The other day, I was thrilled at the chance to see Neko Case play live in San Francisco — but I was also awfully excited about her opening act, Jason Lytle of the band Granddaddy. In my experience, some opening bands can be tedious, just another thing separating you from the musicians you actually paid money to see. But others can be great shows in their own right.
The best opener I've ever seen was the band Pony Up, who opened for the Mountain Goats here in San Francisco a couple of years back. I hadn't heard of them before the show, but their catchy songs and infectious energy set a perfect mood for the crowd. I first saw Grizzly Bear as an opener, and it's also how I first encountered the adorable band The Brunettes.
What are some of the best, most fun, or most surprising opening acts you've seen?