I'm lucky that I live in the bay area. There are so many awesome music festivals including The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Noise Pop, The Treasure Island Music Festival and Stern Grove. Stern Grove and Hardly Strictly are both free to the public. How cool is that?
A few weeks ago, I had a musical week. I got to see Jens Lekman at the California Academy of Sciences Nightlife as an introduction to the Treasure Island Music Festival kick off. Jens Lekman writes quirky indie pop songs that have a twist of humour in them. For example, he has a song about Kirsten Dunst called, "Waiting For Kirsten" which is a humorous tale about how they have no such thing as a VIP list where he's from. His humour and witty banter is what makes Jens stands out from other indie rock singers. You've probably heard a couple of songs in the roller derby inspired flick, Whip It. His song "Your Arms Around Me" plays during the swimming scene. It was amazing to see this man perform outside on a warm September night. Not only did I get to see penguins, sea creatures and other nerdy, science-related stuff, I got to hear awesome music. Not a bad deal for the cost of a movie.
Later that week, I went back to San Francisco to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival which features three days of music. The line up is really diverse so there's something for everyone. It's so popular that people come from all over the country just to go this free music festival. On my way home, I met a couple from Ventura, in Southern California. My ex-boyfriend's dad will come into town from Charlotte, North Carolina to hear all the bands. It's that popular! I ended up seeing Devotchka and Elbow. A couple of my other friends saw Chris Isaak and Bob Mould. I really wanted to see Bright Eyes and Broken Social Scene but they were playing different days and I wanted to fit some other things into that same weekend. I should've went to see BSS though because apparently, they played their last show later that weekend at the Fillmore. I love, love, love "Lover's Spit." It is seriously one of my favourite songs of all time. I'm sad I missed them. I heard they put on a good show.
I'll post a picture of the ever-so-adorable penguins when I get a chance.