June 25 & 26: It's summer, so we're deep into festival season, and glad to see another Burger Boogaloo. The Boogaloo is Oakland's annual garage rock and power pop party, put on by local promoter Marcos Ribak with help from Burger Records, a label out of Fullerton, Calif. (They're also staging a fifth annual festival down in So Cal.) Burger Boogaloo has again snagged indie filmmaker (and renaissance man) John Waters as host of this celebration of underground music. Former locals Thee Oh Sees are back, along with garage rock pioneers like The Flamin’ Groovies and Psycotic Pineapple, plus the Trashwomen, The Mummies, Shannon and the Clams and more for two days at Oakland's Mosswood Park. Details are here.
June 25: For a more family friendly festival, check out Fruitvale First! A Latino culture festival at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood, featuring a dance contest, mariachis, tours of the museum, and (of course) great food. Fruitvale First! is also free, so it's one of our Cheap Thrills, and details are here.
June 25 & 26: It's the biggest street party of the year in San Francisco. The 46th annual San Francisco Pride celebration and parade take over the city. The theme this year is “For Racial and Economic Justice,” and look for an equal focus on celebrating the lives of those who died in the Orlando dance club shooting. There's entertainment from Peaches, Psychic TV, Hector Fonseca, CHEER San Francisco, HipHop4Change, plus a Queer Youth Space, Sundance Country-Western Dance Corral, and Tantra Trance if you need a meditative break, not to mention the big parade led by Dykes on Bikes on Sunday. Details on pride weekend are here.
June 29: And David wants to highlight a post parade show by Pwr Bttm, a two-piece punkish band of genderqueer people. In the past year they’ve gone from obscurity to performing an NPR Tiny Desk concert and having a critically lauded album that digs deep in queer themes. Details of their Wednesday show (opening for Pity Sex) at Slim's are here.
June 26: Save some energy after Pride for the return of John Doe, the bass player and singer of the legendary Los Angeles punk band X, now on his tenth solo album. The actor/musician has a new album out, The Westerner, that he talked about with David this week. "This record was dedicated to a friend of mine who passed away in 2015, Michael Blake, who wrote the screenplay for Dances With Wolves, but then it also became about the idea of a westerner, and luckily I was able to find images and take photographs that all kind of amplified or accented this idea of someone from the west." Details on John Doe's Sunday night show at the Great American Music Hall are here.
June 29 - July 10: Campo Santo is celebrating 20 years as an icon of Bay Area theater; a troupe making multi-ethnic theater with humane politics, and surviving despite its lack of a home theater. Their new play, in residency at ACT, offers a look to the future with Hookers on Mars Eventually from San Francisco native Star Finch, and features a surround sound video design by Joan Osato, a scenic installation by Tanya Orellana, an original score by Tommy Soulati Shepherd, and direction by Campo Santo co-founder Sean San Jose. You'll never be bored at a Campos Santo show. Details are here
June 25: Andy Shauf is a psychedelic-pop (is that obvious from the image above), singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Saskatchewan celebrating the release of his new album, The Party. It's a lovely collection of stories of people-watching at all night bash, and makes you want to be there (but maybe not as the guy who shows up too early). Shauf is opening for the equally compelling headlining trio of Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga Saturday night. Details here.