aesop rock performing at phono del sol 2011 - photo by charlie homo

In honor of #TBT, we’re throwing it all way the back to 2011 when Phono del Sol was a brand new festival with six bands on the bill:

Aesop Rock
Magik*Magik Orchestra
Religious Girls

While the festival has grown significantly over the last five years — we’re now looking at 10 food trucks instead of one, 11 bands instead of six, and two beer gardens versus zero — we think the videos below capture the original D.I.Y. energy and focus that led to the creation of Phono del Sol in 2011 as the brainchild of The Bay Bridged founders Christian Cunningham and Ben Van Houten. This year we still operate with that same drive to build an affordable, nonprofit music festival that promotes the best local artists alongside our favorite national acts.

So take a minute to watch Aesop Rock rip through “Nightlight / Daylight” way back in 2011. It’s a magnetic, energetic performance — exactly what you exact from one of the Bay Area’s most respected hip-hop artists.

Religious Girls are known for their frenetic, off-beat live shows, and their performance of “O.G.” at Phono del Sol set a high standard for the rest of the day. The band is still active to this day and continues to thrive on their live show energy. Flashback to their 2011 performance below:

Join us this year on July 11 as Phono del Sol returns for its fifth year with headliners Tanlines, King Tuff, and Generationals performing alongside a handful of the Bay’s best bands: Sonny & The Sunsets, The Tropics, Everyone is Dirty, Scary Little Friends, and Tiaras. Tickets are only $30 in advance and available now.

Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival
Potrero del Sol Park (San Francisco)
July 11, 2015
12–7pm, $30 (all-ages)