I arrived just in time to catch the last of Raphael Saadiq's set, which ended with a joyous round of gospel music that made me wish I'd seen the full performance.
I must confess that I've never been a Jason Mraz fan. I don't mind his music, but his radio singles have always been such light, fluffy lyrical confections that I've never felt the need to delve deeper. Seeing him in concert didn't change my mind.
There's no doubt that Mraz is fun during live performances. He's also put together a band of skilled musicians and made a point of putting original twists on his most familiar hits so fans got to enjoy a unique listening experience. Despite this, there just isn't enough substance in his music for me to connect with it emotionally and nor is there enough of a driving beat for me to connect with it on a visceral level.
While Mraz' set was pleasant, I had no regrets about ducking out halfway through and heading to one of the side stages to check out Bat for Lashes. My only previous exposure to Bat for Lashes was watching a couple of her music videos online a few months ago. Since I'd liked what I heard, Outside Lands seemed like an excellent opportunity to find out if I liked enough of her music to shell out for her albums.
Did I like Bath for Lashes' music enough to shell out for her albums? Absolutely. I had to leave halfway through her set, and if it had been for anyone less than the Black Eyed Peas, I probably couldn't have torn myself away. Considering the way the audience grew exponentially from the time her set started until the time I left, it's safe to say that Bat for Lashes won herself quite a few new fans at Outside Lands.
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