Four years running, the 20th Street Block Party is a neighborhood mini music festival that you do not want to miss. Both local and global bands bring music and local eateries bring the culinary delights while attendees roam and dance free of charge. It’s small enough to experience everything, but big enough to pull great acts and pack the streets with energy. I’m most excited for the upbeat electro-pop of Miami Horror, Hazel English’s dreamy pop soundscapes and the ever-danceable La Gente.
The street fest is put on by Noise Pop, who have taken a much larger role in the San Francisco music scene in the last few years – they also co-produce the Treasure Island Music Festival, curate shows as the talent-buyer at the Swedish American Music Hall, and of course continue their almost 25 year old namesake festival.
Sounds like they’ll be partnering with Mutiny Radio this year (which is nestled right in the nook of the festival) in bringing more music, comedy and an “anything goes” open mic. There’s also a “Headliner Experience” where you get VIP treatment including food, drink and special seating areas for a price. Oh! And an “Instrument Petting Zoo” which is likely exactly what it sounds like, sponsored by the nonprofit Community Music Center.
You don’t need tickets, but if you want to know more and see the full line up check out their website. Otherwise get yourself out of bed before 4p on Saturday (it happens from 12-6p) and get over to the 20th and Bryant. See you there!
Photo by Paige K. Parsons