masonic, San Francisco, CA
Trivia Facts/History of the Masonic
Information supplied by the SF Masonic Website
In the lobby hangs American artist Emile Norman’s largest art piece: a 38-foot by 48-foot, decorative mural window hung in San Francisco’s Masonic Temple. His now famous “endomosaic” mural consists of 45 acrylic panels that incorporates naturally-colored materials like seashells and stones mixed in with colored glass, and acrylic as well as fabric, grass, earth and glass powder. At the bottom is a frieze that includes soil from every California county and Hawaii. The materials are sandwiched between thin panes of clear plastic or glass which are then soldered together and hung in a widow frame. The arrangement of characters depicts the history of Masonry in California. The central figures—that of the sea and wayfaring pioneers who came to California—are also reminiscent of the seal of the City and County of San Francisco. The pioneer story, underscored by the moral lessons symbolized by Masonic tools and emblems, surround these figures, drawing us in to their colorful history.
To find out more, go to www.freemason.org.
The Masonic’s re-opening in the fall of 2014 unveiled a transformed space unlike any other of its size in the Bay Area. Renovations include a brand-new concert stage, state-of-the-art sound system tailored specifically to the room, and a new general admission open floor with tiered levels, bringing the venue’s general admission capacity to 3,300.
New, tiered, open floor for both general admission and seated shows
New concert stage and draping
Multiple new bars and concession stands
Upgraded house ambiance including new carpeting and flooring
New lighting and art installations, including five Zeppelin Chandeliers in the concert hall
Luxury VIP Boxes with wait service and private restrooms
VIP Room for 300, with amazing views of Nob Hill, San Francisco, and the Bay
Renovated, modern dressing rooms and catering areas
The renovation of the Masonic marks a landmark transformation for the historic San Francisco venue. With the significant upgrades and updates, and the change from a fixed seat venue to a flexible, multi-tiered venue, the uses of the Masonic become endless—general admission concerts, seated concerts, private receptions, meetings and classroom-style events, or private dinners with entertainment on stage. The new Masonic is now a prime venue for concerts and special events alike, in one of San Francisco’s premier neighborhoods, next door to some of the Bay Area’s greatest hotels and restaurants.
The Nob Hill Masonic fills an interesting niche for the city: At 3,300 capacity, it’s larger than the Warfield, and about twice the size of the Fillmore, yet still much smaller than the 8,500-capacity Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Until now its main limitation has been that it wasn’t ideal for concerts — and the fact that many nearby residents were opposed to events drawing what they see as rowdy, drunken crowds to the quiet neighborhood. Those long-running concerns were placated with a settlement last fall (2013) that set limits on events and alcohol sales, and requires Live Nation and the Masons to pay $100,000 a year to the Huntington Park preservation fund for three years, $30,000 a year after that, and 50 cents per ticket sold. (The money will be administered by an arm of the Nob Hill Association.) A Live Nation executive told the Examiner that these operating conditions are more onerous than at any other venue the company runs. Presumably all the renovations will make Nob Hill Masonic worth it.
This ends the United States Theatre Tour. I am going to do some research and post about the theatres that have been announced so far for the International Tour in 2016.