Download: Mixtape: Local Musicians at Eleven Upcoming Bay Area Music Festivals (Podcast #429)
This episode first ran on KQED.org.
With the debut of the Blurry Vision Fest in Oakland earlier this month, and Bottlerock Napa Valley and Carnaval San Francisco taking place this weekend, music festival season is officially underway in the Bay Area.
This mixtape features music from Bay Area bands performing at festivals around the region in the next several months. Outside Lands may be the biggest summer music festival around — with a 2018 lineup notable for the overdue inclusion of female headliners and a ton of local performers — but the mix speaks to the variety of festival experiences available in Northern California. Between now and the end of the summer, one can check out beloved legacy events Stern Grove Festival and Carnaval, exciting new fests like Feels 6 and The Multivrs Is Illuminated, and the road trip-worthy Huichica Music Festival Hickey Fest.
Listen to the mixtape to learn more about all eleven bands and festivals featured in this mix.
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About the Bands
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Astonished Man”
The stellar local artist opens for M. Ward at the Stern Grove Festival on July 1
Caleborate – “Soul”
Berkeley’s Caleborate is one of many local artists at Outside Lands 2018, joining SOB x RBE, Shannon and the Clams, Monophonics and more
Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra – “Off and On Again”
The Santa Cruz quartet plays on May 27 at Bottlerock Napa Valley
La Clandestina – “Voy para Arriba”
Performing at the 40th annual Carnaval San Francisco on May 27, with LoCura, Bayonics, Bang Data and more
Drama – “Parking Meter”
Playing as part of The Multivrs Is Illuminated, which runs from August 9-12 in San Francisco and Oakland
Gris Gris – “Year Zero”
On July 1, the Bay Area psych band joins The Damned, Le Shok and many more at the Burger Boogaloo
Spellling – “Blue (American Dream)”
Performing with Siri, AllBlack, Raxx Life Raj and more at Feels 6 on June 16 at the Craneway Pavilion
Sonny Smith – “Pictures of You”
The SF musician heads to Sonoma Valley to join Wooden Shjips, Jonathan Richman and Steve Gunn at the Huichica Music Festival on June 9
Sol Development – “Sunny Days (ft. Mark Knoxx)”
Playing alongside Mino Yanci on August 2 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Meernaa – “Good Luck”
Oakland’s Meernaa travels to Mendocino to perform at Hickey Fest on June 15
Trebuchet – “A Confession”
The Petaluma band joins Frankie Boots, Mickelson, Ismay, and 20 other artists at the Railroad Square Music Festival on June 10