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May 16th to May 31st

I am going to skip ahead and let it be known that the Mission Creek Music Festival schedule has flowed our way. Running from June 7th to the 15th, the week long celebration is crossing into its ninth anniversary. Catch over 50 local acts at your favorite Mission haunt. Find the complete band list at:

But, as it is said, there is a parade every day in San Francisco, and to prove it read on.

MC Chris with Colt 75
Elbo Room
May 16th, 9 PM
$10 ~ 21 and over

I Want Candy. MC Chris sings naughty on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force soundtrack. Not just for fans of the Cartoon Network, MC Chris and his smart ass lyrics will shake the butts of Goldchains and De La Soul fans, alike. MC Chris also plays May 15th at 19 Broadway in the town of Fairfax in Marin County.

Dengue Fever
May 18th with Dazzling Strangers and Toshio Hirano
May 19th with The Cuts and Oliver Brown
Rickshaw Stop
$8 ~ 21 and over

Former Dieselhed guitarist, Zac Holtzman, gives this Cambodian psych-pop band street cred for Bay Area scenesters. His brother Ethan came up with the initial idea after a trip to South East Asia. Back home, the brothers recruited Chhom Nimol after hearing her sing at a Los Angeles Camay nightclub. It now seems ironic, after several years of ups and downs, the band will headline two nights at San Francisco nightspot, The Rickshaw Stop. Come check out what a the LA Times says is, "a band where a Cambodian beauty queen shares the stage with Rasputin, Barry White, Allen Ginsburg, Michael Hutchence and Brian Wilson."

Sila and The Afro-Funk Experience with Bohemian Knuckle Boogie
Elbo Room
May 21st, 10 PM
$10/$12 ~ 21 and over

Sila is a Kenyan native and fellow SF transplant. A singer/songwriter who has recently put together The Experience, a seven piece band who, with Sila, play a mix of American funk, Afrobeat, and Reggae. Sila donates a portion of all ticket sales to Save the Children Fund for Sudan. Dance and Donate this Saturday night. More info and clips at

Mesh Magazine Presents: Two Ton Boa and Rykarda Parasol
Hemlock Tavern
May 24th, 9:30 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

It's been five years since Sherry Fraser performed as Two Ton Boa. The bass wielding, haunting vocalist recently returned to the scene and just released a new 7" on the Kill Rock Star label. Local singer/songwriter Rykarda Parasol compares her music to the Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, and the Velvet Underground. Find out for yourself at

Great American Music Hall
May 30th, 7 PM
$20/$25 ~ all ages

East Bay, socially conscious, soul, jazz and hip-hop singer songwriter Goapele (gwa-pa-lay) performs for a live DVD taping. Goapele is not only a heavenly presence on stage, she will make you think as well.

Looking Ahead:

Out Hud performs June 3rd at Bottom of the Hill. Out Hud just released and are touring in support of Let Us Never Speak of IT Again, which I reviewed earlier this year.

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