The Bay Area saw one of its biggest storms in months this weekend, but that didn't stop festival goers from taking part in the 10th year of Treasure Island Music Festival. Not only was the festival celebrating its decade of existence, but this was also be the last year that it can call Treasure Island home. The new location has yet to be announced, but I am patiently waiting to see where we'll be boogieing down in 2017.
A few cancelled acts, delayed sets, and mud for days - but there's nothing quite like dancing in the rain with thousands of people while listening to live music. And the wind? Nothing that a big bowl of Itani Ramen couldn't fix. Here are a few of my favorite moment's from this year's weekend on the Island.
Rain, rain go away. It's no secret that the rain put a huge damper on this year's festival, but we threw on ponchos and embraced the weather.
Bubbles. There were lots of bubbles! One of my favorite parts about music festivals is the slew of other artists that join. Live graffiti artists, bubble enthusiasts, a group of luminous jellyfish, and professional face painters (our friends from TopShelf Style even had a boutique pop-up).
There was a break in the rain and a rainbow decided to grace us with its presence. Just for a short moment though.
Let's talk about Treasure Island for a minute - this place doesn't get enough attention. Once a Naval Base in the 1940's, the Island is now a colorful place with much to explore. If you like ghost stories and feeling chills up your spine, wander around this place at night. The barracks and buildings from the Navy days still stand, but not all of them have been repurposed. The Island is sprinkled with abandoned buildings with Asbestos Warning signs nailed to the door. Then just across the street is a functioning winery! This place is spooky and amazing at the same time. (Who knows, maybe I'll do a post all about Treasure Island?)
James Blake was one of the many reasons I was so excited about this year's Festival. Dedicated fans describe his performance as life altering. So we waited in the rain and mud as his set kept getting pushed back and eventually cancelled. Though we still had fun dancing in the rain under the lights of the Bay Bridge, I couldn't help but still feel frustrated.
...and the aftermath.
After lots of hate on Twitter and social media, James Blake announced that he would perform a makeup show at the Fox Theater Monday night - free for all TI ticket holders! It has been dubbed a "fan appreciation show."
The line to enter the Fox Theater wrapped around the block several times. Thousands of fans filed in line in hopes to make it into the surprise show. Turns out the house was packed at 2,800 people.
I was blown away by the dedication of James Blake fans. With the first note of every song, the crowd went wild, captivated with his soulful voice and coordinating light show. I think it's safe to say that many left the Fox last night totally blown away.
Thats a wrap for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival. Though the rain and mud might have deterred some, it was still a weekend for the books. Until next time!
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Concert season is here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Partly because the seasons are chancing and the holidays are approaching, but the main reason is all of the amazing live music that takes place. It seems like this time every year, there isn't a weekend that goes by without a must-see concert.
I have gathered my top picks of essential shows in San Francisco this fall. Enjoy!
HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass kicks off concert season in San Francisco, and I'm not mad about it. I look forward to this festival every year, and the 2016 lineup gives us so much to be excited about. There are so many artists that I'm looking forward to seeing that HSB deserves its own post. In the meantime, listen to a few of the artists that I definitely won't miss this year in Golden Gate Park.
Golden Gate Park
September 20 - October 2
No tickets necessary - it's FREE!
TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Along with Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly, Treasure Island completes the trio of quintessential San Francisco music festivals. 2016 marks the 10th year for TIMF, but its cornerstone anniversary is not the only reason to go ahead and buy your tickets. This will be the last year that the festival takes place on the Island (you know, the one it's named after). The festival will relocate in 2017, so this will be your last chance to enjoy the island breeze - or more like intense Bay winds.
Treasure Island, California
If you don't make it to the Island for the festival, there's no need for FOMO. There will be Night Shows around the city all weekend long.
Listen to the full playlist "Fall in San Francisco" on Spotify. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram for live stories and more Insider tips. Don't forget to share your photos with #newnextsf. Happy Listening!
You can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl. Let's face it - I'm a Southerner at heart. So when I moved to San Francisco and learned that there is an annual Bluegrass festival in the middle of Golden Gate Park, I was pleased as punch. And did I say it was free? I don't think I did. It's FREE!
Each year, I anticipate the release of the lineup to see which musical acts are going to transport me back to the South. Needless to say, the 2016 lineup has me like...
One of my favorite things about HSB is the cast of festival veterans that returns to the stage every year. These artists are so passionate about carrying on the tradition of bluegrass, country and western music. Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers, Emmylou Harris, and Conor Oberst are always a sure bet.
It's that same passion that founder Warren Hellman had for bluegrass music. Venture capitalist by day and banjo picker by night, Hellman founded HSB in 2001 as a "selfish gift" to himself. Originally a gathering dedicated strictly to bluegrass music, the festival has evolved over the years and now encompass other genres.
Explore the 2016 lineup and get ready for a weekend in the park. Below are a few of my top picks that I am most excited about this year. Download Spotify and listen to my favorite artists that will be hitting the stage.
So I've learned a few lessons over the years of attending Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The biggest challenge of the weekend (other than choosing which bands you want to see) is getting to Golden Gate Park.
Parking is impossible, so don't even think about driving. HSB likes to encourage public transportation, and SFMTA will provide extra MUNI service throughout the whole weekend. However from personal experience, I recommend just sucking it up and taking an Uber or a taxi. The main MUNI routes to Golden Gate Park will be so congested that you might end up watching full bus after full bus drive by (this has happened to me)! If you are going to take an Uber, have your driver drop you off at Balboa & 30th Avenue. This is the official drop-off location as the roads within the park will be closed.
And of course, don't forget to plan your snack and beverage game ahead of time. There will be food vendors, but bringing a picnic is the way to go. No alcohol will be sold in the park, so get your favorite koozies ready and bring a cooler.
Listen to the Full Hardly Strictly 2016 Playlist
See you in the park! Be sure to follow along at @wsanfrancisco for live HSB updates and tag your pictures with #newnextsf.
That's a wrap! Outside Lands 2016 has come and gone and now all we have are the photos to reminisce on the glorious weekend.
We had such a blast hosting Years & Years at W San Francisco and catching some of the most anticipated acts of the year hit the stage at Golden Gate Park.
First things first. Before they take the stage, Years & Years strike a pose.
Before the show began, invited guests mingled in the Social Terrace with cocktails in hand.
Our friends from 111 Minna Gallery made an appearance.
If you're a true Years & Years fan, you'll know that Mikey Goldsworthy is obsessed with his cat Stewie. Yes, Stewie has his own Instagram page with over 11,000 followers! After some investigation into Mikey's obsession, we gifted him a cat sweater bedazzled with Stewie's name. True whatever/whenever style.
The highlight of my night was when Mikey showed up on stage rocking his Stewie sweater.
Turns out, the Stewie Instagram account is NOT run by Mikey, but a dedicated Y&Y fan. I guess that makes him a little less obsessed with his cat than we thought. The cat sweater still slayed on stage nonetheless.
I saw you watching me under the light
And after the show it's the after party
That's all folks! Now we'll have to wait another year for OSL to roll around again. Until then, stay tuned for an Insider Guide to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Treasure Island Music Festival Music Festival.
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Happy August my friends!
We've been waiting all year long for another three days of music, comedy, food and wine paradise. All of my favorite things in one place!
Upon first glance, this year’s headliners didn’t excite as much as in years past. Sure, I’ve always wanted to see Radiohead live – but OSL has stacked their roster with big names in the last few years. But after a deeper delve into the smaller acts on the bill for 2016, I couldn’t be more excited to hear familiar tunes and discover new acts.
I’ve gathered my top picks from this year’s lineup – all the way from the small names you’ve never heard of to the headliners. Put your headphones on and get ready for another three magical days in the park.
DOWN AND OUTLAWS
I was late to jump on the Foals bandwagon, but after hearing about their latest album release on NPR’s All Songs Considered I’m a converted fan. Foals has perfected the energetic pop song with “My Number,” but the latest album What Went Down is more my speed. I’m hoping the title track “What Went Down” will be on the Outside Lands setlist - it’s definitely my favorite on the album!
Beach House is one of my all time favorites, and I couldn’t be more excited to see them take the stage at Outside Lands after the killer year that they had in 2015. With two albums within two months, the duo continues to evolve their signature trance-y sound and dreamy melodies. The band is well seasoned in their live performance, travelling the world together for over a decade. Beach House puts on a captivating show, so their performance is one of the most anticipated of the year.
LANA DEL REY
After a five year hiatus, LCD Soundsystem is back and they sound better than ever! After a successful reunion at Coachella in April, the group has headlined festival after festival. From Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to Austin City Limits, LCD Soundsystem has become a well oiled machine. Their set at Outside Lands is sure to reflect their festival veteran status. If their performance at previous festivals is any indicator, they will be playing nostalgic tunes that will take you back to the early 2000’s. There’s nothing that makes me want to dance like Daft Punk Is Playing At My House.
Though I have mixed feelings about the Radiohead show at Outside Lands, any music lover would be crazy to miss the opportunity to see them play live. The word on the street is that seeing Radiohead at a festival can be quite a letdown. If their performance at Primavera Sound Festival is any indication, the show will only be a transformative experience for the lucky few in the front rows. Because the group prides themselves on their thoughtfully curated live performance, they often choose to forego the Jumbotron-like screens that project to those that didn't camp out for hours to snag that spot in the very first row. If this is the only opportunity that i will get to see one of the biggest bands of my generation, I won't miss it. But If the world revolved around me (I still think it might…) I would choose to see them in an indoor venue whose acoustics would enhance their dynamic sound.
INSIDER TIP: GET A TASTE OF THE BAY AREA
The best part about Outside Lands is not just the music. The food and beverage selection at OSL is unparalleled - so long greasy festival food that isn’t worth the calories. Outside Lands is really a showcase of the best of what the bay has to offer in terms of food and beverage. From Bay Area celebrity chefs to beers exclusive to Outside Lands, the music isn't the only thing that will draw a crowd.
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LISTEN TO THE FULL OUTSIDE LANDS 2016 PLAYLIST
Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio traverses unknown territory in the Mid-Market neighborhood. Craft cocktails are nothing new to San Francisco. However Mr. Tipple’s offers much more than yet another spin on a Tom Collins.
The lounge evokes a feeling of sitting around with friends in a recording studio where the owner keeps your glass full. The theme is inspired by the fictional Mr. Tipple, who is just “a simple and laughable bloke hailing from London” that is often found “spinning cocktails, not reeling tape.” After a few of those cocktails, he often just sits back to enjoy the music and the company. “Regardless, the band is always jiving, the whiskey is always cold, and we’re always having a smashing good time.”
To complete the list of essentials when lazing around with friends listening to music, Mr. Tipple’s offers a mean patty melt to satisfy that late night craving. With live music every night, often featuring local bands, and no cover – there is no excuse not to pay your friend Mr. Tipple a visit.
Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
39 Fell Street