Stern Grove Festival
In case you hadn't heard, there's a lot going on in the Bayview neighborhood lately. The Bold Italic just ran a nice roundup of what to do out there, and their guide comes just in time for next week's 3rd on Third art and music celebration. What started as a plan to toast the murals along the Third Street Corridor soon turned into a full-blown block party when the Stern Grove Festival joined the SF Arts and Public Utilities Commissions to launch "Grove on the Road."
Although San Francisco summer's aren't the toastiest around, the Stern Grove Festival's annual season is enough to get us outside under the towering eucalyptus trees. The 2011 free outdoor concert lineup was just announced, and it's so good we're already planning how many bottles of champagne to pack!
Who are we most excited to see? Kicking things off on June 19th is a sure-to-be explosive performance by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings (they might just shake the leaves off the trees), followed by the genre-bending Jazz Mafia Symphony's mash up of jazz, funk, hip hop, and electronica on June 26th. Neko Case and The Dodos' will be the perfect pre-party to 4th of July weekend. And we can't forget 2-tone ska masters The English Beat on July 17th and the caramel-toned vocals of Aaron Neville. See the rest of the lineup here–there's definitely something for everyone.
This Sunday marks the end of one of our absolute favorite things about San Francisco: Stern Grove Festival season. This year, they're ending on a high note by having the San Francisco Opera perform gratis amidst wine-fuzzy culture aficionados and a seriously magical forest...affirming that it really isn't over until the fat lady sings. So, let's get down to business. What does one wear to such a unique event? It's the opera—generally a high-brow event, but it's in a park and in a city with less than predicable weather. But you're in luck because we think we've found just the thing:
These days, we're all about anything that's free. And when what's free happens to be an annual, venerable SF event - an institution in many ways - we're all about it. Yep, it's Stern Grove Festival time again, and it's kicking off this weekend beneath the eucalyptus trees in the Grove on 19th Avenue and Sloat (which, for festival newbies, is not to be mistaken for Golden Gate Park). This season's performers run the gamut - there's folk, opera, ballet and rap in the mix. Get excited for Roberta Flack, the SF Symphony (July 5), Lyrics Born (July 26), Joan Baez (July 12) and the SF Ballet (August 16). So grab a blanket and head out to the Sunset to enjoy some good, free summer fun.
Fog in the avenues and free music in the meadow? It’s now officially summer in San Francisco -- heralded last night as pashmina-wrapped guests arrived at the Stern Grove Festival Gala.
The free summer concerts at this magical musical spot are an EssEff summer tradition. And gala guests of all ages were a-twitter (the old-school version) over the featured performer at this elegant dinner-dance: beloved songbird Dionne Warwick.