Music Festivals at the End of the Season

8/21/09

This weekend is Sunset Junction Street Festival. Two full days of music from local bands and others, most recognized nationally. And for the price of a $20 ticket per day. I can actually only go Saturday, as I have a class to attend in Santa Barbara on Sunday.

And next weekend, the weekend right before Burning Man starts, is Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco. For once, I will be utilizing my relatives for a place to stay, since they live a convenient distance to a BART station, and that way I don’t have to worry about expensive city parking. Turns out, a very similar line up of headlining bands will be playing the local music festival in San Diego, Street Scene, Friday and Saturday of the exact same weekend. The band I bought the Outside Lands ticket for, Modest Mouse, will be playing at both festivals, as will the Black Eyed Peas, Conor Oberst, and Trombone Shorty, among others. Huh, had I known that in advance, I could have just bought a ticket to San Diego’s Street Scene, seen Modest Mouse and not had to drive up to San Francisco at all. Oh well. By being in San Francisco, this still gives the last minute option of taking off for Burning Man, once Outside Lands is over. Of course, the fact the cousin I will be staying in the house of, always goes to Burning Man, might not have any impact on any last minute decisions at all…. Right.

The weekend following, the concluding weekend of Burning Man, when the Man burns on Saturday, and the Temples go ablaze on Sunday, is the weekend of Bumbershoot up in Seattle. Looky here, three days of not mere music, but ballet and comedy and S.E. Hinton, the young adult author, will be speaking and doing and performing…. And look, Modest Mouse, from nearby Issaquah, performing again. This time, in a headlining spot, like I believe they deserve. (Tenacious D is headlining at Outside Lands as replacement for Beastie Boys? They really have more draw than a 4:20 pm Sunday slot for Modest Mouse? Really?)  Bumbershoot tickets, $80 for three full days of fun. As of Saturday, the price just went up to $120. A bargain! And what is it about those folks up in Washington, those wise ones choosing three day weekends to hold music festivals, so no days of work need to be missed? Sasquatch in Quincy, WA on the Columbia Gorge starts the festivities in the NW, and Bumbershoot in Seattle, at the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle, ends the summer on Labor Day weekend. I have never been to Bumbershoot. I shall one day, but probably not this year. Something about a low bank account balance, my same excuse for not having a 3x more expensive ticket to Burning Man….

And then, I found Modest Mouse playing four nights in a row at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR. Oh, how I wish to go…..Will they play all their songs, given there is no reason to repeat? Whole albums in entirety, anything fun or special like that? It’s all the rage, these days.

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One Response to “Music Festivals at the End of the Season”

  1. Offbeat Spirituality Says:

    Being a music buff, I really look forward to this festival. I hope we get to hear some great music.

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