Headliner: WAR THE BAND (WAR)
Musical melting pot WAR became a permanent part of America’s musical landscape as one of the first successful bands to fuse rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B in 1969. WAR classics include widely known hits such as “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”
WAR began as Eric Burdon’s American backup band when he left The Animals to go solo. One of the first multiracial bands, they fused elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. Their Latin-flavored song “Spill the Wine” became a worldwide hit and launched the band’s career. WAR has featured numerous, rotating band members and been honored with 17 gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards and are known for the hit songs “The World Is a Ghetto,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Gypsy Man,” “Low Rider,” “Summer,” “Outlaw,” and “You Got the Power.” The evolution of WAR began in 1969 and WAR has been evolving ever since.
Malo is a San Francisco-based Latin-tinged rock and roll group born in the Mission district in the early ‘70s and led by vocalist Arcelio Garcia, Jr. and guitarist Jorge Santana (brother of Carlos). Today they front a lineup that features full horn and percussion sections delivering their signature ballads to high-energy Latin grooves. Their 1972 hit single “Suavecito,” a mellow romantic tune, became a low-rider classic and is called “The Chicano National Anthem.”
San Francisco natives Malo are pioneers of Latin rock in America known for their classic hit “Suavecito.”
See below for park rules and instructions!
The concert is admission free and seating is first come, first served in the Concert Meadow. Arrive early for best seating as the Concert Meadow may close if capacity is reached.
For you first-timers (or long timers who haven’t been to the festival for a while) who are attending the WAR THE BAND show this Sunday, read up on some basic #sterngrovefest etiquette and FAQs. Don’t be afraid to reach out if there are any unanswered questions you still have.
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All Stern Grove Festival concerts are ADMISSION FREE; no tickets are required. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis. All concerts begin at 2:00 p.m. at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard (in San Francisco’s Sunset/Parkside district).
Information regarding admission, facilities, and access to Stern Grove Festival is available on the Festival website (www.sterngrove.org) or call (415) 252-6252.
Stern Grove Festival, a San Francisco summer tradition celebrating eight decades, announced its line-up of admission-free concerts—Sundays at 2:00 pm from June 25 through August 27, 2017—at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. This summer’s 10-week concert series kicks off with Kool and the Gang, and features performances by Mavis Staples, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, WAR, Fantastic Negrito, Amadou and Mariam, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Brazilian Girls, Los Ángeles Azules, and more, as well as the Festival’s classical partners San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet.
The 80th Season takes a look back at the Festival’s history with performances from some favorites who are returning to the Grove—Mavis Staples, Amadou and Mariam, Quinn DeVeaux— as well as a roster of other artists who reflect the vibrant, eclectic spirit for which the Festival, and the City of San Francisco, are known.
Since 1938 Stern Grove Festival has fulfilled its long-standing mission to make the arts accessible to all in one of the country’s most beautiful natural settings, completely free of admission. The Festival offers Bay Area locals and visitors a 10-week series of performing arts concerts in a space that encourages all to relax and spend time with friends and family.