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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib at 1015 Folsom

There will be only one place to be for lovers of great underground hip-hop in San Francisco this Thursday, March 27th, and that is at 1015 Folsom for a performance by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. The somewhat unlikely pairing of emcee and producer will be performing in support of their recent collaborative...

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QOTSA to Perform at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 05-04-2014

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There may be no band on the scene right now representing for rock ‘n roll in its purest form any better than Southern California rockers Queens of the Stone Age. The group (which rose from the ashes of the Palm Beach Desert Rock scene of which front-man Josh Homme’s old band, Kyuss, were major players) has been at it for over 15 years, and is currently in as good of form as ever, touring in support of their recent critically acclaimed record, Like Clockwork. The record sees QOTSA refining their sound to a tightly-melodic hard rock sensibility sure to delight fans new and old, and is generally considered to be one of the best rock albums to be released in recent years.

Homme and company will be bringing their unique brand of driving, melodic, groove-oriented hard rock to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Thursday, April 17. You can expect plenty of jams from the new record, in addition to top favorites from throughout the bands discography. The band’s newly renovated lineup sees them in tip-top shape, and Homme is currently in rare form, with a fresh and focused perspective on the heels of a serious health care that sidelined him in 2010. 2014 is prime-time to see QOTSA in concert, and we strongly suggest you check out the show whether you are a big fan of the band or just want to see some great live hard rock music.

The show will start at 7:30 PM, and QOTSA will be supported by opening act Warpaint. For more information on the concert and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib at 1015 Folsom

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 23-03-2014

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There will be only one place to be for lovers of great underground hip-hop in San Francisco this Thursday, March 27th, and that is at 1015 Folsom for a performance by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. The somewhat unlikely pairing of emcee and producer will be performing in support of their recent collaborative release, Pinata, released on March 18th, 2014. The album features a star-studded list of guests, including such hip-hop staples as Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Scarface, Ab-Soul, Casey Veggies, and Mac Miller, and was preceded by three Madlib/Gibbs EPs released over 2012 and 2013.

If you need to know more about the artists to be performing, Freddy Gibbs is part of a new generation of street-oriented rappers, having been produced by such top hip-hop beatmakers as Red Spyda, Just Blaze, Buckwild, The Alchemist, Polow Da Don, and Collipark. The Gary, Indiana native is known for bringing a grit and grime to the game which has faded in recent years, while still maintaining a modernist appeal. Madlib is one of the top hip-hop producers of all time, having worked with such top-notch artists as Erykah Badu, J Dilla, MF Doom, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

For more information on the event and to purchase early-bird tickets, please click here.

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Other Minds Festival Coming Up

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Festivals, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 26-02-2014

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If you live in the Bay Area and love avant-garde music, there is no better opportunity to see the compositions of some of the top of avant-garde composers working today in concert than at the Other Minds Festival which will take place on February 28 and March 1, 2014 at the SF Jazz Center.

Other Minds is now in its 19th year, and it is one of the country’s longest-running and most relevant avant-garde music events. Each year, nine composers display some of their best work for discerning Bay Area fans of cutting-edge avant-garde composition.

This particular festival, unlike past installments, will feature all Bay Area composers, making it a unique event and one you will not want to miss if you take pride in local Bay Area music. The featured composers will include Mark Applebaum, John Bischoff, Donald Buchla, Joseph Byrd, Charles Celeste Hutchins, Myra Melford, Roscoe Mitchell, Wendy Reid, and John Schott, and their music will be performed by such excellent musicians as Alan Zimmerman (percussion), Sarah Cahill (piano), the Del Sol String Quartet, Dan Seamus (bass), John Hanes (drums), Tom Dambly (trumpet), and J.D. Parran, Vinny Golia, & Scott Robinson (bass saxophones).

For more information on the festival, including a complete program, and to purchase tickets, please check out the official website for the event.

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Beats For Boobs Event This Saturday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drink Events, Festivals, Food Events, Music Events | Posted on 19-01-2014

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If there are two things that we at Party Travel Hotspots’ SF Lowdown love (and just about everyone in their right mind loves for that matter), it would be beats and boobs. For this reason, the 10th annual Beats For Boobs event going down this Saturday, January 25th at Mezzanine is definitely right up our alley. The event will start at 7 PM and go until 2 AM, and will feature music, art, fashion, food, drinks and more. Proceeds will go to support local breast cancer organizations, making this a party with a conscience and a cause worth fighting for.

If you are wondering exactly what to expect, there will be music by local DJs such as shOOey, Atish, and Kimmy Le Funk, and art by Christa Grenawalt and Nick Myerhoff. There will be performance art, including an aerial performance by Chloe Marvel Light, a dance show by the Solar Flare Light Dancers, and the Dhol Rhythms of Non Stop Bhangra bringing their unique stylings to the proceedings. A few of the fashion labels to join in on the festivities will be Warrior Within, Milena, Silver Lucy, and Wabi Sabi Couture. Food will be provided by Takko, Sauce, and The Cake Gallery, and there will also be hair and makeup artists on-site to get you looking your best.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please check out the official website. Remember, this is all for a good cause, and those affected by breast cancer will greatly appreciate your support.

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San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas Eve Performance

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Holiday Events, LGBT Events, Music Events | Posted on 22-12-2013

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It is that time of the year again, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus are putting on their annual holiday performance this Christmas Eve, titled Shine. This year is the 35th anniversary of the group, who’s first performance was during a moving candlelight vigil held for Harvey Milk on the night of his tragic death. The chorus has played an integral role in LGBT activism over the years, but is also known for their sheer musical excellence, which will certainly be on display this December 24.

There will be 300 participants in the performance which will go down at the Castro Theatre at 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 PM. Recording artist Matt Alber and SF Opera soprano Marina Harris will make special guest appearances, and of course you will get to hear plenty of Christmas and Holiday favorites. Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig has been reluctant to spill the beans regarding exactly what to expect at this performance, meaning there should be some very special surprises.

Whether you are a member of the San Francisco LGBT community, an ally, or simply a lover of great choral and holiday music, this event is one you will definitely want to check out if time and funds permit. Tickets are $25-$35, and they can be purchased here.

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“Lost & Found” Every Tuesday at Make-Out Room

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 08-12-2013

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So often, when you hear the term “soul party” you automatically expect a night of rousing ’60s and ’70s jams to get your groove on and dance to. This is where “Lost & Found,” a different type of soul party held every Tuesday night at happening SF hotspot the Make-Out comes into play. Rather than a night of funky and uptempo soul jams, stalwart Bay Area DJs Lucky and Primo spin slow and sexy soul all night.

You can expect to hear some really rare dusty old vinyl cuts as these guys are not messing around when it comes to their collection. If you really love great vintage vinyl, soul music, and a kickback vibe, this is an event which is definitely for you. One of the best things about it, on top of everything else, is that it is free so you can save your money for drinks. Come on out and slow dance to Lost & Found next Tuesday at the Make-Out room and you are sure to have a great time if you are a true music lover or simply enjoy a night out on the town in a chill atmosphere.

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“Gourmet East Bay” 2013 This Saturday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drink Events, Food Events, Music Events | Posted on 31-10-2013

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This Saturday, November 2nd, foodies in San Francisco will have reason to celebrate as “Gourmet East Bay” will be hitting the city for 2013. Taking place at the Broadway Plaza shopping center in Walnut Creek, the event will feature 20 of the East Bay’s finest eateries offering up the best cuisine on their menus. There will also be eight featured wineries from Livermore, Napa, and Lodi, a featured brewery (Ale Industries), and Steeltown Coffee & Tea will be offering up the caffeinated goodness.

There will be spirits vendors mixing up fine cocktails, live music, and a raffle and silent auction featuring some quite exciting and lucrative prizes. On top of everything else, proceeds will go to support the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Project Open Hand, making this an event with a conscience.

Tickets go for $60-$70, which is not a bad price at all considering the quality of food and drink to be available at this event. If you live in the Bay Area and love great cuisine and libations, you will not want to miss Gourmet East Bay 2013, taking place from 7:00-10:00 PM on November 2nd.

For more information on the culinary scene in San Francisco, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots San Francisco Dining page.

 

 

“Saturday Night Soul Party” in SF

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 17-10-2013

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If you are looking for something seriously fun to do on the first and third Saturday of each month in San Francisco, hit up elbow room on Valencia for their twice-a-month “Saturday Night Soul Party” event. Popular Bay Area DJs such as Phengren, Paul Paul, and Pink Panzer (there seems to be a “P” theme going on here) spin obscure soul 45s from the classic Motown/Stax era that you likely have never heard unless you are a serious soul wax aficionado.

Wear formal attire like a cool cat from back in the day in the spirit of the retro-themed event and get in for $5, otherwise, the cover is $10. Not so bad for a night full of eclectic classic soul, dancing, and mingling among the chillest of San Franciscans. Hit up the Elbo Room’s website for more info on the event and other events going on at this popular San Francisco hotspot.

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Folsom Street Fair 2013 This Sunday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Festivals, Music Events | Posted on 25-09-2013

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It is that time of year again, and it is time for San Francisco’s legendary Folsom Street Fair, going down this Sunday, September 29 from 11 AM to 6 PM on Folsom Street. The Folsom Street Fair, experiencing its 30th anniversary with this year’s event is a truly defining festival in San Francisco and one of the more intrepid yearly public street events in the world.

If you are not familiar with the Folsom Street Fair, it is a celebration of BDSM and the “leather” gay subculture and is considered the largest fetish festival in the world. Even if you are not a part of these subcultures or particularly interested in them, many onlookers visit the festival each year just to take in the extravagant sight that it is to behold.

On top of all the usual kinky festivities, there will be a lot of excellent dance music at the fair, and plenty of after-parties and adjoining special events. Best of all, admission to the event is free with a minimal suggested donation. All proceeds go the fair’s beneficiaries, and those who give the suggested donation will receive two dollars off each drink purchase at the fair. For more info, click here.

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