Behind the Curtain: The Marías at Outside Lands 2019

We spent two days with The Marías behind the scenes of the annual San Francisco festival.

We recently followed The Marías, an entrancing Los Angeles–based band who are part rock, part dream pop, and part psychedelic-soul, to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco for their pre-fest “Outside Lands Night Show” performance, and then to their show the next day at Outside Lands 2019.

Led by frontwoman María—who sings in both Spanish and English—the quintet ate oysters at Pacific Catch, caught up with friends and family backstage, played with a dog they insisted was named Cheeto, and engaged in a mysterious tai chi–inspired pre-show ritual. Check out the BTS photos below, with captions by the band.

A little post Golden Gate Park stretch.


The world is not your oyster.


Timon and Pumbaa.


Analog or die.


The Apple and the Tree.


Not so private pre-show ritual.




 “You could say, ‘How does a guy who has written love songs his entire life suddenly decide to rock the boat?'” (Burt Bacharach)


Gabe’s flugelhorn case. Bought on Amazon.


When two very different vibes occur at opposite sides of the room.



Maria attempting to do the impossible —capturing Edward’s tender side.



The moment when Doron put this flower on his bass is the moment our love for him became unconditional.


The five blind mice.


Saying goodbye to those we love before we leave for 45 minutes.


Our pre-show ritual is our version of tai chi.


The shoe symmetry is nothing less than profound.



I kept calling the dog Cheeto, but then discovered his name was actually Geno. i still kept calling him Cheeto though.





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