It's not going to be gay country, or dyke country, or sex worker country, or street food country, or transexual country, or any other offbeat, San Francisco-styled take on country music.
The West Coast Country Music Festival and Barbecue
on July 31 will bring a straight-up, Middle-America-friendly country music show to our radical, Left-Coast burg. And it will be, as far as we can tell, the first of its kind in this city. The festival's headliner, Zac Brown Band
, plays songs about driving down lonely highways and savoring cold beers. Frontman Zac Brown sports a warm Southern drawl that sounds superauthentic -- the only thing keeping him from a Walmart tour is his lack of a cowboy hat and his penchant for "rolling fat ones."
So maybe this is a slightly San Francisco-friendly country music Festival. (Zac Brown Band is also opening for Dave Matthews Band this summer.) But there'll be plenty of real country trappings: line dancing, a "country music hall of fame," and a barbecue cook-off. The thing goes all day at Fort Mason on July 31. It may be your only chance to wear a cowboy hat unironically within the city limits.Follow us @SFAllShookDown