House Band Wines Shares Lovefest @ Outside Lands!
The House Band Wines team is still in recovery mode after three days at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco this past weekend. That said, we do have the clarity of mind and body to say, after decades as hardcore music fans, that this festival is one of the finest productions we have ever seen. Big shout out to Peter Eastlake who oversees Wine Lands and to his most excellent crew of volunteers!
Of course, being of the wine-ilk, we do tend to lean toward fine beverages and thoughtfully made foods, which the festival has in abundance. But that is just a slice of the goodness that makes up this delicious rock ‘n’ roll pie. The setting of Golden Gate Park, with its sunken meadows surrounded by towering cyprus and mists from the Pacific, combined with top-shelf production values and stellar talent, makes Outside Lands a magical experience on so many levels. Okay, the rock gods could’ve backed off on the fog machines a bit.
It was also a kick to take in several bands that we met at the Warner Residency during SXSW — where we launched our 375ml flex pouch this past spring — and hear these artists on the big stage, i.e., Geographer and fun. And the range and mix of sub-genres and artists from new to iconic flowed beautifully from stage to stage — though there are always tough choices to make. Overall top impressions: blown away that Neil Young & Crazy Horse sound as raw and relevant as ever; and confirmed that Jack White is one of the reigning masters of rock ‘n’ roll. Jack even pulled off a pop up concert in the middle of the festival before taking to the main stage — that’s the bomb.
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