It’s official; summer has arrived, which means it’s the perfect time to bust out your sunglasses and picnic supplies and enjoy some outdoor performances in Union Square Park! The weather has been unusually warm and pleasant in San Francisco this year, and our Union Square Live performances have been heating up too! This year’s lineup is filled with talented musicians like Moonalice, Miko Marks and the Chris Cobb Band as well as inspiring cultural shows like the Film Night in the Park series and the Litquake Lunch Date series. Check out some of our must see picks for a scintillating summer!
Film Night in the Park: The Artist – 7/14/12 8-10 pm
Is there anything better than being outside on a warm night, surrounded by friends and enjoying a picnic? How about doing that with an academy award-winning movie to watch? We think it will be just peachy to enjoy this stylized, dialogue-free drama about the end of the silent film era in the open air of Union Square Park.
If you like to be a part of the action, come out and dance in the Square! With our Salsa in the Square series, you can get up and dance with the performers. Salsa is a great form of dance, because it’s easy to learn the basics (of course, if you’re a seasoned dancer, feel free to show off your skills) and it’s incredibly fun! Coming up this year, you can enjoy local Latin legends Mazacote. Specializing in salsa, cha-cha, Cuban Guajira and bomba, their high-energy tunes are a fabulous backdrop for a dance party in the Square. With a more contemporary Latin sound, including R&B and pop influences, Avance will also be shaking things up in the park this summer. This 13 piece ensemble is a harmonious mixture of bilingual vocals, horns and a truly great rhythm section that come together for your dancing pleasure!
Litquake: A Lunch Date with Literary SF 8/15/12 & 9/5/12
Litquake is San Francisco’s very own literary festival, complete with unique events like speakeasies, genera-crossing readings and a Litcrawl (yes, just like a pub crawl, but with readings!), and we’re lucky enough to be part of the action this year. On two special dates, we’ll be privy to tantalizing readings right here in Union Square well before the official festival even starts.
Vandella 8/29 12:30-1:30 pm
This oh-so-San Francisco band makes for pleasant lunchtime listening on a hot August afternoon. Their particular brand of rock is hard to pin down with influences from blues to folk with just a little twinge of country. Vandella’s slow and steady rock with thoughtful lyrics and sultry female vocalist Tracey Holland will surely make for a lovely San Francisco summer picnic.