Oakland/San Francisco Highlights
Above: Oakland’s abandoned 16th Street Station, the site for Station to Station’s final stop
After nine stops, thousands of miles, and dozens of amazing performances, it was finally time for Station to Station – a public art project made possible by Levi's® – to call it quits and get a good night's sleep in Oakland – only after an incredible night of dancing and sendoff from 3,000 attendees.
The setting for the last blowout on the public art project made possible by Levi’s® was a work of unintended beauty in itself – the 16th Street Station, which was abandoned in 1994 only to become a public space for local creativity. With the trek's final happening taking place outdoors, the crowd browsed the yurt sculptures by Liz Glynn, Ernesto Neto, Urs Fischer, and Kenneth Anger, Olaf Breuning’s kinetic collage of smoke, and hometown hero Evan Holm's enthralling installation of a turntable barely submerged in shallow water, with the music creating ripples under an arrangement of branches.
Olaf Breuning’s smoke performance at the Oakland Station to Station stop.
Evan Holm setting up his submerged turntables at the Oakland Station to Station stop.
With the sun set and New York-based choreographer Jonah Bokaer's explosive moves ramping up the excitement, the music portion of farewell began. Like the last StS tour stop in L.A., Sun Araw and the Congos teamed for a simultaneously experimental and traditional reggae set, singer-songwriter Lia Ices' engrossing stage presence, Twin Shadow's enchanting chillwave crooning, and the squall of train-traveling vets No Age, who kept up their intensity after playing almost every stop on this amazing journey.
Lia Ices performed in Oakland.
Twin Shadow at the Oakland Station to Station stop.
Of many of the highlights of the evening, London post-rockers Savages' aggressive, captivating performance stood out, mesmerizing the crowd with the endearing refrain of the aptly titled "Fuckers": "Don’t let the fuckers get you down." Could a better mantra apply to the amazing artists of Station to Station?
Fittingly, Dan Deacon – the iconoclastic electronic maestro who can never give the same performances, nor can he fail to excite a crowd that's even somewhat-willing to move – was the last act of this one-of-a-kind series of happenings made so great by the artists, inspirers, experimenters, challengers and, most importantly, the willingly curious fans who came out to see it. Even if he didn't intend to mean it for the entire Station to Station journey, Deacon's sign-off is a reminder of the endless possibilities ahead: "See you in the future." On our behalf, a huge thank you to everyone who shared in the experience along the way.
Savages at the Oakland Station to Station stop.
Dan Deacon performing for the crowd in Oakland.
All photos courtesy of Levi's®.