Fillmore Street is bopping and grooving this weekend with the sounds of the Fillmore Jazz Festival — a two-day affair with multiple stages between Eddy and Jackson Streets.
The festival is in its 36th year, celebrating the now mostly absent, historic jazz heritage of the Fillmore District. While many in the neighborhood bore witness to the wounds incurred by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency four and five decades ago — which sent thousands of residents packing and ultimately killed off the jazz culture that had been nurtured in the neighborhood since early in the last century — this annual festival serves as a reminder and a musical touchstone for the community.
Performances on Saturday, July 6 continue from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and include the David Parker Sextet, Paula West, and Kim Nalley. Sunday, the schedule is the same, but with some different performers including the Element Brass Band, and the Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring Tiffany Austin.
The dozen blocks of Fillmore Street are also lined with beer gardens and multiple food and craft vendors, and there's a kids' play area as well. And in addition to the three main stages, performers will set up on the sidewalk at different points along the street as well.
The festival draws around 100,000 people annually.
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