This year marked the 13th Annual O’reilly San Francisco Oyster Festival, featuring top-notch bands such as; Manchester Orchestra, Young The Giant, and Minus the Bear, among others. Although it was my first time attending this Festival, I must say it won’t be my last. Albeit, on a much smaller scale then say, Outside Lands, it’s still a great outdoor festival that showcased great food, great music, and an overall good time.
There were fried oysters, raw oysters, BBQ’s Oysters, pulled pork sandwiches, and other typical festival foods that make eating great fried food, good beer, and Golden Gate Park a winning combination.
Manchester Orchestra pounded their music as most patrons started to arrive around 1-2pm. They played for nearly a full hour, bringing more and more people closer to the stage with every song. They were followed by Minus the Bear, who performed their timely and unique style of electronic indie rock. They proved they still have what it takes, after a successful career of over 10 years now, releasing their debut album Highly Refined Pirates in 2002. (Their upcoming album is scheduled to be released on August 28th of this year, entitled Infinity Overhead.) The crowd responded well to their sound and seemed to love every minute of it.
The day was capped off by Young The Giant, who is currently taking the electro-pop soaked radio airwaves by storm. Their first two singles – “My Body” and “Cough Syrup” have both cracked the Billboard Alternative Top 5 within weeks of their release. Their live show did not disappoint. The band brings an energy and humbleness to them that was on display for the entire festival to see. Their tight and mature sound is usually unheard of for a band who has really only released one album. They played for a full hour, leaving people with not only a belly full of oysters, but a smile on their faces, as they wandered out of Golden Gate Park until next year.
-Photographs and Review by Darryl Kirchner