music

5:01pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Birth of the Cool: San Francisco's New Fillmore District

A mural paying homage back to when the Fillmore was known as "The Harlem of the West."
Julie Blaumstein

As the city of San Francisco experiences new waves of growth and expansion, we travel back to another time before redevelopment reshaped the Fillmore District. 

In the 40’s and 50’s the Fillmore was a vibrant mix of cultures, and a national hotspot for jazz musicians. On any given night you could hear the voice of Billie Holiday, or the playing of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Dizzy Gillespie. The lively and diverse neighborhood quickly earned a nickname: The Harlem of the West.   

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6:30pm

Wed May 28, 2014
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Tara Hagins remembers a loved one through the music he loved

Tara Hagins shared her story with KALW's Hear Here project.

Music has played a big role in Tara Hagins' life, beginning when she was 14 and started going to rock concerts with her cousin Holly. 

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7:06pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Give a hand to the Golden Gate Park Band

Courtesy of The Golden Gate Park Band

Few civic institutions in San Francisco pre-date the 1906 earthquake. One is the cable car, invented here in 1873. Another one is The Golden Gate Park Band. It dates from 1882, when it was a support unit of the California National Guard. Now it’s a Sunday afternoon mainstay at The Spreckles Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park.

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6:41pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

SF Mixtape Society keeps the art of sharing mixes alive

San Francisco Mixtape Society mix exchange at the Make Out Room.
Annie Lin San Francisco Mixtape Society

 

The San Francisco Mixtape Society hosts mix exchanges at the Make Out Room in the Mission District. Music lovers meet, mingle and exchange mixes they made based on a particular theme.

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4:26pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Micah Tron

Micah Tron is a rapper born and raised in San Francisco. She’s a queer woman of color, but the hurdles she has faced go even beyond her race, sexual preference, and gender. She lived in a shelter after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina and a few years into her twenties, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. But she hasn’t let this stop her from pursuing her music career – she says it actually motivates her. After her nephew was born deaf, she learned sign language, and her latest dream is to make music for the deaf community. She spoke with reporter Lo Benichou about her story.

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