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Outside Lands ended in ghoulish fashion yesterday as it coincided with Halloween this year. Concert attendees came out in droves dressed up to celebrate the festive occasion. I overheard many in the audience saying that the festival should always be held during this time of year and I tend to agree. Adding a costume element only added more fun to an already good time.

Standouts performance-wise for me included legendary rap icon Nelly who at 46 years of age looked fantastic. With hulk-like arms and a studded decorated black leather vest, he commanded the stage just like back in the days. The 90s legend pulled out all the hits to a younger audience that welcomed him with open arms.

Other show-stoppers included Brittany Howard sans Alabama Shakes. The singer for the band that quickly raised up the charts only a few years ago proved strong as a solo artist. Her emotive voice carried strongly throughout the festival grounds and stood out as a crowd favorite. Other bands that closed out the show included Sofi Tukker, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tame Impala, and Oakland native Kehlani.

Photos courtesy of Big Hassle PR, Another Planet, Louis Raphael

With a discography that includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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