Not Dead Yet Fest

If you’ve been reading The Bay Bridged or paying any attention at all to the local community, you know the San Francisco music scene is very much alive. For those who need a quick reminder, here are just a few reasons why the city’s music scene is not dead yet:

Because with the release of a single album, SF’s own shoegazing metal band Deafheaven has risen as one of the biggest metal outfits in the world, and because the country rock darlings of Nikki Bluhm & the Gramblers have also leveled up to the international stage.

Because The Stone Foxes and The Soft White Sixties, two bands well on their way to national attention, have earned spots on this year’s insane BottleRock Festival lineup.

Because Christopher Owens gave us this song:

And because Waters gave us this song, right in the middle of a month-long residency at Brick & Mortar.

Speaking of residencies . . . They’re a thing again! Check out Milk Bar, Amnesia and The Chapel. They’re only a few of the venues around town dedicating whole months to some of the city’s most beloved outfits.

San Francisco’s music scene will never die because out of town bands will always love coming here. Take Jesus Sons as the perfect example. The rock and roll band formed in San Francisco and moved to Los Angeles, fulfilling the SF-to-LA prophecy on so many minds and headlines. Yet when it came time to release their eponymous debut album earlier this year, they hosted two separate record release shows: one in Los Angeles, and one in San Francisco.

The city’s music community is alive thanks to all the outstanding albums that have emerged in 2014 alone, like Sleepy Sun‘s Maui Tears, Burnt Ones‘s Gift and The Soft White Sixties’s Get Right, and all the records we have to look forward to from bands like Annie Girl & the Flight, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah and of course, Chris Owens. In fact, two killer records are coming out in the next few days: The Electric Magpie‘s debut LP Begins is out tomorrow, April 15, and The She’s play their release party for the Dreamers EP on Friday, April 18.

The Bay Area’s music community will never be dead because mini festivals like Phono Del Sol exist, and because major festivals like Treasure Island exist, and because the week long party that is Noise Pop just celebrated its 22nd year.

And because new festivals continue to pop up around the Bay Area. The first-ever Bay Area Record Fair was held in February. The quarterly music crawl Oakland Drops Beats launches this weekend. And the newest addition to SF’s great history of festivals, Not Dead Yet Fest just announced its inaugural event.

An ode to the city and its resilient music scene, The Bay Bridged is proud to present the Not Dead Yet Fest, which is dedicated to promoting and uniting San Francisco’s music community, bringing new and seasoned local artists (as well as some out of town bands) together for one event that celebrates the city and its music makers.

“Not Dead Yet Fest is a reminder–no, a battle cry–of how much great music is alive and well in San Francisco,” explain the NDYF hosts and creators, San Francisco’s own rock and roll outfit Down and Outlaws.

Relatively new players in the Bay Area’s scene, Down and Outlaws are of the growing mindset that within the city’s shifting music scene lies possibility and opportunity.

They explain on the festival’s official website: “We’re emerging artists and veteran performers, and we’re still here making noise and doing what we love.”

For the first annual Not Dead Yet Fest, The Outlaws have recruited a stellar lineup of locals artists to join them at Thee Parkside on Saturday, June 7, including Annie Girl & the Flight, Ash Reiter, Cellar Doors, Lee Ghallagher and the Hallelujah, Down Dirty Shake and the honorary San Francisco residents of Strange Vine.

Keep an eye on the festival’s Facebook page to stay up to date on some exciting lineup additions and sponsorships, and remember this–while certain people attempt to dictate the conversation with gratuitous eulogies about our city and its music community, there are things in motion. The rad happenings listed here are but a snapshot in the greater context of what has been going down in San Francisco since the whole debate over the city’s “doomed” music scene first began. We’re excited, and let us know why you’re excited in the comments!

The time has come to stop complaining, to silence the talking heads, to just pay attention and participate! Stand with the artists of Not Dead Yet Fest and come out in June. Bring all of your friends. And the music scene will live on and thrive, forever and ever. Thee end.