Golden Gate Park Bandshell Performance September 15 – DAN ASHLEY plus opening act TIM MARCO

Live music has returned to the Golden Gate Bandshell’s iconic stage with a series of free outdoor concerts in Golden Gate Park, courtesy of Illuminate and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. Come check out IDC artist Dan Ashley plus opening act Tim Marco September 15!

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Accomplished singer DAN ASHLEY brings a distinctive voice and his unique life experience to the Bay Area music scene with his exceptional blend of Americana and rock and roll. With the upcoming release of his remarkable new album OUT THERE, DAN ASHLEY shares in the joy, heartbreak, love, and loss that are part of our common humanity. Backed by a group of extraordinary musicians who have played and toured with an impressive list of major artists, Dan is thrilled to share his new music with his fans.

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The free, all-ages concerts will run through the end of 2021, with Singer-Songwriter Wednesdays, Jazz and Soul Fridays, Cultural and Community groups on Saturdays, and Reggae Sundays, as well as many special events.

The lineup of performers returning to the stage is diverse and local—rock and reggae bands, jazz players and R&B singers, West African and South Asian drummers and dancers, as well as homegrown stars like DJ Shortkut and Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

The events will strictly follow all current guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Public Health and will adapt accordingly as guidelines change.  Mask wearing is required for those who are not vaccinated and strongly encouraged for everyone.  

The Mid-Summer Fog Festival is only 8 days away!

Our first virtual music festival is only about a week away! Can’t wait to see some of our favorite bands perform!

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Saturday, July 18th at 2 pm Hawaii – 5 pm Pacific – 8 pm East Coast

See the promo video here: The Mid-Summer Fog Promo Video

Featured Artists include:

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Indubious

Haji Mike

The Walk-A-Bout

Cornell CC Carter

Anna Karney

Mark Duda

Chris Peck

Amanda Abizaid

Ben Lang

Plus Special Guests – TBA

Link to the Facebook Event (Please RSVP): The Mid-Summer Fog Event Page

Link to the Stream on YouTube (You can set a reminder): Link to the main festival stream

SF’s Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP) Honored as 2020’s ‘Outstanding Park Volunteer Group’ at the 12th Annual NEN Awards

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Congratulations to Steffen Franz and Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP), honored by Mayor London Breed and the Neighborhood Empowerment Network as 2020’s Outstanding Park Volunteer Group at the 12th Annual NEN Awards at City Hall!

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Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the enjoyment, safety, and improvement of Lafayette Park in San Francisco. We are fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance. If you are passionate about the park, there are a number of ways in which you can get involved. For more information or to join our email list please visit our website at: http://www.friendsoflafayettepark.com/

 

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IDC President/Founder STEFFEN FRANZ receives commendation from THE SF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS for his service on the PARK RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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Supervisor Catherine Stefani from THE SAN FRANCISO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS recognizes Friends of Lafayette Park President and IDC Founder STEFFEN FRANZ with a commendation for his 10 years of service on the SF PARKS RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

Steffen was also awarded a CERTIFICATE OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION from HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI.

Special guest General Manager of the Recreation and Parks Department Phil Ginsburg was on hand and offered some kind words as well, while other City Supervisors also recognized Steffen’s commitment to parks and open spaces throughout the city during his time on PROSAC.

 

 

Here is a link to the video of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Meeting. The video begins as the ceremony starts and runs for about 5-6 minutes:

 

Thank you for your hard work, Steffen! And what a great Lafayette Park cake!

 

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US Review: Unknown Hero “In My Head”

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Unknown Hero

In My Head

Review by Gary Hill

It would be pretty easy to lump this in with a lot of modern pop music and electronic dance music. Clearly this shares a lot of territory with that kind of sound. However, this album is much more creative than the bulk of those genre. There is almost a progressive music vibe here, and the science fiction angle to the concepts bears that out in definite ways. I like this set quite a bit. Yes, the vocals are processed. I’m not a big fan of that in general. For the most part here, it really works, though. This isn’t necessarily my kind of music, but there is plenty here to pull me in despite that. I would imagine that people who are really into this kind of stuff would really love it.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Be Alright (ft. Kate Wild)
An intricate acoustic guitar section opens this. The vocals enter after a bit, and we’re in more of a processed kind of electronic pop song. This is a bit on the odd side, but in a good way. That makes it a bit unpredictable. There are powerful moments, jazzy elements and more here. There are symphonic elements at play, too.
Monsters in My Head
I dig the trippy electronic music vibe on this. The vocals are a bit over-processed for my tastes, though. While the music built around a modern pop element, there are symphonic sides to it, hard rocking ones and more. This is definitely away from the norms.
Her Name
The modern pop sounds are still present on this, but this comes across more like an electronic space music type of piece. This could almost qualify as progressive music.
A Minor 2125
There are some particularly pretty elements at play here. This feels like a modern classical piece in a lot of ways. I think that’s the point, given the title. There are some non-lyrical vocals on this, but otherwise it’s an instrumental.
Hero Beware
I really dig the electronic groove on this piece. The extremely processed voice at the onset is designed to sound artificial or alien and does so in style. This has some cool melodies and energy. There are some computer type vocals later in the track, and overall this is very trippy and space-oriented.
One More Day
With both male and female vocal loops at the start, this is a trippy kind of modern jam. This is more of a hip hop kind of piece as the main vocals (still processed) enter. This is creative and dramatic.
Make It Happen
The modern pop music groove on this works quite well. I dig the texture and vibe on this number.
Dance
As you might guess from the title, this is electronic dance music. It has a cool groove and is rather unusual as the genre goes. It has some cool atmosphere.
Keep Moving Me
I love the funky guitar sound that opens this number. It eventually shifts out to another cool electronic groove. There is definitely a healthy helping of fusion the mix, though.
Going for a Ride
Another classy electronic pop song, the rhythmic groove and keyboard textures on this are both great. This number has a few vocals, but is mostly instrumental.
Ask Me
There is a lot more of a hip hop groove to this piece. It is cool, but not a highlight. I do like the vocals on the piece quite a bit.
Hero’s Groove
Somehow there is a bit of a James Brown vibe to this. There is a lot of old school soul music sound merged with more modern elements on this piece. Like a lot of the music here, there are a few vocals, but it’s mostly instrumental. I suppose this one does qualify as electronic dance music more than it does anything else.
Close My Door
There are a lot more vocals on this piece. The number is very electronic, but also quite soulful. It has a cool groove and vibe to it.
Be Alright (Instrumental)
Some cool acoustic guitar work opens this. The electronic music enters as that continues, bringing drama and more layers of sound. There are some vocal loops on the track, despite the parenthetical. I suppose they are used more as instrumentation, though. I like this version of the cut much better than the one that opened the disc. I just wasn’t all that crazy about Kate Wild’s vocals.
Monsters (Instrumental)
Here we get another instrumental take of one of the cuts from the earlier in the set, but this time the title gets shortened, too. Again there are some vocal bits as loops on this take. I like this version quite a bit, but I think I prefer the original version.

 

For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via www.unknownheromusic.com.

 

To order IN MY HEAD from iTunes please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-head/id1274692222 or http://smarturl.it/unknownhero

 

To order IN MY HEAD from Bandcamp please visit https://unknownhero.bandcamp.com/

 

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Canada Review: Unknown Hero “In My Head”

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For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via www.unknownheromusic.com.

 

To pre-order IN MY HEAD from iTunes please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-head/id1274692222 or http://smarturl.it/unknownhero

 

To pre-order IN MY HEAD from Bandcamp please visit https://unknownhero.bandcamp.com/

 

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Germany Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time”

Birdseed / Not Out Of Time – EP Review

Artist: Birdseed Label: Bird Records Music style: Pop Rock

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Funnily enough, the band Birdseed from San Francisco, California was formed by middle-aged hobby musicians, who had met at school events of their descendants. After finding out that each other’s favorite hobby is the music, a band was started. The combo released from the end of 2015 a few digital singles, which were now summarized on the EP present to me.

The essence of the five tracks in total can be compared to the Fleetwood Mac sound in the early to mid-seventies. Cool Pop / Rock, so to say, who benefits from a clever groove and a strong lead vocalist. The title song “Not Out Of Time” starts the journey pleasantly rocking and the voice of Kerry Reed Landreth has that certain something that is so eminently important for every front man / woman. The track is very harmonious, variably arranged and loosely flaked over, which makes him a first winner. “Next Trip Around The Sun” starts off with an e-piano sound before the notable vocals take over the scepter. The ingredients mentioned above are also added here and make this number a listener.

With inviting guitar sound and piano, “I Want You To Know” starts the second act. Musically maybe not the best track on the disc, which is the strong text (the mother’s declaration of love to her child, probably not many years later can really understand) will be made up for. Background is probably that Kerry Landrethdiagnosed with incurable breast cancer a few years ago, she wanted to leave a statement here, so to speak. The shortest song of almost three minutes is called “We Can Do It” and builds again on a really cool groove. This works and harmonizes wonderfully with the vocals and the very positive or optimistic lyrics. The unfortunately last title “More Than I Needed The Truth” keeps the quality quite relaxed and invites you to enjoy the complete work “Not Out Of Time” right from the beginning.

Both the band Birdseed and (especially) the frontlady Kerry Reed Landreth can only wish to spend a lot of time to music and new recordings, because the present (on vinyl quantitatively limited) “Not Out Of Time” makes a great mood and goes splendidly into the ear. Relaxed music with profound lyrics, which at no time lead the listener to the uncomfortably sad feeling trail, but rather powerfully forward looking to convey an uplifting feeling.


Line-up Birdseed:

Brian Hetherington (keyboards)
Peter Landreth (saxophone)
Jamie Goodyear (guitars)
Scott Bell (drums)
Lane Murchison (bass)
Mason Morfit (guitars)
Kerry Reed Landreth (vocals)

Tracklist “Not Out Of Time”:

Side 1:

  1. Not Out Of Time (3:48)
  2. Next Trip Around The Sun (4:09)
Side 2:

  1. I Want You To Know (4:53)
  2. We Can Do It (2:56)
  3. More Than I Needed The Truth (3:54)

Total Time: 7:59 (Side 1), 11:47 (Side 2), Release Date: 2017

 

 

 

Meet Go Ji, music expert and owner of Club Starlight

 

Go Ji’s favorite album to spin at Club Starlight is UNKNOWN HERO’s IN MY HEAD.  Buy or stream it here: http://smarturl.it/unknownhero. 

Go Ji, a human born in Lunya, is known to many as DJ Go Ji. She is a middle-aged, once married woman who escaped the city of Lunya years ago, at great risk, to pursue her love of music. She left behind her husband and young son Ken Ji and resettled in Arya, a city outside the Republic of Kraven with no art restrictions. She can be found there researching old-world music and musical artifacts and playing at her popular night club Starlight.

Stay tuned for more from the planet Altarz.

For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via https://www.unknownheromusic.com

To order IN MY HEAD from Bandcamp please visit https://unknownhero.bandcamp.com/