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"Stern Grove Summer Music Festivals" Top 5 Page for this destination Seasonal Events Tip by atufft

Seasonal Events, San Francisco: 52 reviews and 101 photos

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  • Locals Dance to the Music at Stern Grove - San Francisco
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  • Seating in the Meadow at Stern Grove Festival - San Francisco
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Stern Grove provides free concerts with major name musicians during many summer Sundays. A 69 year tradition within the foggiest corner of fog city, sometimes, the San Francisco Opera or Ballet performs, other times pop bands play. The last time we attended, the first band was Otis Taylor, followed by the Malian great Amadeo and Miriam. Seating is somewhat haphazard, with big money contributors getting the few decent seats and tables up front. Everyone else brings a blanket and food to sit in the meadow and on the surrounding amplitheatre of eucalyptus and redwood studded hills. Granite blocks and grass serve as the seating above the meadow, and above that seating is in the woods. The sound is pretty good because the trees muffle the bounce that might otherwise come from the hillside. Food and alcoholic are allowed in, and in our case, we brought a bottle of California Syrah, sourdough rolls, goat cheeze, pate' and bunches of grapes. We were able to sit on the end of a table that had been was reserved but remained empty after the concert started. I'm a big fan of Malian music since I visited Mali a couple years ago, and since I have several CDs of Amadeo's music. His current style is heavily influenced by blues type rock music, and Amadeo proved himself to be a venerable player of the lead guitar. His backup of tribal African drum, and conventional ensemble of electric bass, electric piano, drums, and even synthesizer made for a great performance. Miriam sang beautifully. Some people have complained about the drippy foggy weather that is typical even during summer in this southwest side of the city, but if one faces 100F+ temperatures in the East Bay, as we had this week, then such weather is a cool respite. Don't arrive late to the concerts though as they do close off entrances after the band begins. Donations are appreciated to keep the concerts free. See the weblink below for more details.

Address: 19th & Sloan
Directions: From BART's Glen Park station, take Muni bus #23 (Monterey) to 19th and Sloan.

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  • Written Jun 26, 2006
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