Friday, September 15, 2017

New Guidebook Spotlights ‘100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die’

by Amyra Soriano
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM

From a young age, Jessie Fetterling was consumed by wanderlust. “My mom was very adamant about taking road trips and showing us parts of the country, especially in California where we had family,” recalled the Kansas native.

She studied abroad in Europe and eventually became a travel writer, exploring places such as Singapore, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. After moving to the Bay Area six years ago, she eventually settled in Downtown Oakland. And now, Fetterling has taken her love of exploration to the place she calls home.
COURTESY OF JESSIE FETTERLING
  • courtesy of Jessie Fetterling
Her new guidebook, 100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die, provides the ultimate to-do list for both tourists and locals alike. Categorized into five sections — food and drink, music and entertainment, sports and recreation, culture and history, and shopping and fashion — 100 Things recalls overlooked parts of Oakland history and celebrates its current-day renaissance of restaurants, businesses, and art galleries. Fetterling also shares suggested itineraries for date nights, family outings, budget-friendly activities, and more. In the process, the author uncovers exceptional spots that make Oakland… well, Oakland.

At first, deciding what places to highlight was difficult for the author. “There were definitely some places that I wanted to include and simply didn’t have the space,” she said. However, with the help of the city’s tourism bureau and fellow Oaklanders, she was able to narrow down the bucket list.

Although some activities — like strolling through the Grand Lake farmers’ market or grubbing at Burma Superstar — are part of the author’s regular go-tos, there were other experiences she had never tried before, like wining down on the Oakland Wine Trail.

“I learned so much about the city during my research process that I likely wouldn’t have investigated on my own,” she expressed. “For instance, I knew about the Oakland California [Mormon] Temple, but had yet to explore the grounds before researching.”

Fetterling believes travel helps expand her outlook on life — specifically what to be grateful for, what to be open-minded about, and so on.

“I love learning about the cultures of people and finding out why they do things differently,” she said. “I think that’s what travel’s all about though… is trying to grow from an experience and bring back what I’ve learned to others.”

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Fetterling — an editor for Emlen Media and freelance writer — will be at Laurel Book Store (1423 Broadway) to talk more about her book. 5 p.m., free, LaurelBookStore.com

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Living Room Light Exchange to Premiere Its Fourth Season on Art, New Media, and Tech Culture

by Ayah Mouhktar
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Living Room Light Exchange founders Elia Vargas and Liat Berdugo.
  • Living Room Light Exchange founders Elia Vargas and Liat Berdugo.
When you picture yourself with a drink in hand and in the midst of a thrilling dialogue about art and technology, you might imagine being at a bar or an art gallery. But at the Living Room Light Exchange, you’ll actually be cozied up on a couch in the living room of a local artist.

Beginning its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 19 — four years after its debut — the Living Room Light Exchange hosts monthly salons in various living rooms across the Bay Area, with the intention of creating dialogue between local artists and the audience about art, new media, and technology culture.

Founders Liat Berdugo and Elia Vargas said they started the series because of a lack of “critical dialogue on art and technology.” “In the Bay Area, the technology capital, there wasn’t quite a space to dissect art and technology together,” said Vargas. Thus far, LRLX has hosted 28 salons featuring more than 80 different artists and is fully sustained by its community.

This season, viewers will have a number of things to look forward to, said Vargas. He explained their desire to highlight more diversity within the field, “especially in this political climate,” and to make the space more inclusive to gender non-conforming folks and people of color. “The Light Exchange is continuing the trajectory,” Vargas said.

Scheduled presenters include creative collective The Black Aesthetic, interdisciplinary artist Christy Chan, and writer April Glaser.

Past salons have featured lively discussions. One that sticks out to Vargas in particular was with Caroline Sinders, a designer/user researcher whose work sparked a discussion about artificial intelligence and feminism. “To have someone so eloquently spoken, to be able to work through what her research is attempting to do and how she goes about it, is a very unique and interesting opportunity,” said Vargas.

The new LRLX season will begin on Tuesday, Sept, 19 at 7 p.m. in the living room of musician Andrew Maguire. RSVP through Eventbrite for the address.

Tags: ,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Delta Wires Captures the Sound of Blues Music’s Migration

by j. poet
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 11:35 AM

01_delta_wires--horizontal_band_2002p_x_3000p_official_04-06-2017_2.jpg
In 2008, Express readers named Delta Wires, Oakland’s premier blues outfit, the East Bay’s Best Live Band. Since then, the seven-man band, known for its blazing horn charts, has continued burning up stages, locally and internationally. Not too band for a band that was put together as a one-off project by Ernie Pinata, the band’s singer, harmonica player, and frontman.

Born and raised in Oakland, Pinata picked up the harmonica when he was 16 and taught himself to play by listening to records by Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, and other urban blues greats. Although he played regularly in coffee shops, and once sat in with blues great Freddie King in Berkeley, Pinata wasn’t thinking about becoming a full-time musician. In 1970, he was working toward a master’s degree in fine arts, studying poetry and sociology at Oakland’s California College of Arts and Crafts, when he got interested in the mass migration of African-American workers during World War II. The sharecroppers who moved from Mississippi to work in Memphis, Chicago, and Oakland brought the blues with them and changed the history of popular American music.

Instead of writing a sociology paper on the subject, Pinata put together the first incarnation of Delta Wires to illustrate the evolution of the music, from its acoustic roots to the electric styles that were born in Chicago and Oakland. “We did a cappella field hollers, Robert Johnson and Son House songs, using acoustic guitars, fiddle, and harp and Chicago-style electric blues with a sax player, trying to copy Muddy Waters and the other Chess Records guys as close as we could.”

The presentation was a success, so Pinata booked a few dates at Oakland clubs, still thinking of the band as a fun, temporary project. “People started sitting in with us and things took off. We turned pro in 1971 and, after we got a standing ovation opening for Van Morrison in 1972, we knew we were on the right path. We’ve been going strong ever since.”

On Born in Oakland, their recently released album, they continue to impress as they burn through a collection of 10 tunes, seven of them composed by the band. The record is a culmination of the hard work they’ve put into their music since 1970. It’s getting airplay all over the country and generating rave reviews in publications like Chicago’s Midwest Record and the Lee County Courier in Tupelo, Mississippi.

“It took a couple of years to create this album,” said Pinata. “The songwriting was a totally collaborative process, with everyone in the band contributing to the writing and arranging.” Pinata said someone will suggest a horn line or contribute a guitar lick and the rest of the band will run with it, adding and subtracting parts until everything comes together. “This time we decided to throw out the rule book and let the music take over,” Pinata told the Express. “When Richard [Healy, the band’s guitar player] came up with the slow, bluesy hook for ‘Your Eyes,’ he said it didn’t sound like Delta Wires. I told him it was good to try something that was a little different. We just went with the flow.”

The response the band got from their fans when they started playing their new tunes was overwhelmingly positive. “We always play ‘em out before we go into the studio to make an album,” Pinata explained. “When you have a seven-piece band, with three horn players, you can’t record a song if it doesn’t have any history.”

On Born in Oakland, Delta Wires cover a lot of musical territory. With its greasy horn line and drummer Tony Huszar’s hard funk backbeat, “Sunny Day” tips its hat to Tower of Power, Oakland’s premier horn-driven R&B band during the early ’70s. “Devil’s in My Headset” rides a slow, Memphis soul groove and features a smoking solo by sax player Gerry Jonutz, complementing Pinata’s extended foray on harmonica. “Fun Time” is a fast jump blues; “Fine and Healthy Thing” dips into the swinging sound of West Coast blues, with a skewed shuffle rhythm and the horns front and center, while Healy’s layered guitars on “Vacation” suggest the Allman Brothers taking a holiday in Mississippi.

Pinata, bass player Tom Gerrits, and Huszar produced the album, with the rest of the band contributing ideas and arrangements. “When everybody has a say in the process, you make better music. We cut the basic tracks in seven days, then I went in and knocked out the vocals in four hours, a lot of them first takes. We all gave it everything we had, and it shows.”

Born in Oakland, the band’s seventh album, is the first that features mostly original songs. “Everything is still blues-based, but it’s more modern and adventurous than anything we’ve ever done before,” Pinata said. “When we play The Uptown, we’ll be doing all the songs on the album and creating a positive atmosphere. It’s a hometown gig and we’re gonna kick ass.”

Delta Wires’ CD release party will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 8:30 p.m., $20, $25. UptownNightclub.com



Tags: ,

Friday, September 1, 2017

Mistah F.A.B, Too $hort, and D’ Wayne Wiggins to Perform at Hurricane Harvey Benefit at Complex in Oakland

Proceeds will benefit Houston Unity Tribe, currently helping people on the ground.

by Azucena Rasilla
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 11:22 AM

PHOTO COURTESY DESLEY BROOKS
  • Photo Courtesy Desley Brooks


As a result of Hurricane Harvey, 364,000 people have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of Friday, according to FEMA, and that number is expected to rise in the coming days and weeks. More than 33,000 people are currently in shelters across Texas.

As people in Texas recover from the devastation left behind by Harvey, donations from across the country are pouring in. Texans’ star defensive J.J Watt has already raised more than $14 million from an online fundraiser that he started on Sunday. Sam Martin of the Detroit Lions started his own fundraising effort on Twitter, posting a video in which he invited his followers to donate items. In the video, Martin also vouched to donate six pounds of dog food for every retweet that the video gets, up to $10,000 worth of food. As of this morning, his video has more than 344,000 retweets.

Local artists, activists, and political figures in Oakland are also coming together to help in the relief effort: Mistah F.A.B, Too $hort, and D’ Wayne Wiggins, in partnership with councilmember Desley Brooks and Complex owner Oscar Edwards, are putting together a benefit concert next Wednesday at the venue in Downtown Oakland.

Tickets are $10, and the concert will benefit Houston Unity Tribe (H.U.T), a community-based organization in the greater Houston area. Those part of H.U.T have been on the ground in Houston helping with the relief efforts, collecting material goods, and distributing them among people who have been displaced from their homes.

Even if you can’t attend the show, you can still donate $10 to help this local Houston organization.

The event will be hosted by Kev Choice, Jennifer Johns, RyanNicole, Davey D, and many others.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m, $10, Complex, 420 14th St., Oakland, HarveyBenefit.BrownPaperTickets.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Keak Da Sneak in Stable but Critical Condition After Shooting

by Ruth Gebreyesus
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 4:24 PM

It's been one hell of a journey ,

A post shared by Keak Da Sneak (@therealkeakdasneak) on


Oakland rapper Charles Kente Williams, better known as Keak Da Sneak, is recovering from surgery after being shot multiple times early on Monday morning in Richmond. The 39-year-old rapper is best known for coining the term "hyphy" and for propelling the musical movement. He started his career as part of the influential Oakland crew 3X Krazy.

Before the shooting, on Sunday evening, Keak took the stage at Complex in Oakland for a headlining performance, according to the venue's general manager, Oscar Edwards. Mistah F.A.B., who was at that show, posted a video on his Instagram after the shooting (that he later deleted), confirming the incident and urging folks to give "each other roses while we’re here.”

Earlier this year, Keak was shot on January 20 ahead of a performance at The Venu nightclub in Tracy. Though there are few details about the shooting, Keak was able to perform days later, though hobbled, and using a cane.

The rapper realeased a video for his latest song, "Thunderdome," in June. In his unmistakable scratchy voice, Keak pays homage to Oakland's sports teams against the backdrop of the A's Coliseum and Oracle Arena.


Friday, August 18, 2017

La Peña Cultural Center Trying to Raise Much-Needed Funds Before the End of the Month

by Azucena Rasilla
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:49 PM

Last year's Chilean Independence Day party - PHOTO COURTESY LA PEÑA
  • Photo courtesy La Peña
  • Last year's Chilean Independence Day party

For more than forty years, La Peña Cultural Center has been a pillar of the community in Berkeley. The nonprofit has been a crucial gathering place for artists of color and activists fighting for social justice. Today, La Peña is rallying the community to help it raise $20,000 by the end of the month.

Natalia Neira and Bianca Torres, co-directors of La Peña, explained that the financial crisis of 2008 forced many Bay Area nonprofits to severely cut their budgets. Once the economy recovered, some nonprofits still weren't able to restore them, forcing staff members to cut down on administrative and operational costs. Some funders chose to give grants to other up-and-coming nonprofits, Neira and Torres explained, while others decided to give grants once per fiscal year instead of multiple times per year, as they had done in the past.

La Peña’s annual budget is approximately $400,000. While, thankfully, the nonprofit isn't at risk of closing its doors, it does need to raise $20,000 by the end of the month in order to finish this fiscal year without debt.
fundraider.jpg

Since September of last year, La Peña has put together 243 events and more than 1,000 classes serving the Bay Area community.

The nonprofit offsets the cost of maintaining the space, not by tickets sales, but through donations and grants. La Peña will start receiving a new grant from Leveraging A Network for Equity (LANE) in September. The money will be given over a period of four years and will be used for repairs, upgrades, recovery and change capital to help improve La Peña’s business model to make it profitable .

Neira and Torres say this new grant will have an enormous impact on La Peña in the coming fiscal years, but as of right now, they have to complete their current fundraiser; otherwise, they will have to tap into their emergency fund.

There are several ways in which the community can help: Attend an event and give an extra donation at the door, make a contribution online, or attend their upcoming "Friends of La Peña Concert" on Saturday, August 26 at 8 p.m. (There's no charge, but donations are accepted.) Lagunitas Brewery will be selling brews, and a portion of the sales will go toward La Peña's fundraising goal.









Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art + Soul Returns To Oakland This Weekend

by Ruth Gebreyesus and Azucena Rasilla
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 10:33 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF ART + SOUL
  • Photo courtesy of Art + Soul

Art + Soul Oakland, the music and art festival that's an intrinsic part of summers in the Town, returns this weekend. Now in its 17th year, Art + Soul is continuing its tradition of honoring local musicians, artists and businesses. With the accelerated rise in festivals and an ever-changing landscape in downtown Oakland,  a homegrown one that comes back year after year at an accessible price point and a commitment to highlight local talent stands out as special. Beyond the stage and art vending booths, this year's Art + Soul is also featuring brews from Oakland United Brewing and Temescal Brewing.

On stage, Saturday's lineup features hometown hero Goapele whose latest project, Dreamseeker, is an evolution of the singer's neo-soul and jazz sound. "Stay", a nostalgic love ballad featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, stands out in its trap leaning beat that serve the singers' soulful voices flawlessly. Those of us who missed her weekend residency at Yoshi's back in May can celebrate one of Oakland's finest on Saturday.


Also on the lineup for Saturday is East Oakland singer and rapper Adrian Marcel who the Express profiled this June on his path from record label restrictions to an independent hustle that's found him success and freedom. Marcel's performance at Art + Soul will be his first in his hometown since his last album, GMFU was released this spring. The project, which features production from Raphael Saadiq, travels comfortably from rap to R&B and back through 16 tracks.


Taking the stage on Sunday is certified soul queen Angie Stone. Stone was last at Art + Soul in 2007 drawing the festival's largest crowds ever. Besides seven solo studio albums under her belt, Stone has also acted in stage productions, TV shows and films. Her set at Art + Soul will surely include her hits as well as classic covers infused with her soulful touch.


Oakland-Panamanian duo, Los Rakas have been hard at work. They recently dropped the remix of Y.L.S featuring Baby Gas, Young Chop, D.A.GO & Chapp. The duo also teamed up with the Regulars Only crew for a house party a few months ago, and in September, they will have their own “Rakas Boat Dance Party.” If you still have not seen Los Rakas live, their performance at the festival is your chance. As Oaklanders, it’s quite an honor that they will get to perform on the main stage. – Azucena Rasilla




“Original music that's bringing the boogie to ya booty,” that’s how this group of nine musicians define what Midtown Social is all about. Their eclectic combination of sounds is infections, and sure to put you to dance. The Art + Soul Oakland festival is the perfect stage for the band to showcase their music. Being local musicians they understand the struggles faced by the creative community, but soaring rents, and vapid gentrification will not prevent Midtown Social from continuing their quest to produce and perform. Don’t miss their set at the Oakland Jams stage on Sunday August 20. - AR




Free for children 12 and under, $7 for 65+ and youth 13-17, $12 for adults, August 19-20. For full lineups and more information, visit ArtAndSoulOakland.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Outside Lands Day Three: A Misty Closeout

by Ruth Gebreyesus
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Young the Giant - PHOTO BY AMIR CLARK
  • Photo by Amir Clark
  • Young the Giant

By many accounts, the last day of Outside Lands' 10th iteration at Golden Gate Park was the least crowded and the most misty of the three day festival. That left those of us attending room to roam around the expansive grounds of Golden Gate Park and catch some amazing live performances and warm and delicious treats at the festival.

To close out the 10th anniversary celebrations were headliners Lorde and The Who alongside a stacked lineup that included ScHoolboy Q, Solange, Oakland's own Kamaiyah, and Young the Giant among others.
Lorde - PHOTO BY AMIR CLARK
  • Photo by Amir Clark
  • Lorde

Lorde took the stage in the afternoon just as the fog rolled in to stay for the evening. In a floor length black lace dress paired with white sneakers, the 20-year old New Zealander songstress  moved with an unlabored joy through new songs off her latest album, Melodrama, and old hits like the once ubiquitous "Royals". Not too far removed from teenage years herself, her songs channel the specific anxieties and joys of youth and the crowd, made up of all ages, was captivated.

On the other side of the park, ScHoolboy Q warned his audience that this was a rap show despite who came before him on the stage and who will follow him. Unprecedented, at least for this concert goer, was a "choose your own adventure" karaoke game he played with the crowd asking which artist they'd like to hear him cover. The choice was between his TDE brother, Kendrick Lamar, and ASAP (Rocky presumably). The crowd went with Kendrick but Q gave them a taste of both with the loudest reactions coming to his covers of Lamar's "Humble" and "m.A.A.d. City".
PHOTO BY AMIR CLARK
  • Photo by Amir Clark
Despite the normal machinations of Outside Lands, Sunday was an odd day to be present en masse at a festival. After minimally policed white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday turned deadly on Saturday, there was an incongruence to wandering around "Wine Lands" and waiting for sets to start. And try as one might to distance what happened in Charlottesville, similar rallies have occurred in Berkeley and the nation's current administration gave lukewarm condemnations of these events.

Solange closed out the night with one of the best sets of the festival. - PHOTO BY AMIR CLARK
  • Photo by Amir Clark
  • Solange closed out the night with one of the best sets of the festival.

And though it's unfair to expect artists to soothe the political anxieties of living in America, Solange's latest album, A Seat at the Table, released in September of 2016, did just that. During her set at Outside Lands — which was synchronized to perfection in movement and aesthetic with her six piece band and two back-up singers — she addressed the crowd a couple times, alluding to a much needed temporary escape. "Stay up." she said later on, specifically addressing folks of color, Black, LGBTQ and Muslim folks.

PHOTO BY AMIR CLARK
  • Photo by Amir Clark
She went on to share that one way she eases her pain during these times is by dancing and so she went into "Losing You" from her EP True — one of the most danceable break-up records. Besides the remarks that she made, Solange's music directly speaks on the joys, the weariness, and the madness that being Black in America bring. Hearing her emphatically sing "You've got a right to be mad", against the backdrop of a vehement dismissal of fears about the recently rejuvenated racist, transphobic, and Islamophobic movements across America, was the only imaginable way to close out the night.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Outside Lands Day Two: A Tribe Called Quest Was a No Show

Cage The Elephant, Vance Joy, and Kaytranada were among the best of Day Two

by Azucena Rasilla
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Robert Trujillo of Metallica - PHOTO BY BRIAN BRENEMAN
  • Photo by Brian Breneman
  • Robert Trujillo of Metallica

Day two of Outside Lands proved to be disappointing for fans of A Tribe Called Quest, who ended up being a no show at their rescheduled 7 p.m. time slot.

Fans were aggravated to get the news, less than thirty minutes before the set-time. Outside Lands sent out an alert via the official festival app, as well as their Twitter feed. Some fans however, were still not aware of the news until Los Angeles-based DJ Claude VonStroke showed up to fill the time slot at the Twin Peaks stage.

On the other hand, day two of the festival was an extremely satisfactory day for the masses who showed up to see Metallica.

There were several remarkable moments throughout the day, Cage The Elephant, who were filling in for Queens of The Stone stage at Lands End (the main stage) mesmerized crowd.

Frontman Matthew Shultz, paraded around the stage shirtless, and with an impressive stage presence. The band’s eclectic sound dominated. Equally impressive was how in tune the band members were with one another, as they had little prep time to get ready for this performance at Outside Lands.

Over at the Sutro stage, two performances blew festival-goers away: Vance Joy and The Avett Brothers.

Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy played back-to-back sold out shows at the Fox Theater in Oakland just last year, and based on the amount of people who congregated at Sutro Stage to catch his performance, he might just have to come back and play the Bay soon. Joy made his Outside Lands debut back in 2014 when he played the much smaller Pan Handle stage.

The Avett Brothers also played at the Sutro stage, and one of the most memorable moments of their set was their tribute to the late Chris Cornell with their rendition of “Black Hole Sun.”

Kirk Hammett of Metallica - PHOTO BY BRIAN BRENEMAN
  • Photo by Brian Breneman
  • Kirk Hammett of Metallica

The night, of course, belonged to Metallica, who despite the chilly weather (colder than Friday night) kept everyone warm not only with a magnificent setlist, but also a pyrotechnic display of fireworks and spitting fire from both sides of the stage.

Metallica could have easily played a three-hour show if it wasn’t for the strict curfew at Golden Gate Park. The band blazed through their massive music catalog where classics like “Enter Sandman” and “Master of Puppets” were part of the night’s selection.

The Bay Area natives were sure to cement their name as rock legends, thirty-six years and counting.

Day three of Outside Lands Tenth Anniversary wraps tomorrow with quite an eclectic line-up including, Oakland’s own Kamaiyah, Bleachers, K-Flay, Solange, the much anticipated return of Lorde who will be playing tracks from her new album, and of course, headliners The Who.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Outside Lands Day One Marred By Scheduling Changes

by Janelle Bitker
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Yukimi Nagano during Little Dragon's main stage set. - BRIAN BRENEMAN
  • Brian Breneman
  • Yukimi Nagano during Little Dragon's main stage set.


We’ve come to expect a lot from Outside Lands, with the past two years presenting huge names as well as seamless execution. On Friday, the 10th edition got off to a slightly shaky start.

Due to travel delays, A Tribe Called Quest’s set was rescheduled for Saturday night — a huge blow to single-day ticket holders, many of whom probably came specifically for the legendary hip-hop act.

The first sign of trouble struck at 2:55 p.m. at the Gastro Magic stage, when A Tribe Called Quest’s Jacobi White wasn’t immediately present for his show with San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino. San Francisco’s Jazz Mafia successfully stalled with a fun, funky set, which then saw Cosentino awkwardly starting his cooking demo without his partner. Finally, an hour after his scheduled appearance, White arrived following a flight delay from Denver, Colorado. Unfortunately, they all had to vacate the stage mere minutes later. Shortly thereafter, Tribe’s rescheduled set was announced.

RAC fills in with an extra set on Friday. - BRIAN BRENEMAN
  • Brian Breneman
  • RAC fills in with an extra set on Friday.

That, in turn, left the main stage in a bit of a kerfuffle. RAC suddenly appeared to fill in some lag time, while Little Dragon went on more than an hour later than planned.

The confusion set the stage perfectly for Fleet Foxes, though, who suddenly had the attention of tens of thousands of festival-goers who might have hit up Tribe instead. It was a triumphant return for Fleet Foxes, who have been on hiatus the past six years. Frontman Robin Pecknold broke out in constant, toothy grins, as if he couldn’t believe he was back in action or that people still cared. Needless to say, they cared. With as many as 10 musicians on stage at once, the band skillfully delivered their catchy four-part harmonies from their debut as well as more experimental, cinematic work from their new album Crack Up.

Gorillaz delivered a multi-media spectacular. - BRIAN BRENEMAN
  • Brian Breneman
  • Gorillaz delivered a multi-media spectacular.

Headliner Gorillaz closed out the show with a monster of a multi-media production. Best of all, the two-hour set showcased lots of guests. Kali Uchis, the Colombian singer who also performed earlier in the afternoon — her second-ever show in San Francisco — was brought on for “She’s My Collar.” Pusha T joined for “Let Me Out.” Both songs come from Gorillaz’s new record Humanz, which dropped in March. But perhaps most memorable was Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, gliding around in her silver space dress and sounding pitch-perfect, per usual.

Happy fans, despite the schedule shuffle. - BRIAN BRENEMAN
  • Brian Breneman
  • Happy fans, despite the schedule shuffle.


Outside Lands continues Saturday with Metallica, Cage the Elephant, and, now, A Tribe Called Quest. Three-day and single day passes are sold out. For the full schedule, visit sfoutsidelands.com.


Azucena Rasilla contributed to reporting.

Tags: ,

Most Popular Stories

© 2017 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation