Here she comes: The lineup for this year’s Gastromagic stage at Outside Lands has landed, and once again it’s got some very rowdy performances planned. The stage was created to mashup the creative energy between chefs and performers, in addition to the typically exception (nay, best) festival food lineup in the country, and this year is no exception.
There’s a lot to choose from, but highlights include Mister Jiu’s pastry boss Melissa Chou crafting log cakes to the music of Twin Peaks from the Red Room Orchestra (a group composed of heavy-hitters from other bands like Cake, Feist, and Cibo Matto), plus appearances by Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk) and James Marshall (James Hurley) ; everyone’s favorite science guy, Bill Nye, and chef Matty Matheson will do something onstage that involves science, though exactly what remains a mystery; Shangela, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will join former Top Chef contestant Tiffani Faison onstage for “fish and tea”; chef Naomi Pomeroy of Portland’s Beast will collaborate with Portugal. The Man.
And though Big Freedia won’t be in attendance this year, fellow bounce diva Katey Red will pick up the slack, handing out hot beignets with Brenda’s French Soul Food. Might want to head over to the newly minted Grass Lands ahead of this one.
Cocktail Magic, the craft cocktail wonderland adjacent to GastroMagic, will also be in full swing once more, with drinks from True Laurel, Horsefeather, Blackbird, Benjamin Cooper, the Beehive, and Rye.
Check out the full, unadulterated lineup below:
FRIDAY AUGUST 10th
Host for the day: Billy Harris
3:30PM - 4:00PM
Mad Genius with Bill Nye and Chef Matty Matheson
Culinary chemistry is sure to erupt on the Gastro stage as Bill Nye pairs with the dynamo chef Matty Matheson. One part science, one part tradition, plus these fun characters will equal the perfect recipe.
Choco Wars with Guittard Chocolate Company and Galactic Empire
4:50PM - 5:20PM
In a galaxy far, far away, metal band Galactic Empire will come face to face in a duel with San Francisco’s very own Guittard Chocolate Company. They will shred Star Wars melodies that only Darth Vader could love.
Southern Sweet Drag with Chef Tiffani Faison and Shangela
6:10PM - 6:40PM
Sweet Cheeks Q’s Tiffani Faison will take us through her version of fish and tea, alongside her will be a true diva from the South, and RuPaul’s Drag Race - Shangela. These queens will be sure to dish out a good time.
Me and Julio Down by the Shake Shack with Paul Scheer and Bone Diggers
7:30PM - 8:00PM
For the first time ever, the Bay Area will get to taste some of Shake Shack’s legendary dishes from the GastroMagic stage. Paul Scheer will join the stage to help curate a very custom custard, while Bone Diggers bring the Paul Simon flavor. You won’t want to miss this delicious and hilarious pairing.
SATURDAY AUGUST 11th
Host for the day: Jon Gabrus
3:05PM - 3:35PM
Join Nick “The Burger Boy” Wiger and Mike “Mitchy Two Spoons” Mitchell as they doughbate some of San Francisco’s finest culinary delights. 5 FORKS!
Funky Good Thyme with Hugh Acheson and Monophonics
4:20PM - 4:50PM
Atlanta based Chef Hugh Acheson will grace the stage with bay area Monophonics... his dish will be full of Southern soul, while the Monophonics will make sure to bring the funk.
Kiwi Time with Anna Weinberg and Rhys Darby
5:45PM - 6:15PM
SF hospitality darling Anna Weinberg and funny man Rhys Darby both hailing from New Zealand will enjoy some hometown delectables, some notable Kiwi trivia and even some sound effect training.
7:05PM - 7:35PM
This is most definitely Huang’s World. Come see what craziness this culinary icon has up his sleeve.
SUNDAY AUGUST 12th
Host for the day: Pat Regan
The Lords and Lady of Portland with Chef Naomi Pomeroy and Portugal. The Man
3:10PM - 3:40PM
No doubt you will bow down to the Lady of Portland, Chef Naomi Pomeroy while Portugal. The Man, will be playing a different role on the GastroMagic stage -- that of sous chefs.
Beignets and Bounce Brunch with Katey Red and Brenda’s French Soul Food
4:25PM - 4:55PM
The bounce is back and bumping this year, bringing sissy bounce icon and Big Freedia’s bestie Katey Red in from the Big Easy with her twerktastic dance team! Katey Red is pairing with Brenda’s French Soul Food for the 5th annual bounce show, so dancers get ready to shake what your mama gave ya for those classic beignets.
Music of Twin Peaks with Melissa Chou, Red Room Orchestra, James Marshall and Michael Horse
5:45PM - 6:15PM
The GastroMagic stage becomes the Roadhouse, as the all-star Red Room Orchestra recreate soundtrack and score selections from David Lynch’s iconic Twin Peaks universe. Join us for log cakes from Melissa Chou and songs from bandleader Marc Capelle with Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto), Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Tom Ayres (Persephone’s Bees), Allyson Baker (Dirty Ghosts), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers), Daniel Fabricant (Nice Guy Trio), Tom Griesser (Marcus Shelby Orchestra), Dina Maccabee (Feist), Todd Roper (Cake), Karla Milosevich, plus special appearances by cast members Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk) and James Marshall (James Hurley).
Breakdown Breakdance with DJ QBert, Belcampo Meat Company and Beatz N Pieces
7:05PM - 7:35PM
Legend DJ QBert will return to the stage providing beats for SF breakdance crew, Beatz N Pieces. All while Belcampo Meat Co. will be breaking down pieces of their own.
The three-day music festival takes place August 10-12. Tickets are $149.50 for single day passes and $375 for a three-day pass; VIP tickets are single day $345, while three-day passes are a whopping $795.