Outsidelands 2012: The Music

I did in fact tear my attention away from the fried food long enough to enjoy some music at Oustidelands.  Clearly, my favorite was Steve Wonder {we're not worthy!}, but I also really enjoyed many other acts, some well-known, some not so much. Here are my favorites from Outsidelands 2012:

Beck - duh.  He played all of his best songs, sounded great live, and everyone in the audience was jamming out and having a really good time.  Leslie and I had a really memorable people-watching moment with a couple in front of us that was seriously boogie-ing down Woodstock-style (see Dave Chapelle's White People Can't Dance).

Norah Jones  - she is one classy lady.  Her voice was just as beautiful singing live, and I forgot how many of her songs I absolutely love!

Fitz and the Tantrums - Moneygrabber has been on repeat in my car for two weeks.  I really love their retro Motown-esque sound.  The lead vocalists voices blend perfectly.  See also: "Breakin' the Chains of Love" and "Pickin' Up the Pieces"

Fun.  I only saw the last couple songs, but they totally lived up to their name in live performance - they packed the lawn on the biggest stage, and the entire audience was having a blast.

Rebelution - ahem, I think my Santa Cruz is showing.

Jon was totally pumped after seeing Die Antwoord.  Leslie and I stood WAY in the back and caught the last song and I will admit, the crowd looked like they were having the time of their lives. The mass of people all pulsing to the music, pumping their arms in the air in unison.  It was quite a sight to behold.  My overall impression is that Die Antwoord is really, really weird (see video below), but they are also strangely entertaining.  Until recently, I thought Lady Gaga was weird.  But Die Antwoord makes her look like Mary Poppins.

Two Gallants - I was SO impressed with these guys.  They're just a guitarist and drummer, but they filled that huge stage and worked it.  They're both from San Francisco, so it was really cool for them to share they had won their 8th grade soccer championship on the very field which they were now playing for thousands of people.

Explosions in the Sky - I've this as a Pandora station on my computer at work because they're really great background music without putting me to sleep.  I was sort of scared they wouldn't translate to live performance, but they were really great live!


Outsidelands 2012 via my iPhone

My track record of concerts I have attended is pretty sad: N*SYNC when I was a teenager, Bob Seger when I was in college, and Melissa Etheridge last year on my birthday.  Since I am a little behind the concert curve, I added "attend an outdoor music festival" to my summer bucket list.  Check - Outsidelands 2012!  Two of my favorite people on earth, Jon and Leslie (aunt and uncle), live in San Francisco and attend every year.  Since I now only live a little over an hour from the city, I realized this year I can finally tag along for the fun!  And for the record, the word "fun" is a serious understatement for the experience I had.  My feet were sore from all of the walking, but most notably sore were my stomach muscles from what seemed like 3 days straight of pure laughter and fried food consumption.  The music lineup didn't suck, either... ...HELLO - I saw Stevie Wonder live and in person!!!

Outsidelands_Stevie Wonder
Outsidelands_Stevie Wonder

Beck was a total blast, too...

Some of that fried food...

The whole set up in Golden Gate Park was really fun - like a whole other world!

Cold at Neil Young and Crazy Horse... thank goodness I bought that Outsidelands blanket!!

...did I mention the fried food?  Oh, and a note for the single ladies: men apparently LOVE a chick that can balance two beers in plastic cups in one hand so the other hand can be reserved for a plate of fried food.  I seriously think I could have scored a husband on the walk from the food carts to the concert stage, but only if I was in to the whole "grungy, drunk, skinny jeans, and flannel shirt" thing.  Which I'm not, for the record.

I drew the line at chocolate covered bacon... just kidding!  I totally ate that, too.

I had so much fun, I didn't even mind the crowd of 65,000 people... I never thought I would be able to say that.  I'm that girl that gets totally uptight and leaves a house party that gets a little too crowded.  I credit it to the fact that all of the people there, albeit very excited, were also pretty courteous and calm.

Each night, it felt SO fabulous to get back to the house, climb into a cozy bed, and sleep with the most calm, cool, and collected kitty of all time: Minxy.  He kept my Rudy withdrawals at bay... he's such a stud muffin.

A big THANK YOU to Jon and Leslie for a fabulously fun weekend! I can't wait for Outsidelands 2013!!