So you didn’t get tickets to Outside Lands because you were lollgagging – not enough acts that really grabbed you, grousing about the price jump from last year, your friends could not get it together, whatever the reason tickets are now sold out. How about we move on?
Thankfully, here in the Bay Area when one festival is sold out, it doesn’t take long before another comes along to prick our fancy. Time to consider perhaps Treasure Island Music Festival, held on Oct 19 and 20. After all one of Outside Land 2012’s best sets was from Beck who will be in town this year to headline Treasure Island. He has been busy releasing singles this year in anticipation to his promised new album so watch out for a triumphant return on stage.
Sharing the bill are Atoms For Peace – Thom Yorke’s band with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, borne out of their love for electronica and Afrobeat. They have been thrilling audiences all over the festival circuit and their live performance here is going to be nothing less than exhilarating.
Take advantage of the fact that Treasure Island is still an under-rated festival and one that bears all the hallmarks of a good one – great music and unique vibe from being set on an island. Only one other festival can really boast that kind of awesomeness – the Isle of Wight Music Festival and you need a passport for that!
Besides the same brains that are behind Outside Lands also puts together the bill for Treasure Island, hence you have the same ratio of big name acts, to smaller up-and-coming ones who may not be familiar when the line-up is announced but are on a fast indie-rock or EDM trajectory. Acts like James Blake, Palma Violets, Cayucas and Animal Collective.
Or if a whole lot of soul is what rocks your boat, then keep on trucking across the Bay Bridge to the Oakland Art and Soul Festival on Aug 4 and 5. Children who are 12 and under, get in for free, the prices are still the same as last year. You have several stages and an eclectic line-up from Lisa Loeb to Los Rakas, the slow jams of ConFunkShun to Leela James, and The Rescues to John Murry.
Whatever you do, don’t miss stand-out upcoming band, Vintage Trouble who opened for legendary Mod rockers, The Who at the Oracle Arena, earlier this year. With tunes like Pelvic Pusher and Nancy Lee delivered by lead singer, Ty Taylor, a dynamo on the stage with all the right moves and the voice to boot, this bluesy rock band is guaranteed to bring the house down.
If festivals are not your thing, you prefer a shorter gig cause the grandparents won’t take the kids and the jury is still out as to whether that loud-banging music is really good for little ears no matter how pretty the pink ear-muffs, yes, a two-hour concert in an arena or smaller theatrical venue might just suit you better.
The Bay Area is teaming with concerts of every persuasion for the rest of the Summer. Rock, pop, Brit, Alt and country it’s all up for grabs, just make sure this time you get to that ticketing site and do the deed! Cause it’s like the boy who you didn’t even think you liked turning around and dumping YOU – it still hurts and we know how much you cried when Outside Lands posted sold out!
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