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Crowd Celebrates Noise Pop Block Party on 20th St.

Several thousand people showed up today to the 20th street block party sponsored by Noise Pop,  a Mission-based music promoter. The party was also a chance to celebrate education and immigrant right activist Rosario Anaya, and raise money for the Mission Language and Vocational School that will be named in her honor. Food, vending, and music filled the four block radius and the...
John Calloway, Carlos Barón and Alicia Mana at a preview of "El Son de la Misión." Photo by Kevin Herglotz

“El Son de la Misión” Comes to Brava to Celebrate Neighborhood History

In its 95 years, the San Francisco Community Music Center on Capp Street has weathered its fair share of changing times. Now, the center has commissioned an original music and dance performance called “El Son de la Misión,” to explore the neighborhood’s shifting culture and the transformations among local artistic movements – as well as to celebrate the center’s 95th...
Julio Villacorta inside his shop. Photo by Noah Arroyo / Mission Local.

Julio’s Musica * Regalos Will Close Shop After 22 Years

Yet another business in the Mission District is about to close its doors for good. The cash register at Julio’s Música * Regalos will ring up its final transaction sometime in early March, after the store’s 22-year stint in operation. Now, Julio Villacorta, 52, must start boxing up his many T-shirts, accessories, Latin American albums and other wares as he...
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Musical Duo Returns Indie Rock Opera to Z-Space

Meet the Bengsons, a couple and band recognized by indie music lovers and the New York Times alike for their “raw honesty and sincere righteousness” as well as their musical prowess. Their songs range from folksy to ethereal to rock, and a few things in between. The band debuted a folk-rock odyssey, part play, part musical, part concert, at Z...
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A Young Sitar Player Mastering Her Craft

This is one of a series of profiles on the musicians who make up the Mission District. Read our stories on the Mission “Blues Man” and a sharply-dressed Mexican folksinger. After studying the sitar for about four years, 26-year-old Rhiannon Ledwell is still mastering the instrument. During the week, she studies North Indian classical music at a private school in San Rafael....
Luis Aranda, at his home in Richmond, Calif. Photo by Noah Arroyo.

In a Real Estate Boom, SF’s Mexican Musician Still Sings of the ‘Bittersweet’

This is one of a series of profiles on the musicians who make up the Mission District. The first profile, on the Mission “Blues Man,” can be read here.  On a recent day in Richmond, California, Luis Aranda greeted me at his door, dressed to kill. He wore a cowboy hat and boots, a black suit with snake-skin accents on...
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Open House at Little Mission Studios

This Saturday, Little Mission Studio – an music education organization – is having a free open house from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The open house will include performances every 30 minutes, tours of the school, and a free seminar for parents called “Music, Your Child, & You.” You can see more details on the Little Mission Studio website, and you can bear our...
Gary McElroy plays harmonica outside the 24th Street BART Station.

“The Blues Man” in the Mission

This is one of a series of profiles on the musicians who make up the Mission District. One of Gary McElroy’s favorite performance spaces is outside 24th Street BART Station, where he’s been showing up for about a year. The accessible outlet lets him power an amplifier and microphone, which he holds steadfast to his harmonica after the style of...
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Sunrunners Headline One of Elbo Room’s Last Shows

Sunrunners, a local band from the Mission District, will be headlining the Elbo Room at 647 Valencia St. for one of the venue’s very last shows this Friday. The venue, which is set to close in early November, will soon be home to market rate condos built by the owners and meant for their retirement. However, according to Sunrunner’s frontman, lead singer and keyboardist, Stephen...
Connie Walkershaw, sax player for The Mission 7. Photo courtesy of The Mission 7.

The Mission 7 to Unveil New Eclectic Sound

Five uniquely different musicians from contrasting backgrounds form The Mission 7, a band born in the Mission District that specializes in a wide array of sounds:  boogaloo, Latin soul, retro garage rock, and a little bit of Colombia. The Mission 7 developed from Go Van Gogh,  a previous band with Jesse Walkershaw, bassist and vocalist, and sax player Connie Walkershaw. The Mission 7 sound promises...
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It is 6:30 a.m. and Time for a Dance Rave

Inner Mission SF Hosts Morning Dance Rave from Mission Local on Vimeo. Morning Gloryville, a sober morning dance rave, held their ninth event in San Francisco this past Wednesday. The club Inner Mission SF at 2050 Bryant St. hosted the monthly party, which ran from 6:30-10:30 am. “We’re kind of an alternative to club culture,” explained head producer McKenzie Brill,...
The audience at the Red Poppy Art House. Photo by Jasmine Koerber

Irene Diaz: An Intimate Eve About Love

The 11-year-old Red Poppy Art House at 23rd and Folsom was the perfect venue for a rainy Thursday and an intimate show about love. “I saw her at South by Southwest, but it was difficult to hear her, because it was sort of in a bar and there were distractions going on,” said Isabel Yrigoya, producer at the Yerba Buena...
Benn Bacot, The Base of the Bay, sings at his open mic night. Photo by Andra Cernavskis

Savanna Jazz Club on the Market

The small 15-person crowd moaned in disappointment at an open mic Sunday night when realtor Carol Luckenbach announced that owner Pascal Bokar put Savanna, the jazz bar and club located at 2937 Mission Street, up for sale for $1.74 million on Friday. According to Luckenbach, Bokar didn’t feel like he was making enough money with the club and so he...
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Green Before Its Time

Jim Tyler, also known as the Reed Organ Man, has just put the finishing touches on an Aeolian style 1500 player reed organ. Jim has been restoring antique reed organs for a lifetime and has lived on South Van Ness since the 1970s. He is truly one of the Mission’s unique treasures. The Aeolian 1500 is actually two instruments in one. What...