Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bluegrass

We love San Francisco. We had a great time, and thank you so much Cait for being such an incredible host. We listened to music, went to a neat farmer's market, I discovered "Mrs Munchies," I tried Pho for the first time - and I am hooked.

The farmer's market we went to was so amazing, so much good stuff I was paralyzed, I couldn't think of what I wanted to buy and what I wanted to try. We got some basil goat cheese, bread, some fruit. But I want to go back... There are some good farmer's markets around here, but that one... amazing.
San Fransisco Farmer's Market
After the market we head to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival...
Hardly Stictly Bluegrass
Hardly Stictly Bluegrass - Gillian Welch

Let me tell you, it was insane. That white mass above Justin's head, that's the crowd and it doesn't do it justice.

We got to the park a few hours before Gillian came on to get a spot and we found ourselves stuck in the middle of a crazy crowd-people on all sides, that feeling of "there is no way out, I'm trapped." People around us were saying, "this isn't good" "you need crowd control!" "stop hitting my daughter on the head with your chair!"

To escape the chaos we opted to go up on a hillside to listen to the show. Unfortunately we didn't have a good view, but it was still great. Gillian is incredible. For the last song she brought up Emmylou Harris and Old Crow Medicine Show to play the Weight (by the Band). Here is a video of it that I love. That song made it all worth it...

Hardly Stictly Bluegrass
A guy sitting in front of us offered to take our photo, he told us to look up into a tree, I was a little confused. He said "you laugh now, but when you see the photo you will see how awesome it is!" Yeah.. sooo, haha. Ok, here is the photo.


On our walk back we heard these characters playing "Billie Jean" ... they were a lot of fun... started spontaneous dancing...
Hardly Stictly Bluegrass

I had heard about the mass amounts of bikes, but seriously, there were so many, they were hanging from trees...
Hardly Stictly Bluegrass

Saturday Evening Moonrise off 21st street...
San Fransisco

Sunday was a little less insane. People were climbing trees to get a good view, but there was no freak-out-I-am-trapped feeling...
Hardly Stictly Bluegrass

We had a huge dilemma. Old Crow and Amadou were playing at the same time... horrible, HOW COULD THEY DO THIS TO US. Well, we had to choose. We ended up getting a decent spot for Amadou & Mariam, and I am so happy that we did. They were so much fun. We danced, and it was great. Amadou kept yelling to the crowd, "Do you feel alive?!" ... it was sweet!
Hardly Stictly Bluegrass - Amadou & Mariam

9 comments:

caits said...

I was hoping you might post some of these. Thanks for coming up. For walking miles all over sf. Meeting my friends and sharing food.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Great, wunderful, energizing, down to earth, etc.!
Now, back to earth.

hannah | honey & jam said...

aw, i'm so jealous! so many of my favorite musicians! it looks like you had a great time.

can i ask what lens(es) you use? your photos are always stunning.

giao {kiss my spatula} said...

you've brought me straight back to all our years of living in san francisco. our flat was 4 blocks from the park and a few muni stops from the best pho in town! :) great post and photos!

Anna Allen said...

sounds amazing.

The Leftoverist said...

I forget where I found your blog--on some blogroll or other. But I bookmarked it last month and am finally commenting. I adore Gillian Welch, too, and am jealous you got to see her! And I can't get enough of your photos. Beautiful.

aiduke said...

Love the mood...

Lo said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time -- the photos really do say it all! Gillian Welch rocks... good choice :)

Coco said...

Oh I LOVE Gillian Welch! I wish she would come to Seattle! thanks for sharing