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Summer of sound

Still telling the same crazy Woodstock stories? Get out and make some new memories at summer concerts happening now in Lodi and beyond

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 7:58 am

We asked Lodians to share their all-time favorite concert memories. Here’s what they said:

Korynn O’Connell found community at three-day electronic dance music festival

The Woodstock of our generation is Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), which is a three-day electronic dance music festival that happens in Las Vegas.

I was lucky enough to attend two years ago when EDC was held in Los Angeles. My best friend, Emily Chao, and I went and had the best night of our lives. There were more than five stages and the atmosphere was unlike any other. Everyone there has the PLUR mentality; PLUR stands for “peace, love, unity, respect.” These are the words that are said when trading colorful bracelets with strangers, who become friends.

EDC is more than just a concert. Along with the uplifting music, there are carnival rides, fireworks shows, elaborate performances and art installations. The performers were all in great costumes —  some were acrobats while others were on stilts and took the form of animals or trees.

Other attractions included a 3D light tunnel, where you put on special glasses that give the lights in the tunnel the affect that they are coming towards you. Also, there were buckets of black-light paint that you could use to paint on a long black canvas.

Emily and I didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into, but after attending this night, we knew it was an experience that we would want to come back to year after year.

This past month we had the opportunity to go again. This time, we were going all out. We got  three-day backstage passes. I got to bring my best friends Emily Chao, Cody Vincelet and Sarah Sawasaki along for this amazing experience. We had been waiting for this weekend for over a year!

Now EDC has blown up, attracting more than 300,000 people for the weekend. It was such an amazing, unforgettable weekend.

I got to meet my favorite DJs — Porter Robinson, Martin Solveig, Above and Beyond, Borgore and more. My dad was even lucky enough to meet Paris Hilton in the VIP section, who he later introduced me to.

The spirit of EDC is indescribable and really a feeling that you have to experience for yourself. Everyone there is ready to have a good time and forget the real world as we all become one.

Quinn Shands grew up a little that day in oakland in 1975

In the summer of 1975 my rather strict parents allowed me to have my very first day date with a boy who, only after having an in-person, sit-down interrogation of his intentions and his assurance that it would be a legitimate double-date, took me to a concert at the Oakland Coliseum that was a series called “Day On The Green.” The concert’s lineup included Robin Trower, Dave Mason, Gary Wright, Fleetwood Mac and Peter Frampton, and was titled “The British Are Coming.” I did mention that this was in 1975, didn’t I?

I’m not afraid to admit that I led a somewhat sheltered life up until this point and had never experienced anything quite like that day. Let me set the scene for you: Outdoor summer concert, during the day, all day, no bathroom in sight, non-existent bottled water in hand, and amid the mobs of people standing on the turf in the sun at the coliseum. My date and his friends wanted to stand as close to the stage as possible, so of course we were packed together like sardines with the thousands of sweaty, smelly others who were smoking funny looking cigarettes and drinking strange liquids out of leather bags. Hippie generosity and camaraderie abounded. I did mention that this was in 1975, didn’t I?

After many, many hours of being exposed to the local “elements” and right before the appearance of the headliner and guitar god of the time, Peter Frampton, I sheepishly asked my date if we could get out of the mass horde and go sit down in the stands. Every party has a pooper and I simply couldn't take it anymore.  Finding a bathroom and the subsequent pleasures of hydration in the form of a 30-cent ice cold Coke never felt so good! I did mention that this was in 1975, didn’t I?

I don’t know what my parents were thinking when they permitted me to go to this concert ... all day ... with a boy ... when I was 13. I did mention that this was in 1975, didn’t I?

Bob Nimmo was one of the last to see some of the classics

In 1958, when Bob Nimmo was 17, his mother bought him and his friend $6.50 tickets to see a huge concert at the Stockton Auditorium that featured Fats Domino

“He was one of the biggest draws at the time,” Nimmo said.

He remembers being in the crowd that day, listening to all of the acts: Pearl Bailey, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

“Everybody was excited,” Nimmo, now 71, recalls.

Nimmo feels lucky to have had that experience, because several of the performers were killed in a plane crash months later.

Party in the U.S.A.:

If you like to let loose at local concerts, spread your wings with summer travel to the nation’s biggest and best summer concert events and festivals.

Lollapalooza: Chicago, Aug. 3-5

The three-day musical festival at Grant Park in Chicago features artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Avicii, Wale, J. Cole and more. Lollapalooza is one of the biggest musical events, drawing thousands of music lovers each year.

High Sierra Music Festival: Quincy, Calif., July 5-8

This festival features Ben Harper, Delta Spirit and Matisyahu. If you need a break from the music, enjoy a nice swim, fishing opportunity or bike ride provided through the on-site infrastructure.

Rock the Bells: San Bernadino, Aug. 18-19 at NOS Events Center in Mountain View; Aug. 25-26 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

This hip-hop music festival features both classic and up-and coming artists, such as 2 Chainz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, E-40 and Too Short, Nas, Tyga and Ice Cube.

The Outside Lands Music & Art Festival: San Francisco, Aug. 10-12

Held at Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands features Stevie Wonder, Skrillex, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Regina Spektor and Big Boi. Festival-goers will also experience music from local artists, food vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco.

Bridge School Benefit Concert: Mountain View, Oct. 20-21

The annual two-day non profit charity concert is organized by musician Neil Young and wife Pegi. Proceeds benefit the Bridge School. Artist lineup has yet to be announced.

Summerfest: Milwaukee, June 27-July 1, July 3-8

Now known as one of the world’s largest music festivals, Summerfest attracts more than 700 bands. This year’s headliners: Big Time Rush, Iron Maiden, The Beach Boys, The Zac Brown Band and Neil Diamond.

Burning Man: Black Rock City, Nev., Aug. 27-Sept. 3

More of a city than a festival, Burning Man is the event where almost anything goes. There are acts both large and small.

Bumbershoot: Seattle, Sept. 1-3

This is a huge urban arts festival with everything from live music to the spoken word. It is also Seattle’s oldest and largest festival of the arts.

— Amanda Sarisky

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