STERN GROVE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 MUSIC LINEUP
FEATURING THUNDERCAT, FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, PERFUME GENIUS, LEDISI
THIEVERY CORPORATION, ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, X & MORE
PLUS SEASON FINALE WITH TOWER OF POWER & TOO $HORT
— 84th Annual Admission-Free Summer Concert Series Kicks Off June 20, Advance Ticket Reservations Available Starting Today at 2pm via SternGrove.org —
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 8, 2021) — Stern Grove Festival, the longest-running free outdoor music festival in the
San Francisco Bay Area, is proud to reveal the 2021 music lineup for the 84th annual concert season. Although the
event continues to be free for all attendees, guests must register in advance to reserve a spot for each concert at
www.sterngrove.org with initial online reservations opening today at 2:00 p.m. PT.
Kicking off on Sunday, June 20, Stern Grove will make its highly-anticipated return with one of the most diverse and
star-studded lineups in the Festival’s 80+ year history. With programming as eclectic and diverse as the city it calls
home, Stern Grove Festival continues to present a wide range of musical performances where the sounds of rock,
hip-hop, jazz, folk, classical, funk, and blues all define the concert-going experience for attendees of all ages.
The 2021 schedule is available below and online at www.sterngrove.org:
● June 20: Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña, LadyRyan
● June 27: Perfume Genius, Madame Gandhi, Honey Mahogany, LadyRyan
● July 4: San Francisco Symphony
● July 11: Thievery Corporation, Dessa, DJ Shortkut
● July 18: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Dip, DJ Omar
● July 25: X, The Avengers, DJ Omar
● August 1: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
● August 8: Thundercat, Cassowary, DJ Shortkut
● August 15: Fitz & The Tantrums, Devon Gilfillian, DJ Omar
● August 29: The Big Picnic featuring Tower of Power, Too $hort, DJ Shortkut
The 2021 concert season begins with a headline performance from 2021 Grammy Award winner and R&B
singer/songwriter Ledisi; followed the next week by Perfume Genius, the critically-acclaimed indie-rock project from
the mind of the accomplished singer/songwriter and creative artist Mike Hadreas.
The July 4th concert will feature a special Independence Day holiday performance from the San Francisco
Symphony (SFS), led by conductor Edwin Outwater. Since its inaugural concert in 1938, Stern Grove Festival has
partnered every year with the SFS to offer a world-class performance to the public, which also marks the only
opportunity for fans to see an admission-free performance by the SFS.
July concerts continue with a headline performance on July 11 from Thievery Corporation as the DC-born
electronica group celebrates 25 years since the release of their debut album Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi in 1996;
followed by a set on July 18 from St. Paul & The Broken Bones, an eight-piece Birmingham, Alabama–based rock
and soul band that is best known for its gospel-tinged and soulful southern sound.
The second half of the 2021 season will kick off on July 25th with legendary punk rockers and musical trailblazers X,
who recently released their latest album Alphabetland, which marked an end to the band’s 27-year hiatus from
releasing new music and coincided with the 40th anniversary of their debut album Los Angeles. Rock and Roll Hall of
Famers and music pioneers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will take the stage next on August 1 while performing hits
from the band’s nearly 50-year career including “I Love Rock N Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson
Additional headliners include two popular acts that both hail from Los Angeles. R&B singer/songwriter Thundercat is
scheduled to perform on August 8, which marks one of his very first performances after the acclaimed bass player
won “Best Progressive R&B Album” at the 2021 Annual Grammy Awards. Indie pop and neo-soul band Fitz & The
Tantrums will perform on August 15, while the group continues to work on their highly-awaited next project that
follows the release of All the Feels in 2019.
After a short one-week hiatus, the 2021 concert season concludes on Sunday, August 29 with the Festival’s annual
fundraiser, The Big Picnic, featuring a very special performance from two legendary SF Bay Area artists, both of
whom hail from nearby Oakland – the iconic soul/funk/R&B outfit Tower of Power will headline the final concert
event at 2:00 p.m. PT followed by a season-closing set from multi-platinum selling emcee Too $hort later that
afternoon. The Big Picnic helps to raise funds in support of the Festival’s mission to provide admission-free concerts
and arts education programs for the residents of the Bay Area. A limited number of tables for the benefit party are on
sale now at www.sterngrove.org/84th-concert-season/concert-10.
“It’s been so long since most of us have been able to enjoy live music with masses of other people, and we’re
beyond excited to be able to be one of the first festivals to bring this soul-uplifting experience back,” said Executive
Director Bob Fiedler. “Our lineup is diverse as always and we’re even going to push a few more boundaries than we
usually do. Whether it’s punk rock, hip-hop, crossover jazz, or the good old Symphony on the Fourth of July, we
hope that everyone can find something they love in this year’s lineup.”
All concerts for the 2021 season will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT at Sigmund Stern Grove, a historic park and concert
meadow located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in the city’s Sunset District that offers an unparalleled outdoor
setting for music lovers of all ages.
Admission to each concert will continue to remain free to the public, although the Festival will implement a new
online ticket reservation system for the first time. Additionally, attendance for each concert will be adjusted over time
in order to protect public health while adhering to local, state, and federal regulations, with limited seating expected
for at least the first few concert events.
At 2:00 p.m. PT exactly 12 days prior to each event, an online portal will be opened through http://www.sterngrove.org to
offer free passes on a first-come, first-served basis. For, example, tickets to the June 20 concert will be available to
reserve today, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. PT.
Additional changes to the Festival-going experience include the construction of new temporary fencing and other key
infrastructure to help maintain proper social distancing, although patrons are welcome to once again bring their own
food and beverages to enjoy. Other safety-related protocols will be announced closer to day-of-show via social media
channels and website, and strictly enforced in order to protect the health and safety of the Festival’s patrons,
performers, and staff. For more information about this year’s Festival-going experience, please visit
In order to reach as many people as possible, especially those unable to attend in person, Stern Grove Festival will
also be live streaming its shows this year for the first time ever. In partnership with StageIt, each of the future live
stream events can be viewed for free via www.sterngrove.org on concert Sundays starting at 2 p.m. PT.
Stern Grove Festival would like to thank its 2021 sponsors for their support, including SF Recreation & Parks, Lisa &
Douglas Goldman Fund, Grants for the Arts, Hewlett Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The Bernard Osher
Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Waymo, National Endowment for the Arts, Levi Strauss & Co., John & Marcia
Goldman Foundation, William G. Gilmore Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Xfinity, Anchor Brewing, Seiler LLP,
San Francisco Association of Realtors, and Dodge & Cox. Local media partners include KPIX-TV (CBS), KBCW-TV
(CW), and SF Media Co. This year’s event is once again held in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and
Parks Department and Commission.
Stay tuned as more details surrounding the 2021 season will be announced in the coming weeks, including more
ticket reservation sign-ups, experiential offerings, live streams, and more.
Learn more at www.sterngrove.org.