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Big Freedia, ‘Queen Diva,’ Comes to Public Works

What started as local New Orleans’ club music, a subgenre of hip hop called bounce, may be on the verge of becoming America’s newest dance craze — thanks in no small part to its biggest star, self-proclaimed “Queen Diva,” Big Freedia. She performs at Public Works on Sunday to celebrate Pride and teach the Mission a thing or two about...
CubaCaribe dancers delight the audience. Photo by Erica Hellerstein.

CubaCaribe Dazzles Dance Mission Theater

Last weekend’s CubaCaribe Festival at Dance Mission Theater was a feast for the senses: Voluminous skirts swished to the beat of Afro-Caribbean music, drums thumped and dance shoes clacked. The festival, which began April 12, will run through April 28. Performances presented by Latino and Caribbean musicians and choreographers explore the politics, culture and music of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. For...
Musicians from the band The New Thoreaus play on the Street Stage in front of Dandelion Chocolate on Valencia Street.

Street Stage Carves Out Space for Public Performers

The free chocolate was just a bonus. The main attraction in front of Dandelion Chocolates on the sunny afternoon of March 10 was the live music that beckoned people to stop, lean and listen awhile. “It’s been going splendidly,” said John M. Francis, co-creator of Street Stage, a mobile parklet dedicated to live performance art. As a band prepared to...
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Do You Know El Soñador?

This beautiful short documentary about Marcos “El Soñador” Alvarez, a blind street musician who plays at the 24th and Mission BART station, is well worth watching. The project was shot in 16mm and Super 8 film, which gives it a weighty and nostalgic feeling. “If I didn’t have problems with my sight, I probably wouldn’t be a musician,” Alvarez says in...
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Join Mission Local for Salsa Sundays at El Rio

Join us at El Rio on Sunday, Feb. 24, for a Salsa Sunday to benefit Mission Local. Every second and fourth Sunday afternoon El Rio hosts the best salsa, merengue and cumbia bands from around the Bay Area on its fabulous patio. From 3 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24, proceeds will benefit Mission Local. Join us to welcome VISSION...
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Different Fur: The Art of Making Music

Different Fur Studios is a hidden Mission District gem. Tucked away on a side street off Valencia, it has birthed some amazing recordings since its founding in 1968. Among the artists who have worked there are classics like DEVO and Phil Collins and indie-pop stars like Rodrigo and Gabriela, Thao and the Walkmen. The Morning Benders, David Byrne, Van Morrison...
Burners, music enthusiasts, and Santa-clad partygoers crowded the dance floor of Public Works for a rowdy night of fun. Photo by Erica Hellerstein.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Sober Night at Public Works

The first time I sauntered into Public Works, it was December 2010 and I thought I knew exactly what to expect. It was a pulsating, cathedral-like space with spiraling staircases and a towering ceiling, the dim lighting punctuated by staccato shooting stars of strobe light. The atmosphere was casually confident, the space crowded without being claustrophobic. It reminded me of...
Illustration by Molly Oleson

Mission Music: Nate Allbee’s Favorite Song

Mission resident Nate Allbee is a legislative aide to District 9 Supervisor David Campos. He was hired in August after working as Campos’ campaign communications manager, and is focusing on LGBT issues, nightlife and communications, among other issues. Before Allbee got into politics he was a DJ, and sees his work in music and nightlife advocacy as his entree into...
Satellite High, aka Jay Friedman, in his home studio.

Satellite High: The Best SF MC You Haven’t Heard — Until Now

ML Exclusive: Read to the end of the interview to hear tracks from Satellite High and read what he has to say about some of his music. It’s Friday, Labor Day weekend in the Mission. There’s a party going on at Public Works, the gallery space-slash-performance venue on Erie Avenue. I’m headed there to see Satellite High, aka Jay Friedman....
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It’s Your Lucky First Saturday: Free MAPP is Today

Over a dozen spaces will be transformed into micro art centers with art shows, music performances, and kids events today. The Mission Arts and Performance Project begins this afternoon, and will be going late into Saturday night. Here’s some of the schedule: 1 – 1:30 p.m. Face painting 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Andy Strain, a musical storyteller for audiences of...
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Giving Thanks: Women’s Audio Mission

The goal of the Women’s Audio Mission is to demystify the soundboard, the soldering tools and the technology that often serve as barriers to women who want to enter the male-dominated field of audio production. “It can be a bit of a boys’ club,” Noelle Duncan, WAM’s facility and media manager, says of the recording arts industry. WAM’s staff is...
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Free String Quartet Concert in the Mission Tonight

The Community Music Center will host the Ebene Quartet tonight. This French ensemble plays classical music and covers of rock songs. They have played all over the world, even making a stop at New York’s Carnegie Hall, but you can check them out for free at 6 tonight. In the meantime, here is a recording of the quartet playing “Come Together” by the...
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SF Symphony Celebrates Day of the Dead

If the Día de los Muertos festivities last night didn’t cure your craving for all things skeletal, the San Francisco Symphony has a performance for you this afternoon. The fifth annual Día de los Muertos Community Concert celebrates the Day of the Dead and Latino culture at Davies Symphony Hall. Expect to see traditional Mexican ballet folklórico, the San Francisco Symphony...