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RECAP: Outside Lands Day Three Featuring Franz Ferdinand, Regina Spektor, Jack White + Stevie Wonder

By Staff; photos by Max Chapman Sweeney on August 16, 2012


RECAP: Outside Lands Day Three Featuring Franz Ferdinand, Regina Spektor, Jack White + Stevie Wonder

Outside Lands, Day 3
Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Be sure to check out our coverage of Day 1 and Day 2 of Outside Lands.

Immediately in the gate for the final day of Outside Lands, we knew where our first stop had to be: Outside Lambs. Yes, the gourmet fare of the weekend had to be topped off with a tasting of lamb poutine from The Whole Beast and the Michael Mina Group. We weren't disappointed in the slightest by the gravy, lamb, cheese and fry combo, and it was one of our favorite eats of the festival.

fun. (1:30–2:15)

Lands End (Polo Field)

Moseying over to the Lands End stage proved harder than assumed; the crowd for fun. was enormous and even the VIP viewing area was packed with people enjoying the Nate Ruess–led outfit's smash single "We Are Young" and a turn on the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Franz Ferdinand (2:40–3:35)

Lands End (Polo Field)

Franz Ferdinand was up next, and thus began a phenomenon I like to call "Franz Ferdinand versus The Festival," by which I mean there may be no better festival band than FF. Despite having only released three albums since 2004 (there is an LP rumored for this year), the band led a fanatical crowd through their extremely solid catalog, from "Michael" and "Take Me Out" to "Ulysses," "Do You Want To" and a new tune called "Starlit and Blue," leaving smiles firmly affixed.

Regina Spektor (4:00–4:55)

Lands End (Polo Field)

Regina Spektor delighted the crowd with songs from her latest, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, as well cherished older cuts like the delicate and lovely "Eet." I have to wonder that her view must have been tremendous from her piano bench in front of thousands, and Ms. Spektor seemed a bit as awed as her audience.

Jack White (5:25–6:35)

Lands End (Polo Field)

While we continued our Lands End marathon, there were whispers of something secret planned in woods nearby. Not wanting to miss our spots for Jack White, we inadvertantly missed out on a secret Jack White pop-up show. Mr. White and his gentlemen (his Outside Lands set boasted the male lineup of his band, instead of the ladies) emerged shortly after, and clearly no energy wasted with two shows, ignited the stage and the crowd. Playing cuts from the White Stripes ("Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," "We're Going to Be Friends"), The Dead Weather ("I Cut Like a Buffalo" with no sign of Alison Mosshart, who also played the festival with The Kills), as well as his solo effort, Jack White bounced from each of his projects' sounds and genres with ease, exuding his characteristic confidence with every wail from his electric guitar.

Stevie Wonder (7:20–9:30)

Lands End (Polo Field)

Jack White's status as a festival headliner is still somewhat of a new thing, but it seemed like perfection as he ended his Outside Lands set. But no one, not even Mr. White, could compare to the legend that closed out the festival weekend. We had been alerted pre-set that the opening minutes of Stevie Wonder would include a keytar. Goodie. Mr. Wonder began his lengthy set with "How Sweet It Is," persuading gents and ladies in the crowd to sing to one another. Taking in the demographics of Wonder's crowd was one of the most diverse of the whole weekend: young parents with younger kids, twentysomethings with their arms around each other and Baby Boomers all collided, singing nearly every word of the hit-jammed performance. Choice selections included "Master Blaster (Jammin')," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," "My Cherie Amour," "Superstition" and "Isn't She Lovely." Despite the slightly awkward politics and religion inserted (omitting the "imagine there's no heaven" lyric from Lennon's "Imagine"; encouraging the audience to "love" Mitt Romney in the face of fundamental disagreement), there's no denying the power of Stevie.

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