SF Live: Goldfish, Bag Raiders, and Mykki Blanco @ Union Square

Sat Sep 21 2024

2:00 PM (Doors 2:00 PM)

Union Square

333 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94108

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All Ages

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See you at Union Square Plaza!
432 Geary St. SF, CA 94102

SF Live is a new six-month series of free music concerts put on as a joint citywide initiative by esteemed San Francisco arts & music producers Illuminate, San Francisco Parks Alliance, Noise Pop, and Union Square Alliance. Created as a love letter to San Francisco music, SF Live concerts are a coming together of San Francisco’s storied musical history and the city’s promising and developing local talent.

Each concert is thoughtfully curated by organizers from historic San Francisco music venues, presenting a unique combination of artists that not only showcases the broad spectrum of San Francisco artistry, but also provides a diverse and dynamic concert experience for attendees. Whether it's a rising indie band, a well-established jazz ensemble, or a high-energy pop act, there is always a new sound to discover at SF Live.

With its emphasis on staying true to the San Franciscan spirit— SF Live is more than just a concert series - it's a celebration of the city's rich cultural tapestry, a gathering of its people, and a testament to the power of music in bringing people together.

Supported by Mayor London N. Breed and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, SF Live is one of several initiatives to support the local nightlife and entertainment sector, alongside fee waivers, permit streamlining, and other efforts to support the sector’s recovery. SF Live is supported through a $2.5 million investment from the California State Legislature that was led by City Attorney David Chiu when he was an Assembly member.

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SF Live and Cafe Du Nord Presents:
SF Live: Goldfish, Bag Raiders, and Mykki Blanco @ Union Square

  • GoldFish

    GoldFish

    Dance/Electronic

    Before changing the Electronic Music game in South Africa as GoldFish, Dominic Peters and David Poole were mild - mannered students by day - that blew the roof off house parties by night.

    Their trailblazing live show , which mixed tireless house beats with multiple live instrumental performances earned the attention of a swelling house and electronic music fan base. As their fame grew, so did their scope, scouring obscure sources for unique and cheeky samples that they twisted into endlessly fun hooks and choruses. Stirring African rhythms and Sax melodies into the mix helped Goldfish evolve a truly unique house sound. Their burnished grooves are rooted in pure pop pleasure, hooking even the most cautious listener onto the dance floor (without next - day regret).

    After seven years basing themselves between Cape Town and Ibiza, Dom and Dave have settled in San Diego to concentrate on the burgeoning US Market. A consistent string of chart - topping hits — and a live show that has seen countless festival appearances from Coachella to Glastonbury — has helped GoldFish become one of the most enduring and influential groups in live electronic music

  • Bag Raiders

    Bag Raiders

    Dance

    Australian dance royalty Bag Raiders have been stalwarts in the electronic music community for more than a decade. After releasing a slew of cult underground cuts including ‘Fun Punch’ and ‘Turbo Love’, Jack Glass and Chris Stracey signed to dance-powerhouse Modular Records and released their debut self-titled album in 2010. With that, the game changed forever. The record debuted at #7 on the official ARIA album chart, snagging nominations for ‘Best Dance Release’ (ARIA), ‘Album of the Year’ (Triple J Award) and ‘Dance Work of the Year’ (APRA). The LP featured the smash hit singles ‘Way Back Home’, ‘Sunlight’, ‘Snake Charmer’ and of course festival anthem ‘Shooting Stars’ – which has gone onto become one of the biggest Australian dance tracks of all-time. ‘Shooting Stars’ has now amassed over 4 billion online streams, achieving 32 Platinum and 7 Gold plaques worldwide and delivering a cultural impact beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. Since its release the song has taken on a life of its own, breaking-the-internet a gazillion times through a series of iconic ‘Shooting Stars memes’. In 2021, Bag Raiders paid homage to the original ‘man jumping off bridge meme’ by creating an exclusive NFT, with proceeds going to Support Act and Musicians Making A Difference.

    Following the success of the debut record, the band relocated to Los Angeles and released a stack of highly-praised EP’s ‘Waterfalls’, ‘Checkmate’ and ‘Friend Inside’, plus club-warmer ‘Nairobi’ and ‘Beat Me to the Punch’ ft. Mayer Hawthorne. In 2019 Bag Raiders released their second LP ‘Horizons featuring singles ‘How Long’ ft. Panama and ‘Lightning’ and a sold-out tour across North America and Australia.

    Spending the next few years locked away in the studio, in 2022 Bag Raiders launched their own record label Broken Head Records and a return to their dancefloor roots. “The Broken Head releases will take us back to the club and those magical festival moments. Back to where we started, where it’s about having fun” states Chris. “It’s about freedom, less rules and more fun” reinforces Jack.

    ‘UR Heart’ was the first taste of the new era serving us a spoonful of dancefloor-centred emotion and churning melodic arpeggios melded with the pitched up vocal sample refrain of “I’ve been loving you”. Huge global support greeted the new single with 4 weeks of Radio 1 and KISSFM rotation in the UK, KCRW spins in the States and mega triple j coverage and iHeart Radio rotation back on home soil. ‘Never Forget’ came next. Almost 2-step in its stuttering beat, the shimmering production plays a support role to the cut-up vocal which is presented on a pedestal of sentiment in this more inward-reflecting piece. If ‘UR Heart’ was the come up, ‘Never Forget’ is the drive home after losing your love and/or friends on the dancefloor. The pensive, fast-paced 'Letting Go' completed the hat-trick of releases in 2022. "This tune is about body feel, freeing the mind and submitting on the dancefloor, in life, whenever.” In 2023 Bag Raiders returned with ‘Love Me Back’ featuring a stolen Meg Mac vocal taken from a studio session, pitched up into a rave vocal Bag Raider style! “We went from indie rock to club banger in 4 semitones and 20 extra BPM. Luckily she liked it hehe” jokes Jack. Fast and pumping, HI-NRG, rough and ready, ‘Love Me Back’ is the perfect reflection of what Jack & Chris are playing in the clubs right now, and saw the duo return to North America, Mexico, Australia and Indonesia for more extensive touring. DJ support absolutely peaked on this release with support from a stack of global heavyweights including A-Trak, ABSOLUTE., Anna Lunoe, Bonobo, Boston Bun, Chaos In The CBD, Diplo, DJ Boring, Dom Dolla, Duke Dumont, Hayden James, Krystal Klear, Moktar, O'Flynn, Partiboi69, Pete Tong, Pretty Girl, Riton, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Young Franco.

    In December 2023 Bag Raiders release the double A-side ‘Right Here’ / ‘Saliba’. ‘Right Here’ is an infectious, big-room melodic cut, with a hook that shines through, of which they share it being a, "Straight up and down house banger. No frills, maximum thrills. Cannot wait to unleash. This is an ode to old school sample house. Proof that if you have a good baseline and your drums smack, you really don't need anything else."

    ‘Saliba’ on the other hand takes a more percussive route with a heavy 70s-esque guitar riff, a track has been road-tested in Bag Raiders’ DJ sets around the world over the past 12 months. Bag Raiders elaborate, "we've been playing this out in various forms for over a year now and it goes off. All hail the kring! The brief here was keep it rough and wonky like an old tin shed. We wanted the percussion and the guitars to be as rude as possible. We love suspense. When the track cuts out for a bar near the beginning you can tell the crowd is like, "oh no, did something go wrong up there?!" And then, boom, normal service resumed now with added bongo. What's not to love?"

    The autonomy afforded to them with Broken Head Records has seen a bigger and more consistent output from Bag Raiders, with plenty more to follow in 2024. “It’s really helped us to fall in love with music again” Chris beams. “We started in clubs and this new chapter is all about DJ sets, sweaty clubs and festivals”. That hands-on approach filters throughout every aspect of the labels’ mantra, building out new communities and collaborations across the whole creative and A&R process. The kooky yet brazen new branding and logo, created by Sydney-based artist Nick Amezdroz (also known for his work with night-time institution Pelvis) is a perfect example of this new found free-spirited nature.

    Praised for the space they occupy as dance music icons on the global scene, ‘Right Here / Saliba’ arrives after their collaboration with Troye Sivan on ‘Got Me Started’ - who sampled ‘Shooting Stars’ on his ARIA-award-winning third studio album Something To Give Each Other. Marking the first time the track has been sampled, ‘Got Me Started’ has clock over 50 million Spotify streams in just 2 months since its release, gaining significant global radio airplay/playlisting and a Saturday Night Live skit to boot. Watch this space for an official Bag Raiders remix in 2024.

    Since their inception, a consistently busy tour schedule has taken Bag Raiders across all corners of the world a few times over, leaving a legacy with their dynamic live show and hands-in-the-air DJ moments. From 30-date North American bus tours, to European, Asian and South American adventures and multiple sold out tours year-after-year across Australia. They’ve played stadiums with icons Duran Duran and Chic / Nile Rodgers and slayed festival crowds from Ultra Music, Splendour in the Grass, CRSSD, Bestival and Lovebox, to TomorrowWorld, EDC Mexico, Parklife, Melt and Beyond the Valley. From the over-ground plays to the underground raves, Bag Raiders have always kept one foot in the club and one eye on the future with DJ sets all over the planet, livestreams for Mixmag and remixes for international luminaries Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Banks, Riton, PNAU, The Jungle Giants and Crooked Colours.

    It’s impossible to over-emphasise the impact that Bag Raiders have had on dance music, both in Australia and across the planet. With such a rich history of achievement already in the bank, one could forgive the duo for resting on their laurels and setting off into the sun. Luckily for us, they’ve never been hungrier, more creative nor more excited about what comes next… which is what exactly? “More bangers, more head breaking” spouts Jack.
  • Mykki Blanco

    Mykki Blanco

    Urban

    Mykki Blanco, the artist persona and stage name of Michael David Quattlebaum Jr., is an internationally renowned musician, performing artist, and LGBTQ+ activist.

    While their self-titled debut Mykki album wasn’t released until 2016, they were the creative force behind mixtapes such as Cosmic Angel (2012) and Gay Dog Food (2013); these groundbreaking mixtapes along with Blanoc’s other early releases defined the “queer rap” genre and paved the way for the possibility other non-heteronormative and gender-nonconfirming artists to break through. Blanco has created cult classic hits including ”Kingpinning” and “Haze.Boogie.Life” and “Wavvy” and ”Coke White, Starlight” and ”The Initiation”— and they have set an extremely high bar when it comes to music videos lead single “High School Never Ends” from their debut album was directed by Matt Lambert and won multiple awards on the festival circuit.

     

    Beyond their own music video content, Blanco has made a significant mark in media and pop culture through their performances in other music videos and short film content, such as their starring role in Madonna’s “Dark Ballet” music video, their stunning reading of Zoe Leonard’s “I Want A Dyke For President” poem, their role in the experimental “No Leash” art film collaboration with Cody Critcheloe for Shayne Oliver’s Hood By Air brand, and their multi-character performance in the Wypipo short film (as part of their role as guest editor for Dazed). The multi-faceted star continues to crossover from the underground having toured with the likes of Bjork, Major Lazer, and Death Grips, while working with such diverse musicians as Kanye West, Devendra Banhart, Amnesia Scanner, Charli XCX, Kathleen Hanna, and Woodkid. Mykki Blanco remains a creative polymath whose journey is as exciting to watch as it is to listen to. As of early 2020, Blanco has completed two albums’ worth of new music representing a significant evolution in their craft and a major leveling up with the tier of collaborators involved. In 2021 Blanco released “Broken Hearts And Beautysleep. In 2022, Blanco released their seminal album “Stay Close To Music” and in 2023 Blanco released a raucous, genre-defying EP called “Postcards From Italia”.


     

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SF Live and Cafe Du Nord Presents:

SF Live: Goldfish, Bag Raiders, and Mykki Blanco @ Union Square

Sat Sep 21 2024 2:00 PM

(Doors 2:00 PM)

Union Square San Francisco CA
SF Live: Goldfish, Bag Raiders, and Mykki Blanco @ Union Square

$0.00 All Ages

See you at Union Square Plaza!
432 Geary St. SF, CA 94102

SF Live is a new six-month series of free music concerts put on as a joint citywide initiative by esteemed San Francisco arts & music producers Illuminate, San Francisco Parks Alliance, Noise Pop, and Union Square Alliance. Created as a love letter to San Francisco music, SF Live concerts are a coming together of San Francisco’s storied musical history and the city’s promising and developing local talent.

Each concert is thoughtfully curated by organizers from historic San Francisco music venues, presenting a unique combination of artists that not only showcases the broad spectrum of San Francisco artistry, but also provides a diverse and dynamic concert experience for attendees. Whether it's a rising indie band, a well-established jazz ensemble, or a high-energy pop act, there is always a new sound to discover at SF Live.

With its emphasis on staying true to the San Franciscan spirit— SF Live is more than just a concert series - it's a celebration of the city's rich cultural tapestry, a gathering of its people, and a testament to the power of music in bringing people together.

Supported by Mayor London N. Breed and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, SF Live is one of several initiatives to support the local nightlife and entertainment sector, alongside fee waivers, permit streamlining, and other efforts to support the sector’s recovery. SF Live is supported through a $2.5 million investment from the California State Legislature that was led by City Attorney David Chiu when he was an Assembly member.

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Professional Cameras are not allowed without prior approval. Professional Camera defined as detachable lens or of professional grade as determined by the venue staff. When in doubt, just email us ahead of the show! We might be able to get you a Photo Pass pending Artist’s approval.

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