A unique celebration of music, art and community energy is coming to Bayview, with the two-day Southside Festival showcasing local musicians and visual artists.
This is the first season for the Southside Festival, presented by Imprint.City and supported by San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development/Invest in Neighborhoods and FivePoint developers.
The Festival’s purpose is to have fun and enjoy culture while sparking neighborhood business activity. On the first day, the emphasis is on music – and in a twist from most festivals, much of the action will be indoors, using music to connect festivalgoers with local businesses. The roster of performers, appearing at Laughing Monk Brewing and Seven Stills Distillery on Egbert Avenue, represents a provocative mix of talent:
- Sol Development
- Le Vice
- Crashing Hotels
- Jay Stone
The Festival will coincide with the one-year anniversary of Laughing Monk Brewing, which will offer special beer releases including their new Belgian Waffle Tripel. The brewery will also serve its barrel-aged Devil’s Hoard and Peach Pulpit and give free tours throughout the day.
Day 2 spotlights Bayview’s promising art scene, highlighted by enduring visual artist Ira Watkins and outdoor muralist Cameron Moberg.
Just for the festival, Moberg will paint another large-scale outdoor mural on Egbert Avenue, dubbed the Sprayview for the distinctive outdoor art that has become a community fixture.
“I love the artwork on our buildings,” says local business owner Gayle Gow of Gow Supply Co. on Egbert Avenue. “It was so exciting to watch the artwork unfold. The art is unifying and we sure need more of that.”
Another Bayview art treasure is Watkins, who pursued his artistic vision while living in his van for three years as he waited for public housing. Watkins, now a Bayview Senior Services resident, will curate an arts exhibition for the festival.
Watkins, 73, a Bay Area resident since 1957, has been involved in art since he was 8 and has been featured in The New York Times. He is self-taught, and much of his work portrays the African-American immigration from the South to the Bay Area during World War II to find jobs in the shipyards.