San Francisco’s Eagle-Eyed Transit Riders Spotted This Year’s Lineup Stern Grove Festival before its official announcement, which was not expected until May 3.
A Reddit user shared an ad he spotted on a Municipal bus on Friday, April 22, revealing the acts of the free outdoor musical series held each summer at its namesake Sunset District park.
According to the announcement, the festival is set to open on June 12 with a local doubleheader featuring East Bay funk veterans Tower of Power and Oakland rapper Too Short, which was originally scheduled to wrap up last season. The Sunday series continues June 19 with Berkeley indie-pop icon Toro y Moi with Hello Yello, and June 26 with singer-songwriters Liz Phair and Madi Diaz.
Cold War Kids and the former San Francisco Resident Geographer are scheduled to perform July 3; followed by Old Crow Medicine Show and Molly Tuttle on July 10; Cat Power and Spellling from Oakland on July 17; LeAnn Rimes and Amythsyt Kiah on July 24; the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on July 31; and Taj Mahal and Monophonics on August 7.
The summer series is set to end with the annual Big Picnic fundraiser, featuring Phil Lesh and his friends with Midnight North.
News of the festival’s return, announced earlier this month, comes after a flooded water main break the park with 700,000 gallons of water last year, forcing organizers to cancel the final weekend of the event, which was to feature Tower of Power and Too Short, as well as the Big Picnic.
“We are delighted to be able to present our 85th season this summer, especially after overcoming another series of challenges following the flooding last summer,said executive director Bob Fiedler in a statement.
Although admission remains free, the organizers retain the online reservation system, where the public must register for free passes on a first-come, first-served basis from 12 days before each concert on the festival website at www.sterngrove.org. The organizers also plan to offer a live streaming option.
The Chronicle has contacted representatives from Stern Grove to confirm the lineup.
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