Sunday, September 12, 2010

In the Neighborhood...Jazz and Blues in the City by the Bay!

28th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

Tuesday, Sep 14th, 7:00p

Price: $20.00 - $95.00

SFJAZZ is proud to announce the 28th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, September 14 through November 20.

At SFJAZZ we place importance on the idea of heritage — venerated artists connect us with the fabric of music history. In a time-worn tradition, older generations of musicians share their insights with younger ones — the ritual of apprenticeship. Rising stars stand on the shoulders of those who’ve come before them, re-inventing timeless material and bringing fresh ideas to the stage. We often say our festivals feature “Living Legends and New Directions.” This fall, we will hear extraordinary talent from every point on that vast continuum.

This year’s outstanding artist roster includes:

• Olodum 
• Chris Potter Underground 
• Henry Threadgill’s Zooid 
• Marcus Shelby Orchestra 
• Nikki Yanofsky 
• Anat Cohen and Avishai Cohen 
• Danilo Perez 
• Esperanza Spalding 
• Chucho Valdés 
• Manhattan Transfer 
• Garaj Mahal 
• Meklit Hadero 
• Asleep at the Wheel 
• James Carter and John Medeski 
• Yusef Lateef 
• Gretchen Parlato 
• Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabaté and Vieux Farka Touré 
• Jon Jang 
• Kenny Barron Trio with David Sánchez 
• Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar 
• Stew and the Negro Problem 
• Steve Lehman Octet 
• Arturo Sandoval 
• Bitches Brew Revisited 
• Nellie McKay 
• Omara Portuondo 
• Lila Downs 
• Natacha Atlas 
• Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band 
• Ledisi 
• José James and Jef Neve 
• Yellowjackets with the Jeff Lorber Fusion 
• SFJAZZ High School All-Stars 
• Slavic Soul Party! 
• Rosanne Cash 
• Vijay Iyer Trio

The First Polk Street Blues Festival in San Francisco

Saturday, Sep 25 10:00a to 6:00p

at Polk District, San Francisco, CA

Price: Free

Phone: (800) 310-6563

Age Suitability: All Ages

Tags: blues, concerts, food, san francisco, all ages, arts and crafts, blues music, beverages, live performances, family events sf festivals

For many years, San Francisco has been known for its love of the blues. Since our company already produces one of the nation's largest free Jazz Festivals on Fillmore Street, it made complete sense to us and our client, the Polk District Merchants Association, to create a free Blues Festival on upper Polk Street.

If people are looking to escape the crowded downtown San Francisco chain stores and want to enjoy a warm, friendly neighborhood atmosphere, Polk Street is the place. Polk Street runs from Ghirardelli Square at Beach Street at the northern end, south to Market Street near City Hall and the Civic Center. Located on the west side of upscale Nob and Russian Hills, the neighborhood is in a San Francisco micro climate relatively immune to foul weather, especially during late September.

The Festival will feature two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, a large family area, cafe seating areas, and much more. We expect the event will receive a huge amount of press since it is now the only free blues event in San Francisco.

Please join us and help us build this event into one of the best in the country.

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