Mooney says SF’s Stern Grove’s leaked lineup was an accident

Most recent on April 25 at 4:57 pm A series of bus announcements revealing the lineup for Stern Grove’s free summer concert series has been released to the public earlier than expected, Stephen Chun, a spokesman for Mooney, told SFGATE Monday.

When passengers spotted the signs while commuting over the weekend, just days before the musicians’ roster was announced, it wasn’t clear if they had been in an accident or if they were just part of a clever marketing campaign.

“Every year we look forward to working with Stern Grove, especially as this year is our first in-person event since the pandemic,” Chun said in an email. “Unfortunately, the line-up announcement was posted on our Money buses earlier than planned. We are looking into the situation and thank Stern Grove and its scheduled artists for their patience and understanding.”

Trey Hicks, a spokesperson for Stern Grove, admitted the error by sharing a tongue-in-cheek comment on Twitter by the festival on Saturday afternoon: “No matter the floods and leaks, things are going smoothly here.”


Hicks has not confirmed the artist slate, but said the official line-up will be revealed by the festival “as planned” on May 3 at 10 a.m.

April 24, 10:50 a.m. Only after a few weeks announcing It will return for its eighty-fifth season, San Francisco The storied Stern Grove Festival unexpectedly dropped its lineup surprising some a musician Fans on their morning commute.

Mooney’s passengers were among the first to see the bands’ roster dedicated to the free outdoor concert series on bus ads spotted on Friday afternoon. Rapper Too$hort and Tower of Power Auckland funk bands are expected to debut on June 12 – a relief to those who were hoping to see the Bay Area icons wrap up last year’s festival. The list continues with cold wave favorites Toro y Moi and Hello Yello, alternative rock legends Liz Fair and Maddie Diaz, followed by the late Cold War Kids and the San Francisco-based geographer.

The festival will also conclude later in July, featuring popular band Old Crow Medicine Show and Molly Tuttle, highly influential singer-songwriter Cat Power and Oakland’s Spellling, as well as country pop artists LeAnn Rimes and Amythyst Kiah. The San Francisco Symphony is expected to return on July 31, followed by Taj Mahal and the Monophonics, while Phil Lesh & Friends and Midnight North will wrap up the series with an annual Big Picnic fundraiser on August 14.

The Stern Grove lineup ad went fast as photos of the bus ad were shared on Twitter and garnered hundreds of upvotes in San Francisco. subredditwith some users claiming it was a “better lineup [than] outside the territory. “

The organizers of the Stern Grove Festival announced their highly anticipated comeback earlier this month. Last August, the outdoor amphitheater was surrounded by a lush backdrop of eucalyptus and redwoods flooded With 700,000 gallons of water due to a major water break rupture, the last show will close and the Sunset District Grove will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

“Although Grove was severely damaged last fall by a major water rupture, and while not all renovations have been completed yet, the site has now been approved for in-person audiences again this summer,” a press release from the festival read. SFGATE reached out to Stern Grove and SFMTA spokespersons for more details on the festival’s announcement, but had not heard back by time of publication.

Admission is still free, and as in years past, attendees can visit Stern Grove’s website 12 days prior to each show, reservations must be made on a first-come-first-served basis.

But there may be more surprises in store.

“No matter the floods and leaks, things are going quietly here,” A . read tweet The festival is shared on a Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned for the full official line-up announcement May 3rd!