Inside Outside Lands

ONCE REGARDED AS A SANDY WASTELAND AND A WORTHLESS STRETCH OF REAL ESTATE, San Francisco’s Outside Lands—much of it now preserved in the city’s Golden Gate Park—proved itself to be musically fertile ground in the 1960s, when its grassy patches absorbed the vibrations of Phil Lesh and the Grateful Dead, Jack Casady and Jefferson Airplane, Peter Albin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, and David Freiberg and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
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Fretless and fun-kay, Fishbone’s Norwood Fisher was on point with his Warwick Star Bass II (and 5-string fretless Warwick Alien) for his band’s set, which included a killer cover of Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers’ Go-go classic, “Bustin’ Loose.” ONCE REGARDED AS A SANDY WASTELAND AND A WORTHLESS STRETCH OF REAL ESTATE, San Francisco’s Outside Lands—much of it now preserved in the city’s Golden Gate Park—proved itself to be musically fertile ground in the 1960s, when its grassy patches absorbed the vibrations of Phil Lesh and the Grateful Dead, Jack Casady and Jefferson Airplane, Peter Albin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, and David Freiberg and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Fifty years on, the land’s low-end legacy is reinforced annually with an influx of talent—old and new—for the Outside Lands festival. Here’s a glimpse of this year’s action in Fog City.

On bass, vocals, and guitar [gasp!], Dumpstaphunk’s Tony Hall does it all. ’Phunk fingers! Nick Daniels digs into his Tobias 5-string to kick off Dumpstaphunk’s set.

After a last-minute cancelation by D’Angelo, Nile Rodgers and Chic stepped in, turned up, and threw down a slammn’ set of disco-funk with Jerry Barnes slinging an Atelier Z Guitar Works 4-string. One dapper dude, Kevin Smith exemplified taste and style on his custom Blast Cult One4Five with Willie Nelson & the Family Band.

On his custom Modulus, Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers kept the crowd toasty with a heated set of RHCP hits.

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