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SF Mission MC Riffs on Gentrification in New Video

“Frak,” the hip hop moniker of Alex Fraknoi, grew up in the Mission and has seen it change – particularly when he returns on visits from Southern California, where he’s studying writing and media studies. That change inspired a rap song and music video set in the Mission, in which Frak walks the neighborhood hidden behind a fixed plastic emoji...
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Community Music Center Celebrates 95th Anniversary

The Community Music Center celebrated its 95th anniversary on Sunday with a “Field Day at CMC,” reference to its founder, Gertrude Field. Hundreds of performers, students, and listeners crowded its auditorium to enjoy a five-hour marathon of back-to-back performances from musicians of all ages. Guests also enjoyed refreshments, an “instrument petting zoo,” and a room filled with documents, photos and films from...
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The Sound of the Mission’s History Returns Remixed

Think you know the Mission and its history? You might discover something new at the Brava Center for Theater and the Arts when El Son de la Misión re-opens for a two-night on Friday, Nov. 11. The show is a musical and theatrical exploration and expression of the history of the Mission, with a particular focus on activism through the...
Martha Rodriguez Salazar is the curator and music advisor of the Dia de los Muertos festivities at the SF Symphony. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Musician and Teacher Builds Bridges Between Local Culture and SF Symphony

Over the course of nearly a decade, Mission District music teacher Martha Rodriguez Salazar helped Latino song and tradition find a permanent home at the San Francisco Symphony. Now in its ninth year, the Symphony’s annual Día de los Muertos concert will again return to Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday October 5. As curator of the festival and music advisor...
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Mission Band Releases Album, Holds On To Heritage

Local band Soltron will play at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts this Friday to mark the release of its self-titled album celebrating the Mission District’s culture and exploring themes of gentrification and displacement. Soltron began as a trio of drummers in 2014 after percussionist Anthony Sierra went to Cuba, where his father is from, to study the batá,...
File photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu: A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals.

24th Street Art Crawl Returns This Sunday!

On every second Sunday of the month, the 14 blocks along 24th Street between Valencia Street and Potrero Avenue come to life with music, art, poetry and cultural activities in a day-long art crawl called Paseo Artístico. A collaboration between Calle 24 and a string of other organizations, the free, all-ages event is a new project that launched in early...
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Legendary Civil Rights Leader to Head SF Carnaval

For the 37th year, Carnaval will kick off on the corner of 24th and Bryant streets this Saturday and for two days transform parts of Harrison Street into a multi-block party, while a colorful procession of drummers, dancers, and themed floats snaking up 24th street and along Mission Street, will immerse the neighborhood in various aspects of Latin American culture. With...
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...
Soltron performed at the 34th Annual Encuentro Canto Del Popular at 777 Valencia St. on December 6. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Mission’s ‘Encuentro’ Celebrates Community with the Sound of Cuba

As pulsating Afro-Cuban rhythms drummed up a crowd in the Chapel’s auditorium, Juan Fuentes looked on from the music venue’s balcony on Sunday evening. “Here at the Chapel is where it all began,” said Fuentes about Encuentro Del Canto Popular, an annual concert that has celebrated Latino culture, art and music with a focus on social justice for three decades. It was in 1982,...
DJ Leydis, to be featured at the Encuentro. Photo via Acción Latina

Encuentro del Canto Popular Returns This Sunday

Now in its 34th year, the exhibition of musical talent curated by the nonprofit Acción Latina known as the “Encuentro del Canto Popular” will come to the Chapel tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 6). The festival usually includes dance and visual art as well as music and serves as a celebration social justice and an expression of the political climate. This year’s festival...
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Mission Girls Release Feminist Song, Video

  At 11, 13, and 15 years old, Sarahi Yannacone, Eliseana Hernandez and Ana Diosdado didn’t expect to be releasing a single, let alone star in a visionary music video condemning popular music’s degradation of women. Sarahi’s musical experience ended with her practice of the violin in fourth grade. Eliseana’s singing experience was limited to the shower. Ana just “doesn’t...
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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...