Phono del Sol turns the heat way up in 2017

2017 Phono del Sol Music FestivalPhotos by Emmeline Munson // Written by Kevin Quandt //

Phono del Sol //
Potrero del Sol Park – San Francisco
June 17th, 2017 //

You want your Saturday to be served up scorching hot? Well, that’s what the masses at the seventh annual Phono del Sol got, and few in attendance had any issue with the literal and figurative heat that hit Potrero del Sol Park.

This little event has blossomed into one the most anticipated festivals in SF and is a true gem for those who live in the Mission, Potrero Hill and surrounding areas. Attendees this year were treated to one of the more diverse lineups Phono del Sol has assembled in its growing history, as both local and national acts of varied styles and genres joined together under an insanely pristine sky to toast the culture that makes this place what it is.

Early-arriving patrons were treated to some of Northern California’s buzziest up-and-coming acts such as Never Young and Rayana Jay, but it was Oakland’s own Bells Atlas that began to kick things up a notch and got some toes tapping with their soulful, pop-tinged flavor.

Next up was Bay-Area-via-South-Central upstart DUCKWRTH who aptly brought his infectious dance-rap stylings and was backed by a live band rather than simply a DJ. Local legend Sean Hayes held court on the smaller Mission Stage but commanded a considerable crowd as the park’s pulse continued to raise with the headliners in sight.

2017 Phono del Sol Music Festival - Jay Som


Jay Som

Melina Duterte’s band goes by the name Jay Som and hails from Oakland. Do yourself a favor and remember this name: Jay Som. The Polyvinyl-signed songstress bathed the crowd at the Potrero Stage in her dreamy vocals and inanely catchy tunes that appeal to a wide-range of music fan; her songs could feel just as viable in the 90’s college rock area as they do today. Highlights from the set included a vibe-soaked rendition of “Baybee” as well as “The Bus Song”, arguably the artist’s first real “hit.”

Atlanta’s own badass punk bitches, The Coathangers, closed the smaller of the festival’s two stages with a generously ruckus helping of garage punk. The group’s three members, who all donned matching outfits, brought some seriously impressive vocal interplay as they all lent a hand in that department, complete with falsetto and the always-awesome singing drummer. The Coathangers have been doing this whole rock ‘n’ roll thing for more than a decade now, and it’s clearly evident when they deliver songs like “Down Down” with surgical precision. “Make it Right” was another set highlight as heads began to bob and nod, with fans starting to loosen up those muscles for the closing onslaught.

I’m sure many folks can recall the days when you could catch Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer playing a show in the City on a near-weekly basis. Those were exciting times, and though SF has lost one of their most prolific artists to the cheap(ish) rent of Southern California, Dwyer is still welcomed with open arms, as well as the crowd-surfing skate punks in attendance.

The newly minted Oh Sees (the band just changed its name earlier this month) took the fest’s main stage in their usual whirlwind fashion and then proceeded to tell everyone to jump the barriers and join them onstage before they desecrated the generally sleepy park. While fans saw the two-drummer format in action once again, we also saw some fresh faces onstage — and more importantly, we got some new music later in their set that bordered on something akin to amped-up Fugazi. “Contraption / Soul Desert” closed out the nine-song set, and just like that, it was done. Those in attendance took a minute to catch their breath, and we were heaved into the Mission to complete one of those perfect summer days in SF.

Phono del Sol 2017: Our list of do’s & don’ts

Phono del SolWritten by Molly Kish //

Phono del Sol //
Potrero del Sol Park – San Francisco
June 17th, 2017 //

SF’s premiere community-centered, non-profit music and food festival returns to Potrero del Sol Park this weekend for its seventh year.

Organized by Bay Area online music publication The Bay Bridged along with local legend John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone recording studio, Phono del Sol has held its own as a haven for independent and DIY culture that’s been otherwise lost amid the mainstream.

Dishing up an eclectic sample of Bay Area entertainment and culinary flavor, this year’s lineup features 10 burgeoning indie, punk and hip-hop acts as well as some of the city’s premiere food trucks and restaurants, lots of craft beer and cocktails, a playground and skatepark, and even a flamingo fountain.

In order to make sure you bring your best self at this year’s Phono del Sol, Showbams has concocted a list of do’s and don’ts curated our own playlist below so that you can have the best time.

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Do: Grab your ticket while they’re still available to purchase! You’ve got a variety of admission options to choose from and all for less than what you’d typically spend on a round of avocado toast and mimosas at the terribly basic, competing brunch plans you’ll be avoiding.

Don’t: Be that person holding up the entry line because you forgot to print out your ticket or download the Ticketfly mobile app before you get to the festival’s entrance.

Do: Arrive early for “Happy Hour” specials from Noon to 2 p.m. in the beer/cocktail gardens, catch early performances and stake you claim on prime real estate for viewing the remainder of the festival.

Don’t: Forget to grab cash before you enter! Avoid the long lines and surcharge fees at the limited amount of ATMs on site and make a pit stop before you head over to the fest. Phono del Sol is a cash-only event, and there are no in’s and out’s or refunds, so be prepared.

Do: With limited shade available, make sure to wear sunscreen. Shade is limited and the rays will be coming in strong this Saturday. Avoid being as pink as the flamingos at Phono del Sol and actively hydrate at the water refill stations throughout the park.

Don’t: Bring weapons, fireworks, explosives, chains, lasers, illegal substances, alcohol, large containers, coolers, picnic baskets, instruments, professional cameras, records or a stank-ass attitude. No one has time for amateur-hour smuggling efforts — leave the obvious contraband at home.

Do: Take advantage of the first come/first serve bike parking and copious amount of public transportation options to and from the festival grounds. BART riders can walk to Potrero del Sol from the 24th St. and Mission St. station, and Muni riders can use the 9, 10, 19, 27, 33 and 48 lines.

Don’t: Forget portable chargers and power chords in case you need to Venmo, PayPal or want to jump on a ride-share after the fest.

Do: Get acquainted with the lineup through our curated Phono del Sol playlist and check out the festival’s list of food trucks here to plan your munchies for the day!

Don’t: Forget to print out the day’s schedule for those important set times! There will be two stages timed out to prevent performances from overlapping, but we know that you don’t want to run the risk of missing your new favorite band, getting lost in a sea of vendors and traffic.

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Bakermat at Mezzanine 11/12 (THUR)

BakermatWritten by Nik Crossman //

Bakermat with Alex Adair //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
November 12th, 2015 //

While studying psychology at Utrecht University, Lodewijk Fluttert (better known by his stage name Bakermat) began moonlighting as a DJ in his spare time. Releasing his first two EPs in 2012, Fluttert quickly made a name for himself when he integrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech into his title track “One Day (Vandaag)”. The hit single charted in the Netherlands (his homeland), Belgium and France upon release, and the 24-year-old was later awarded a platinum record in Germany.

Meanwhile, Fluttert’s Uitzicht EP appeared in several iTunes charts after its release in 2013 on Soundplate Records. Now with his popularity continuing to quickly grow, Bakermat continues to develop his unique electronic amalgamation of gospel, soul, jazz and blues with his latest single “Teach Me” from 2014.

This Thursday, Bakermat and British DJ, producer and remixer Alex Adair invite you to join them in an exploratory evening at Mezzanine. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Fortunate Youth: October 13th (FRI) at Slim’s
Soulside: October 14th (SAT) at Slim’s
Blitzen Trapper: October 15th (SUN) at The Independent
Born Ruffians: October 15th (SUN) at Slim’s
Hunter Hunted: October 15th (SUN) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Alvvays: October 16th (MON) at The Independent
Bells Atlas: October 17th (TUE) at The New Parish
The Good Life: October 17th (TUE) at Great American Music Hall


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Oakland’s Trails and Ways use their worldly travels to captivate a sold-out Independent

Trails and WaysPhotos by Tomáš Valda // Written by Nik Crossman //

Trails and Ways with Bells Atlas //
The Independent – San Francisco
June 5th, 2015 //

With sounds derived from their worldly travels, the four Oakland natives of Trails and Ways promoted their debut album Pathology at The Independent after the soulful melodies of Bells Atlas. The inspiration for Trails and Ways began abroad and amalgamated with a bedroom recording project, which produced their hit single “Nunca” and transformed the project into a dedicated passion. Thanks to their recent national tours and performance at Outside Lands last year, this up-and-coming foursome is one to watch.

Flowing over a sold-out audience in SF, Trails and Ways set out to debut the latest songs from Pathology, which was released just three days prior. The public infancy of the first few tracks made it difficult for the audience to rally behind the sing-along energy produced from their better-known hits like “Mtn Tune”, “Sure Thing” (a Miguel cover) and of course “Nunca”, but Trails and Ways seemed to pick up on the energy and quickly shifted gears to the crowd favorites, enlisting everyone to move and sing along.

While there were different expectations across the board, it’s always difficult to debut new music and maintain solid engagement with a crowd. Fortunately, Trails and Ways were able to leverage the delicate intimacy of The Independent and create the best of both worlds, leading fans on a journey through Pathology. Once Trails and Ways abandoned the stage, the crowd quickly summoned them back for an encore, and they happily obliged.