I had the most fabulous weekend in San Francisco at Outside Lands, this humongous outdoor music festival right in Golden Gate Park. We took about four hundred photos so I’m dividing a big recap up in two separate posts—the first dedicated to the festival itself and the second dedicated to festival food (the best part—trust me!).
So, a little background information: Almanzo and I were actually at the festival doing some work for Murphy-Goode. Basically, we were just wearing t-shirts with a “jag tag” on the back for people to take photos of with their iphones and then score a discount on the wine. It was pretty cool actually—right when you take a photo of the tag and then text it to the number on the shirt, a video of the winemaker popped up on your phone and then gave you a discount.
Unfortunately more people seemed to be interested in the viking hats we were wearing (or, Almanzo was wearing) and didn’t really take notice to the whole point of the t-shirt.
Peace and love, baby. Peace and love.
We got to the festival Saturday afternoon, stayed the night in Sausalito that night, and were right back at it all day again yesterday. I had never really been to a large outdoor music festival before and let me just say it was intense. Like, really. I’m sure you can use your imagination to conjure up a picture of what an outdoor music festival in the heart of San Francisco looks like. No need for me to go into the dirty, smoky and hippyish details. (don’t worry mom, I didn’t inhale!!!)
At times I felt like a scared lost puppy and stood there awkwardly, clutching my iced tea and watching the crowd in awe.
Where am I and what am I doing?
No one can know for sure.
The bands were awesome though. I really enjoyed Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (download “Home”
if you’ve never heard it…it’s my new favorite!), Phoenix, Kramer, Tokyo Police Club, Wolfmother, Further, The Temper Trap, Quinn Deveux and the Blue Beat Review
, Al Greene, Garage A Trois, Phoenix, Isaiah Martin (crazy awesome dj) and Rebirth, a funky big brass band from New Orleans whom Almanzo and I have seen live before and love. I was bummed because we missed Amos Lee (stuck in city traffic) and we left halfway through Kings of Leon last night because my boot had pretty much chafed off my entire right pinky toe and for the life of me, I just couldn’t stand up anymore. Plus, we needed clean oxygen.
Stay tuned for the FOOD post this afternoon….plus our stay in Sausalito (amazing and now I want to live there more than ever).
Have you all been to a huge outdoor music festival before? This was my first and although I really enjoyed it, I think two days is my max. Austin City Limits is three days and Bonnaroo is four….I just don’t know if I could swing that!
When I called my mom this morning to tell her I was alive, she was silent for a few minutes and then whispered into the phone, “Jennifer, it sounds like WOODSTOCK!!! Were people, you know, smoking (pause) marijuana?”
I gently responded that I couldn’t be certain and as for me, I unleashed my inner hippy by forgetting to wear deodorant and by donning “black boogies”, as spotted by Almanzo.