Friday Night on the Main Stage

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Get ready to dance Friday night away on our Main Stage!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be kicking off Summer Fest with an active night of Afrobeat, R&B, funk, soul and more on our Main Stage Friday night!

Starting strong at 6pm, we welcome Afrolicious, a group (and celebrated club night) that fuses funk, Afrobeat, hip hop and reggae with electronic sensibility. The group features members that were frequent guests at their party, which has enjoyed a residency at San Francisco’s famed Elbo Room for more than five years. They’ve previously played alongisde acts like Thievery Corporation, Jimmy Cliff, Fishbone, Balkan Beat Box, Beats Antique, J. Boogie and DJ Smash.

Headliner Cameo follows at 8pm with their infectious set of R&B classics. Though early efforts drew comparisons to previous Summer Fest hit Parliament/Funkadelic, their mid 80’s albums made them a defining act of the 80s. Starting with 1984 effort She’s Stranger, Cameo experienced a three-album run of commercial success that followed with Single Life (1985) and Word Up! (1986) and included such 80’s top five chart successes as “Word Up,” “Candy,” “Attack Me With Your Love,” “Single Life,” and “Back and Forth.” Fans of last year’s performance by Morris Day & the Time take note — expect to move when leader Larry Blackmon and company take the stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

We close out our first night on the Main Stage with acclaimed rapper Lyrics Born, whose set will feature the Jazz Mafia in a tribute to the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown. LB, best known for his 2003  hit “Callin’ Out,” switches gears for this special set. With Continuum, he lets audiences in on a little secret of his — he may normally be a rapper, but his vocal talents aren’t so bad either. Originally conceived as a show at Yoshi’s in San Francisco back in 2011, Continuum makes a triumphant return with a set of songs that will definitely keep dancers moving well into the night.

In addition to our Main Stage performances, the Gordon BierschJazz BeyondKaiser Permanente Salsa and Swing stages will all be active Friday night, as will our Club Crawl artists and venues.

Who are you most excited to see on the Main Stage? Let us know in the comments below!