Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This past weekend, my roommate and I drove 8 hours from LA to North Lake Tahoe for the Wanderlust festival....we both won tickets through Twitter from some music blog, so all we had to pay for was gas, since we stayed at my family's timeshare for free too. yay.
It was a lot of fun...incredibly relaxing, too. After the drive to Squaw Valley where the festival was, you have to ride a 15 minute gondola ride up into the hills 8,000 feet in the mountains to the music...when there you can walk up the mountain and see some pretty amazing views, while some indie bands play. It was all really cool.
That little populated area in the middle of the picture is the stage. We went up pretty high into the mountains.
Some of the bands that played included Mates of State, Jenny Lewis, The Honey Brothers (which featured Adrian Grenier of Entourage fame on drums), Andrew Bird, Kaki King, Amanda Palmer (of the Dresen Dolls), and Spoon. Common filled in for Michael Franti & Spearhead as Franti had to cancel, which was lame but interesting.
Amanda Palmer was a highlight, as I'd always heard of her but hadn't actually listened to her music before. I shot this video of her playing 'Billie Jean'...
In all, it was a fantastic weekend. Good music, good vibes, hippies all over the place doing crazy yoga poses, and other such magic.
Supposedly they're going to try to do it again next year, and that's great news.
Posted by Adrian G. at 12:26 PM