|Jack White on the Main Stage|
Cool discoveries early on were Infantree, and the precociously talented Birdy, who seemed very comfortable onstage for a 16 year old.
Settled in for a quick bite before heading over to see Franz Ferdinand, always a reliable festival band, when things got interesting. The band before Franz wasn't clicking for me, and I strayed off in search of cupcakes, and happened to stumble on a crowd gathering around the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store. So we gathered...and the payoff turned out to be a very intimate secret show from Jack White, in a forest clearing in Golden Gate Park.
As if that weren't enough, he made way for an a few songs by Tom Morello, who was then joined by Boots Riley. Many thanks to Third Man Records for facilitating that special moment.
For the complete story, check out The Owl Magazine. In the middle of the gang's full day wrap-up is my breakdown specifically on the secret show.
It was interesting to contrast with his later appearance on the main stage to, i would guess, 30-40,000 people. In between, I snuck in some good times with Santigold, who shared the stage with a nice portion of the audience in a very party friendly set. The genre-hopping of her records seems so natural in a festival setting, almost like seeing multiple acts at once.
We'll conclude the Outsidelands adventures in the next post, as Stevie Wonder definitely deserves his own space...
|you've been warned...|
|Santigold (and friends)|