When the Treasure Island Music Festival took a year off in 2017 after a rain-soaked 2016, it emerged in a different location at Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, with any lingering animosity dissolving like the trails in the acid trip that is a Tame Impala set. And guess what: There were beautiful sunsets both days, with Silk City kinda sorta killing it on Sunday night.
The smaller and neighborhood-ier Phono Del Sol festival, a partnership between Noise Pop and The Bay Bridged that takes over Potrero del Sol Park in the southeast corner of the Mission, quietly took a breather of its own in 2018 — but it’s back on Saturday, June 15 from noon to 7 p.m.
Not unlike the 20th Street Block Party a little later in the summer, Phono Del Sol is a free event with plenty of artisanal food and drink — one that brings all the skaters to the yard. (Or to the skate park. There’s a good one there.)
The headliner for 2019 is Porches, Aaron Maine’s dreamy synthpop project, with Walla Walla, Wash. quartet Chastity Belt and Oakland’s conveniently named hip-hop crew SOL Development leading the undercard.
There are at least two other can’t-miss Oaklanders on the bill: the haunting vocalist SPELLLING and the dynamic AH-MER-AH-SU, whose electrifying set as the opener for Peaches at the Chapel last year was just one of her many notable performances over the last 18 months. Musician, producer, composer, and “planetary scientist” Salami Rose Joe Louis is also scheduled to play, and God knows the earth needs more loving care with expertise.
While Phono Del Sol charges $0 for the pleasure, donations help keep the independent nonprofit Bay Bridged with its finger on the pulse of the region’s music scene. For $10, you can upgrade yourself to a Flamingo wristband to get $2 off every grown-up beverage, go higher to a Phono wristband that gets you a commemorative cup and some other bonuses, or take it all the way to the top with a Sol wristband for the true VIP experience. (Do it now, because prices will go up.)
The soul of the Mission may be in jeopardy, but the Sol is here to stay.
Phono Del Sol Saturday, June 15, noon-7 p.m., at Potrero Del Sol Park, 2827 Cesar Chavez St. Free, phonodelsol.com