Wildewhere, a months-long festival of free shows at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park


That there is Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Imagine spending an afternoon up there seeing music or theater, eating food from food trucks and enjoying the sunshine. Wildwhere can help you out. Think the Stern Grove Festival, but new and different, and like slightly closer to the Mission (it’s a bit south of Bernal Heights):

A hidden gem in the middle of San Francisco’s second largest park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater hosts an eclectic group of performers each summer season. These performances surprise and delight neighbors in the know as well as anyone lucky enough to stumble upon the amphitheater while exploring McLaren Park.

(If you wanna read ALL about the event, check out this article by Portola Planet.) (Portola is the cute little neighborhood adjacent to McLaren Park that you’ve also never been to.)

Here’s the lineup:

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And here’s a helpful map of the area, in case you (like most) are unfamiliar. See something at Wildewhere and then explore one (or more) of the surrounding up-and-coming neighborhoods:

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Fan Girls Wanted


This Wednesday at Pops Bar, Fan Girl & YPR take over the decks at Spin The Night from 9pm-2am. Spin The Night is a fun boozy filled evening showcasing the local heroes working hard to keep the music scene alive and well. Join us in the creative exploration of music, art, and unique experiences in San Francisco. Calling all badass babes and disco chicas for fun times only!

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


We’re All Winners


We’re all winners at Pops Bar. This week you get an extra chance at “winning”. SFWeekly has teamed up with Modelo to give you a shot at winning Warriors tickets. Come party with us this Friday at 24&York. Be there at 11pm to snap a photo with the Luchador and post to FB or Instagram with the tag #luchamodelo and while you’re at it: #winning, cause why not?

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


Lots more 20th Street Block Party details

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Noise Pop this week announced all the non-musical stuff booked for this year’s 20th Street Block Party. First there’s the food:

  • Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas
  • Bonito Poke
  • El Pipila
  • Farmhouse Kitchen Thai
  • FK Frozen Custard Bars
  • Flour + Water
  • Humphry Slocombe
  • Kahnfections
  • Rollin’ Deep (Little Star Pizza)
  • Media Noche
  • Mission Language and Vocational School
  • Rookies
  • Savourie Streets
  • Seoul of Taipei
  • The Pop Nation
  • Universal Cafe
  • WesBurger N’ More

And then there’s the nonprofits and businesses that will have booths or whatever:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco-Mission
  • 826 Valencia
  • Notes for Notes
  • Alternative Cure
  • Workshop SF
  • ArtSpan
  • Mission Community Music

And a few other bits and pieces:

Block Party guests can also stop by Mutiny Radio on 21st and Florida to watch the live broadcast with a full day of comedy, interviews, and performances from the volunteer-run organization. Visit the Rocket Dog Adoption Zoo to check out dogs of all ages in need of a loving home, play with these pups and maybe even take one home! The San Francisco LowRider Council will bring choice classic and modern cars to display on 19th Street and Bryant. Harken Chardonnay will have a special boardwalk installation featuring Live DJs from the Magnificent 7, a pop-up record shop by Amoeba, vintage VW photo booth by Das Bus, wine tasting, and so much more!

And of course, in case you forgot, the music:

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Let’s listen to the Tambo Rays again:

RSVP and invite your neighbors!

[Photo by Paige K Parsons]

What’s happening this weekend??

1.) Your last chance to attend Phonographic Memory in its original form! Check it out:


For over two and half years Phonographic Memory has put on free monthly shows at the Bernal Heights Library. The programs creator, Corey Bloom, is moving to the east coast so we’re going big with the last session in the neighborhood. On July 8th, from 12:00-4:00PM, at the Bernal Heights Recreation Center we’re throwing an outdoor park jam with DJ’s, record vendors, community groups, a food truck and, of course, storytellers. Corey has curated the lineup to pay tribute to the depth and dimensions of the Bay Area music scene, which have impacted his life in a variety of ways.

[RSVP and invite your friends!]

2.) ABV‘s birthday party with free booze and tacos! Check it out:


On Sunday, July 9th, critically-acclaimed American cocktail bar and beloved industry hangout, ABV will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary. ABV and Over Proof partners, Todd Smith, Ryan Fitzgerald and Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, along with the rest of their incredible bar team, will be opening their doors to friends, regulars, and Bay Area locals with free tacos and drinks. From 2-5pm that Sunday ABV will have a complimentary taco bar, daiquiris, micheladas, beer, and bubbles. After 5pm all drinks will be $3 (the tacos will most definitely be gone, though).

3.) Broke-Ass Stuart’s french fry party! Check it out:


I’ve got this rad event coming up, it’s a French Fry Festival!

A whole bunch of food trucks will be doing their own take on french fries, plus there will be DJ’s playing beats, and an all you can drink beer option. It’s gonna be pretty rad.

[Read all about it!]

Drama Talk & Drinks: WATCH – Taylor Mac Singing All Over San Francisco

Taylor Mac is coming back! We saw Taylor Mac’s A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC last year and loved it! We also loved seeing SF take a staring role in this new music video of Taylor Mac singing Amazing Grace.


American Tripps (the “Berlin-style” ping pong party) returns for one night only!


“Born in the back rooms of dive bars in Berlin and perfected in the secret semi-legal art spaces of the Mission, American Tripps is a brand of ping pong built for happy hours and late nights,” goes the official blurb. American Tripps has been on hiatus since last Halloween, but they’re finally back for quick party to help kick off your summer vacation!

Come for the ping pong, stay for special guest DJs Wam Bam Ashleyanne (KALW, NPR, Phonographic Memory), DJ Emily (KDVS), and DJ Trigger Cut (This Place Is Fucked). Expect nothing but upbeat jams ideal for running around a ping pong table to.

Plus resident DJs Beauregard & Nutzeffekt, hostess w/tha mostess Jess Kelso, and bartender u luv Nicky the Bartender. Don’t miss!

Check out the rest of this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


Cinco de Mayo!


While we can’t believe it’s already May we are glad to have a(nother) reason to party in the mission. This Friday at Pops Bar we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your Buen Amigo, Slopoke Rawdriguez! Your annual dose of Musica Mexicana to get you in the spirit. Get in the mood with this mix by DJ Slowpoke.

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


La Placita (the section of Bartlett that’s been under construction for a couple years) and Mission Community Market grand opening party coming April 30th!


You know, the block between 21st and 22nd, behind the New Mission Theater, where the Mission Community Market used to take place a few years back? They’ve been turning it into this new concept, La Placita, and it’s finally ready! Here’s the plan:

>>>APRIL 30, 11-3pm
>>>BARTLETT ST, between 21st & 22nd
>>>LIVE MUSIC by La Gente, Tumbledown House, and Another Man Out the Window

Join us on April 30 from 11-3pm to celebrate La Placita and Mission Community Market with live music and performances, food, tons of activities, and YOUR Mission story.

How do YOU want to use your new outdoor community space? What do you bring to La Placita? What will you create? Enjoy the space by getting creative or kicking back for the afternoon—there’s plenty of space for that too. Make art. Make a movie. Make friends. Make it healthy. Make it grow. It’s your Mission: Let’s make this place come alive.

Yay! RSVP and invite your friends!

What to do for St. Patrick’s Day in the Mission

1.) Shamrocks & Headlocks at Verdi Club:


(It’s wrestling at the legendary Verdi Club! What more do you need to know?)

2.) Lord of the Zings at the Knockout:


(Our pal Josh has been before and says it’s a really good time.)

3.) Jameson & Guinness burger at WesBurger:


(Disclaimer: I do some work with Jameson on the side, but that is not why I wanted to post a pic of this burger.)

4.) Roger Niner Karaoke at Pops:


(I noticed Roger Niner Karaoke has a lot of U2, a lot of Pogues, and even some Boomtown Rats and Undertones!)