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Great Night Out

City classics the Haight St. Fair and the Annual Stern Grove free concert series will both be jumpstarting the summer season on Sunday June 13th. So do you roll through the Haight early and then over to Stern Grove in time to catch openers Tin Hat Trio? Or do you start out at the Grove and bust a crazy move to squeeze your way into the sun and alcohol soaked Haight Street fair before it ends at 5:30? From Hip-Hop and Hindi music and industrial Indie to African Griot and the runaway rock-kitty, all have come to town for our summer in the City.

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June 4th, Friday: Zion-I w/ With Crown City Rockers and Deuce Eclipse
@ The Independent
Time: doors at 8 pm / show at 9 pm
Admission: $13 in advance, $15 at the door, 21+

Oakland's hip-hoppers Zion-I (Amp Live and MC Zion) bring it live on the big stage at the Independent. The duo's second album, Deep Water Slang version 2.0 (Live Up/Raptivism Records), dropped soulful, electronified beats laced with an emotionally powerful street verse. Zion I keeps on pushing the boundaries of hip-hop. Dropping deep lyrical verse over diverse musical styles from drum and bass, electro, Indian grooves to lush soulful beats.

Don't miss out on local faves Crown City Rockers, (the band formerly know as The Mission) with M.C. Raashan Ahmad and that amazing Kat prowling the keys. CCRs sum it up best as "Imagine Herbie Hancock meets A Tribe Called Quest at a party where the DJ has a Jimi Hendrix hangover, but he's rockin' Stevie Wonder and Biz Markie."

Now the king told the boogie men, you have to let that raga drop

June 5th, Saturday Dhamaal Soundsystem w/DJ's Janaka & Zeph
@ Elbo Room
Doors/ Show: 10:00 PM

Admission: $10, 21+

What to you get when you fuse modern banging electronica with traditional South Asian Tablas and Dumbek and trippy visuals?-- SF art collective Dhamaal. They pump up the volume on the Elbo Room's recently upgraded sound system. Dhamaal comes out from the underground scene to bring the rhythm forward along with performers: Janaka [Selekta], DJ Zeph, Dhruva Ganesan (Dumbek/Tabla), Shabi Farooq (Tabla/Vocal).

2 4-free, and not just 3 but 5!

June 13, Sunday: Tin Hat Trio
@ Stern Grove
Time: 12PM
Admission: FREE! All Summer long...

Fans of Tin Hat Trio's freewheeling chamber music for the 21st century are in for a treat with a free show Saturday 12th at Ameoba Records in SF @ 1:00 PM and then as they kick off the Stern Grove's 67th season, opening up for Regina Carter.

Joined on stage by Zeena Parkins & Bryan Smith, the Tin Hat Trio will be performing as a quintet, supporting their latest release Book Of Silk (Ropeadope Records

I ain't gonna play sin city

June 12, Saturday: Vusi Mahlasela
@ The Independent
time: doors at 8 pm / show at 9 pm
admission: $13 in advance, $15 at the door

The voice is a powerful weapon and South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela wields it as a powerful force for positive change.

While he sings like a bird, he packs the punch of a bee. "He was a voice during the revolution, a voice of hope, like a Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan of South Africa, and he still is." Vusi's songs addressed themes of political and social significance of a changing South Africa. An accomplished guitarist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader and performer, Vusi sings as a bird does: in total response to being alive.

Some may have caught their first exposure to Vusi and his music in the film: Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, about the importance of music and song in South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle.


June 14, Monday: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Time: 9: 00 pm (doors at 8:30)
Admission: $15

There are some who have declared her Saint Hood. This original bad-ass riot grrl still out-rocks them all. Her last appearance at BOTH, two years back, was one of the most amazing shows in town; she attacked the stage as only her glorious, bad, butchy-self could do and choice covers included Replacements and tunes from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you can't get tickets, as I'm sure this will sell out quickly, Storm and her Balls the next night 15th should kick-ass too.

Be nice to your Sista!

June 16, Wednesday: SISTER MACHINE GUN
with Christ Analogue, Manufactura and DJ's Decay & Joe Radio (Death Guild)
@ DNA Lounge
time: show at 8 pm
Admission: $10 advance, $14 door

Get your inner industrial-child on as Sister Machine Gun rolls into the DNA. Industrial pioneers, Chicago's Sister Machine Gun began defining the industrial rock mutations of the genre way back in 1990. Their current Domination tour brings back that industrial sound of the late eighties and early nineties: heavy beats, distorted guitars and pounding synth lines that will drag your favorite sounds kicking and screaming into the pit. Founders Chris Randall and guitarist Miguel Turanzas will launch an audio assault from electro-funk dance to Hendrix-flavored industrial strength rock. Oh and by the way, wear something black.