If you can’t get enough of San Francisco’s many free concerts over the summer, you’re in luck. The Summer of Music series just added new dates, just in time for the warm weather.
The live music was set to take place from 2-5 pm every Saturday this summer between June 17th through mid-September. Due to the program’s success this summer, the dates have been expanded through September 30th. The free concert series received incredible local support, prompting the program to add the extra dates.
To further celebrate the success, iconic SF rock band The Stone Foxes will play a free performance on Saturday, September 9. The party will take place in front of the legendary store Amoeba Music.
Events occur in various SF neighborhoods and shopping corridors, including Valencia Street, The Castro, Clement Street, Polk Street, Chinatown, Divisadero, Haight Street, The Bayview, and Cortland Avenue.
Legendary San Francisco promoter Noise Pop and nonprofit Civic Joy Fund united to create the music series. Noise Pop is San Francisco’s oldest independent music promoter focuses on emerging artists with early performances from The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, and The Flaming Lips on their resume. This for-locals-by-locals event series has been home to hundreds of free performances from local Bay Area and NorCal musicians. Although these events are free for the public, all artists will be paid through corporate sponsors and individual donors.
Civic Joy Fund co-founders Daniel Lurie and Manny Yekutiel raised over $2 million from a group of civic-minded individual donors and corporate partners, including Levi Strauss & Co., Joby Pritzker, and Julia and Kevin Hartz.
The concert series has also led to collaborations with over 70 local businesses to put money back into the local economy. Manny Yekutiel, co-founder of Civic Joy Fund, stated, “We are thrilled to witness the incredible impact of the Summer of Music on our community. It has been heartwarming to see how local businesses and artists have united to uplift one another during these challenging times.”
The Civic Joy Fund was founded to help support local businesses and to foster community engagement. The Summer of Music is just one of 5 initiatives the Civic Joy Fund is spearheading.