Tag Archives: Music

Little Mission Studio Launches Concert Series with Big Picture Vision

Music samples in this story are played and recorded by Matt Rupert from a theme and variations called Aubada composed by Suad Bushnaq. Inside a music center called “Little Mission Studio” on a semi-industrial block of Hampshire Street, proprietors Claire Plumb and Matt Rupert are exploring big themes. Their upcoming concert series, UnRest, takes direct aim at the narratives of...

Saturday’s 24th St. Art Crawl To Celebrate Women’s History Month

Returning to 24th Street this Saturday is Paseo Artistico – a free art crawl that will enliven the 24th Street corridor from Valencia Street to Potrero Avenue with song, art and film. Activities for the event will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center. In celebration of Women’s History Month, participants are invited to embark on a bilingual, guided mural...

SF Mission Culture Gives One Techie the Guts to Turn to Music

A family of engineers made it abundantly clear what Stephen Gibson should be when he grew up, and for years, he worked in tech as a computer programmer and project manager. But when the most recent of those jobs came to an end, Gibson took the plunge and tried to make it as a musician – inspired in part by...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

“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’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...

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,...

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...

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...