Noise Pop and the SF Street Food Festival are looking for buskers to perform at their upcoming event. Interested bands should e-mail their band name, link to music, and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org. The SF Street Food Festival happens Saturday, Aug. 21, on Folsom Street between 24th and 26th streets. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free.
Here are the details:
• 1 hour slot at one of two locations in the Festival
• This is straight-up busking - on the street, no PA
• Artists are encouraged to put out tip jars and sell CDs
• 15,000 expected attendance
• Band name mention and link on Noise Pop website
• Food vouchers good for all street food vendors for each band member
Primus has made available its rehearsal tapes for free download. The band — guitarist Ler LaLonde, drummer Jay Lane, and bassist/singer Les Claypool — is currently wrapping up a national tour before heading out on its Oddity Faire next month. There are no planned stops in the Bay Area, so locals will have to make do with this free music.
We Are Scientists and Rewards at Slim's in San Francisco on August 7, 2010. Photos by John Joh.
Services for Early Graves singer Makh Daniels, who died last week in a car crash, are scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at 901 Oceana Blvd. in Pacifica. The band requests that you bring some sort of potluck item for the reception afterward.
Locals Thee Oh Sees (featuring John Dwyer, formerly of the Coach Whips) appear to be on a serious roll. The band, currently supporting release release Warm Slime, is booked to play six upcoming festivals around the country, including SummerStage in New York with Pavement, the Fuck Yeah Fest in LA, Music Fest North West in Portland, Scion Garage Fest, All Tomorrow's Parties, and the Bruise Cruise in the Bahamas with the Black Lips. The band kicks off its fall tour at the Eagle on September 2; other Bay Area stops include Sept. 29 at Bimbo's with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the Fox Theater on October 1 with The Flaming Lips. Not too shabby.
Last week it was a shooting outside the New Parish; this weekend it was multiple shootings, including two women shot near 1015 Folsom and a German tourist who was fatally shot outside Ruby Skye, according to the San Jose Mercury News. In the most recent cases, the clubs did not appear to play a role in the crimes because Ruby Skye was closed and it's not clear whether the other victims had been inside 1015 Folsom. Still, the incidents continue to cast a shadow on the local club scene. Jelly's A Dance Cafe is facing eviction over a July shooting outside that venue (the second such incident in the club's history), and a protest is planned for Friday.
Supporters of a San Francisco restaurant/club that’s facing eviction in the wake of a July 11 shooting will hold a “protest rumba” in front of the Port of San Francisco on Pier 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 13. In a press release, the owners of Jelly’s A Dance Cafe claim that their eviction is the result of gentrification. Meanwhile port officials say the eviction is due to public safety issues (the July incident was the second shooting in the club’s history) and the fact that the establishment does not serve food during its events, in violation of the terms of its lease. Food violations have also been the root of several citations against other San Francisco nightclubs by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. So far about 700 people have signed a petition to reverse the port’s decision.
Zion I and DJ Mr.E at the Fox Theater in Oakland, July 31, 2010. Photos by John Joh.
As an employee of the San Francisco Green Festival, Zakiya Harris knows that the mainstream eco movement is pretty much an all-white affair. There’s no green event in the country that targets people of color, she says. So three years ago Harris launched her Grind for the Green organization and held a music event of the same name at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, using hip-hop as a way to spread the message of a healthy, ecologically minded lifestyle to youth of color. But even holding the event became a challenge. “When you say ‘hip-hop’ and ‘youth,’ people get scared,” noted Harris. This year the folks at Yerba Buena didn’t offer a date to host her event (which, she says, has been incident-free since its inception).