Bonus Track: Backstage At The 2011 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival

Bonus Track: Backstage At The 2011 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival

  • The 2011 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
    Photo: The Recording Academy
  • Foster The People's Cubbie Fink, Mark Foster and Mark Pontius
    Photo: The Recording Academy

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By Katie Cleland
San Francisco

Playing host to more than 80 bands from Aug. 12–14, San Francisco's 2011 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival has become quite the contender for "best of the west" music festivals. Set among the cypress and redwood trees of Golden Gate Park, more than 180,000 attendees gathered at the sold-out festival to catch performances by GRAMMY-winning artists such as Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Muse, OK Go, and the Roots, among many others.

While fog threatened, sunshine prevailed as fans traveled from stage to stage, sampling local San Francisco cuisine and checking out local artistry. The festival showcased classic hits from music veterans such as John Fogerty and Mavis Staples, while also hosting a variety of promising local talent. New Bay Area tenants Tune-Yards attracted a 1,000-plus crowd after rumors spread that their performance was the must-see set of the Sunday lineup. Local band the Stone Foxes delivered an always-appreciated set of some good foot-stomping bluesy rock and roll. Other highlights included bands from the recent (and not-so-recent) past such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Big Audio Dynamite and the Shins. The lineup also featured hip-hop artists and newly elected Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter Board members Lyrics Born of the duo Latyrx and K. Flay, who threw the beats down with their vocal technique and style.

In addition to all the festival had to offer, the festival's producer, Bryan Duquette of Another Planet Entertainment, generously provided the MusiCares Foundation with space in the artist hospitality area to speak about the many benefits and programs and services the foundation provides to the music community. The table drew in a multitude of new faces, including new Recording Academy members Foster The People, who stopped by to take a photos and speak about ways they can support The Recording Academy community. It was a great weekend of music and community all around.

Outside Lands Sample Playlist
"Ready To Start" — Arcade Fire (iTunes>)
"The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth" — Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (iTunes>)
"Rush" — Big Audio Dynamite (iTunes>)
"Tighten Up" — The Black Keys (iTunes>)
"Who'll Stop The Rain" — John Fogerty (iTunes>) 
"Pumped Up Kicks" — Foster The People (iTunes>)
"Lady Don't Tek No" — Latyrx (iTunes>)
"So Fast, So Maybe" — K. Flay (iTunes>)
"Resistance" — Muse (iTunes>)
"Here It Goes Again" — OK Go (iTunes>)
"Wake Up Everybody" — The Roots Featuring John Legend (iTunes>)
"Phantom Limb" — The Shins (iTunes>)
"You Are Not Alone" — Mavis Staples (iTunes>)
"Beneath Mt. Sinai" — The Stone Foxes (iTunes>)
"Gangsta" — Tune-Yards (iTunes>)

(Katie Cleland has worked for The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter since 2008. She has been passionate about music since she heard the first few bars of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" at the age of 4. It wouldn't be strange to see her out at least three times a week at local music venues and, to keep up on the latest emerging acts, she also works a few nights out of the month at local venue the Independent. She is eager to continue the hunt for her new favorite band and share the tracks with others.)


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