Outside Lands bands acknowledge Virginia tragedy

Shortly after the gates opened for the second day of Outside Lands, news of the violence in Virginia began to spread

Shortly after the gates opened for the second day of Outside Lands, news of the violence in Virginia began to spread across Golden Gate Park. Early afternoon performers Joseph — the Oregon folk trio made up of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner — acknowledged the victims from the Sutro stage in Lindley Meadow.

“We are thinking about Charlottesville today,” said Natalie Closner. “It’s a scary time we are in we need to come together.”

The band was referring to the incident that resulted in the death of one woman and the dozen others injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday, Aug. 12, in Charlottesville. Charlottesville Police identified the suspect as James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio.

Later in the day, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith condemned the act and expressed his gratitude for the ability to play for such a peaceful crowd.

“I’m able to celebrate love and connection and music,” he said. “Thank you for reminding me, and for reminding all of us, what it’s really all about and how easy it actually is to love each other.”

Mariecar Mendoza is The San Francisco Chronicle arts content editor. Email: mmendoza@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SFMarMendoza Instagram: @sfchronicle_scene

Chronicle staff members Esther Mobley and Nicole Boliaux contributed to this story.

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