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Stern Grove Festival launches mobile ‘Pop Up’ festivals

Chelle at a Kids Day event at Stern Grove
Chelle at a Kids Day event at Stern GroveCourtesy Stern Grove Festival (with permission)

Stern Grove Festival - which opens on June 22 - has this month launched a series of mobile ‘Pop Up’ festivals, giving residents in various locations across San Francisco a chance to enjoy a range of presentations of the calibre for which the Festival has become so well known.

Entitled Grove on the Road, these neighborhood performances feature local artists, with interactive arts education programs, hands-on family-friendly arts programs, instrument petting zoos with Magik*Magik Orchestra, and talks with the artists - creating a ‘block party’ atmosphere in urban spaces which have not traditionally been used as venues for the arts.

Grove on the Road has three further performances scheduled over the next few weeks - in locations ranging from Excelsior to Noe Valley, to North Beach Market.

On May 17, residents in Excelsior can look forward to seeing performers such as Chelle! and Friends - featuring an artist who, in her own words, is “passionate about giving back to children”. Chelle presents educational programs for the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program, interactive arts education programs at Stern Grove and children’s monthly summer concerts for Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.

This program also features the Dholrhythms Dance Company, an organization dedicated to promoting the artistic and cultural heritage of India, through the beautiful Bhangra and Giddha folk dances of Punjab. The Company’s monthly Non-Stop Bhangra evening “..... captures one of the city’s most vibrant, cross-cultural, and enduring parties” says NBC Bay Area.

On June 1, Noe Valley audiences can enjoy performances from artists which include the folk- and jazz-inspired singer and songwriter, Meklat Hadero - described by the Wall Street Journal as “captivating”, and who - according to the Chicago Sun-Times - “has perfected a folky/jazzy style…a mix of Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Nina Simone”.

The “gritty saloon jazz” and “modern speakeasy music” of Tumbledown House is also featured on this program. Sultry vocalist Gillian Howe and indie-jazz guitarist Tyler Ryan Miller are known for creating music described as “vintage and familiar, yet refreshing, distinct and exciting”.

More details on the venues, times and programs can be found at www.sterngrove.org. Grove on the Road will take a break for the duration of the Stern Grove Festival, and continue in the fall.