Hell yeah. And Robin, I'm pretty sure I saw you ordering wine at OSL. "Umm, I don't really care what you pour me, just make sure you fill my cup." Exact quote. That's my kind of shit. Let's have us a drink at HSB!
Haha! I don't remember saying that, but it sounds like something I would say.
HSB is still up in the air for me. I just really don't want to try to find parking.
Oh, you. I can pick you up if you don't want to walk that extra mile. hehehe.
Are there time restrictions on those streets? I really don't want to get another parking ticket.
Oh thanks, but my parents will be out from Texas for the fest so we'll drive as close as we can anyway. Worst case, we have my girlfriend drop us off right at Lincoln. I walk enough on a daily basis, I'll ALWAYS save myself that extra mile. And no, there are no time limits/permits on those streets.
I have an old high school friend that will be up here with the Navy, so my chances of being there on Saturday just increased to 80%.
Lineup breakdown is upon us. Saturday looks brutal.
EDIT: Holy shit is that Doug Sahm tribute going to be epic: Dave Alvin, Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie Vaughan, "plus whoever the cat drags in." Wow. That is going to be something.
Guess im calling in sick for Friday.
6/24 deltron 3030 slim's
6/29 baths great american music hall
07/21 david byrne & st vincent fox theater
07/26 the postal service greek theater
07/31 run the jewels the independent
08/09-11 outside lands music festival
09/19-23 $ymbiosis gathering
10/19-20 treasure island music festival
Saturday is almost a definite go for me!
We'll have to plan a meet up somewhere.
Friday: Preservation Hall Jazz Band > Pickwick > Beachwood Sparks > Patterson Hood > The Time Jumpers > Elvis Costello > Reignwolf
Saturday: Red Baraat > Dirty Three > Justin Townes Earle > Dave Alvin/Heartless Bastards/Les Claypool > Jerry Jeff Walker > Flatlanders
Sunday: Lucero > Giant Giant Sand > The Knitters > Black Prairie/Rubblebucket > Doug Sahm Tribute > Ralph Stanley > Del McCoury/Luther Dickinson & The Wandering > Patti Smith
Come say hello, I'll give you whiskey and exchange pleasantries.
I have no schedule for Saturday. I will be with a few Navy guys that will be dressed.
We might do brunch in the Sunset before heading there, if y'all want to join.
What ever happened to the Tree Dude last night?
I really didn't notice the crowd at all yesterday. I spent the first half of the day at Gold/Star stages, and the second half of the day at the soundboard of Star. Didn't have to battle crowds/standers/talkers/etc once all day. It was fucking great.
And Ed, why you didn't text me, man?
I didn't go on Sunday but it seemed alot less crowded this year than last year. Friday was relatively sparse.
Reignwolf was pretty awesome. And John Paul Jones joined Seasick Steve for his set. Yes that JPJ. That was incredible and they really jammed out. JPJ played like four different instruments. It would have been great to have gotten a Zeppelin cover but it was badass nonetheless.
Saturday was fairly crowded but everyone seemed to be camped out at a stage and not moving around which limited the foot traffic and bottlenecks. Sat way back and didn't really feel like working my way through a fairly packed crowd of talkers. Basically it became a day out in the park with friends then to see/hear any music. May be my last one but still had fun - weather was great, blue angles were a crowd pleaser, saw many hulu hoopers.
Red Baraat brought the funk Saturday. So much fun, I've never seen a HSB crowd get down like that. It's hard to get most SF crowds to even bob their heads but they had everyone on their feet getting down. At 11 AM. Again, so much fun.
Great weekend overall, saw and enjoyed an overwhelming amount of music. Saw everyone I wanted and never had to fight the crowds (NOTE: attendance was allegedly down about 20-30% from last year, according to the Chronicle).
Had a really good time this year. Weather could not have been better. Clean, glassy surf each morning, followed by beautiful fall afternoon sunlight in the park and great music. Made it down Friday after work to catch Reignwolf (thanks for the rec Greghead, watched a live video and was hooked). He put on a good show, was definitely feeling it and the setting was awesome at that time of day.
On Saturday, the wifey and I weren't really planning on going, but the weather had us changing out minds... we got on the bikes and made it down for Robyn Hitchcock's set on the Porch stage. We were just going minimal effort and that was the closest stage to where we parked our bikes (nice job HSB by adding more bike racks for self parking a la OSL, they were needed and appreciated). Turns out, we got a special guest on stage for that set, John Paul Jones. He jammed with Robyn for several songs. We tried to leave and walk toward another stage, but after seeing the mess at Banjo and Rooster, we turned around and went back to the porch stage. We camped til the end of the day and saw a really good set by Seasick Steve, who also invited JPJ up.
Sunday, kind of same program for us. We started the afternoon at the top of Divisadero (at Jackson) to watch the start of the America's Cup World Series race. We saw one of the fleet race starts, which was hectic, I think there were 11 boats jockeying to get around the first marker. We then made our way out to the festival, arriving in time to catch most of Son Volt's set. The crowd was much more mellow than Saturday, but I was still nervous trying to negotiate for a good spot to see Patti Smith. Luckily, a good friend did the leg work and we got a spot right near the soundboard (arrived about 40 min early). It was my first time seeing her and it was an awesome way to end the festival. Again, beautiful sunlight put a glow on the faces of the performers and fans alike. I think Warren may have just been smiling down on GG Park for us all too.