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We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to make our living promoting the arts and producing entertainment events. HUSH concerts began in 1998 as Sunset Promotions; founded by John Miles and Robbie Kowal to bring New Orleans musicians to San Francisco. Over the years, that mission expanded to funk, soul, hip hop, world music, djs and eventually the whole of dance-music culture as we now know it. We never saw a difference between the DJ and live music worlds. To us, all those genre-divisions dissolve the second you get folks on the dance floor. Thus we were far ahead of the curve in the world of live electronic music, and multi-genre festivals. North Beach Jazz was a jazz fest for people who liked to dance. SF Funk Fest was a celebration of art, film, and culture as much as music. Ghost Ship and Sea of Dreams have become the standards for the inclusion of art into music events. Silent Frisco was an attempt to bring the world of indoor entertainment back outside and protect free expression. Long before James Murphy sang “We traded our guitars for turntables and we traded our turntables for guitars” – Sunset Promotions was encouraging our artists to do exactly that.

Bassnectar @ Mighty 06
Bassnectar @ Mighty 06

We take our commitment to the artists that choose to work with us VERY SERIOUSLY. There is nothing more precious than the inspiration that comes through an artists soul, and being tasked with helping them to present it to the world is a solemn responsibility. Thus we are very selective in those with whom we will work and sadly are forced to turn many an able applicant away. Once we agree to work with an artist, we try to help them (and their management) to view their development strategically, often looking 3-4 performances down the road so as best to build success upon success. This approach has seen us assist in dozens of acts moving from tiny clubs all the way to huge theaters and festivals, with (Sunset Promotions, SunsetSF, Silent Frisco, and now) HUSHconcerts as an able partner and supporter every step of the way. .

SFFF 02 - Sharon Jones
Sharon Jones at the Elbo Room in 2002

The examples of huge stars who played some of their first Bay Area gigs, or whose careers were greatly assisted by Sunset or Silent Frisco’s strategic approach include the likes of: Kinky (1st Bay Area play), Los Amigos Invisibles (1st Bay Area play), Ledisi (signature development through North Beach Jazz), Xavier Rudd (1st Bay Area play), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (1st Bay Area play), Emancipator (from small clubs to huge theaters), Bassnectar (from small clubs to huge theaters), Tipper (from small clubs to huge theaters), Antibalas (1st Bay Area play), Alice Russell (1st Bay Area play), Beats Antique (from small clubs to huge theaters), Lee Fields & the Expressions (1st Bay Area play), Rebirth Brass Band (1st Bay Area plays)… the list goes on and on with each new artist we help. There is no mission more important to us.

Jannelle Monae @ All Shook Down Music Fest 2011
Jannelle Monae @ All Shook Down Music Fest 2011

Here is a partial list of those artists

2Cents
8Ball
A-Rod
A-Trak
A. Skillz
A.L.O.
Aaron Axelsen
Aaron Castle
Aaron Pope
Absurge
Adam Ohana / An-Ten-Nae
Addison Groove Project
Afrika Bambaataa
Afrodesia
Afrolicious
Agua Dulce
Aimee Miles
AK 1200
Albino
Alex Budman Trio
Alice Russell
All Good Funk Alliance
Alpha-Zeta feat. DJ Zeph & Azeem
An-ten-nae
Ana Sia
Andreilien
Anoraak
AntAcid
Anthony Mansfield
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Aphrodesia
Aqualibre
Ardalan
Armanni Reign
Audio Angel
Austin Willacy
Aye-n
Ayla Nereo
B-Side Players
B.Smiley
Bachelors of Science
BadboE
BADNB
BAERTUR
Banyan
Barney Iller
Bassnectar
Battlehooch
Bay Area Afro Cuban All Stars
Bayfunk All Stars (Leo Nocentelli Greg Errico Bobby Vega Lee Oskar Henry Butler)
Beats Antique
Beli3ver
Ben Maybe
Benji Vaughan (Younger Brother)
Benny Maupin
Benny Reitveld
Benvenue
Bernie Worrell
Big Dolla
Big E.
BIG FREEDIA
Bigface
Birdee (aka Plaza De Funk)
Bit Funk
Bitches Brew
BJ Papa
Black 22’s
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Blackalicious
Bleep Bloop
Blind Boys of Alabama
Blockhead
Bluetech
BLVD
Bob Crawford Quartet
Boca 45
Boca Do Rio
Boggan
BOGL
Bones
Boogiemeister
Boomshanka
Bootsy Collins
Brad Robinson
Brady Spear
Brass Monkey Brass Band
BRASS TAX
Break Science
Breakestra
Brian Setzer
Brodinski
BROOKE CANDY
Brooke Michael
Brothers Past
BSTARR
Buckwheat Zydeco
Bullfrog
Bullfrog feat. Kid Koala
Busta Rhymes
Cabaret Diosa
Cadence
Cal Bass
Canadub
Cannonball
Capacity
Carlos Santana
Caroline Chung
Caspa
Cello Joe
Centipede
Chango
Cheb I Sabah
Chicken George
Chico Mann
Chief Xcel
Christian Martin
Christine Gutierrez
Christopher Willits (Ghostly)
Chuck McKinnon Trio
Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Commodore 69
Con Brio
Congo Sanchez
Coop da Loop
Cosmic Selector
Craig Ventresco
Critical Brass
Crown City Rockers
Crush Effect
Crystal Castles
Curumin
Cut Chemist
D33J
Da Lata
Daara J
Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra
Dâm-Funk
Damon Bell
Dan Lebowitz Trio
Dan Wilcox (KCRW)
Danny Massure
Dart DJs
Das Racist
Datarock
David Jacobs Strain
Dax
Deckard
Deep City Culture
Deep Soul Project
Dehli 2 Dublin
Delta Nove
Derek Hena
Devon Who
Dex Stakker
Dhamaal
Dick Van Dick
Diego’s Umbrella
Dieselboy
Diggs
Digital Honey
Digital Rust
Dillon Francis
Ding Dong
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
DISTRIKT
divaDanielle
DJ Alarm
DJ Antonio
DJ Apollo
DJ APX1
DJ Aspect
DJ Assault
DJ Balance
DJ Becky Knox
DJ Boris Levit
DJ Brian Williams
DJ Carnita (Hard French)
DJ Centipede (Mophono)
DJ Code 538
DJ Cool Chris
DJ D-Sharp
DJ Dan Prothero
DJ Dave Paul
DJ Derrick D
DJ Dials
DJ Dogu (Ancient Astronauts)
DJ Dragonfly
DJ Egon
DJ Enki
DJ Eric Sharp
DJ Eva
DJ Expo
DJ Funklor
DJ Gordo Cabeza
DJ Govnah
DJ Greyboy
DJ Harry Duncan
DJ heyLove*
DJ Icey
DJ Icon
DJ J-Boogie
DJ Janaka
DJ Jedi
DJ Jeremiah
DJ Jeremy Sole’s Musaics
DJ Jerry Ross
DJ Jokton Strealy
DJ Kentaro
DJ Kim Anh
DJ Kinetik
DJ Kramer
DJ Laura
DJ Le Spam
DJ Logic
DJ Luis Medina
DJ M3
DJ Malarkey
DJ Mancub
DJ Manny
DJ Mike Relm
DJ Morale
DJ Mycho Cocoa
DJ Nu-Mark
DJ Omar
DJ Orion
DJ Pam the Funkstress
DJ Papi Chocolate
DJ Phleck
DJ Platurn
DJ Ram z
DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
DJ Reuben
DJ Romanowski
DJ Sake 1
DJ Sep
DJ Shortkut
DJ Shotnez (Balkan Beatbox)
DJ Sleazemore
DJ Small Change
DJ Smoove
DJ Sol
DJ Soulsalaam
DJ Spinna
DJ SWAMP
DJ Techture
DJ Theory
DJ Tom Thump
DJ Toph 1
DJ Vadim
DJ Valida (KCRW)
DJ Veedub
DJ Vinnie Esparza
DJ Vinroc
DJ Wisdom
DJ Wolfie
DJ Zeph
Djedi
Doomtree
Double Duchess
Dr FX
Dr John
Drewmin
DU UY Quintet
DubColing
Dulce Vita
DUSTY RHINO
Dynamite MC
Eclectic Method
Eileen Hazel
Eko
El Papachango
Elaquent
Eli Glad
Eliot Lipp
Elipsis
Emancipator
Emancipator Ensemble
Emcee Child
EOTO
Eric McFadden Trio
Eric Sharp
Erika Luckett
ETC!ETC!
Exies
Exmag
Extra Action Marching Band
Extra Action Marching Band
Fayvor Love
Fellonious
Filligar
Firefly
Firme
Fishbone
Fishbowl (venue)
Fista Cuffs
Fito Reinoso y su Orqestra
Flaming Lips
Flytrap
Forgotten Souls Brass Band
Forrest Day
Fort Knox Five
Fort Knox Five
Fortune 421
Fran Boogie
Fran Boogie
Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley & The New JB’s
Freddy Clark
Freddy Todd
Freq Nasty
FRIENDS & FAMILY
G. JONES
Gabe Vega
Garaj Mahal
Garrin Benfield
Gaudi
Geoff Brennan
George Porter Jr
Gesaffelstein
Giant People
Gibbz
Gibran Rivas
Gigamesh
Giraffage (NN)
Global Funk Council
Goapele
Godfather
Gogol Bordello
Goldfish
Goldilox
Gorgon City
Gotta Dance Dirty (Blog)
Govinda
Graff
Gramatik
Grandmaster Flash
Grant Kaye
Green & Root
Green Velvet
Greenskeepers
Greg Errico
Gregory James
GRiZ
Ground Control
Groundislava
Grupo Fantasma
Guffaw
Hairy Apes BMX
HAJ
Happy Happy James
Happy James
Hard French DJ’s
Headhunters
Headtron
Helicopter
Henry Butler
Holly Rich
Honey Knuckles
Honey Soundsystem
Honeycut
Hot Pink Feathers
Hottub
Howard Wiliey Trio
Hunter Leggitt
Hyim & the Fat Foakland Orchestra
Hypnotech
iDIOT SAVANT
IJV
Ill Gates
Imagine Dragons
Influence
Inka
Insightful
izzy*wise
J Boogie
J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science
J Phlip
J’Rod Indigo
J*Labs
Jackal
Jamal
James Boggan
James Brown
James Henry
JAMES LAVELLE
Janky Barge DJs
Janneke
Jayo & Kevin Wardell
Jazz Mafia’s Silent Orchestra
Jeff Jolly
Jennifer Hartswick Band
Jeremy Sole
Jeremy Sole’s Musaics
Jesse Brede
Jessica Lurie Ensemble
Jesus Diaz & the Bay Area Afro Cuban All Stars
Jive
Joe Bagale Trio
Joe Mousepad
John Ellis John Mooney & Bluesiana
John Houghton
John Mooney
John Muir Mustang Band
John Santos
Johnny 5
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
Jon Wayne
Jonathan Toubin
Jonti
Jordan & The RItual
Josh Brooks
Josh Jones
Josh Roseman Unit
JPOD the Beat Chef
Jupit3r
Jurassic 5
Justin Martin
Kaki King
Kalya Scintilla
Kangaroo Sexy
Kapt’n Kirk
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Kastle
Keja Gurken & Lavender
Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
Keys N Krates
Kid Beyond
Kidd Funkadelic (feat Michael Hampton)
Kidd Merv
Kill Paris
Kimba (Opel / Delta 9)
King Louie
King Most
Kingdom
Kinky
KittyD
KJ Sawka
Knife Party
Knight Riderz
Konnect
Konnekt
Kozee
Kraak & Smaak
Kraddy
Krafty Kuts
Kristopher Rangststam
Kung Fu Chris
Kurtis Blow
Kuze
L.A.M.P.
La Gente
Lady
LADY TRAGIK
Lafa Taylor
Lagos Roots Ensemble
Laketrout
Lance Herbstrong
Last Poets
Lateef the Truthspeaker
LATYRX
Laura Lisbona
Ledisi
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Leela James
Leo Nocentelli
Leydis
Liam Shy
Lifesavas
Lights Down Low
Little Hercules
Little John
Little People
Little Sister
LoCura
Lokae
Lords of the Rhymes
Los Amigos Invisibles
Los Otros
Lotus
Lotus Drops
Love & Light
Lowpro Lounge
LTJ Bukem
Lucent Dossier Experience
Lukeino
Luxxury
Lynx
Lyrics Born
M.O.M.
M3
Ma Yeah
Mad Professor
Mal
Malarky
Mama Miche
Mandrill
Maneesh the Twister
Manitous
March Fourth
Marcia Ball
Marcin
Marcus Shelby
Mario Cotto
Mark Farina
Martin Luther
Marva Wright
Master Blazter
Masters of Groove (Clyde Stubblefield, Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr, Bernard Purdie)
Materialized
Matiana
Matt Haze
Matt Morrish
Matt the Alien
Matthew David
maus haus
Max Ulis
Maya
Medea Sirkas
Media Darlings
Melting Pot
Melvin Seals
Melyss
Metalchi
Mia Mustari
Micah J
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Michal Menert
michelangelo
Midnight Surfer
MiHKAL
Miission Delirium
Mike Okimoto
Mike Relm
Mikey Tello
Miles Ahead
MiMOSA
Mind Motion
Mingus Amungus
Minnesota
Miss Cooper & Her Pet Craigslist Hookup
Mistah Fab
MJ’s Brass Boppers
MNDSGN
Mochipet
Modeselektor
Mojo Filter
Mokai
MoM (Motown on Mondays)
MONALISA
Mophono
Morris Day and The Time
Most Chill Slackmob
Motet
Motion Potion
Mozaic
Mozaic
MPHD
Mr. Kitt
Mr. Lif
Mr. Rooney
Mr. Scruff
Muffeleta
MURPHSTAR
Mutaytor
Mux Mool
MYAGI
Mycho Cocoa
Najite & The Olokun Prophecy
Naked Soul
Nappy Riddim
Natoma
Nebakaneza
New Deal
New Monsoon
New Orleans Juice
Nick Melons
Nick Thayer
Nick Thayer
Nickodemus
Nico Luminous
Nico Vega
Nightmares on Wax
Nolan Gray
Nominus
Non Sequitur
NON STOP BHANGRA
NVO
Nym
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Obah
Ocote Soul
Odezsa
Omega (Family Moons)
ON THE LOW
Opiuo
Orion
Orixa
Ozgood
Papi Chocolate
Particle
Patricio
Peanut Butter Wolf
Peo de Pitte
Pep Love
Persephone’s Bees
Pharoah Sanders
Phenomenauts
Phleck
Photek
Pink Mammoth
Planet Booty
Planet of the Drums Tour
Plaza De Funk
Pleasuremaker
Plump DJs
Poirier
Prefuse 73
Prof
Professor Bang
Professor Bang
Proof
Prophet Massive
Psychemagik
Psychokinetics
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Pumpkin
Push the Feeling
Qdup
Quantic
Quickie Mart
QUIVVER
Quixotic
Quixotic Masquerade
R/D
Rachel Garlin
Rachid Taha
Rack N Ruin
Ramsey
Rana
Random Rab
Rapid Fire
Rascue
Realistic Orchestra
REBIRTH BRASS BAND
Red Elvises
Red Tide
Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
Reorchestra
Retox
Rhettmatic
Rhythm Room All Stars
Rich Medina
Richie Cunning
Richie Panic
Rickey Vincent
Ritual Dubstep DJs
Rob Garza
Robert DeLong
Romanowski
Romy Ancona
Roni Size with Dynamite MC
Round Table Knights
Roux
Roy Ayers
Rrrus
Russ Liquid
Russo-Benevento Duo
Ryan Hemsworth
Ryury
S.O.S. Band
S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Sabo
Sake One
Salvador Santana
Sam Hiller
Sam Sparro
Sam Spiegel (N.A.S.A)
Sam Supa
Samantha & the Ritual
Samantha Stollenwerk
Saqi
Scratch n Sniff
Sean Hayes
Seasunz & the Earth Amp. Project
SEISMIC
Sen Sei & Andrew Phelan and Origami
Senator
Señor Oz
Sepalcure
SF Funk All Stars (Greg Errico Bobby Vega Cynthia Robinson Jerry Martini Gayle Muldrow Krystle Jones Skylar Jett)
Shakti Bliss
Shanti Groove
Shantytown
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Shawn Reynaldo
Shelly Doty
Shifty Rhythms
Shinobi Ninja
Shissler
Shock
Shooey
Shotgun Wedding Quintet
Shouts!!!
Shpongle
Sila & the Afro Funk Experience
SILENT FRISCO
SIMON LOTT
Sir Jackson
SJ Littlewood
Skerik
Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet
Skins & Needles
Slammin
Slayers Club
Sleazemore
Slow Magic
Slowrider
Slynk
Smalltown DJs
Smasheltooth
Smiley
Smoke Signals
Smokovich
Smoove
Snarkle
SONS OF THE MORNING
Sotaque Bayano
Soul Manifesto (Rodney Jones Fred Wesley Idris Muhammed)
Soul of John Black
Soul Rebels Brass Band
Soulive
Souls Of Mischief
SOUND PIECES
SPACE COWBOYS
Spam All Stars
Spank Bank
Stanford Marching Band
Star Slinger
Stay Gold DJs
Stickybuds
Stooges Brass Band
STRATEGIK
Stridah
Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra
Subharmonic (Jazz Mafia)
Subtropixx
Sugarman 3
Super Adventure Club
Sweater Funk
Swoonz
Syd Gris
Syntax Terrorkester
T.O.M and his computer
Tal M Klein
Tamo
TCHPHNX
Tea Leaf Green
Team Supreme
Teebs
Terrence Simien
The Black Angels
The blank tapes
The Breakestra
The Budos Band
The California Honeydrops
The Crystal Ark
The Donnas
The Estate
The Flying Skulls
The Funk Hunters
The Funky Meters
The Glitch Mob
The Janky Barge
The Jazz Mafia
The Loyd Family Players
The M.O.M. DJs
The Mowglis
The Mutaytor
the Park
The Park & Friends
The Peach Kings
the People
The Phat Conductor
The Pilot
The Pimps of Joytime
The Pirate
The Polish Ambassador
The Prince & Michael Experience
the Push
The Rondo Bros
The Scumfrog
The Shotgun Wedding Quintet
The Stone Foxes
The Underachievers
theLIFT
THEM Jeans
Thievery Corporation
Thievery Corporation
Thriftworks
Thunderball
Tiger Fresh
Tim Dietz
Timoteo Gigante,
Tipper
Tito Gonzales y su son de Cuba
TM Juke
Tom Thump
Tommy Guerrero
Tony Mattioli
Top Cat
Top Four Flights
Topaz
Torpedo Boyz
Toshi Reagon
Touch Vinyl DJs
Travis Holcombe
Tre Hardson
Tree O Frogs
Trentemoller
Tres Lingerie
Trotter
TunaFist
Twilight Circus Dub,
U9lift
Ultraviolet (Trap City)
UNKLE
Vau de Vire Society
Velvet Hammer Burlesque
VibeSquad
Victor Vega
Vin Sol
Vinyl
Vitamin Devo
Vivendo de Pao
Vogue and Tone
Vokab Company
Wala
Wax Poetic
Wax Romeo
Welder
White Mocha
Wicked Lester
Wild Magnolias
WildLight
Will Bailey
Will Bernard
Will Blades
Will Crimes
Will Magid’s Hot Five
Willie Waldman Project
Winnebago
Wiseacre
Worthy
Xavier Rudd
You Are Plural
Youngblood Brass Band
Youth Speaks
Yppah
Z-Trip
Zach Moore
Zack Darling
Zeb Early
Zebuel
Zigaboo Modeliste
Zion I (NN)
Zoe Keating
Zonk