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Civic Center Commons
Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, California 94102
Join us for the 2018 Commons Block Party on 3rd Thursdays!
Enjoy a full bar serving wine, beer and craft cocktails, a rotating selection of street food curated by Off the Grid
; “beach” volleyball by SF Social
; and FREE performances by bands curated by Another Planet Entertainment
. On September 20th we’re excited to feature performances by Claire George and Tino Drima
Also check out the Common’s newest attraction: Zak Ové’s acclaimed public art installation «Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness,» brought to SF by the San Francisco Arts Commission
. We hope to see you there!
And just a reminder! 3rd Thursdays are BARTable with Bay Area Rapid Transit
Claire George is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer. For several years, Claire sang in a pop band in San Francisco and top lined for producers around the world before falling in love electronic music production. In 2016, Claire moved to a house outside of Seattle where she spent a year in isolation composing and producing her own material. There, Claire learned to blend her love for moody electronic production with her affinity for pop melodies to create an emotionally evocative style. Writing, producing and performing her own work, Claire focuses on creating an emotional connection both in her music and on stage with her fans. Claire's first single, «Orbits» was released via Kitsune in early 2018.
Tino Drima — Originally formed as a duo between frontman Gregory DiMartino and drummer Rob Mills in 2014, Tino Drima has since solidified into a six-piece — a patchwork of longtime friends that includes members of local mainstays French Cassettes and Spooky Mansion — to help bring their raucous, punk-inflected take on big band doo-wop to life. “It was all pretty close and in the family,” DiMartino says of the groupʼs gradual expansion. On their debut LP Her Kind of Man, Tino Drima has upped the ante since last yearʼs Smoking EP, finding a more nuanced sound that doesnʼt sacrifice any of their grit or fervent energy. Recorded in a cabin in the Sierra Mountains and later mixed by Dave Vandervelde (Tess & Dave, Father John Misty), Her Kind of Man seamlessly intertwines elaborate string arrangements with frontman Gregory DiMartinoʼs writhing howl. “Itʼs like Iʼm the guy whoʼs out there in a suit, smiling, but whoʼs actually manic inside, battling demons,” DiMartino explains.
“Brutal Earthquake,” for instance, begins with DiMartino playing the consummate crooner, before the band revs into high gear and he replaces his shit-eating grin with a bitter scowl. Later, “Drives Me Crazy” explores the surprising intersection of Frank Sinatraʼs big band charm and Spoonʼs slinky swagger. Constantly shifting between the grandeur of the ballroom and the grime of a back alley, doo-wopʼs charm and punkʼs bitter angst, Tino Drima make it clear that when it comes to heartbreak, things are never quite as they seem.