Stern Grove Festival Launches With Janelle Monáe

People all over the world will join in and form a love train, love train.

The 79th Stern Grove Festival lineup is out, and the O'Jays are part of it: Aug. 7, to be exact. Every Sunday from June 19 through August 21, deep in the nasturtium-filled crevasse that is Stern Grove, there will be free amazing music and grassy good cheer at 2 p.m. Kicking things off on Juneteenth is none other than the android-dating, tux-clad Janelle Monáe.

[jump] The June 19 lead-off is the Big Picnic, a concert and benefit pairing Monáe and the Bay Area's California soul group Midtown Social (benefit at 11 a.m., concert at 2 p.m.). From there, the season continues on as usual, focusing on pop acts new and old, with requisite performances from the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet — except this year, there's a conspicuously large number of awesome African-American acts. Make sure to get there early, cause the groves does fill up.

The full schedule:

June 19 – Janelle Monáe and Midtown Social
June 26 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and Bayonics
July 3 – Hieroglyphics, and dance crews Mix’d Ingrdnts and Golden State Breakers
July 10 – San Francisco Symphony
July 17 – Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, and John Brothers Piano Company
July 24 – Julieta Venegas and La Misa Negra
July 31 – San Francisco Ballet with Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson
August 7 – The O’Jays and MJ’s Brass Boppers*
August 14 – ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor feat Jamie Lidell, Luke Jenner, Money Mark, Sinkane, and More and Afrolicious

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