The Marias (photo: Ian Young)
It’s no secret that San Franciscans will find any excuse to listen to music outdoors, weather be damned. Stern Grove. Fillmore Jazz Festival. Hardly Strictly. And of course Outside Lands, which took place just two weekends ago. We also love a good neighborhood street fair, from the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown to How Weird Street Faire in SOMA.
Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party, which took place last Saturday in the Mission, fits somewhere in the middle: you can either categorize it as a mini music festival or as a street fair with a really good lineup. Either way, it’s a damn fine way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
For six years now, Noise Pop has transformed a few blocks into a homegrown and manageably sized street festival filled with delicious local bites, a diverse musical line-up and family-friendly activities. Not to mention it’s all for a good cause — the recommended $10 donation benefits the Mission Language and Vocational School, a nonprofit community education and workforce development center.
Here are a few of this year’s highlights:
The weather: The city’s sunniest neighborhood came through and bathed the crowd in vitamin D for the entire day. Sunglasses and sun hats were necessary accessories, as were cold beers and glasses of rose.
The four-legged friends: Family Dog Rescue was there to tempt passersby to adopt a forever friend and there was even a booth where your pup could get his or her portrait taken.
The dreamy sounds of The Marías: The LA dream pop band sauntered and sizzled on stage while the blissed out crowd swooned and swayed. The Marías should soundtrack every sunny San Francisco day.
The insanity that is a Jeff Rosenstock show: If The Marías were a warming ray of sunshine, Jeff Rosenstock was a fireball hurled right between your eyes. It was a sweaty good time.
The Stromboli from Flour + Water: Fancy hot pockets for adults.
In between the dancing, eating, drinking, laughing and cheering, I even managed to snap a few photos. Check them out below.