SOURCE: SF Weekly

SF Weekly

June 23, 2010 09:00 ET

SF Weekly Announces Lineup for New Music Festival 'All Shook Down'

Headliners Include Neon Indian and Janelle Monáe as Festival Brings Music Back to the Heart of North Beach on July 25

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - San Francisco's historic North Beach neighborhood will once again come alive as host to the city's newest music festival, "All Shook Down" on July 25. Presented by SF Weekly, the Bay Area's premier music, arts and entertainment news source, All Shook Down is a showcase of eclectic local, national and international music. With production support provided by North Beach Jazz Fest veterans Sunset Promotions, the event will feature live music from more than 40 artists in several centrally located intimate venues on Grant & Green streets and an outdoor stage within the neighborhood.

Headlining the event on the outdoor stage will be internationally acclaimed indie-pop artist Neon Indian and future-soul diva Janelle Monáe. All Shook Down will also unveil the nominees for the 2010 SF Weekly Music Awards, and attendees will be able to submit their votes on-site. Many of the nominees will be performing at the festival. The outdoor stage and festival area will be all ages.

Among the confirmed local artists are The Jazz Mafia Allstars, Forrest Day, The Park, A.B. and the Sea, Grass Widow, Boca do Rio, The Oakland Faders, Joe Bagale, The Ferocious Few, Tiny Television, The Brass Mafia, Odessa Chen, Bare Wires, Birds & Batteries, the Afrolicious DJs and many more to be announced.

"It was important for us to carry on the legacy of the North Beach Jazz Festival, which was always a wonderful event for the neighborhood, and really an ode to the cultural importance of North Beach," said SF Weekly music editor Ian Port. "We hand-picked the artists playing the festival to showcase a huge range of great local artists and provide something for everyone. All Shook Down is designed to be a benefit and tribute to the neighborhood for years to come."

In addition to the musical festivities, All Shook Down will also feature more than 40 food, art, and merchandise vendors. The daytime portion of the event will run from noon until 7 p.m., with local venues running music into the evening. Among the participating venues are some of North Beach's most historic and cherished nightspots: Amante, Grant & Green, Maggie McGarry's, Mojito, Royale, and Savoy Tivoli with several more to be announced. These venues will only admit persons 21+ in age.

The whole festival is accessible with one single-price ticket, available now for only $8 in advance, and VIP packages are also available for $40. General admission tickets will be available for $10 once the presale has concluded. Tickets are available now at http://allshookdown.eventbrite.com/. More information will be available at sfweekly.com, sfallshookdown.com and sunsetpromotions.com as the festival approaches.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit "For the Bayou," a non-profit organization helping restore and protect Louisiana's wetlands and wildlife and to assist in the humanitarian needs of its citizens in the event of a disaster. Please visit www.forthebayou.org for more information.

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners for helping to make this event possible: New Belgium, Medithrive, Parkmerced, and LikeMe.net. Promotional support provided by: Crawl SF, Nate Mezmer Presents, Eye Heart SF, 1M Entertainment

If you are interested in being a participating vendor, please contact info@sunsetpromotions.net. For more information on this event and available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Glass at Melissa.Glass@sfweekly.com or call 415/536.8102.

More information on headlining artists:

Neon Indian -- An elusive new project from composer Alan Palomo, Neon Indian delivers equal parts synthetic nostalgia, dream pop lullabies, and grinding guitar noise to create something eerier than the sum of its parts. Forged after a hazy winter gathering in Texas, this initial batch of tracks was the result of field recordings, record samples and a collection of bizarre synth sounds. Orbiting around the themes of drug-induced heartbreak, weary afternoons, and lost chances, this music provides a lush soundtrack to the deadbeat exploits of teenage ennui.

Neon Indian's bedroom ballads have already forged the upcoming Psychic Chasms, set for release this summer. They've been compared to New Order, Future Bible Heroes, and most recently said to sound like a saw-wave cutting a Doobie Brother's song in half. Expect much racket to be had from this fresh-faced crew.

Janelle Monáe -- She's been called "a different kind of diva" by Vogue Magazine and "a true visionary... one of the most important signings of my career" by Sean "Diddy" Combs. For singer, songwriter, and high funkstress Janelle Monáe, however, the impetus remains the same as it's been since before her Grammy-nominated debut EP Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase captured the imaginations of fans and fellow artists. As she readies her first full-length LP, The ArchAndroid, her focus remains on stirring your soul, moving your feet and simply, creating good music.

The ArchAndroid is a soaring, orchestral trip enlivened with blockbuster vocals, mysterious imagery, and notes of 60's pop and jazz. "It's an organic symphonic sound," says Monáe, who enlisted the talents of the Wondaland ArchOchestra to realize her sound. Elaborate orchestral arrangements were composed and conducted by Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Roman GianArthur for Wondaland Productions. Featured guests include the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, the psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal and punk prophets Deep Cotton.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Melissa Glass
    Marketing Coordinator
    Phone: (415) 536.8102
    E-mail: Melissa.Glass (at) sfweekly.com