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These Five Outside Lands Acts Will Totally Folk You Up

Prepare to gently rock out. 

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff.


Elton John, Mumford and Sons, and Kendrick Lamar may have been your catalyst to purchase Outside Lands tickets. But this year, the annual festival is packed to the gills with amazing bluesy, soul-infused, and classically trained folk artists. Here, just a few of our favorites.

The Family Crest
Friday, August 7, 12:30 p.m.
This San Francisco band has the ambition of Arcade Fire, but with a heavier classical influence. Blending string and brass instruments with some piano and guitar, the seven-member outfit brings sing-along anthems that scream, “Play me at a festival.”

St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Sunday, August 9, 1:40 p.m.
The lead singer of this Birmingham, Alabama, septet mimics the moves of James Brown but has a voice all his own. And his brass backup gives an extra kick to the live show. 

Fantastic Negrito
Saturday, August 8, 2:55 p.m.
Black roots music makes a comeback with this Oakland-bred solo artist. Heavy on the slide guitar and syncopated percussion, Negrito brings it all together with powerful lyrics and a voice that’ll stop you dead in your tracks. 

George Ezra
Friday, August 7, 3:45 p.m.
His radio hit “Budapest” highlights the English crooner’s weathered vocals, which don’t sound like they should be coming out of the mouth of a 22-year-old. Ezra’s music is relatively poppy, but it’s infused with countryside folk that harks back to his roots in Hertford, England. 

Hurray for the Riff Raff
Saturday, August 8, 12:20 p.m.
Slick with harmonizing fiddles and drawn-out, lilting vocals, this New Orleans folk band recalls acts like Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones—that is, if Norah had a banjo and a bit more twang to her voice. 

Originally published in the August issue of San Francisco

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