Outside Lands 2009… so far good weather, more than 100,000 people and around 100 bands lined up for the 3 day music fest in San Francisco’s stunningly large, green Golden Gate Park.
Day one (Friday) brought Pearl Jam, Incubus, Thievery Corporation, Tom Jones, Silversun Pickups, The National, Q-Tip, Built To Spill, Midnite, Kinky, Tea Leaf Green, Autolux, The Dodos, Zap Mama, Los Campesinos!, Akron/Family, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, The Duke Spirit, Zee Avi, Blind Pilot, SambaDá, West Indian Girl.
Today’s lineup: Dave Matthews Band, Black Eyed Peas, The Mars Volta, Jason Mraz, TV on the Radio
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Mastodon, Raphael Saadiq, Os Mutantes, Street Sweeper Social Club, JJ Grey & Mofro, Deerhunter, Nortec Collective Presents:, Bostich + Fussible, Zion I, Bat For Lashes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Groundation, Dengue Fever, The Dirtbombs, Portugal. The Man, Ryan, Bingham, Albino!, Extra Golden, Infantree
And what a nice way to enjoy the last day with Sunday’s crew: Tenacious D, M.I.A., Ween, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, The Dead Weather, Atmosphere, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Brett Dennen, The Avett Brothers, Calexico, Bettye LaVette, Heartless Bastards, Cage The Elephant, Lenka, John Vanderslice, Matt & Kim, The Morning Benders, Other Lives, Darondo with Nino Moschella, Big Light
A meager sample of the days’ music (since you’re not there, at least take off your shoes, grab a cold beverage, hop around a little…invite a splash from the festival into the moment.)
Rain Dance featuring M.I.A. [mp3] - The Very Best
A couple more cool items: Outside Lands has a link to Crowdfire at their site, where folks from the festival are uploading photos and videos. Check in to see what’s newest. And, of course, Outside Lands tweets are hoppin’. Especially impressive: not only are there clearly marked trash receptacles and recycling vessels, but there are also large Compost bins alongside. Now that’s progressively green. Hooray for big parks, festivals, music, good crowds, rich, wholesome fun and social awareness.