13 July 2017 – San Francisco, CA: “The public space should be intentional,” opined acclaimed American artist Janet Echelman, known internationally for her outdoor installations. “It should be obvious that you belong.” Instilling just such a sense of “intentional belonging” for San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Central Market environs is the goal of the Commons on 3rd Thursdays (#commonsthursdays) an ambitious public-private effort spearheaded by the Office of Economic & Workforce Development in partnership with a wide range of nonprofits and cultural groups.
The eponymous series of family-friendly and inclusive “happenings” will take place from 4pm – 8pm on July 20, August 17, September 21 and October 19 with plans already under discussion for a Holiday period series. With free programming provided by People in Plazas, Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop, food and over-21 beverages will be for-sale from Off the Grid and a host of activities provided by San Francisco Recreation & Parks. In addition, the Asian Art Museum will offer extended evening hours with the Civic Center Community Benefit District providing event coordination and staffing.
“With the 'Commons on 3rd Thursdays' series of events, San Francisco is working with our community groups and private partners to enliven public spaces within the Civic Center neighborhood,”
“These spaces play a critical role in our civic life and provide areas where San Franciscan families can come together to connect and unite around our shared values. With new housing opportunities attracting more families to this neighborhood, it is important that we foster a unified gathering place at the Civic Center.”
All three of the linked public spaces – UN Plaza, Fulton Street between the Library and the Asian Art Museum and Civic Center Plaza -- will be programmed during the Commons on 3rd Thursdays, including food trucks and bar trucks provided by Off the Grid. Another Planet Entertainment will be booking emerging local artists for the main stage on Fulton Street, kicking off the series with Bay Area powerhouse Sal’s Greenhouse. Noise Pop and People in Plazas are programming stages and additional activities at Civic Center and UN Plazas.
“We are very pleased to be involved with the formation of the Commons on 3rd Thursdays,” said Mary Conde of Another Planet Entertainment. “It’s an excellent opportunity for a meaningful public/private partnership.”
“Off the Grid is thrilled to expand on our footprint around Mid-Market and be a part of this terrific collaboration with the City, Another Planet, Noise Pop and others,” said Off the Grid Founder Matt Cohen. “We are honored to play a part in bringing more great food to Civic Center for this Thursday evening experience."
The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble's geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S.,They began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad born drummer Hugh "Sweetfoot" Maynard. The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drumsguitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as "My favorite band" at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz's 30th anniversary cd and have for many years been one of the core bands of the Ashkenaz world music and dance community.
oMega brings her own unique blend of style and creativity to some of her favorite influences such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Maze and more! Accompanied by some of the bay's best musicians, oMega LIVE! will give you a reason to bob your head, get up to dance and sing out loud! We prefer all of the above.
Little David Rose's thumpin' stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of Scott Lawrence provide the rhythmic foundation of the band's jump style. Riffing on top is the trumpet sound of Robert Dehlinger and Jeff "Erv" Ervin on the saxophone. These two fellas create the fireworks of vintage rhythm and blues. The charming Glen Earl Brown Jr on vocals and have become a trademark of Stompy Jones.
Another Planet Entertainment, LLC (Another Planet) was created on July 18, 2003 when Gregg W. Perloff, President/CEO of Bill Graham Presents, left to build his own company. Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has been honored by a vote of its concert industry peers for a total of 14 nominations and 4 wins by Pollstar Magazine. In 2016, Gregg Perloff received the “Promoter of the Year Award” from Pollstar Magazine.
Another Planet is the exclusive promoter for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Fox Theater in Oakland, The Independent, a 500-capacity nightclub in San Francisco, and Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheatre in Lake Tahoe. In 2010, APE was honored to be awarded the exclusive contract to operate the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a flexible capacity multi-use event and concert space that holds up to 8,500. Another Planet also successfully produces three major festivals – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008), Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007) and Life is Beautiful (beginning in 2013).
Another Planet Entertainment has produced well over 5,000 events with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Muse, Robert Plant, Phish, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Adele, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Simon & Garfunkel.
Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is one of the nation’s leading independent music promoters. Over the last 25 years Noise Pop’s namesake festival has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of which have gone on to widespread acclaim.
Noise Pop is also the year-round talent buyer for the venerable San Francisco venue the Swedish American Hall, which includes Cafe du Nord, as well as producer of the free celebration of musical and culinary delights, the 20th Street Block Party. Additionally Noise Pop partners with various organizations, venues and institutions to produce events throughout the year including the SFMOMA, California Sunday Magazine and Academy of Sciences.