Local Acts at Outside Lands
This massive San Francisco music festival brings plenty of local acts to the stage.
An impressive selection of East Bay artists join an international all-star team of bands at the ninth annual Outside Lands, one of Northern California’s biggest music festivals, on August 5–7.
The brainchild of Lafayette music promoter Gregg Perloff and his Another Planet Entertainment, Outside Lands brings thousands of music fans to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for three days of food, wine, and cutting-edge music. Don’t miss these local highlights, plus a few heavy hitters.
Party starters: On opening night, check out The Claypool Lennon Delirium, a creative collaboration between El Sobrante–raised bassist Les Claypool and Sean Lennon (son of John), which will share the psychedelic samplings of its new record, Monolith of Phobos.
Big headliner: The first Outside Lands headliner from 2008, Radiohead, is back in support of its killer LP A Moon Shaped Pool. One of the few bands that can make a concert for 80,000 seem intimate, Radiohead’s Saturday set is not to be missed.
Space rock: Check out Rogue Wave on Saturday, when the Bay Area band will play cuts from its new record, Delusions of Grand Fur. Moraga-raised lead singer and guitarist Zach Rogue writes about the emotional battles of fear and joy, then arranges them in trippy soundscapes.
A groovy throwback: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, the shaggy-haired puppet rockers made famous on The Muppets, will perform this year. Date and time is still TBA, but obviously, make room on your itinerary to catch their act.
Festival closers: Oakland R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani is a highlight of the fest’s final day. She’ll be playing songs from her Grammy-nominated album, You Should Be Here. Later that night, headliner Lionel Richie will take the crowd on a nostalgic trip through his multiplatinum classics, such as “Easy,” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Hello.” Singing along is encouraged. sfoutsidelands.com.