We just announced the 2nd annual Offside festival on sfoffside.com. Here are the deets!
So, you think you know jazz? Think again!
Now in its second year, the SF Offside Festival presents three nights of incredible music that at once defines and defies the genre.
Featuring the best and brightest of the Bay Area scene—including local legends Howard Wiley and Marcus Shelby, two-time Grammy Award-winner Mads Tolling, Bay Area bulwarks Dave Mihaly, Steve Adams, Sheldon Brown, and Jaz Sawyer, plus emerging stars from a new generation of composers, Aram Shelton, Lisa Mezzacappa, Jordan Glenn, and Alex Pinto—SF Offside demonstrates why San Francisco is on the cusp of becoming the epicenter for new innovations in jazz.
Night 1 – “Streams” – Thursday, May 23, 8-11pm
Awaken Café, 1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Wiener Kids Family Band + Mucho Stereo + Waystanders
Night 2 – “Currents” – Friday, May 24, 9pm-midnight
Duende, 468 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94618
Howard Wiley Trio + Mads Tolling Quartet
Night 3 – “Tides” – Saturday, May 25, 8-11pm
Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, SF, CA 94110
Dave Mihaly & the Shimmering Leaves Ensemble + Sheldon Brown Group +
Lisa Mezzacappa-Steve Adams Duo
Tickets are sliding scale: $10-20 at the door or $25-45 in advance for a festival pass.
“A recent three-day gathering of top local talent, wove the area’s diverse talent into one intense weekend showcase, generating buzz for the local scene.”
-NPR’s A Blog Supreme (June, 2012)
“San Francisco is on the cusp of becoming the epicenter for new innovations in jazz, and we have Alex Pinto and festival co-founder Laura Maguire to thank for giving the whole scene a much needed boost.”
–Popdose (December, 2012)
“A brilliant cross section of the Bay Area’s thriving jazz scene. . . . This year’s Offside Festival could not have been more successful in demonstrating the vibrancy of the community, drawing a healthy crowd each night to witness the depth of jazz that is often overlooked.”
–Untapped SF (May, 2012)
San Francisco Offside Festival
SF Offside was created to fill a perceived gap in the regional jazz festival circuit. With an exclusive focus on homegrown talent, our mission is to draw attention to the incredible creativity to be found right here in our own backyard, and to build larger audiences for specifically local jazz offerings. The inaugural festival took place May 24-26, 2012, garnering both local and national attention on its very first outing. Our hope is that San Francisco ultimately gets the recognition it deserves as home to a rich, diverse, and exceptionally talented jazz community.