Somethings cooking in the Mission down at the Revolution Cafe. Local bands from the neighborhood have been coming together, bringing a variety of blends of Cumbia, Surf, Ska, Jazz,Classical, Rock, and other rich recipes of international and American sounds.
In order to spread the word, and increase the enjoyment, we are taking a handful of these bands out onto the road, to show our pals around the bay what heating up in our neighborhood.
Unlike the the carpetbagger hierarchical world that San Francisco is becoming, the Mission Internationalist Underground does not believe in headliners or openers. So no matter when a band is on the bill, its equal billing all around. So come early, and stay late, as you wont want to miss a note.
starting off the night we have Pickpocket Ensemble (http://pickpocketensemble.com/). Here is what they have to say about themselves. "From the street corner to the concert hall, the Pickpocket Ensemble create a contemporary chamber cafe music that moves both body and soul. To listen to the Pickpocket Ensemble create is to embark on a journey. Speak to audience members after a performance: one will have been to Bogota, one to Prague, one to Paris. Yet for all its wide-ranging inspirations, the music of the Pickpocket Ensemble create remains intensely personal and immediately engaging, an invitation to listen in on an intimate and ongoing conversation."
Sandwiched mid show, Go Van Gogh (http://govangogh.net/) will provide plenty of meat and mustard to satisfy the dancing and listening public. Playing hot, fast, and loose with an ocean liners worth of musical flavors, Go Van Gogh takes classic Americana, mixes it with Ethiopian melodies, Afro Cuban rhythms, Bakersfield twang, Balkan brass, and whatever falls to hand
Of course we need a dance band as the night's dessert, to send you all off hot and happy. Los Nadies (http://losnadies.com/) fits the bill perfectly, bringing a keen mix of politics, poetry, street party and musicianship every time they step on to a stage. Their unique blend of rock, nueva trova, South American folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms follows and expands on the tradition of celebration and protest put forth by musicians like Silvio Rodríguez, Manu Chao, and Santana.