Street Scene (San Diego music festival)

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Street Scene
GenreZydeco, Blues, Rock and Alternative rock, alternative hip hop
Location(s)Downtown San Diego, California, United States
Years active1984 - 2009

Street Scene was a music festival that was held each summer in San Diego, California from 1984 to 2009. Street Scene was one of America's largest annual music festivals, growing to include over 70 musical acts covering different musical genres and styles on multiple stages.


Beginning in 1984, a San Diego native created Street Scene which consisted of two events the first year; one in May and the other in August.[1] The event was held on historic 5th Avenue, between J & K Streets, for the first few years, with two stages. In 1987, it grew to take up two blocks, but still with only two stages. The following year, Street Scene grew once again to include five stages over several blocks; the music now began to feature diverse genres including zydeco, blues, rock and alternative rock.

In 1995, Street Scene grew once again, into a music event that encompassed 3 days. The Taste of San Diego also added food and cultures from around the globe and tasty morsels for people of all ages to enjoy.

In 2005, Street Scene re-located from downtown's Gaslamp Quarter to Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.

In 2007, Street Scene was planned to move to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but later changed to the Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California.

In 2008, Street Scene returned to the streets of downtown San Diego in the East Village neighborhood.[2]

The 2009 event returned to the streets of the East Village on August 28 and 29.


Social Distortion, 311, R.E.M., Pennywise, X, Greg Ginn of Black Flag, Mix Master Mike, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The Distillers, The Doors of the 21st Century, Goo Goo Dolls, Concrete Blonde, Arthur Lee & Love, Dragons, Ozomatli, Michael Franti & Spearhead, De La Soul, All Mighty Senators, Sex Pistols, Cypress Hill, G. Love & Special Sauce, Slightly Stoopid, Arrested Development, John Butler Trio, Pepper, The Allman Brothers Band, The B-52s, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Wild Magnolias, Café Tacuba, Kinky, Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Radio Mundial, Little George Sueref & The Blue Stars with Lazy Lester, Louisiana Red, Macy Gray, Nickel Creek, Wilco, Switchfoot, The Subdudes, Bad Religion, Finch, Flogging Molly, Living Legends, The Reverend Horton Heat, Burning Spear, The Skatalites, Eek-A-Mouse, and Kathleen Edwards.


Ben Harper, Ludacris, P.O.D., Patti Smith, Jack Johnson, Social Distortion, Foo Fighters, A Tribe Called Quest, Ziggy Marley, Wyclef Jean, Jimmy Eat World, Cypress Hill, John Butler Trio, The Killers, Dilated Peoples, Louis XIV, A.F.I., Scarlet Symphony (a Trinidadian steelpan orchestra), Brazilian Girls, Blackalicious, Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowcard, The Black Eyed Peas, Slightly Stoopid, and Authority Zero


The White Stripes, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, 311, The Black Eyed Peas, the Pixies, Garbage, the Used, The Flaming Lips, Method Man, Unwritten Law, Flogging Molly, Dashboard Confessional, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Kasabian, Hot Hot Heat, Rise Against, Louis XIV, the Adolescents, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Autolux, The Von Bondies, Swollen Members, Morningwood, the Locust, West Indian Girl, Mix Master Mike and Hard-Fi.


Tool, Kanye West, A.F.I., Snoop Dogg, Social Distortion, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wu-Tang Clan, Queens of the Stone Age, Sean Paul, Bad Religion, Bloc Party, Yellowcard, The Shins, Wolfmother, G. Love & Special Sauce, Steel Pulse, Donavon Frankenreiter, Slightly Stoopid, She Wants Revenge, Matchbook Romance, Rock Kills Kid, Particle, Nine Black Alps, New York Dolls, The Subways, Editors, Ska Cubano, Van Stone (Travis Draft and Dave Sheridan et al.), and The Futureheads.


The Killers, Muse, Social Distortion, Arctic Monkeys, Panic! at the Disco, The Crystal Method, T.I., Spoon, Ozomatli, Louis XIV, Slightly Stoopid, Air, G. Love & Special Sauce, Bad Brains, MIMS, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Gym Class Heroes, Too Short, Brand New, T-Pain, Rabbit In The Moon, Editors, Augustana, The Academy Is..., Jaguares, Matt Costa, Jack's Mannequin, Magic Pill, Mickey Avalon, Paolo Nutini, The Rocket Summer, Eek-A-Mouse, Mutemath, Infected Mushroom, VNV Nation, Fair to Midland, Mutemath, Honeycut, Punk Rock Karaoke, The Supersuckers, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Elvis Perkins, Dios, My Evolution, and Shut Up Stella.


Beck, Devo (replacement headliner for The Black Crowes), Justice, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The National, Spoon, Nortec Collective presents Bostich + Fussible, TV on the Radio, Cat Power, Hot Chip, Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers, X, Vampire Weekend, Atmosphere, The Hives, Cold War Kids, GZA, Diplo, Ghostland Observatory, Spiritualized, Antibalas, Man Man, The Mother Hips, Tokyo Police Club, DeVotchKa, The Night Marchers, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Del The Funky Homosapien, Eagles of Death Metal, The Muslims, Dengue Fever, MGMT, The Whigs, The Films, Foals, West Indian Girl, and Chester French.


The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A, Public Enemy, Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups, Cake, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, of Montreal, Band of Horses, The Faint, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Busta Rhymes, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Chromeo, Cage the Elephant, Donald Glaude, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Mastodon, Ozomatli, Devendra Banhart, Shooter Jennings, Calexico, Nortec Collective, Delta Spirit, West Indian Girl, The Knux, No Age, Ra Ra Riot, Dungen, Deerhunter, Gram Rabbit, Matt & Kim, Los Campesinos!, Trombone Shorty, Louisiana Riots, Blue Scholars, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Wavves, Crocodiles, Holy Fuck, Anya Marina, Zee Avi, Extra Golden, Carney, and Dirty Sweet.


2009 was also a year that marked an incredible drop in attendance and put the organizers in great debt. This was due in part to the cancelling of the Beastie Boys as the premiere headliner as well as overall poor economic conditions. Because of the cancellation, they sold about half of what they had intended to (even after lowering the ticket prices to half of what they were originally). In May 2010 an announcement was released indicating that there would be no 2010 festival.

Street Scene, San Diego’s largest and oldest annual rock music festival, will be dormant this summer after incurring major financial losses during its 25th anniversary edition last year.

— George Varga, Signon San Diego[3]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 20, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ George Varga. "Financial losses sideline Street Scene for 2010". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved May 20, 2010.

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