Even before the move to the legalize marijuana, 4/20 has a been a date and a time for Californians to enjoy the wispy herb of their native state. Although the origin of the date and celebration is now a full raging controversy between dueling groups of stoners laying claim (see articles in Time Magazine and Huffington post after you have already sampled to sort through the maze of claims and stoner evidence). For San Franciscans, the beautiful result of this populist uprising is the amazing amount of musicians and shows that stop here in Norcal to get their National Weed Day on…Here are some 4/20 musical show highlights:
Katchafire with Bayonics
The New Parish
1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA
Built on a family movement, It all started when lead guitarist Grenville Bell, father of Lead Singer Logan Bell & Drummer / singer / songwriter Jordan Bell, moved into an apartment building in town with his then teenage sons where they could make music all night, and the rest is history. Countless jams and sell out concerts later they are now an 8 piece collective of multi talented songwriters and musicians and have become a staple on the Californian and Pacific Roots scenes.
DJ Dials Presents
1015 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA
DJ Dials has been laying it down for over a decade at 1015 and has become one of the most influential promoters on the west coast. Coming out of an East London DJ collective, SKEPTA struck out on his end and came up with gold with his 2016 collaboration with Pharrell Williams.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove St, San Francisco, CA
Featuring Lil B, Kevin Gates and Berner, this is the cream of the rising hip hop scene and expect good vibes, killer rhymes and of course, clouds and clouds of smoke as the hippies twirl into their more urban counterparts as Berner pays tribute to GG Park’s acclaimed gathering spot.
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Boomshanka started out almost 20 years ago and are still lead by guitar whiz, Sean Leahy a huge favorite of the post-Dead jam scene. With the passing of several members, the band broke up after reaching the heights of New Orleans Jazz Fest but are back to honor their fallen brothers with this reunion show. Many guests will be joining them on stage.
1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
Neo Jessica Joshua, better known as Nao is a British singer-songwriter and record producer from East London. Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B.[ Nao coined the term ‘wonky funk’ to describe her style and is making this Regency show her coming out party in SF. Consistently on everyone’s “must see; list now we finally get to see for ourselves – albeit in a cloud of smoke.