(Photo by Kimberly Chun)
If you happened to attend the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco last weekend, you would have caught great performances from Pearl Jam, Dave Matthew Band, Ween, Modest Mouse, Tenacious D, Silversun Pickups, TV on the Radio, M.I.A., Band of Horses and Mastodon.
But we loved to hear from music fans that they had a Wookiee among them. We’ve read a few reviews of the festival and each time we keep getting reports of a fan who dressed as Chewbacca at the festival who wandered around enjoying the Ewok-free tunes.
Noise: SFBG Blog’s Kimberly Chun reports:
Never mind the Weather — Kristy and I are distracted by a guy wearing a Chewbacca costume in the crowd. I want to poke the tags at the back of his neck back into the fake Wookiee fur. Gotta run before I lose a digit.
Ween played for nearly two hours on Sunday evening, playing nearly every song from their most popular album, “The Mollusk” — the enthusiastic crowd of loyal Ween fans pumped it up the notch it needed to reach greatness. For instance, you know it’s going to be a great show when Chewbacca shows up. Or when, during the song, “Bananas and Blow,” an audience member clad in blue sequins whips out a couple of bananas and starts dancing with them.
A garishly clad M.I.A. played one of the few shows she’s done since giving birth last winter. One of my favorite scenes of the afternoon was watching a man in full Chewbacca costume dancing with a woman dressed as a baboon.