The second day of the Starry Nites Festival began under cloudy skies on Sunday, March 19. The event took place at Live Oak Campgrounds, which sits high above Santa Barbara, in the immaculate wilderness between the San Raphael and Santa Ynez Mountains. The area has a rich history, once used as a campsite for 19th century cowboys. The cloudy morning made for good morning sleeping weather, blotting out the harsh sunlight, and keeping temperatures moderated with an insulating blanket of moist air.
But shortly after the music began in the afternoon, the sun broke through providing another beautiful day for the festival. By mid-afternoon, a small crowd congregated around the Cachuma stage to hear Stonefield, a band that trekked all the way from rural Australia to take part in the festival. The group is composed of the four Findlay sisters Amy, Sarah, Holly, and Hannah. They are backed up by drummer Andrew Braidner. The band came to play, and they performed some classic glam rock tunes that would have endeared them to most any Hollywood audience. Most odd the sedated crowd chose to take in the tunes from comfortable positions on the picnic benches or in the large grassy meadow.
Asteroid No.4 brought a neo-psychedelic rock sound to the main Starry stage next. The Philadelphia-based band would have fit right in with other 1960’s band in San Francisco. Their music has been described as a cross between Pink Floyd and The Verve, but their performance offered up their distinctive taste on the psychedelic rock genre. Another band of psychedelic rockers played the next set. The cellar doors would also fit right in playing San Francisco, especially since it is their hometown. The two back to back sets offered up some great jam band tunes that seemed to bring the lush campgrounds to light in the late afternoon sun. At the same time, Jesika Von Rabbit was closing out the local Santa Barbara stage. Rabbit is best known as the leader of the Joshua Tree desert rockers Gram Rabbit….