The 2018 California summer music festival season just ended so it must be time for the 2019 California summer music festival season to start. How far are you willing to go for a music festival? Zero miles? We can’t help you. But if you’re willing to go at least a few blocks there’s probably a music fest happening nearby. If you’re willing to travel all the way to the desert there’s definitely something for you. Once again, we’re starting to pull together a guide to 2019’s California music festivals starting in San Francisco heading to Los Angeles and beyond. This list is clustered by the distance starting from San Francisco (sorry, we’re SF-centric) and heading down the coast (admittedly, this format is a little confusing so we’ll probably arrange it by festival date at some point in the future). It’ll be updated as new music festivals and performers are announced.
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Jon Spencer is a unique individual in the world of independent music. While it isn’t uncommon for a well-known and prolific musician to have multiple projects during his or her career, it’s rare for more than two of those projects to be hailed with critical affection. Typically the cap is two, for example, Kim Deal with the Pixies and then the Breeders or David Lowery with Camper Van Beethoven and later Cracker. Spencer has managed to pull it off four times to date. First with mid-80s anti-rock band Pussy Galore, then fronting alongside his wife Christina Martinez (who was also a member of Pussy Galore) in Boss Hog, then most famously to date with the influential and genre-defying Blues Explosion, and now, and most likely not finally, alongside Matt Verta-Ray (of both Madder Rose and Speedball Baby) with the rockabilly influenced Heavy Trash.
Spencer and Verta-Ray brought Heavy Trash to the High Noon Saloon on Monday, September 25, 2006 with the garage-country-rock infused The Sadies opening and acting as backup band. Dane101 spoke with Spencer about Heavy Trash, his other side projects, and the future of the Blues Explosion.
Personally, I’m a fan of rants and divergences during conversations, that’s why this interview with Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras, which appeared on dane101.com on October 2, 2016, has earned itself the top spot on my list of favorite interviews of all time. It might be second only to my interview with Kelley Deal. When I originally wrote up my questions for Rachel Nagy I’d planned for a 15-minute interview. Thanks to her rocket fuel drenched brain and stream-of-consciousness way of speaking, we were on the phone for a solid half hour. I wouldn’t trade a second of it.
We unintentionally covered everything from how she copes with road rage (she was on her cell phone in Detroit traffic), moving back to Detroit from San Diego, hot dogs, digging up a former soul musician from a crack house, and why you should never come at an ex-butcher with a broken bottle…and lots more.
Outside Lands, the annual music festival in Golden Gate Park, has failed to sell out with only one day remaining before the big event.
This is unusual for Another Planet Entertainment’s premiere San Francisco weekend festival. Looking all the way back to 2013 the event has always sold out in advance of the weekend. 2015 saw tickets gobbled up in record time.
In 2009, I interviewed Kelley Deal for dane101.com. The Breeders were on tour supporting the “Fate to Fatal” EP and were scheduled to play a show at the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wis. on August 10. Hands down, it was one of my favorite conversations with an artist. For the last five years I had thought it was lost to the Internet abyss but this week I found it in an archive.
Madison is a roller derby city and you’ve invited the Mad Rollin Dolls to have a table at your show. How did the Breeders get involved with roller derby?
Kelley Deal: Back in 1994 we did Lollapalooza in Chicago and my mom and dad went to the show and backstage my mom and dad had adopted this little 16-year-old blonde headed girl named Amy Whited. They were appalled that she had hitchhiked from St. Louis to come to Chicago. We just kind of hung out that day and at the end of the day my Mom and Dad gave her bus money and made her promise to take a bus home. So that’s how we first met Amy Whited.
Throughout the years we’d see Amy. If we were going through Chicago or St. Louis, there’d be Amy. Over the years we started exchanging emails and last year we were on tour and we went through St. Louis. And Amy had been involved with roller derby for a while, she had recently broken her leg…
If you’ve been chomping on your wallet wondering which day of Outside Lands would be the best single day ticket investment we now have your answer. The Golden Gate Park summer music festival has released the daily lineups. Good luck deciding because each lineup is a doozy.
Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. If we were to put money on which day would sell out first we’d put it all on Sunday. Only three acts stand between Janet Jackson and Janelle Monáe possibly stepping out onto the same stage together. Crazier things have happened at Outside Lands, so we will keep our fingers tightly crossed for an epic duet.
The California summer music festival season has only just begun, but we already need to start planning for Coachella 2019. In 2019, Coachella will take place over the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21.
The Indio, California festival will release advance tickets on June 1 at 11 a.m. PDT. You can take a swing at securing tickets here. In 2018, tickets were $429 for general admission and $999 for VIP. If that’s a little rich for your wallet, Coachella offers a payment plan.
I guess we should start updating the Essential California Music Festival Guide to include 2019 news.
Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) is an annual two-day festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. Performers at the festival are traditionally a mixture of hip-hop, electronic, and indie rock. It historically takes place in September or October. Between 2007 and 2016 the festival took place on the San Francisco Bay island called Treasure Island. The festival organizers took 2017 off to regroup and in 2018 moved to Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
Treasure Island Music Festival is notable for booking performers who might be on the cusp of breaking out. Festival-goers are likely to see an opener at TIMF who will be a hot ticket at other festivals the following year. The festival has shifted over the years to include bigger headliners like Sigur Ros in 2016 and Deadmau5 in 2015.
TIMF is a relaxed music festival experience. Like many festivals, Treasure Island has two stages, but those stages are staggered so performances aren’t competing. This removes the common festival frustration of choosing between two bands who might overlap.
How far are you willing to go for a music festival? Zero miles? We can’t help you. But if you’re willing to go at least a few blocks there’s probably a music fest happening nearby. If you’re willing to travel all the way to Vermont or Maryland there’s definitely something for you. We’ve pulled together a guide to this year’s Northeastern music festivals starting in New York City and branching out to Delaware, upstate, Pennsylvania, and anywhere else within 500 miles. This list is clustered by the distance from Manhattan as the starting point and within each distance cluster by date. It’ll be updated as new music festivals and performers are announced. (UPDATED MAY 21, 2018)
After a brief hiatus, the Treasure Island Music Festival is returning to the Bay Area this fall. The festival won’t be dropping stakes on the namesake island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Instead, Treasure Island Music Festival will take over Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park giving festivalgoers a lovely view of the Bay Bridge which previously was the connector to the festival’s island namesake.