The Commons Block Party on September 20

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5 to 9pm for a block party at Civic Center Plaza.

Enjoy a full bar serving wine, beer and craft cocktails, and a selection of delicious street food offerings curated by Off the Grid.

Check out FREE performances by local bands curated by Another Planet Entertainment – the September 20th Block Party features performances by Claire George and Tino Drima!

Claire George

The party also features games! The 3rd Thursday Commons Block Party is a chance for “kids” of all ages to play: show off spike skills with “beach” volleyball provided by SF Social, compete against  family and friends in a game of corn hole or giant chess, and check out the new Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds.

Also see the Common’s newest attraction: Zak Ové’s acclaimed public art installation Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, brought to SF by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Learn more, RSVP, and invite friends  on Facebook or Eventbrite.  And, click here to check out photos from last year. And just a reminder — 3rd Thursdays are BARTable!

We hope to see you on September 20th, and at other events this season! The Civic Center Commons 3rd Thursdays Block Party is every month through October 18, 2018, 5-9pm. at Civic Center Plaza. You’re also invited to join us for weekend block parties on the  1st Sundays of the month on Fulton Street at Larkin, 11am-3pm, through November 4. Learn more about the 1st Sundays Block Parties here.

Headliner Details

Claire George is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer. For several years, Claire sang in a pop band in San Francisco and top lined for producers around the world before falling in love electronic music production. In 2016, Claire moved to a house outside of Seattle where she spent a year in isolation composing and producing her own material. There, Claire learned to blend her love for moody electronic production with her affinity for pop melodies to create an emotionally evocative style. Writing, producing and performing her own work, Claire focuses on creating an emotional connection both in her music and on stage with her fans. Claire’s first single, “Orbits” was released via Kitsune in early 2018.

Tino Drima – Originally formed as a duo between frontman Gregory DiMartino and drummer Rob Mills in 2014, Tino Drima has since solidified into a six-piece — a patchwork of longtime friends that includes members of local mainstays French Cassettes and Spooky Mansion — to help bring their raucous, punk-inflected take on big band doo-wop to life. “It was all pretty close and in the family,” DiMartino says of the groupʼs gradual expansion. On their debut LP Her Kind of Man, Tino Drima has upped the ante since last yearʼs Smoking EP, finding a more nuanced sound that doesnʼt sacrifice any of their grit or fervent energy. Recorded in a cabin in the Sierra Mountains and later mixed by Dave Vandervelde (Tess & Dave, Father John Misty), Her Kind of Man seamlessly intertwines elaborate string arrangements with frontman Gregory DiMartinoʼs writhing howl. “Itʼs like Iʼm the guy whoʼs out there in a suit, smiling, but whoʼs actually manic inside, battling demons,” DiMartino explains.

“Brutal Earthquake,” for instance, begins with DiMartino playing the consummate crooner, before the band revs into high gear and he replaces his shit-eating grin with a bitter scowl. Later, “Drives Me Crazy” explores the surprising intersection of Frank Sinatraʼs big band charm and Spoonʼs slinky swagger. Constantly shifting between the grandeur of the ballroom and the grime of a back alley, doo-wopʼs charm and punkʼs bitter angst, Tino Drima make it clear that when it comes to heartbreak, things are never quite as they seem.

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