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Stern Grove Festival has announced it’s 79th season line-up of free concerts.

The Festival will continue the tradition of showcasing multiple genres of music and including Bay Area acts. There is a weekend to fit almost everyone’s taste with rock, hip hop, funk, classical, R&B, Latin, and dance performances.

Janelle Monae will kick off the season on June 19th with the The Big Picnic with subsequent weeks featuring highlights like George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The O’Jays, and the San Francisco Symphony.

Each of the 10 Sunday shows begins at 2 p.m. in Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.


June 19 – Janelle Monae with Midtown Social
June 26 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Bayonics
July 3 – Hieroglyphics, dance crews Mix’d Ingrdnts, and Golden State Breakers
July 10 – San Francisco Symphony, Edwin Outwater, Conductor
July 17 – Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, and John Brothers Piano Company
July 24 – Julieta Venegas, La Misa Negra (part of the MexIAm Festival)
July 31 – San Francisco Ballet with Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson
August 7 – The O’Jays, MJ’s Brass Boppers
August 14 – Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor feat Jamie Lidell, Luke Jenner, Money Mark, Sinkane, and Afrolicious
August 21 – The New Pornographers, Astronauts, etc.

 feet Stern Grove Festival 2016 Free Concert Series: Janelle Monae, George Clinton, The OJays, And More

Bradford Hornsby is an editor, music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find him on Twitter at @bradfordhornsby.



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