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October 5, 2009
For those in California's storied Bay Area, for the past several years September has come to mean more than just the return of fog and drizzle. Beginning in 2007 [LAS feature] and continuing this year with the third annual running, the Treasure Island Music Festival has successfully wrapped the wonderment of NorCal's vibrant entertainment scene and the splendor of its natural beauty into one wave-battered, weed-scented weekend.

Presented once again by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, the weekend event, "set against panoramic views of the city by the bay," consists of a menu that "will stick true to form in offering an electronic and dance centric lineup on Saturday, October 17th and an indie rock lineup on Sunday, October 18th." The music program, which is spread across two stages and staggered to ensure no overlapping of sets, fans can enjoy every note of every act, includes danc-y Day One performances by the vowel-less headliners MGMT and MSTRKRFT, along with Girl Talk and Brazilian Girls, The Streets, Passion Pit, DJ Krush, Murs and a handful of others. Day Two will see plenty of guitars and some theatrics as well with headlining spots by The Flaming Lips and The Decemberists, as well as sets from Beirut, Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo, The Walkmen, skateboard legend turned hazy trash pop composer Tommy Guerrero, and more.

Single Day tickets ($65), Two-Day tickets ($115) and VIP Single Day 2-Pack tickets ($250) for the festival are on sale now via the event website as well as at the box office of The Independent on Divisadero Street in San Francisco. Thanks to the event organizers' commitment to environmentally sound planning (the festival is, after all, held on an island), the VIP 2-Pack tickets are of note for the lazy or mass-transit-phobic as they are the only ones that include on-site parking. For the more sensible attendees, worries about things like traffic, parking, and drunk driving can be eschewed with free zero-emission shuttle service to and from AT&T Park in San Francisco. Those who spring for the VIP 2-Pack one-day tickets will be treated to a single on-island parking spot, bleacher seats in a "preferred viewing area," access to a lounge with full bar and other, unnamed amenities.

On the Green tip, the festival hopes to up the ante on it's low-carbon performances of the past two years, which saw Treasure Island divert nearly three-quarters of event waste to recycling and composting. In addition to the standard recyclable and compostable utensils and toiletries, Treasure Island is once again partnering with The Recycling Store on a program to trade in water bottles, plastic cups and old cell phones for prizes, and will be handing over all unused food items to FoodRunners for distribution to local shelters in San Francisco. Ticket buyers will also have the option to purchase CO2 emission offsets to further boost the festival's green cred.

Those traveling to the Bay Area from a distance who just won't be satisfied with two full days of music can jump-start the Treasure Island weekend with a Pretty Lights and DJ Rootz show on Thursday, October 15th, and a post-fest nightcap on Saturday the 17th with A Place To Bury Strangers, These Are Powers, and All The Saints. Both of those shows go down in the city at The Independent.

SEE ALSO: www.treasureislandfestival.com

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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