August Belongs to Outside Lands

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If you make a trip to San Francisco for the final weekend of July and find yourself in the Park Presidio area, and the beautiful Golden Gate Park that borders it, your thoughts would probably echo something along the lines of the following: “what a nice, quiet and quaint little section of the city.” Rest assured that the most intense activity you could stumble upon would likely be an exceptionally heated game of ultimate frisbee. 

If you returned the following weekend, however, you’d likely be thinking that you had made several incorrect turns,  as sound pours over Northern SF and makeshift barriers now surround and close off a huge section of Golden Gate Park. Once per year the Outside Lands Music Festival occupies Golden Gate Park and the surrounding areas of Northern San Francisco. You can hear the music for blocks and smell in heavy doses what the festival dubs a “Taste of the Bay Area,” featuring a variety of the best food trucks and restaurants that the Bay Area has to offer.  Apart from the eclectic collection of artists performing over the course of the weekend, the festival features roped off sections of the park dedicated specifically to refreshments such as Wine, Beer, Chocolate, and Cheese, as well as pieces by Bay Area artists and games at the center of this makeshift 3-day city. 

What we have is essentially Disneyland for adults, where the lines are much shorter and the rides are much, much louder.

This year, Outside Lands attendees will be treated to some of the biggest names in music, such as Mumford and Sons, Wilco, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John and Sam Smith, as the festival’s headliners, as well as other prominent supporting artists such as D’Angelo & the Vanguard, Chet Faker, Tame Impala, Axwell & Ingrosso, St. Vincent, Porter Robinson, Caribou, Slightly Stoopid, Billy Idol, Cold War Kids, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Admission to the festival is available both in a 3-day pass for the whole weekend, as well as the 1-day pass for those who just want to dip their feet in the pool. Either option is a viable one, however, the 3-day pass, priced just around $400, gets you the most for your money.  

Find 3-Day Tickets Here.

Find 1-Day Tickets Here FRI / SAT / SUN.

Golden Gate Park is undoubtedly the best place you can be in SF that first weekend in August. However, perhaps one of the best kept secrets about music festivals is that the artists on the lineup will schedule a handful of shows in the surrounding venues before and after they are scheduled to perform. If a 1-day Outside Lands ticket is still a bit too pricey, or maybe you’re not a huge fan of the overall day-to-day lineups, you can still find shows in the area that will deliver the live-show vibe that you’re craving. Check out ways you can get tickets to these ‘Outside Lands Night Shows’ here.

I suppose the question to ask yourself is: What could be a better way to spend your weekend?

Find the full 2015 Outside Lands lineup here.

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What’s Happening with the CONCACAF Gold Cup

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What exactly is the CONCACAF Gold Cup?

This is how it goes down. There are 12 teams competing in three groups and playing at different locations in the United States and Canada, including: Houston, TX; Glendale, AZ; Toronto, ON; East Rutherford, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA and more. The winner of this year’s Gold Cup will be the 2015 regional champion in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. If the United States wins a second consecutive Gold Cup, it’ll represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup (a precursor to the 2018 World Cup in Russia). If the US loses, however, there will be a one-game playoff between this year’s winner and the United States to determine who advances. So far, the US, Mexico & Trinidad and Tobago have won their first group stage games. The top two teams in each of the groups below will move on to the Quarterfinals, starting July 18th in Baltimore, MD.

Group A Group B Group C
United States Canada Mexico
Panama El Salvador Cuba
Haiti Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago
Honduras Costa Rica Guatemala

Here’s a quick look at how the US (2013 champions) and this year’s competition stack up based on FIFA ranking and past Gold Cup performance. Want to see your favorite team in action? Check out the full 2015 Gold Cup schedule below, including where to find tickets and/or watch on TV.

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What’s coming up?

Saturday, July 11 @ BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas) 

Don’t miss Group B take the field in Houston. Jamaica squares off against Canada followed by Costa Rica vs. El Salvador. Here’s where to catch it:

Jamaica vs. Canada, 6:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)

Costa Rica vs. El Salvador, 9 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)

In Houston?  Find Houston Gold Cup Tickets

Sunday, July 12 @ University of Arizona Stadium (Glendale, AZ) 

Another Group C square-off between Trinidad and Tobago vs. Cuba and Guatemala vs. Mexico. To catch the game tune into:

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Cuba, 6:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)

Guatemala vs. Mexico, 9 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)

If you’re in the area: Find Glendale Gold Cup Tickets

Monday, July 13 @ Sporting Park (Kansas City, KS)

Group A hits the field in Kansas City with Haiti vs. Honduras and  Panama vs. USA. Here’s where to catch it:

Haiti vs. Honduras, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

Panama vs. USA, 9:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

Want to catch it live? Find Kansas City Gold Cup Tickets 

Tuesday, July 14 @ BMO Field (Toronto, ON)

Group B battle in Toronto. Don’t miss Jamaica square off against El Salvador, and Canada vs. Costa Rica. Tune in:

Jamaica vs. El Salvador, 6 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

Canada vs. Costa Rica, 8:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1)

In the Toronto area? Find Toronto Gold Cup Tickets

Wednesday, July 15 @ Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

Group C throw down in Charlotte with Cuba vs. Guatemala, and Mexico vs. Trinidad. Don’t miss it:

Cuba vs. Guatemala, 6 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)

Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago, 8:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 2)

TV not going to cut it? Watch it live Find Charlotte Gold Cup Tickets

Quarterfinals/Semifinals/Third-Place/Finals Schedule

Based on the results of the games listed above, the Gold Cup will move into a round of quarterfinals, followed by semifinals, the third-place playoff and then the final.

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Want to catch the any of the games above? Here’s the schedule.

Quarterfinals: Saturday, July 18 @ MT&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)  

Group A winner vs. Group B/C third-place team

Group A runner-up Vs. Group B winner

Want to see the game live for as low as $32? Find Baltimore Gold Cup Tickets 

Quarterfinals: Sunday, July 19 @ The MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)

Group C winner vs. Group A/B third place-team

Group C runner-up vs. Group B runner-up

In New Jersey? Get tickets for as low as $30 Find East Rutherford Gold Cup Tickets

Semifinals: Wednesday, July 22 @ The Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)

QF 1 winner vs. QF2 winner

QF 3 winner vs. QF 4 winner

Tickets as low as $39 Find Atlanta Gold Cup Tickets

Third Place Play-Off: Saturday, July 25 @ PPL Park (Chester, PA) 

SF 1 loser vs. SF 2 loser

Watch the battle for third-place for as low as $13 Find Chester Gold Cup Tickets 

Final Game: Sunday, July 26 @ Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)  

SF 1 winner vs. SF 2 winner

You can experience the final game for as low as $44 Find Philadelphia Gold Cup Finals Tickets

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Get to Know Your 2015 All-Star Starters

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With the 2015 All-Star game less than a week away, there are a few things you should know about this year’s All-Star events and All-Star game starters — not only who they are, but why they made it to the All-Star game. And if you’re eager to experience a piece of the MLB All-Star excitement live in Cincinnati, you have a few options: All-Star Sunday (July 12), Home Run Derby (July 13) & All-Star Game (July 14).

On a budget? All-Star Sunday tickets are a steal, starting at just $10! See the Futures game (top MLB prospects, like  Blake Snell, Alex Reyes, Colin Rea, Ozhaino Albies & Tony Kemp) plus the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. This year’s celebs include Snoop Dogg, Nick Lachey, Josh Hutcherson, Macklemore and many more.

Next, the Home Run Derby is another exciting way to spend the day and an annual event we all look forward to. It’s changing this year, however, and should be even more fun. Each hitter will have 5 minutes to hit home runs, compared to a number of “outs” in previous years. Bonus time will be added for multiple home runs greater than 420 feet. Another update is that players, now seeded 1-8 based on home run totals, will compete head-to-head in a bracketed tournament format. First round matchups: Albert Pujols (1) vs Kris Bryant (8), Todd Frazier (2) vs Prince Fielder (7), Josh Donaldson (3) vs Anthony Rizzo (6), Joc Pederson (4) vs Manny Machado (5). Read more ›

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Goin’ Back in Time With Leon Bridges

Everything about Leon Bridges and his debut ‘Coming Home’ suggests he accidentally stumbled upon some sort of time warp that brought him from the early ‘60s into the present day. From his sparse and tasteful arrangements – his rich soul vocals demanding attention as they fill even the most far-reaching corners of the room – to his clean and concise aesthetic, plucked straight from the Motown catalog, Bridges is 100% pure fifties soul. Closing your eyes and listening to tracks such as ‘Lisa Sawyer’, ‘River’, and ‘Smooth Sailin’, you likely won’t be able to resist performing a quick web search on Bridges to see if he looks as much like his heroes Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson as he sounds. We’ll save you the time. He does.

While Bridges’ music and the character he has twisted into his own may reference a previous period in music’s history, the success he is currently enjoying is very much real in the 21st century. After a sold out show at LA’s Troubadour and rave reviews from essentially every periodical that has taken the time to listen to his record, demand for tickets to Bridges’ live shows has skyrocketed. After a 1 day stint on Friday 8/7 at SF’s Outside Lands festival, Bridges will embark on a lengthy European tour, leaving throngs of fans in the U.S. eagerly awaiting his return in early October to a string of sold out dates, including back to back performances at LA’s The Fonda on November 9/10. Read more ›

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5 Things You May Not Know About Joc Pederson

During his awe-inspiring first season with the Dodgers, all eyes are on 23-year-old rookie Joc Pederson. Just when we think he’s done all he can do to leave us floored, Joc finds a new way to make our jaws drop on the field (Take this grand slam, for example). It seems like just about everybody is buzzing about Joc right now (here’s what the LA Times had to say).

Not only that, but he seems like a pretty cool guy. The Razorgator crew wouldn’t mind having him at one of our famous BBQ’s (Btw, that’s an official invite, Joc. Hit us up). What’s even crazier than one of Joc’s home runs? The fact that you can see one of them live at Dodger stadium for less than $7 dollars. Check out the Dodgers schedule in the Razorgator app, including the July 4th game versus the Mets. That being said, here are 5 things you may or may not know about the potential future Rookie of the Year.

1. He hails from Palo Alto:

A Northern California town located south of San Francisco. He graduated from Palo Alto high school, also the Alma Mater of actor, James Franco

thankful to call this rowdy bunch my family, wouldn't want it any other way ❤️

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