Weekend Concert Picks: Waterstrider, Phono del Sol, and FEELS 3

This is a ridiculous weekend for live music in San Francisco — especially Saturday. So we've taken the liberty of laying out three kick-ass events, that are A) Awesome B) Cheap C) not-sold out and D) Don't overlap. Are you ready? Here we go:


KALX and OIM Records presents Waterstrider w/ The Seshen & Foxtails Brigade at Great American Music Hall

We're big fans of the East Bay indie scene and Waterstrider has been buzzing all year. The Oakland band will be playing songs off its new album Nowhere Now, but keep your ears peeled for “Frayed” off of the OIM Records compilation. (In fact, the evening is a celebration of that very compilation's vinyl release.) Also on the bill, is SF's indie-soul explosion, The Seshen, who is oh so sweet, and the up-and-coming chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade. It's a solid primer for the weekend with three quality local bands at the always lovely Great American Music Hall for less than $20. Get there!

[jump] Go here for tickets; doors are at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. 


Phono del Sol Music & Food Fest at Potrero del Sol Park

Phono del Sol seems to be getting bigger and better every year. The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone's festival, now in it's 5th year, is headlined by indie rockers Tanlines and heavy-indie shredder King Tuff (!!!). Tuffy is a flat out guitar aficionado and his riffs are gonna rattle all the way from the park into the Mission. Local mainstays Sonny & The Sunsets are also on the bill, as is local riser Heartwatch, fresh off completing their soon-to-be-released second EP. 

Get there before lunch and hit up one of the many food trucks. Among the choices are Mozzeria Pizzeria's on-site, brick-oven pizza, the sinful Bacon Bacon's … errr … bacon things, and if you're on that veggie or gluten free hang (me right now … sigh … no really, it's actually not that bad) Hella Vegan eats will also be in the mix. And oh yeah, there'll also be a fucking beer garden! I'm in. 

Tickets are available here for the noon-7 p.m. festival. $30 is a steal. 


FEELS 3 with The Internet, Teklife, etc… at American Steel Studios in Oakland

Now here lies an interesting one. The third installment of Wine & Bowties' FEELS festival, FEELS 3, is taking place at the badass American Steel Studios in West Oakland offering music, art, and a multimedia experience. It strikes me as the type of event that's worth hitting up for the venue alone. But FEELS 3 also comes armed with headliners The Internet, a seriously cool L.A.-based neo-soul/trip-hop group, that just dropped its engaging and intriguing third LP, Ego Death, on Odd Future. Second on the bill are footwork DJ's Earl and Taso from the late-great DJ Rashad's Teklife collective (I loves me some Chicago footwork) along with experimental producer D33J from WeDidIt & Anticon collectives. 

There's a complete slate of more local talent playing 'til 1 a.m., food and drink offerings, and a slew of local artists like the graf/multimedia of Bud Snow and the photography of Vivian Fu, whose “Me and Tim” series really made me think. All of this runs from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. and it's under $20 bones.  

Get tickets here, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Holla. 

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