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Here's the Full Lineup for the Stern Grove Festival This Summer

Randy Newman! The SF Symphony! tUnE-yArDs! Talib Kweli!


The Stern Grove Festival, the free concert series in San Francisco's Stern Grove, is announcing its 2015 lineup—and it's a doozy. For the its 78th season, the 10-week concert series plays host to a radically eclectic lineup of performers drawn from high culture, low culture and everything in between. It's sort of everything we love about the Bay Area, in one admissions-free concert series. 

All of the concerts begin at 2:00 pm and are located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. The admission free shows are first-come, first-served.

Here's the full lineup. 

June 14: The Big Picnic Benefit and Concert Starring The Doobie Brothers and California Honeydrops
The opening day festivities kick off with laid-back rockers The Doobie Brothers. Opening the set is the California Honeydrops, an Oakland-based dance party band.

June 21: Pacific Mambo Orchestra 
with Special Guests Sheila E., Marlow Rosado and Salsamania
The 20-piece San Francisco musical group won a Grammy in 2014 for its mambo sounds. They'll be joined by Shelia E., famous for her work with Prince, and pianist Marlow Rosado and mambo dancers from the Salsamania Dance Company.

June 28: Randy Newman and Hot Club of San Francisco
Hey it's the guy from Toy Story! No, not Tom Hanks. The singer and songwriter Randy Newman who, let's be fair, had quite a career before he started working with Pixar—and an even bigger one after. The opening act is local gypsy jazz ensemble Hot Club of San Francisco.

July 5: San Francisco Symphony
Conductor Edwin Outwater and featured vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond will be preforming indie rock as well as Korngold’s The Adventures of Robin Hood Suite, Act II of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel featuring soprano Julie Adams and mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.

July 12: Amy Hānaiali‘i and the Stern Grove Festival Orchestra, Matt Catingub, Conductor, and Halau ‘o Keikiali‘i
Hawaiian singer-songwriter Amy Hānaiali‘i is one of the islands' top selling vocalists. She last performed at Stern Grove in 2003. She's joined by Catingub, the founder and artistic director of Hawaii Pops and Hālau o Keikiali‘i is a traditional Hawaiian cultural group.

July 19: tUnE-yArDs and DakhaBrakha
Merrill Garbus's musical persona is the bane of copy editors and darling of music lovers. The Oakland resident is joined by DakhaBrakha, an "ethno chaos" band from Ukraine.

July 26: San Francisco Ballet
The ballet will be performing dances from its current repertory, including Lambarena,  Rush©, and excerpts from  Tchaikovsky's Theme and Variations.

August 2: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Bhi Bhiman
The country-flecked singer songwriter has sold over 13 million records over the course of her career. Her newest album, Songs From the Movie, was released last year and contains orchestral recordings of her previous works. She's joined by Sri-Lankan folk-rock artist Bhi Bhiman.

August 9: Morris Day and The Time and Con Brio
Morris Day fronts funk band The Time, which was memorably featured in Prince's film Purple Rain. That should be a party. They're joined by San Francisco's Con Brio, a funk band that draws on Sly and the Family Stone as well as 90s neo-soul.

August 17:Talib Kweli and Zakiya Harris featuring Elephantine
The Brooklyn-born rapper Talib Kweli is one of the most noted hip hops talents of the last twenty years, working with Mos Def in Black Star and collaborating with Kanye West. Also on stage, the Bay Area's Zakiya Harris and her band Elephantine blend soul, electronica, hip-hop, and Afro-beats.


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