Somewhere between the hipster meccas of Brooklyn and S.F./Oakland lies Livermore, a quiet town of roughly 80,000 adjacent to the mild East Bay suburbs of Dublin and Pleasanton. While home to a number of nice wineries, including the venerable Wente, and even an In-N-Out burger, Livermore hasn't quite claimed a spot on America's tattooed-foodie/music-nerd/Wayfarer-wearing axis — until now.
Enter the Front Porch Music Festival, the Sept. 1 grand finale of a summer-long series at Wente Vineyards that will be headlined by such first-rate “indie” acts as the Mountain Goats (!) and the Dodos. Yes, indeed: The Mountain Goats are playing a winery out in the 'burbs of the 'burbs, at the very end of the Bay Area. Sure, Diana Krall and Foreigner and John Fogerty have played there before. But Livermore just might be getting cool now.