Wilco pairs well with Charcuterie

3 09 2008

Although I thought that $85 for a concert was a bit pricey (come on I’m used to free concerts in my park!  www.strictlybluegrass.com) I figured I had enough of listening to Tom Petty and Steve Winwood and Radiohead from my windows and wanted to actually experience the Outside Lands Festival, so Sunday the 24th of August I headed over.

I am always a bit wary of these events, first the bathroom situation.  It’s important to go early before they get icky and try not to go at all if it can be helped.  Thus beer intake must be very carefully monitored.  Second issue is usually the food.  It drives my husband crazy, but if I can’t find something truly delicious to eat, I often opt not to eat at all.  Then that brings you back to the beer intake, without food you drink more beer, and then have to go to the restroom and that is NOT GOOD.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had reasonable, ok they were $7, not reasonable but at least decent beer, Sierra Nevada, and they were even offering Foggy Bridge wines from my friend Daryl Groom.  There was also Winehaven, a selection of very good wine brands under a tent complete with some of my friends in the business, Bonny Doon, Peay, Trinchero, they were swamped with customers who were all willing to pay for premium wine.  This piqued my interest, and then I saw it.  Food nirvana at a huge concert, the Fatted Calf charcuterie and Hog Island Oyster Co.  I was able to get a delicious charcuterie plate for $15, it was huge, and well worth it.  Two Hog Island folks noticed my Cochon t shirt (New Orleans’ hot spot for the hog www.cochonrestaurant.com), then another girl came by wearing the same shirt and then a third person commented on it, foodies running rampant.  I was very impressed to find that the foodie city by the bay doesn’t scrimp when it comes to live music.

And the music wasn’t bad either!  Mother Hips were good followed by Drive by Truckers, great, and I only saw a short set but Bon Iver was really interesting and really got the crowd going.  The best though was Wilco, an amazing performance and they played longer than expected.  All in all a good although pricey afternoon.

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