Phono del Sol goes bigger and better in 2015

2015 Phono del Sol Music Festival  - King Tuff

King Tuff

Photos by Diana Cordero // Written by Ava Bernard //

Phono del Sol Music Festival //
Potrero del Sol Park – San Francisco
July 11th, 2015 //

The Bay Bridged teamed up with John Vanderslice of Tiny Telephone recording studio for their fifth installment of Phono del Sol Music Festival at Potrero del Sol Park last Saturday. This surprisingly affordable festival (advanced tickets were $30 and tickets at the door were $35) brought quite the diverse crowd. Fans and families alike were able to soak up the sun on a hot day while getting a chance to see some pretty epic bands and munch on plenty of tasty gourmet treats from some of SF’s favorite food trucks.

With the festivals grounds covered with an abundance of flamingo decorations, Lagunitas beer gardens and the backdrop of skateboarders set the mood for the event. Between sets from some noteworthy local and East Coast bands, festival attendees were able to enjoy tunes from LIVE 105 DJ Aaron Axelson in the beer garden all day.

2015 Phono del Sol Music Festival - Tiaras


The festival included 11 bands on the bill and kicking off the day was Scary Little Friends, whose psychedelic guitar riffs were showcased during favorite cuts like “We Are Young”. Opening the Potrero Stage, the garage-pop supergroup Tiaras have succeeded in becoming a Bay Area favorite, drawing in the early-afternoon crowd with their harmonious, dreamy mirage sound thanks to the vocals of lead singer/guitarist/keyboardist Ryan Grubbs. The afternoon continued with an array of different bands, such as Oakland-based psychedelic rock outfit Everyone Is Dirty, which brought a packed crowd and captured the hearts and ears of nearby passersby.

As the day went on and the sun started going down, the bands continued to keep everyone entertained. A majority of them, including Vérité, Tanlines and Generationals, shifted the music heavily toward electropop. One band on the rise is HEARTWATCH (fka The Tropics), which will also be performing at Outside Lands this year. The five-piece brought fans to their feet as people of all ages danced to Claire Georges’ sweet, happy-go-lucky vocals.

2015 Phono del Sol Music Festival - Tanlines


To round out the night, King Tuff and Tanlines closed both stages. Tanlines, the electropop duo out of Brooklyn, is a fun group that will make you literally “just wanna dance.” With their upbeat tracks, they proved to be an afternoon delight for everyone at the park.

Meanwhile, over on the Potrero Stage, King Tuff’s heavy garage rock was a favorite of the day, with Kyle Thomas’ nasal vocal stylings almost comparable to that of T. Rex and other bands like SF’s Thee Oh Sees. Both fun and memorable, King Tuff’s unadulterated rock had those at the front of the crowd in the middle of a mosh pit, and even some skaters hopped the fence in hopes of crowd surfing. Thomas definitely immerses a crowd with his music and succeeds in making you feel like you’re experiencing some real rock ‘n’ roll. It’s just another reason why Phono del Sol once again was a major success this year.

‘OctaHate’ singer Ryn Weaver dances, twirls and belts her way through energetic set at The Indy

Ryn WeaverBy Steve Carlson //

Ryn Weaver with Tiaras //
The Independent – San Francisco
April 15th, 2015 //

Midway between her two appearances in the Mojave Tent at Coachella, up-and-coming artist Ryn Weaver (aka Erin Michelle Wüthrich) brought her infectious brand of power pop to an eager capacity crowd at The Independent on Wednesday night. Anticipation has been growing for the “OctaHate” singer’s debut LP The Fool, which is scheduled to arrive June 16th, and her performance left little doubt that the anticipation is well-deserved.

Weaver danced, twirled and belted her way through a tight and energetic 11-song set that clocked in at just 45 minutes, even with breaks for stage banter. The highlights included the tracks “Stay Low” and “Sail On” from her 2014 EP Promises, as well as a lively rendition of her viral hit “OctaHate” to close out the show.

Ryn Weaver

It was a sort of a homecoming for the 22-year-old songstress from Encinitas, Calif., who shared that she had been effectively homeless for the last couple of years while couch surfing with friends living here in the City (many of them were present at the show). She also shared her love for the city by the bay, stating that when she gets her own apartment someday, it’ll be in SF.

Judging by the crowd’s reaction to her short but powerful set, she’ll certainly be welcomed back with open arms.