After a two-year hiatus, the Due South concert series is returning to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park on 8/27, 9/17, and 10/8. This free public concert series hosted by SF Parks Alliance and Noise Pop will feature live music, local food, and free bike valet courtesy of the SF Bicycle Coalition.
This Saturday concert series runs from 2-6 pm and features diverse talent from across the Bay Area and beyond. On August 27, catch post-metal band Deafhaven along with Oakland post-punk band Marbled Eyes. On September 17, beloved SF singer-songwriter Thao will perform alongside local rapper and spoken word artist Ruby Ibarra. For the final event on October 8, celebrated Latin/rap/rock fusion group Ozomatli will kick things off before La Misa Negra performs their electrifying blend of cumbia and high-energy Afro-Latin music, to close out the series.
Launched in 2019, the aim of Due South is to celebrate the arts, culture and communities in this often overshadowed corner of the city. “McLaren Park is one of the most under-appreciated but incredible spaces in San Francisco,” says Noise Pop founder Kevin Arnold. “We’re excited to be working alongside SF Parks Alliance and the City of San Francisco to fill the park with such culturally rich, free music programming again.” A portion of the proceeds from this event will support the SF Parks Alliance, who provides critical support to greenspaces like McLaren Park.
Built in 1970, the amphitheater and has hosted countless performances over the years. Celebrated for its beautiful setting and acoustics, it recently underwent a nearly $1.5M in renovations. This community investment allowed the amphitheater to better accommodate large community events, movie nights and concerts, like Due South.
“Seeing this electrifying event back in business after three long years is really exciting,” says San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg.”Not only is this series bringing back free outdoor concerts to the city’s southeast side, it’s also an opportunity for the community to connect in a one-of-a-kind venue that has been lovingly improved for both musicians and music-lovers.”
- Saturday, August 27: Deafheaven and Marbled Eye
- Saturday, September 17: Thao and Ruby Ibarra
- Saturday, October 8: Ozomatli and La Misa Negra
Featured image: Courtesy of Due South.