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Friday, March 21, 2014

How Do We Keep the S.F. Music Scene Alive? Come Discuss With Us at the Chapel

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

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Maybe you saw our cover story last week on how San Francisco's music scene is weathering this massive economic boom. We spoke with two dozen musicians, club bookers, promoters, and tech employees to get a broad perspective on some of the paradoxes of the moment -- like the fact that while musicians are leaving for Oakland, L.A., and other places, this city's clubs and studios are doing well.

The news can be saddening, but it isn't all bad. Artists and others are working hard to try to keep a vibrant music scene here in San Francisco -- and many of those we spoke with are convinced that more can be done. On Tuesday, April 1, SF Weekly, The Root (a nonprofit dedicated to the music community in the Bay Area), and the Chapel are hosting a free panel discussion to talk about these issues: why musicians are leaving San Francisco, and what can be done to keep them here -- along with the other pillars of a vibrant scene, such as clubs and studios.

We'll have a panel discussion among experts onstage that will include:

John Vanderslice, musician and owner, Tiny Telephone Studios

Jocelyn Kane, executive director, San Francisco Entertainment Commission

Guy Carson, former owner, Cafe Du Nord

Adam Theis, founder, Jazz Mafia

Jeremy Pollock, Legislative Aide, Supervisor John Avalos

Yours truly, the music editor here at SF Weekly, will be moderating. We'll bounce issues around among the panelists before opening the conversation up to questions from the audience. Rest assured there will be plenty of time for discussion. And while I won't speak for all the panelists, I hope to come out of this with some concrete ideas on what we can all do to make sure San Francisco retains a diverse and active music community.

Once again, the panel is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Chapel. It's free. You can RSVP on Facebook. See you then, and please check out our story if you haven't yet.

-- @iPORT


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