Our Outside Lands food-concert pairings
The Black Keys, 6:15 p.m., Land's End Stage The guttural blues rock of Ohio natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney is sure to be one of this year's highlights. The group is the first ever act to play multiple years at Outside Lands, so you'll want real crowd pleasing snacks at its show. Nombe's ever-satisfying Japanese izakaya eats should fit the bill — its popular chicken wings, honey-sweetened, lime-and-fish-sauce perky, rarely leave their audience underplussed. Nombe will also be serving up odango (fried rice balls) and fried tofu for vegetarian music lovers.
The Roots, 6:50 p.m., Twin Peaks Stage The Roots have been interjecting ensemble musicianship into the hip-hop scene since 1987. You know what else is keeping it real? American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. We look forward to seeing what multi-voiced sandwiches it will be grilling up — will the Jalapeno Popper with chèvre, jack, applewood-smoked bacon, and apricot-jalapeño relish make an appearance? What about the Mousetrap, with its sharp cheddar, havarti, and jack?
Drink interlude Wind Gap's grapes are grown from the Sonoma Coast down to Paso Robles, resulting in earnest, heartfelt wines that express a sampling of California's terroir. Known for its syrahs, the winery also produces Chardonnay, grenache, and pinot gris.
Muse, 8:10 p.m., Land's End Stage All of Muse's dramatic intensity and rock opera influences mean you'll need to lube up your vocal chords if you want to hit those soaring vocals alongside frontman Matthew Bellamy. Down a cup of Juice To You's energizing green juice, watermelon juice, or Thai young coconut water before you belt it out.
Drink interlude Hedge your energy for the last day of festivities with Ritual Coffee Roaster's iced joe or a strong coffee brew from Philz.
Mavis Staples, 1:45 p.m., Land's End Stage From her days with the Staples Singers to her latest Grammy-winning, Jeff Tweedy-produced album You Are Not Alone, this woman bleeds heart and soul. You'll taste both in 4505 Meats' raved-about chicharrones and hot dogs, Namu's Korean tacos, or Rosamunde's beer, chicken-cherry, and apple-sage sausages.
Drink interlude Manhattan restaurateur and sommelier Paul Grieco of Hearth and Terroir Wine Bar will be at the festival on his Summer of Riesling tour, touting — you guessed it — refreshing, crisp rieslings.
Julieta Venegas, 3:50 p.m., Sutro Stage Tijuana native Julieta Venegas has earned fans globally with her Spanish language rock. Augment her Latina vibes with El Huarache Loco's huaraches or Little Chihuahua's dreamy fried plantain-black bean burritos. For dessert skip to the Southern Hemisphere for mouth-watering Argentinean treats: Sabores del Sur's dreamy alfajores, powdered sugar-dusted butter cookies sandwiched around creamy dulce de leche.
John Fogerty, 4:45 p.m., Land's End Stage Creedence Clearwater Revival's frontman is a living legend. No one epitomizes roots rock like Fogerty — who, despite CCR's famous Southern sound, is a Berkeley native. His one-of-a-kind local vocals make a happy pair with Little Skillet's fried chicken, Maverick's pulled pork sandwiches, or Criolla Kitchen's shrimp po' boys.
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