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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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

VIDEO: 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...

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...