Outside Lands Day 3
August 14, 2011
Better than: Just another big concert.
There's something almost magical about an unambiguously sunny summer day in the western reaches of Golden Gate Park, and on Sunday, for the final day of Outside Lands 2011, an unhindered shining orb lent the proceedings a merry surreality.
The beautiful weather seduced Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, whose easygoing charm made for two memorable moments on the main stage. Early in the afternoon, Butler sang with soul legend Mavis Staples on a thrilling cover of the Band standard “The Weight.” Later, when his own group took over for the finale, Butler gushed over how he'd spent his day. “This is one of those times where we have to actually pinch ourselves,” he mused after the band opened with a rousing “Ready to Start.” He later quipped that, “I got to sing with Mavis Staples earlier, so I can die a happy man.” Those who witnessed the song — which made the crowd go, well, apeshit — might've felt the same way.