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The Family Crest 

Stern Grove Takes to the Road

Scott Lucas | May 2, 2014 | Story Music

"We want to turn parking lots into performing arts centers," says Steven Haines, the executive director of the Stern Grove Festival. It's an impulse that led to this year's series of pop-up concerts put on by the venerable 77-year-old organization.

The goal is to bring the arts to audiences around town. The Festival will be putting on four shows this spring, the first of which happens this Saturday, at Sunday Streets in the Bayview. Performing will be the Family Crest and the Magik*Magik Orchestra. They'll also be setting up what they call an "instrument petting zoo," to encourage people to try out making their own sounds.

It's that kind of outreach that Haines credits for getting him where he is today. "When I was in fourth grade, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra did an outreach program like this," Haines says. "You don't forget that kind of thing."

From there, Stern Grove will be organizing three other community concerts: May 9th in the Mission with the International Low Brass Trio, May 17th in the Excelsior with Dholrhythms dance troupe, and June 1st in Noe Valley with Tumbledown House.

It's part of an effort by the Festival to bring music out into the city. "We wanted to up the ante," says Haines.

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