The Stern Grove lineup is here and you’re gonna want to see it

Later this month, one of our beloved concert institutions is going to bring live music back to life in the Bay once more. Starting June 20, Stern Grove Festival is bringing acts like Thundercat, Joan Jett, Perfume Genius, and Ledisi to San Francisco. Of course, this won't be without some COVID-related caveats. Each show requires reservations, which will be released 8 days prior to the event on a first-come, first-serve basis, on (psst: If you're looking to get tickets to Ledisi and the Seshen, that's today). There will be fencing and other measures to ensure social distancing, and mask [...]

Stern Grove goes dark, but the show must go on

The Psychedelic Furs at Stern Grove 2019 (photo: Patric Carver) Like most other planned outdoor gatherings Stern Grove has had to cancel its in-person concerts for the year. Instead (also like most planned outdoor gatherings), it's going online. Tune in to Stern Grove's YouTube channel, Facebook Live feed, or their website to see highlights from the past 13 years. Sheila E., George Clinton, and Pink Martini performances from prior fests will all be broadcast in place of the live event. And if you can trust anyone to make sitting in front of your phone or laptop as exciting as a [...]

Stern Grove 2019: Mitski, Lee Fields and the Expressions and tons more

It's festival announcement season, and right here in San Francisco, our favorite free festival (besides the new-and-improved Phono del Sol, of course), just announced 2019's full lineup. Mitski? Digable Planets? Madeline Kenney? Toots and the Maytals? Yes please. Check the full lineup for this year's Stern Grove Festival below, and start packing your picnic basket. 6/16: Digable Planets with Bang Data 6/23: Los Van Van with Banda Sin Nombre 6/30: Galatic with Baby and the Luvies 7/7: San Francisco Symphony conducted by Edwin Outwater 7/14: Mitski with Madeline Kenney 7/21: Toots and the Maytals with Lee Fields and the Expressions [...]

Mixtape: Local Musicians at Eleven Upcoming Bay Area Music Festivals

Download: Mixtape: Local Musicians at Eleven Upcoming Bay Area Music Festivals (Podcast #429) This episode first ran on With the debut of the Blurry Vision Fest in Oakland earlier this month, and Bottlerock Napa Valley and Carnaval San Francisco taking place this weekend, music festival season is officially underway in the Bay Area. This mixtape features music from Bay Area bands performing at festivals around the region in the next several months. Outside Lands may be the biggest summer music festival around -- with a 2018 lineup notable for the overdue inclusion of female headliners and a ton of [...]

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Music Festivals

This episode first appeared on Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Music Festivals (Podcast #407) Music festival season unofficially kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, with the latest installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival attracting 120,000 attendees for three days of food, wine, and over 80 bands ranging from the Foo Fighters to the Napa Youth Symphony. The number and types of music fests has grown considerably in recent years -- among this year's new offerings are not one, but two new music and comedy weekends coming to the Bay in June -- surely to the dismay of [...]

Stern Grove Festival announces 2017 lineup

You know summer is officially on its way when Stern Grove Festival releases its lineup. For its landmark 80th year, Stern Grove has unveiled its concert listings for the season. And friends, get ready for a summer that pairs classic throwbacks with well-loved locals. Look out for performances from a wide variety of artists, like Brazilian Girls, Mavis Staples, Fantastic Negrito, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, the Stone Foxes, and way more. The full lineup can be found at their site. The season kicks off next month with Kool and the Gang and Quinn DeVeaux on June 25. And don't [...]

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