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Day Two – SF Outsidelands

Day Two
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.

Up and at ‘em early for Saturday morning. Out hitlist was solid for Day 2. Misterwives right off the bat and then an evening that ended in Billy Idol and Black Keys. Powered up at Sam’s Diner on Market St and loved the hash browns and local celebrity themed breakfast choices. I had the Dirty Harry omelet.

Today we had one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. Yes it was super decadent but the Truffle Cheesesteaks that were created by Chef Adam Sobel from Mina Test Kitchen were beyond description. We had been tipped of to this from Mina twitter @minatestkitchen Like I mentioned yesterday, Gastro Magic is loaded with special surprises, fun times and samples of food that are out of this world. We had a great time hanging out with Ryan of Peach Street Distillers of Colorado and they were pouring a toxic treat called the Suffering Bastard. Yes epic eats all day long and this section is perfectly positioned on our trips from one end of the festival to the other.

Misterwives kicked off the day on the Lands End Stage and was the perfect entrée to our cheesesteaks. Langhorn Slim and the Law did not disappoint but it was sketchy getting over to Sutro after cheesesteaks. You know, we are really suffering to give you all the scoop, because, we needed to get back to Gastro for the Big Freedia’s Beignet Bounce. You see what we are dealing with here?

While MJ worked the photo pits capturing some of the best OSL shots out there, Callizo and I worked the VIP areas and the food venues that lined the way. We were digging the Zen Lemonade and the beer in the media tent was always cold, thanks to our bud Aaron who always remembered what we liked while we downloaded our pics.

We detoured from our schedule to go see Django Django in as we found a short line at the Heineken dome. You can’t pass this up and this is why we tell you to have an open mind with your OutsideLands schedule as you happen on things that need your attention now.

Our total bonus of the day came as Milky Chance played an acoustic set at the Toyota tent and this was a very special treat as later, Sutro would be more packed than I had ever seen it before for the Milky Chance full show. People were up on this hill looing from the fence at the side of the Polo Grounds to get a peek. This was the surprise blow up of the show. Very cool for Milky Chance and we were lucky to have the acoustic set. We could not get near the front of the stage at Sutro.

Then it was time for Billy Idol. We seen Billy Idol recently at the Fox in Oakdale and we were excited. Was Billy ready for a huge festival? Yes he was and he delivered. Truth – If you are in a band, starting a band, or want to be a rock star, you need to see Billy Idol. He doesn’t need lights, effects or anything, he is Billy F*ing Idol. Total command of the crowd, gracious, thankful, still totally on his game and he loves his band fronted by the ever amazing Steve Stevens. It was 80s rock brought to life and we loved every second. New songs are all Idol and we downloaded the on the spot @billyidol

Toro Y Moi is always a favorite and the songs are so cool. They got a great lead in from Milky Chance, and I hustled back to see the end of Tame Impala at Lands End to get a good spot for Black Keys. (they easily got the nod over Kendrick Lamar)

Now this was a commando mission, we needed chocolate. So, I had to make a run to Chocolands. Ok, full circuit in 20 minutes to get chocolate dipped rice crispy treats, cookies, chocolate milk, dipped brownies and more. I made it just in time.

Black Keys were on fire!
New cool sounds and the whole crowd went crazy for Fever. When they dug back to their early stuff, they played as a duo and it was pure as ever. At the end for Lonely Boy, the whole place was dancing. Literally. As we started making our way to the tunnel to catch the shuttle, we were walking all through the monster crowd and everyone was dancing, many just like the guy in the music video for the song. It was epic and we were so glad to dance our way across the polo field and groove with everyone. What a way to end the day.

Easy out at the end of the show with the shuttles back to Civic Center. Didn’t make to Smuggler’s Cove this night. We were cooked. Thinking about breakfast the next morning and drank rum in our hotel room and wrote this.

Notes for Day
Key to see: St Paul and the Broken Bones, Nate Reuss, More Gastro Lands, James Bay, Hell’s Hollow, Sam Smith, Elton John. Oh yeah, we are 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.