Australian indie-electronic band Miami Horror and four-piece alternative Latino group Chicano Batman have been announced as headliners for this year’s 20th Street Block Party. Hosted by independent music promoter Noise Pop, the free Mission district music and food festival will take place from noon to 6pm on August 20. This free event has now been expanded to include the 19th Street Corridor, between Harrison and Bryant Street.
The neighborhood celebration of music, food and drink, and art will be situated just outside the doors of the Noise Pop headquarters, bringing some of the community’s best sights, sounds and flavors to thousands of guests throughout the afternoon. The expansion to 19th street is thanks in large part to a newly formed partnership with and benefit for the Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS), a private, nonprofit community education and workforce development center, providing occupational skills training and Vocational English as a Second Language to primarily Latino, unemployed and working-poor immigrants and their families, as well as other under-served groups in the Bay Area.
Additional music acts scheduled to perform at the 20th Street Block Party, include funk act Boulevards, former Santa Cruz resident and guitarist Nico Yaryan, Oakland-based singer Hazel English, San Francisco surf-soul band Spooky Mansion, and Oakland-by-way-of-Seattle songwriter Madeline Kenney. 20th Street Block Party will also feature a phenomenal lineup of some of the community’s best restaurants and dining spots offering delicious food and drink. Additional information on the participating eateries and the cooking demo stage will be announced in the coming weeks.
Food and drink will be available for purchase. VIP tickets cost $95, offering access to a private lounge, restrooms, free food and drinks, and special stage view areas. For more information on the event, visit the event website. Event artwork was done by renowned artist Jason Jagel.
Noise Pop GM Dawson Ludwig proclaimed, “We are thrilled to bring back this wonderful celebration of entertainment and food to one of the city’s greatest communities, which we proudly call home. And to be able to expand to 19th Street and bring our friends at MLVS to take part in it with us makes this year even more amazing.”
As part of the partnership, MLVS will co-curate the festivities and performances taking place on 19th Street during the Block Party. The partnership will be a major fundraiser, including a very special brunch and ceremony to dedicate the MLVS building at 2929 – 19th Street, SF to the memory of Rosario Anaya, renaming it Centro Educacional de Rosario Anaya / Rosario Anaya Education Center.
Last year’s lineup was headlined by local alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and singer-songwriter Nick Waterhouse.