The Outside Lands Music Festival of San Francisco (www.sfoutsidelands.com) turns 10 years old in August and it’s getting ready for a big celebration with a powerful lineup that includes three Latin artists: Mon Laferte, Bomba Estéreo and Kali Uchis.
Outside Lands takes place in the majestic Golden Gate Park and during three days —August 11-13this year— the music doesn’t stop on it’s four stages, surrounded by an impressive natural landscape, gourmet and “regular” food booths and trucks, popular entertainment, a comedy tent, wines and artisan beers, plus more than 70,000 people ready to enjoy the experience to the most.
Leading the lineup are Metallica, The Who and Gorillaz, followed by well known artists such as Lorde, Little Dragon, Solange, Queens of the Stone Age, Warpaint, Alt-J, and many more.
But, as usual on most music festivals, those less known artists and bands are the ones who bring a high level of surprise and excitement. Among the artists to be “discovered” we can mention the young Grace Mitchel, of Oregon, with her pop splashed with hip hop and electronic tunes; the enigmatic Oliver Tree; the Los Angeles based band MUNA with it’s “dark pop”; the all-female quartet She’s, of San Francisco; the British Temples, the couple Sleigh Bells and it’s “noise pop”; Lee Fields & The Expressions —who very much remind us about James Brown—; the electronic duo Sofi Tukker; The Japanese House —who actually is a young British singer— will bring it’s independent pop; and much more.
The Latino presence
Each of the three Latino artists to be part of Outside Lands 2017 have it’s own musical style and unique artistic personality.
The Colombian band Bomba Estereo is already well known as well as their “psychedelic cumbia.” Created in 2005 by Simon Mejia, Bomba Estereo (www.bombaestereo.com) received numerous awards and wide recognition, and till these days, they produced four studio albums: Volumen 1, Estalla, Elegancia Tropical and Amanecer.
With the voice of Liliana Saumet leading the contagious energy and rhythm of the band, the audience usually enjoy, dance and sing along their songs.
“We did with the cumbia what Argentineans did with the tango,” explained Saumet to this reporter precisely at Outside Lands 2012, during Bomba Estereo’s first presentation at that festival. By the way, the band was invited to perform to the most prestigious festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, South by SouthWest, Austin City Limits, Vive Latino, and many more.
The Chilean Mon Laferte —who currently leaves in Mexico— is becoming the hot sale in the Latino music market. She recently toured several US cities playing to sold out venues and will be her appearance at Outside Lands.
Laferte’s (www.monlaferte.com) style varies from one album to the other. Sometimes she makes us feel like in the 40s, other times like we are getting into a cabaret where couples dance talking slowly to their ears. Many of her songs talk to complicated romances, stormy, passionate love situations. But she also talks about lack of love. But overall Laferte’s music is danceable, fun and cheerful.
Also from Colombia —but a resident of Los Angeles— Kali Uchis will bring her original combination of hip hop, electronic and pop.
Uchis (http://www.kaliuchis.com,) whose real name is Karly Loaiza, immigrated to USA when she was a child and grew up in Virginia, where she started her musical career. She also produce music, videos and graphics.
With her provocative musical style, this 23-year old artist looks like she challenges herself over and over and that she is always looking for something new. Without a doubt, Uchis will captivate her audience at Outside Lands.
Eduardo Stanley is a journalist and photographer based in the San Joaquin Valley, California. For over 25 years, Eduardo covered issues related to immigration and other social events shaping the Valley’s history.
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