As San Francisco grows ever more expensive, some in the more artistic, less remunerative cultural fields have come to see the city's flourishing food scene as a symbol for the troubles of artists and the middle class. The more elite restaurants take up space in the Mission, this thinking goes, the harder it becomes for full-time musicians and other artists to stay there.
But not everyone sees food and music in opposition. With its second-annual 20th Street Block Party, Noise Pop says it wants to use the voracious interest in the city's food scene as a way to direct attention to struggling local musicians. The event, which is free unless you opt for the $95 VIP treatment, places food and drink from the likes of Flour + Water, Trick Dog, Salumeria, El Metate, and more next to music from a couple national headliners (Rogue Wave, Cayucas) and a bunch of smaller local acts (Melted Toys, the Bilinda Butchers, etc.).