On Friday afternoon, the masses descended upon Golden Gate Park for the annual, three-day marathon of music, comedy, food and mayhem that is Outside Lands. And if the first day was any indication, a little more magic is in the air than usual: After all, this year is the festival’s 10th anniversary. The lineup is more star-studded and diverse than ever. And we’re keeping our eyes peeled for surprise guests and celebrity sightings.
Check out our highlights from the first day of the festival and stay tuned for live updates on Instagram throughout the weekend.
Kali Uchis hails from Virginia by way of Colombia, has proven herself to be an artist with vision since her 2013 debut, Drunken Babble. Her soul-tinged pop, though audibly contemporary, is a direct descendent of lowrider oldies from the ’60s and ’70s. And her pastel-hued wardrobe and music videos complement her vintage sound to a T. Uchis brought all of these elements to life on stage on Friday night at Outside Lands following her sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop the previous evening. Dressed in all white, she delivered gorgeous vocals in her signature pout, swaying, twirling, and shaking her hips for the audience like the late, great Selena. Tracks from her last project, like “Ridin’ Round,” were audience favorites, but her cover of Elvis Crespo’s “Suavemente” turned into an all-out, Santana-style jam session with a raging dance party to match.
Henry Rollins, the former frontman of legendary ’80s punk band Black Flag, has never had trouble staying in the public eye. After Black Flag disbanded in 1986, he continued a successful solo career with Rollins Band. And in recent years, he’s gained a reputation…