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A “Best of… Foto Fridays” Essay of 2012’s Music Festival travels.
2012 Ranking:
1) Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA)
2) Music Midtown (Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA)
3) Outside Lands: Music, Food, Wine, Beer, Art (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA)

A combination of Porta-Potties, Hot sun, VIP Showers, compressed hot bodies, cold, fog, band reunions, amazing covers, crowd surfing, 90’s classics, dirt, dubstep, car camping, road trips, bad artist scheduling, vacation, plane flights, MARTA, BART, gravel, fun!
A super-hot weekend in the California desert where NBA Basketball jerseys seemed to be the uniform, water was the best thing, and music was unbelievable. Enjoy.


Coachella Music And Arts Festival, Weekend 2 2012


Overhead view from “The Wheel.”


Alarm Clock…HOT!!!


The weekend’s boarding.


Good thing we rode on day one, before standing in long HOT lines.


AWOLNATION Frontman Aaron Bruno literally surfs the crowd during a rousing rendition of their hit, “Sail.”


Yeah, that’s reading correctly…a whopping 107 Degrees…whew.


The amazing Gary Clark, Jr. performing “Things Are Changing,” instant zone-out song.


Feist during her powerful set, before Bon Iver.


SBTRKT Killing “Wildfire” with Vocals by Yukimi of Little Dragon and Drake.


Radiohead Destroying It!!!


The Beats By Dre tent, where we listened to bad Pitbulls songs, on great Dre Audio, and got AIR CONDITIONING!!!


The Do Lab, where they played LOUD Dub Step and sprayed you with water hoses. We skipped that this year.


Everyone had the same idea, hide from sun, and charge your phones.


Santigold after a late morning Sun nap.


The Tupac Hologram rising to perform with co-headliner, Snoop Dogg.


Way to end…on Earth Day.


A beautiful sunrise, a bittersweet reminder of the weekend that was, and that reality was a few hours away.


On the Road Home.

Morning in Chicago, and a night with Foo Fighters, an easier schedule to deal with. Just had to omit Girl Talk to get great Pearl Jam placement, I saw them at Coachella, so no worries.

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Land > Marta > Music Midtown

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Just in time for Foo Fighters!

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Day 2, scary Ferris Wheel.

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Florence And The Machine

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Eddie Vedder

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Pearl Jam

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San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival is one that combines music, food and arts into a weekend playing out at Golden Gate Park.

Based on last year’s lineup, it was virtually a no brainer. This year’s lineup, though, included headliners who were more established and had decades of success. Stevie Wonder rounded out a group including Metallica, and Neil Young. The major highlight was Foo Fighters Friday performance on the Land’s End stage, where they performed Aurora, from the 1999 album There Is Nothing To Lose. Dave Grohl stated that they performed it especially for Outside Lands, and it was speculated that they added it to their setlist due to the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Again, Foo Fighters were the shining star of the weekend, spending time listening to my favorite band for the first time, with a fave.


Outside Lands Music Festival


The walk to Golden Gate Park through Haight Ashbury.


Kermit the Frog Shell Toe sneakers on Day 1.


Making it to San Francisco’s Outside Lands Art + Music Festival Day 1.


Seeing the Foo Fighters for the first time ever on the Lands End Stage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.


David Grohl runs through the crowd to sound booth by us!


Wine Lands (tasting) at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.


Waiting…Day 2 morning.


My Shell Toes (first worn in San Francisco circa 2006) before the park made their attempts to destroy them.


Far different weather than Coachella’s 100+ temps.


Chilling out with loud dubstep and LEGO’s in the Intel sponsored Club Ultrabook Dome.


Navigating the crowd to rep the “A” with Outkast’s Big Boi!


Norah Jones hidden on the Sutro Stage


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Night 2 Headliner Metallica rocks San Francisco with big balls.


Lucky couple gets seats together on shuttle. Believe me, NOT an easy feat. I think we never sat together on the shuttle, and I stood most times, while being purposely shoved.


Marraige proposal during City And The Colour’s set at the Sutro Stage.


Los Angeles’s Dabs Myla’s Art installation.


Santigold set at the Twins Peaks Stage, the overcast and dark day (and Vegas the night before) seemed to sap her energy. Not as good as her Coachella 2012 show. Not looking forward to her at ONEMusicFest after this perfomance.


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Stevie Wonder’s Entrance.


Headliner Stevie Wonder on the Lands End Stage.


Closing out the Festival after Stevie Wonder.

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

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