Signs of the uneven economic recovery are popping up everywhere in San Francisco: new businesses are moving into developing neighborhoods like Potrero Hill, the revitalization of Market Street’s buildings and soaring rent costs show one side of the booming economy. But another side reveals a depressed economy with Silicon Valley’s tech giants cutting jobs and the rise of homelessness in the city.
At its heart, California’s food economy is all about agriculture. Our state produces almost half of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States. In the Bay Area, one of our biggest crops is grapes. And right now, it’s harvest time-- it started on August 1st and could run through late fall.
Many Californians have come here from somewhere else. In fact, the state has more immigrants than any other in the country. This week, we’re running a series of profiles of immigrants in the Bay Area. Today we meet a medical professional from India and a young woman from Ireland.
What is it about cello players in the Bay Area? There must be more of them in “crossover” bands here than anywhere else in the country. Case in point: the Dirty Cello band, who you’re hearing now. They offer soulful blues and gypsy swing. Think of it as Yo-Yo Ma meets B.B. King.
Dirty Cello will be at the Oakland location of District restaurant on Thursday, September 12th. The fun begins about 8:00pm.