KOOL & THE GANG  |  Quinn DeVeaux

June 25   |  2 p.m.  |   Sigmund Stern Grove  | ADMISSION-FREE

Stern Grove Festival's 80th Season kicks off in a big way with The Big Picnic starring Kool & The Gang!

Multi-GRAMMY award-winning funk band Kool & The Gang brings their signature sound and timeless hits to start the Festival's 80th Season with a celebration to remember.

Oakland-based Quinn DeVeaux serves up early R&B, modern soul, and timeless blues.

Quinn Deveaux will perform a new song as part of this season’s Interplay - Local Artist Commission Series.

Kool & The Gang

Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like "Celebration", "Cherish," "Jungle Boogie," and "Open Sesame," they’ve earned two GRAMMY Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 Gold and Platinum albums.

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The performance is dedicated to the memory of Rosalie Meyer Stern, founder of the Stern Grove Festival Association.

  PG&E    Wells Fargo att  
                 
      Capital Group   Webcor  
                 
   Recology   Bay Hills Capital   Congregation Emanu-El   Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC

 
                 
      http://www.rubenlawfirm.com/   Northern Trust      
                 
   Sterling Bank   WeedMaps   Harvest Law    Jackson Square Partners  
                 
  CCA   Bechtel   Lar Corona Wellness Center   FivePoint  
                 
          Anchor Brewing  

 

NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS  |  FANTASTIC NEGRITO

July 2  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

Soulful local singer, musician and songwriter Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers blend rock, country, blues and folk into an original sound.

Oakland blues guitarist and singer Fantastic Negrito takes the stage on the heels of his GRAMMY win for Best Contemporary Blues Album this year.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

California native Nicki Bluhm is a singer, songwriter and performer. In 2008 Bluhm released her first album, Toby’s Song and with its release put together her band The Gramblers. Nicki went on to release her second effort Driftwood (2012) establishing her and the band as a nationally touring act.

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Sponsored by:

Kaiser Permanente   Bouchaine Winery   Do The Bay

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY  |  Edwin Outwater, Conductor

July 9  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION FREE

San Francisco Symphony returns for its annual summer appearance at Stern Grove Festival. Led by conductor Edwin Outwater, the afternoon's program features Mozart, French chansons, and more.

 

MOZART
Selections from The Magic Flute, K.620

Jana McIntyre, soprano
Hadleigh Adams, baritone

     Overture
     “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja”
     “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”
     “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen”

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551, Jupiter

Intermission

BIZET
Selections from Carmen
     I.    Prélude & Aragonaise
     II.   Intermezzo
     III.  Habanera
     IV.  Danse bohème
     V.   Les Toréadors

Songs of Edith Piaf, arr. Edwin Outwater

Storm Large, guest vocalist

     “Milord” 
     "Padam Padam”
     “La Vie En Rose"
     “Mon Dieu!”

RAVEL
La Valse

Artist Talk

Edwin Outwater will be participating in an informative pre-concert Artist Talk hosted by KDFC's Rik Malone. The Artist Talk will take place at Stern Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse at 12:00 noon on the day of the concert.

Edwin Outwater, Conductor

Edwin Outwater is Director of Summer Concerts at the San Francisco Symphony, Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and regularly guest conducts the Chicago and New World Symphonies. This is Outwater’s third season as Director of Summer Concerts at SFS.

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Today's performance is dedicated to Rhoda H. Goldman, Stern Grove Festival Association Chair from 1968 to 1996.

 

Bouchaine Winery

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS  |  The Stone Foxes

July 16  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Eric Burdon & The Animals perform their powerful blues-rock, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's Summer of Love.

The Stone Foxes return to Stern Grove Festival with their straight-ahead, foot-stomping rock and roll.

The Stone Foxes will perform a new song for Stern Grove Festival as part of Interplay - Local Artist Commission Series.

Eric Burdon & The Animals

Eric Burdon has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994, and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon’s music has forged new territory while also topping the charts for more than five decades.

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Sponsored by:

Kaiser Permanente

LOS ÁNGELES AZULES Featuring Ximena Sariñana  |  Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco

July 23  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

Mexican musical group Los Ángeles Azules perform cumbia sonidera, a fusion of 1950/60s cumbia and electronic music. They will share the stage with GRAMMY-nominated singer Ximena Sariñana and members of Mexican electronica group Kinky.

Ensambles Ballet Folklório de San Francisco return to the Stern Grove Festival stage and celebrate their 25-year anniversary of preserving Mexican Folkloric Dance.

Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco will perform a new dance piece as part of this season’s Interplay - Local Artist Commission Series.

 

Sponsored by:

Today's performance is made possible with support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Mexican Consulate   MexAm Festival

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET  |  Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director

July 30  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

The incomparable San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival in the company's only Bay Area summer appearance. Led by Artistic Director, Helgi Tomasson, the Company performs selections from their current repertory, with the GRAMMY-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra led by conductor Martin West.

The afternoon's program* includes:

Haffner Symphony
Choreography by Helgi Tomasson
Music Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sasha De Sola, Angelo Greco

Intermission

Pas De Deux from Agon
Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music Composed by Igor Stravinsky

Sofiane Sylve, Carlo Di Lanno

Pas de Deux from Bells
Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov
Music Composed by Sergei Rachmaninov

Yuan Yuan Tan, Vitor Luiz

Concerto Grosso
Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson   
Music Composed by Francesco Geminiani after Corelli

Esteban Hernandez, Wei Wang, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Max Cauthorn, Lonnie Weeks

Bugle Boy Solo from Company B
Choreographed by Paul Taylor               
Music Sung by The Andrews Sisters

Joseph Walsh

Intermission

Within the Golden Hour©
Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon
Music Composed by Ezio Bosso and Antonio Vivaldi

Mathilde Froustey, Myles Thatcher
Sarah Van Patten, Luke Ingham
Maria Kochetkova, Vitor Luiz

* Program is subject to change.

Members of San Francisco Ballet will participate in a pre-performance Artist Talk at Stern Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse at 12:00 noon on the day of the performance.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson returns to Stern Grove Festival with artists of the Company performing a selection of works from their current repertory. Renowned for its incomparable level of innovation, the San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies, not to mention the longest-running, in the United States.

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The performance is dedicated to the memory of Elise S. Haas, Stern Grove Festival Association Chair from 1956 to 1968.

Kaiser Permanente   Bouchaine Winery

AMADOU & MARIAM  |  Ibibio Sound Machine

August 6  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

Amadou & Mariam are a GRAMMY-nominated duo from Mali whose unique “Afro-blues” sound has landed them at Coachella and Glastonbury, and opening for bands such as Coldplay and the Scissor Sisters.

Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired by the golden era of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro.

Sponsored by:

Today's performance is made possible with support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Kaiser Permanente   KPFA   Do The Bay

 

WAR  |  Malo

August 13  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

Musical melting pot WAR became a permanent part of America’s musical landscape as one of the first successful bands to fuse rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, creating hits such as “Low Rider,” "Spill The Wine," and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?"

San Francisco natives Malo are pioneers of the Latin rock that defined the 1970s, hitting it big with their signature tune “Suavecito.”

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BRAZILIAN GIRLS  |  Moon Hooch

August 20  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

Hailing from New York City, GRAMMY-nominated group Brazilian Girls are a dance floor-friendly and eclectic blend of electronic dance music reflecting styles as diverse as reggae, jazz, bossa nova, reggae, and lounge.

Explosive horn and percussion trio Moon Hooch first gained a following busking in the New York city subway, but have since moved on to much larger stages with their modern-day jazz fusion.

Sponsored by:

KPFA   Do The Bay

MAVIS STAPLES  |  Kev Choice Ensemble

August 27  |  2 p.m.  |  Sigmund Stern Grove   ADMISSION-FREE

With a career spanning 60+ years, powerhouse vocalist Mavis Staples crosses easily between gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip-hop. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create with her father and The Staples Singers, to her recent Kennedy Center Honor and collaborations with Arcade Fire and Gorillaz, Staples is a truly iconic American artist.

Kev Choice Ensemble is a jazz/hip-hop/funk band led by Oakland-based pianist, emcee, producer, and music historian Kev Choice.

Kev Choice Ensemble will perform a new musical piece as part of this season’s Interplay - Local Artist Commission Series.

Sponsored by:

Today's performance is made possible with support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

  Kaiser Permanente