What do you get when you mix great music with free champagne, all-too-popular food truck items, games of cornhole, and a beautiful location right on the bay in the Marina district of San Francisco? Well, if it was over the Valentines Day weekend, you got Eye Heart SF’s The “XOX” Experience, a celebration of all things love and…well, not-love, at Fort Mason Center.
It’s debatable whether the presence of free champagne (with the price of admission) made the event better or worse, but for those able to either take part in or be openly amused by the open Bros vs Hos warfare going on (this is the Marina we’re talking about, after all, and plenty of Marina Folk showed up to this event), and there seemed to be relativelty few food options available to those taking advantage of said free champagne–but since this was the first year of XOX, a few kinks are to be expected. Examiner protip: let a few food trucks park outside, it would have made a huge difference!
The “XOX” Experience’s music was provided by reliably dancy DJs Aaron Axelsen and Jeffrey Paradise, as well as a set from The Ferocious Few, one of SF’s most talented & intense rock bands.
The duo–comprised of mustachioed singer/guitarist Francisco Fernandez and otherworldly drummer Daniel Aguilar–admittedly seemed a bit out of place among the bros & hos atmosphere, but that didn’t make their set any less great. And fortunately, they had rallied many of their loyal fans to attend the event, so in the end, the stage area didn’t lack people swaying about to “Me And The Devil,” “San Francisco,” and “Gasoline And Cocaine.”
When all was said and done, The “XOX” Experience was a success–mostly due to how the Ferocious Few saved the event from drowning in too much booze and the increasingly comicically poor behavior of some of the attendees. Make sure to check out the gallery to the left for photos depicting both music and drunken behavior!