Deltron 3030 was like a rap opera in the park. DJ's playing, Del rapping, conductor conducting an orchestra all under a canopy of eucalyptus trees. Magical. Deltron 3030 is composed of: rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala, and producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura. Some very solid talent on this stage.
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Stern Grove Festival is an admission-free performing arts series in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. In 2013, Stern Grove Festival will present its 76th Season.
Some amazing history about the grove "Stern Grove was purchased by Rosalie M. Stern and given as a gift to the City of San Francisco in 1931, in memory of her husband Sigmund, a prominent civic leader. George Greene originally homesteaded the Grove - a tract of sand dunes and marshes - in the 1840's. The Greene family planted the first eucalyptus trees in the Grove and built the Trocadero Inn, a popular recreation spot until its closure in 1916." Read more about the history here: History and Mission
There is a short, but steep walk into Stern Grove. Once in the park, it's all flat and there are services for seniors and disabled patrons
Friends of ours got there at 8:30AM to reserve a space for the 10 of us. Note that blankets left unoccupied for more than an hour will be removed and can be collected at lost and found. Lucky our friend hung-out at the blanket area the whole time!
If you don't get there early, you're up in the tree house area.
The Grove Cafe has food truck style vendors and coffee, but you can bring your own food and alcohol.
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Kid Koala opened and he started off great with a tribute to MCA, Adam Yauch, from the Beastie Boys, but then lost me with some crazy grandma song. I think he might have had some technical issues with his deck, because I couldn't hear any mixing or effects... other than the song.
Cousin of Ice Cube, Del The Funky Homosapien hails straight outta the nickel dime...Oakland, California. His first solo album was released in 1991 'I Wish My Brother George Was Here' and Mistadobalina was loved ever since. Del was also part of Oakland's Hieroglyphics, whose original members included Souls of Mischief. Souls of Mischief's '93 'til Infinity' is one of the best albums to date.
Del's set was amazing! If you want to read an amazing review of Deltron 3030, check out Top Five Records writeup of Deltron 3030 Live at Stern Grove. Much more technical write up and very solid information about the concert.
Perfect seats on flat grassy area and an epic view of the stage.
Before the concert, there was a Q&A with a photo op for media. I got a chance to hear Del speak and take a photo with him. He's funny!
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Me and my friends!
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