Tonight, together with local music nonprofit the Root and the Chapel, we're hosting a free panel discussion about San Francisco's music scene. This follows a big story we ran a few weeks ago exploring how the city's music culture is changing in the midst of the current economic boom.
Obviously, this is a hot topic in the city today. Depending on what circles you run in, you may hear a lot of talk about how the "techies are killing music" or how the music scene is all going to L.A., Oakland, New York, or Portland. And it is true that artists are leaving. But merely complaining about that will not be the focus of our panel discussion tonight. No: tonight, after a brief exploration of where things stand -- and how different that may be from how they once were -- we want to talk about how to improve things.
Who and what are the strongest forces keeping a vibrant music scene in San Francisco? What more can be done? Are there ways government and private industry can help the situation? Are some of them already working on it? Is there a way to make more affordable housing for artists?
These are the kind of questions we'll be asking of our panelists, which include folks from the music industry as well as the local government. They include:
John Vanderslice, owner and engineer, Tiny Telephone Studios
Jocelyn Kane, executive director, San Francisco Entertainment Commission
Guy Carson, former owner, Cafe Du Nord; executive director, California Music and Culture Association
Adam Theis, founder, Jazz Mafia
Jeremy Pollock, Legislative Aide, Supervisor John Avalos
We want to have you join the conversation as well. After we've had a chance to interrogate our panelists, we'll be opening the discussion up to the crowd. Please come with questions, ideas, and proposals. Your suggestions could make it into a follow-up story I'm writing about what can be done, and is being done, to make sure S.F. keeps its lively music scene.
Tonight's panel starts at 7 p.m. at the Chapel, 777 Valencia Street. It's free. Hope to see you there.