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SGF Playlist :: WOMEX 2015 Highlights

Posted by Judy Tsang, Director of Programming During my recent travels, I made a stop at this year’s WOMEX conference in Budapest. Every year, WOMEX brings artists, agents, artist managers, and arts presenters from all over the world together; this year, WOMEX hosted over 2,500 delegates from 90 countries over five days of workshops, networking, Read the Rest…

Artist Talk with Talib Kweli and Davey D

Hip-hop artist Talib Kweli gave a pre-concert Artist Talk at Stern Grove Festival on August 16, 2015. Led by KPFA radio host Davey D, the interview explores Kweli’s activism and involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement, his collaboration with legendary MC Rakim, and the challenges of making music as an independent artist. Listen to Read the Rest…

Zakiya Harris – “Interplay” and Kids Camp

We met up with local singer Zakiya Harris during the last day of her songwriting Kids Camp at Stern Grove Festival. She spoke about being one of the seven local artists chosen to participate in this season’s “Interplay” local artist commission series, her dynamic sound and band, Elephantine, and more. She’ll perform her new song Read the Rest…

Playlist – Morris Day and the Time

Morris Day and the Time bring their funktastic sound to Stern Grove Festival on Sunday, August 9. Check out our Spotify mix of their old skool jams and some tracks from local opener, Con Brio. “Jerome, bring me my mirror!”

Interplay – Con Brio

We attended a rehearsal with local funksters Con Brio in their Oakland studio to hear the band’s (almost finished) new song “Wings of Love”, which was created as part of the Festival’s local artist commission series, titled “Interplay: Artists In Concert With Nature”. When front man Ziek McCarter got his first wave of inspiration to begin the Read the Rest…

Artist Talk at the Troc with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo

Prior to SF Ballet’s only summer appearance on the Stern Grove Festival stage, Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo was interviewed by Dance Educator Mary Wood at an Artist Talk at the Troc. Listen below to hear about her thoughts on performing with San Francisco Ballet, and more. This talk was held on July 26, 2015 in Read the Rest…

Interplay – Bhi Bhiman

We asked local singer/songwriter and guitarist Bhi Bhiman to be part of the Festival’s local artist commission series, titled “Interplay: Artists in Concert with Nature”, in which seven local artists create pieces specifically for the Stern Grove Festival stage. Bhi feels very comfortable in a place like Stern Grove, which he says reminds him of his Read the Rest…

Interplay – Kawika Alfiche of Hālau ‘o Keikiali’i

We caught up with kumu Kawika Alfiche of Hālau ‘o Keikiali’i at a Kids Day at Stern Grove, where a group of 100 kids learned the art of hula dance. Hālau ‘o Keikiali’i was commissioned by Stern Grove Festival, as part of the “Interplay: Artists In Concert with Nature” series, to create a new work Read the Rest…

Grove Gourmet – Anchor Brewing picnic contest

There are few things more “summer” than Stern Grove Festival, but beer and picnics on Independence Day weekend come pretty close! In celebration of the Fourth of July, we’re teaming up with our sponsor Anchor Brewing Company for the first Grove Gourmet Picnic Contest of the season. Bring your favorite patriotic or beer-themed picnic to Read the Rest…

Interplay — Hot Club of San Francisco

Jazz Club or Outdoor Park, Hot Club of San Francisco Welcomes All   What words come to mind when imagining Stern Grove Festival? For Hot Club of San Francisco, the words “beautiful, outdoors, open, clean, and fresh” inspired their most recent song, crafted for the Stern Grove Festival stage as part of the “Interplay” commission Read the Rest…