On November 14, 2015 at 2PM, the gates opened for the first ever Outpost Fest in Downtown Santa Ana. Curated by indie-rock band, Delta Spirit, the festival celebrated the music scene in Southern California in an environment accessible to the locals of Orange County.
The festival was simple and sweet. There wasn’t a mass amount of production that went on and no over-the-top art installations. There was one main stage, one area for some really great local food trucks, one area for vendors, and two VIP areas next to the main stage. It was a great relief from all the overly crowded, grandeur festivals most event companies nowadays have been producing.
This lineup in particular is one that effortlessly flowed from one set to another. Tijuana Panthers brought over their garage-punk sound and had the crowd swaying. Beach Fossils were up after them, and their synth-rock sounds were the perfect introduction to some night-time vibes. Up after them was Blonde Redhead. The NY based band made everyone fall in love with their soft-rock sounds as lead singer Kazu Makino graced the stage.
Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead. Photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.
Delta Spirit got the crowd shuffling their feet around. Everyone was excited to see the curators and one of the big name performers at the event. The band played their classics including “Yamaha”, “California”, and “Ode to Sunshine”. Towards the end of their set, the band played “From Now On”, which was no doubt a fan favorite since everyone started singing along.
Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit. Photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.
Last but not least were Orange County natives, Cold War Kids. The band put on an epic show, never ceasing to amaze everyone with every song that they played. We heard some favorites like “Hang Me Up to Dry” and “We Used to Vacation”, and they threw in jams from their latest record such as “First” and “Hold My Home”. With their high energy, it was the prefect way to end the night for the first Outpost Fest.
Cold War Kids. Photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.