Sutro Stage at Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (credit: Trixie Textor/Getty Images)
The San Francisco Bay Area is always a hub for music and musicians, so it is no surprise that some of the biggest tours and hottest names in music make their way to the Bay – and in some of the best outdoor venues there are to offer, nonetheless. Check out some of the most popular rock and pop stars, along with a noted Broadway legend, and the largest music festival in the heart of San Francisco, all while soaking up the beautiful California sun.
5 Seconds of Summer
1 Amphitheater Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Date: July 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
This concert is not for the faint of heart—unless you’re prepared for Beatle-mania-esque volumes of screaming teens. Although some may see them as just another boy-band, 5 Seconds of Summer set themselves apart with their pop-punk attitude and rock and roll style, and after one listen, the boy-band label is quickly stripped away. The concert is set at the iconic Shoreline Amphitheater where limited seating is available, or you can soak up the sun on the lawn area.
2000 Kirker Pass Road
Concord, CA 94521
Date: August 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
There are all sorts and genres of musical legends, and Idina Menzel definitely qualifies for that label. Yes, the singer became a household name due to the “Frozen” hit “Let It Go,” and John Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem,” but Broadway fans have known Menzel for over 20 years. Originating the role of Maureen in “Rent,” which she reprised in the movie, and giving a Tony Award winning performance in “Wicked,” along with her own music to choose from, the catalog that she can pull from and possibilities for her set list are endless.
Outside Lands Festival
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94117
Dates: August 7-9, 2015 at 12 p.m.
Outside Lands, one of the biggest festivals for the entire year, takes over Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for a weekend of fun, food, and of course, music. During the weekend long festival, headliners include Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys and Sir Elton John, along with dozens of bands including Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Billy Idol and Slightly Stoopid. No matter what your favorite musical genre is, you’ll hear it at Outside Lands.
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Dates: August 14, 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Swift. Does anything more need to be said? Quite possibly the most talked-about musician over the last couple years, with hits galore in both country and pop, Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour is one of the hottest tickets this summer. Set in the 49er’s new Levi’s Stadium with state of the art sound system, and plush chairs, there is not a bad seat in the house.
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
Date: September 25, 2015 at 8 p.m.
“You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Back in Black,” and “Thunderstruck,” are just the tip of the iceberg of AC/DC hits that have spanned the band’s 40+ year career. In support of their newest album, “Rock or Bust,” AC/DC are sure to cover all their greatest hits when they come to the World Series Champions’ home in downtown San Francisco.
Andrew Wilson started a music webzine to photograph and write about his favorite artists. He quickly notoriety as both a writer and photographer, and has since been published to a variety of national news sites. Andrew resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in landscape photography.