When: Fri., May 15, 8 p.m. 2015
The Woods crew, meaning the Brooklyn-based band, Woods, the Woodsist record label, and the like-minded psychedelic pop company they keep, seems mightily nostalgic for the dippie Bay Area cult-jams of yore. Now in its sixth year, the Woodsist Festival has decamped from its usual site at the Henry Miller library in Big Sur to the nearby Loma Vista Gardens. A lot of the same bands perform every year, or at least the same players in difference arrangements, and there are usually reports of restrained performances from bands known for rocking vigorously, as if the pastoral setting takes the edge off. This year features Woods alongside Real Estate, frequent Bay Area visitors White Fence, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, and Simon Joyner, most of which are also stopping to perform at The Chapel (777 Valencia St., San Francisco) on Friday. The chief appeal of the festival a few days later, though, might be the specially formed Woodsist Family Band, which is slated to perform music by The Grateful Dead, because everyone turns into their parents eventually.
Price: $16, $18