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SF Flashback: Fillmore Jazz Festival Throughout Time

Posted by Angela Tsay on

This past weekend, we took our talents over to the Fillmore District of San Francisco to participate in the 31st annual Fillmore Jazz Festival. The largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, the event drew over 100,000 visitors over the competitive, event-heavy Independence Day weekend.

The Fillmore area was established in the 1880s, as an attempt by city officials to alleviate crowding in the downtown area. With little damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the neighborhood quickly became the center of commerce and civic life while the Civic Center area was under reconstruction.

Once political life returned to Civic Center, nightlife and entertainment moved in on the Fillmore District. During this time, many of the theaters, nightclubs, and dance halls that now make the district a center for entertainment were built.

During the 1950s, the music scene prospered and included not only jazz, but blues and R&B acts as well. By the late 1960s, residential redevelopment caused many of the jazz clubs to close or relocate to other parts of the city. Today, jazz, blues, and R&B are making their way back to the Fillmore in waves, returning the Fillmore to its original glory.

Check out some of our favorite moments from the Fillmore Street Festival! Don’t miss us too much San Francisco — we’ll be back in August for Outside Lands!

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