Poor Man’s Whiskey, 11/11/11

Poor Man’s Whiskey
The Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco, CA
November 11, 2011


Poor Man’s Whiskey presented their “Darkside of the Moonshine” interpretation of Pink Floyd’s heralded album on a recent November night to a sold out crowd at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Before the show and in true picker fashion, PMW played on the sidewalk in front of the Fillmore to those waiting in the ticket line.

After an opening set by Ten Mile Tide, whose foot stomping country rock kept the audience happily occupied, Poor Man’s Whiskey came out for a set of originals — most of which containing the play of special guest, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident) — before leaving the stage to prepare for the genre-bending saga to come.

Upon return, the band again had Kang in tow, and was fully decked out in Wizard of Oz costumes and the stage was decorated to the hilt in the band’s attempt to recreate the timeless album in a manner that was all their own.

“Money” became “Whiskey” and opened with beer cans popping, beer bottles clinking and burps as opposed to the cash register machine noises that signal the opening of the Floyd number that we have become accustomed to.

Surprisingly the psychedelic gems of Pink Floyd lent themselves well to the Poor Man’s Whiskey treatment as this high energy, fun band delivered a night full of trippy visuals and audio bliss.

As is prototypical for the band, the show ended with an acoustic number, “Sierra Girl,” with no amplification, and with that, PMW sent the elated and satiated crowd into the San Francisco night.




I: Carolina Pines, Cousin Billy, Caroline, Angeline, Humbolt Hoedown, PMS, Whiskey Creek > Mexico, Easy Come, Abigail
II: Speak to Me, On the Run, Breathe – Reprise, Great Gig in the Sky, Whiskey (Money), Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse
Encore: Willie, Rock Star on the Weekend, Sierra Girl


Stream the show below or click here to download an audience recording.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Susan J. Weiand