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Union Square Park - San Francisco







June 2011





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Sunday, June 5
Tango in the Square Tangonero

Tangonero is a new Argentine Tango band based in San Francisco. We specialize in classic tango — a genre that fuses intense passion with quiet tenderness, alternating sharp percussive rhythms with slow nostalgic melodies. It squeezes your heart to tears and then sets your feet to dancing.


Wednesday, June 8
Manring Kassin Darter

Performing "chamber music for the new millennium," Manring Kassin Darter has been astounding audiences for the last ten years with amazing chops, quiet soul and diverse compositions. Referred to by some music critics as “the world’s most sophisticated jam-band,” the group features three of the top virtuosos on their respective instruments. 


With two gold records, over 200 albums recorded and multiple Grammy nominations to his credit, bass phenom, Michael Manring has been hailed as "a master of the fretless bass without rival” by Guitar Club Magazine. Bass Player Magazine recently named him Bass Player of the Year and he is scheduled to perform at various Guitar Hero Concerts this summer. Dazzling pianist, Tom Darter's compositions have drawn praise from Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland and Karel Husa and, as one Chicago newspaper put it, “Darter’s music makes one leap for joy!” Music critics have compared Larry Kassin's flute playing to Rahassan Roland Kirk, Hubert Laws and Paul Horn.  He has performed with artists ranging from Bobby McFerrin, and Vienna Teng to Ray Manzarek & Michael McClure and runs the Noe Valley Music series at the Noe Valley Ministry in SF.


While listeners can hear echoes of jazz, rock, classical, folk, avant-garde and world music in their performances, the net result is music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized.












Wednesday, June 8




According to the legend, Moonalice is bringing its heady brew of roots, rock,  rhythm and blues to Union Square for an afternoon of spirited music, peppered with ample doses of  improvisation and surprise. Moonalice is a band of seasoned players exploring new musical territory with a passion.  Barry Sless (Phil Lesh &Friends, David Nelson Band), Pete Sears (Jefferson  Starship, Rod Stewart), Ann & Roger McNamee (Flying Other Brothers), and Jim Sanchez (Dr. John, Boz Scaggs) turn their collective body of experience, ace musicianship, great songs, and love of adventure into live performances  as distinct as they are compelling. Don't miss it!













Sunday, June 15
12:30pm– 1:30pm
Blind Willies



Blind Willies is a San Francisco based rock band led by singer/songwriter Alexei Wajchman. After releasing two acclaimed Blind Willies CDs, The Unkindness of Ravens(2007) and Everybody's Looking for a Meal(2008), and performing extensively as an acoustic duo, Alexei has put together a new band of experienced, young musicians accomplished across diverse genres including rock, jazz, classical, world, and hip-hop.


Wednesday, June 15
Salsa in the Square with Los Compas

"Bandleader, arranger, trumpeter, accordionist, vocalist, and recording artist - Miguel Govea offers the best in Latin music for any event in the San Francisco Bay area.  For the last 25 years, he has led and accompanied various musical ensembles, including Los Compas, a band of seasoned musicians playing hard hitting salsa."



Wednesday, June 19
Picklewater Free Circus Festival

Circus Finelli/ Performers from Circus Bella


 The Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns for its fourth year at Union Square bringing back free circus to Bay Area families. Offering a mix of professional and student performers and a broad variety of circus styles, the festival celebrates the rich tradition of Circus Arts in the Bay Area.


Wednesday, June 22
Diego’s Umbrella

As San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock, Diego’s Umbrella captures California’s cultural multiplicity with enthusiasm, humor and decadence. These urban gringo mariachis have performed more than 800 live shows, cloaked in elaborate homemade outfits. The band’s unforgettable performances have visually and aurally captivated diverse audiences around the globe. Influenced heavily by flamenco, klezmer, and Latin music, Diego’s Umbrella has introduced the world to a new kind of popular music, with sounds reminiscent of Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly and The Clash.






Wednesday, June 22          6 pm-8 pm
Swing in the Square
featuring the West Coast Ramblers/ Lindypendence

Live in San Francisco's Union Square, free swing dance lessons, live music and Djs playing all sorts of swinging music from the 1930s thru the 1950s. Each week features a beginning swing dance lesson taught by various SF Bay Area teachers so yes, this is your chance to get out on the floor and boogie! Dj-6pm, 6:30pm-7pm Beginning dance lesson, concurrent with open dancing. 7pm-8pm live music!



Sunday, June 26
2pm – 4pm
Fingersnaps DJ & Art Collective Celebrate San Francisco Pride



Wednesday, June  29
My Peoples

My Peoples is a San Francisco based reggae-rock band known for their high energy shows, and creating music that is gritty and fun, by blending the raw and soulful elements of reggae, rock, and hip hop. They originally began playing together as “Kapakahi” (2005-2009), gaining a loyal following as one of the few independent bands in Northern California to tour throughout the West Coast and Hawaii. My Peoples is – Mike D (frontman), Steve Salta (drummer), Chris Jones (bass player), Josh Hoover (saxophone), and Lansky (emcee).

My Peoples has already rocked such venues as the Great American Music Hall, Cafe Du Nord, Pipeline Cafe, Slim’s, and the Mountain Winery just to name a few. My Peoples has been blessed to already have shared the stage with such acts as Ziggy Marley, Ozomatli, Blondie, UB40, Soulive, Karl Denson, Jake Shimabukuro, Katchafire, Dirty Heads, Iration, Kalapana, Cecilio & Kapono, and the list continues to grow. My Peoples music has that vibe that brings people from all backgrounds together and peace to the soul. My Peoples is your peoples!


Wednesday, June 29
SF Rock Project

The San Francisco Rock Project is a nonprofit organization providing high-quality, performance-based music instruction for young musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our school combines private lessons in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, and vocals, with weekly performance rehearsals to prepare students for live performances at local music venues, festivals, and beyond.