SGF Playlist :: Stern Grove Festival’s 79th Season Line-Up

Welcome to Stern Grove Festival’s 79th season! This year, the admission-free concert line-up features some big names like king of funk George Clinton, the GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning Julieta Venegas, and the Bay Area’s own groundbreaking hip hop collective Hieroglpyhics. These major artists are accompanied by a ring of impressive local performers, from the Mission District’s nightclub-turned-big-band, Afrolicious, to the swinging styles of John Brothers Piano Company, who got their start (literally) in train stations and on street corners around the Bay Area.

“Aside from the diversity and world class talent that we’ll be having on our stage this summer, I’m proud that we’re highlighting local artists each week,” says Judy Tsang, Director of Programming for Stern Grove Festival. “The Bay Area is full of talent and we should all get to know and support the artists who live here.”

In addition to the artists and bands shared in the 79th Season’s Spotify Playlist below are three incredible dance groups: the world-famous San Francisco Ballet (performing 7/31), the all-girl dance group Mix’d Ingrdnts (7/3), and the b-boys of the Golden State Breakers (7/3).

Please visit Stern Grove Festival’s concert page for a complete list of and further information on the performing artists of the 79th season, or visit any of the Artist Pages below:

June 19
Janelle Monáe
Midtown Social

June 26
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

July 3
Mix’d Ingrdnts
Golden State Breakers

July 10
San Francisco Symphony

July 17
Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue
John Brothers Piano Company

July 24
Julieta Venegas
La Misa Negra

July 31
San Francisco Ballet

August 7
The O’Jays
MJ’s Brass Boppers

August 14
ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor feat Jamie Lidell, Luke Jenner, Money Mark, Sinkane, and more

August 21
The New Pornographers
Astronauts, etc.

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, and band showcases. There are always new and exciting bands to discover (and re-discover) at the conference. Here is a playlist and videos of some of my favorites from this year’s conference.


Three sisters from Israel who combine Yemenite folk singing with electronic dance music.

Tritha Electric
Funk- and rock-infused band fronted by Bengali singer/guitarist Tritha Sinha.

SGF Playlist :: SXSW 2015 Highlights

Posted by Judy Tsang, Director of Programming

The annual South by South West conference in Austin is a jam-packed six-day whirlwind of great music, great barbecue, and a great time to meet with agents, colleagues, and discover new musical finds.

Here’s a playlist of some of my favorites from this year’s SXSW conference. I hope you discover something you like, too!

SGF Playlist :: APAP NYC 2014 Picks

Posted by Judy Tsang, Director of Programming

Every January, hundreds of arts presenters, agents and artists make the trek to New York City for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual conference. It’s a great opportunity for us to meet with our colleagues from around the country. And it’s a great way to check out talented artists who might one day perform for you on the stage at Stern Grove Festival.

Here’s a playlist of some of my favorites from this year’s conference. Enjoy!

Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry


Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

SGF Playlist: Highlights from the Ulsan World Music Festival in Korea

Posted by Judy Tsang, Director of Programming


Stern Grove Festival attracts people from all around the world and this summer my colleagues from Korea, Min Kim and Miso Kim, made a visit to San Francisco to experience the festival firsthand. I was quite honored when, a few weeks ago, I was then invited to participate in the Asia Pacific Music Meeting (APaMM) through the support of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, in Ulsan, South Korea. Stern Grove Festival was one of several music makers across the globe invited to learn about the sounds of South Korea and help cultivate the music market network for artists in the region. I was part of a panel featuring U.S. music festivals to discuss the challenges for international artists touring in the States.I felt very fortunate to be meeting with delegates from internationally renowned festivals like Glastonbury Festival (UK), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), WOMAD (New Zealand), EXIT Festival (Serbia), Australasian Worldwide Music Expo, Sound of the Xity (Beijing), Festival Timitar (Morocco), and so many more. We learned about each other’s festivals and shared our thoughts on the music and artists that inspire us.

The Asia Pacific Music Meeting coincided with the Ulsan World Music Festival, and the evening consisted of showcases of bands from all around the world on four different stages (including a performance by DePedro, who played at Stern Grove Festival in 2010). Once that ended, we took a bus (decorated in disco lights) to attend late-night showcases at a local bar called The Royal Anchor. I’ve come back inspired and ready to tackle the program for next year’s Stern Grove Festival!

The playlist here includes just a few musical highlights and discoveries from my trip. I hope you enjoy!


SGF Playlist :: Darlene Love and Monophonics

This week’s playlist, courtesy of a very musical staff member of ours, is inspired by or related to the legendary vocalist Darlene Love and Bay Area favorite Monophonics, who will perform at the Festival this Sunday, Aug 10 at 2 p.m. French soul singer, Ben L’Oncle Soul will join Monophonics as a special guest artist. Check out the tunes, let us know what you think of the playlist or if you’ll be coming to the show through Facebook!

We hope to see you all there.

SGF Playlist :: Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory and Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors

Playlist of the Week #7

This week’s playlist in inspired by or related to the sounds of Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory and Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors. If you like what you hear below, come on out to the show this Sunday, Aug 3. The afternoon opens up with Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors at 2 p.m.


SGF Playlist :: Rufus Wainwright and Quartet San Francisco

Playlist of the Week #6

When life gets too hectic, when the world has got you down, good music can always be found.

This Playlist of the Week is inspired by the grooves and tunes of both a man who has been voted the best voice of our generation, acclaimed singer/songwriter, Rufus Wainwright, and our very own Quartet San Francisco. Listen below and get excited for this weekend, because this Sunday’s concert is, as always, admission-free. Click here to learn more about the artists, as well as the rest of the season’s lineup.


Rufus Wainwright and Quartet San Francisco

SGF playlist :: Roberto Roena, Boogaloo Assassins and Vieux Farka Toure

Playlist of the Week #5

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” -Aldous Huxley

The performers at this weekend’s concert, Vieux Farka Toure, Roberto Roena and Boogaloo Assassins, are the inspiration behind the Playlist of the Week. We’ve asked our staff to compile a number of songs that remind them of the artists. Listen below, and come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fania Records, featuring salsa great Roberto Roena and Los Angeles-based Latin group Boogaloo Assassins, along with virtuoso guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, this Sunday, July 20, at 2 P.M. at the beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove. The performance is, as always, admission-free. Donations are welcomed!