Last year the closest I got to Outside Lands was hearing it from Fulton Street along with every other poor noob in this city. This year, Pacific Catch gifted me two free tickets to this music-tacular festival. Lucky, lucky me!
Last week I put a poll up on this here blog so you could vote for my Outside Lands schedule. The only bands I knew of were the obvious ones like Kings of Leon and Wolfmother. Little did I know that so many of you would be so passionate about the other great music that was going on at this years festival. Bands like My Morning Jacket, Gogol Bordello, Nneka[VID], The Temper Trap, and Al Green immediately went on my schedule. For that, I owe you all a big high five! These bands were fricken amazing, plus I also came across a few others that I liked. Bassnectar and Pretty Lights[VID] were a surprise to me. Who’da thunk a DJ could be so fantastic to rock out to not at a club!?! I certainly didn’t! Now they are two of my new favorite must hears!
I know the audio isn’t that great (damn you iPhone!), but look at the crazyness that occured during Bassnectar
Beyond the music, this festival was all about the food! Local restaurants dominated this festival with some grubalicious bites. I saw pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers; but the tasty treats Pacific Catch were selling definitely stood out from the crowd. It was tough to choose which meal to go with, but in the end I went with the Shrimp Ceviche.
You gotta try this stuff! The green, spicy, guacamole sauce laid on top of a never ending pile of perfectly cooked shrimp. Although I have never been to this restaurant before, I will definitely be checking it out soon!
After getting my strength back with some grub and beer, it was time for my favorite band of the weekend! Wolfmother! I’ve seen them a few times before, but I have to say this was my favorite time ever. The crowd was pumping and the band was rockin’ it harder than they ever have! I was even in my first mosh pit!!! Well, sorta…you can see for yourself in this video I posted.
As you all know, the headliner of the weekend was Kings of Leon. With Nas and Damian Marley[VID] playing right before them it was a tough one to get to! Nas and Damian were an incredible mix. I didn’t even know they were playing together! What an awesome pair they make! Unfortunately, we had to leave their set a bit early so we could make it over to Kings of Leon[VID] and hope for a halfway decent viewing spot. We got a pretty good spot, no where near the front but good enough. They played a lot of new and old music, so I was a bit unfamiliar with a few of their songs. Once they played the hits the crowd went wild! It’s just incredible to hear how much their live rendition of their music sounds just like their album. So Good!
Be sure to check out my other pics below. Be jealous! Be very jealous!
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