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Day One SF OutsideLands

First Day OutsideLands 2015
By Chris Murphy

ModestoViewCrew looks forward to SF OutsideLands all year long. Not only to we cover it for ModestoView, this is a big family weekend celebration. We load up in a hotel downtown, this year the Withcomb, that was only 1 block from the Outsidelands Shuttle at Bill Graham Auditorium.

We got into gear quick today as we wanted to catch The Sam Chase at the Panhandle Stage. We always rendezvous at the VIP tent and make sure we have our collective action plan. Two things that are critical so you can plan day 2, the printed map you get when you get in and update your iPhone Ap. We had our stages mapped out but we wanted to make sure we don’t miss anything that comes up. Make sure you follow @sfoutsidelands on Twitter so you don’t miss any special updates.

The Barbary is one of our favorite places to hang out, but the new locations was big hike back up toward the entrances. Jen is so funny and this place is a good spot to rest and laugh it up. Next we caught Speedy Ortiz and then Leon Bridges over at Sutro Stage Cool to see other Modestans at the show. Eli Allsup and his sister were digging the scene.

Our fave hangout of the day was Gastro Lands. Had a lot of fun meeting up with Erin from Tacolicious and this is without a doubt the most fun place in OSL. Food, fun, comedy, magic and if you are lucky, you get to sample many of the treats. Bonus too that LCD Soundsystem was there “spinning” too.

Next at the Lands End Stage, St Vincent was amazing, captivating and mesmerizing. No way you could miss this show. So happy with Michael Mangano’s pics of her. We split up to see Glass Animals at Sutro and then we head back to our spot at Gastrolands to dig on Morimoto Karaoke. Delicious mayhem.

After eating a monster Donut Burger in the center food area, we staked out our space for Wilco. Diggin on Jeff Tweedy rippin on the SG and his Telecaster. It is important to check out the booths in the center, especially the Toyota stage as there are live performances and interviews happening all day long and you can see some of the headliners in a cool intimate setting. After a quick session with Chet Faker, we bombed it back to Mumford and Sons. We chilled in the back of the VIP viewing section and did blanket time while MJ worked the photo pits.

Mumford Sons were flat out amazing. Love the new electric sound and we were all fired up at the end of the night. The first day of OSL always seems to go so fast.

VIP is worth it as the viewing areas at the 2 main stages are always so crowded and the deluxe porta potties are with it, especially as my family has a lot of girls, so thumbs up from the kids.

Easy out at the end of the show with the shuttles back to Civic Center .

Notes for Day 2
Key to see: Misterwives, Gastro Magic, Langhorn Slim and the Law, Truffle Shuffle, Beignets and Bounce Brunch, Cold War Kids, Billy Idol, Toro y Moi, Milky Chance, Tame Impala, and Black Keys Oh yeah, Excited.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.