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Janelle Monáe kicks off Stern Grove’s 79th season of free concerts

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Funky, soulful Janelle Monáe is the first performer in Stern Grove’s 79th season, which begins June 19. (Courtesy Marc Baptiste)

Stern Grove Festival has announced its upcoming 79th season of outdoor summer concerts. All performances are free and start at 2 p.m. at Sigmund Stern Grove park, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, in The City.

Here’s the full lineup:

June 19: Janelle Monáe, Midtown Social
June 26: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Bayonics
July 3: Hieroglyphics, dance crews Mix’d Ingrdnts and Golden State Breakers
July 10: San Francisco Symphony
July 17: Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, John Brothers Piano Company
July 24: Julieta Venegas, La Misa Negra
July 31: San Francisco Ballet
Aug. 7: The O’Jays, MJ’s Brass Boppers
Aug. 14: Atomic Bomb: Music of William Onyeabor featuring Jamie Lidell, Luke Jenner, Money Mark and Sinkane; Afrolicious
Aug. 21: The New Pornographers, Astronauts, etc.

Opening day also features the Big Picnic benefit, a preconcert party at 11 a.m. Tickets for the bash begin at $250.

For details, call (415) 252-6252 or visit www.sterngrove.org.

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