Noise Pop Pairs Local Food, Local Music With Free 20th Street Block Party

Rogue Wave headlines the 20th Street Block Party on Aug. 23.

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.).

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