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Special Event

Free Community Day: Art of Noise

Related Exhibition Art of Noise

Saturday, May 4, 2024

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Free event and free museum admission all day. RSVP encouraged.*

To celebrate the opening of Art of Noise, SFMOMA has teamed up with the San Francisco Public Library’s Bay Beats to bring you an unforgettable battle of the bands! An eclectic lineup of six local Bay Beats artists will perform in the Jean and Phyllis Wattis Theater on Floor 1 and play for your vote in various categories. Between sets, enjoy special food and drink available for purchase at Cafe 5 (please note: no outside and beverage permitted. See our Visitor Guidelines) and free admission to the museum, including the exhibition Art of Noise, which presents more than 800 works exploring the relationship between music and design. Check out merch tables, sign up for a library card, or shop the Museum Store Annual Jewelry Trunk Show to the tunes of a curated playlist featuring Bay Beats artists.

Battle of the Bands Schedule

Floor 1, Phyllis Wattis Theater
MC: Paloma Y. Abarca Cortes, Producer, Live Events + Digital Content
Featuring DJ Teemoney

10:30 a.m. Doors open
11 a.m. Opening remarks
11:10 a.m. Jill Rogers and Crying Time
12:05 p.m. Bululú
1 p.m. The Seagulls
1:55 p.m. Afterthought and the Top Chefs
2:50 p.m. Al Harper
3:45 p.m. Cardboard People

Jill Rogers and Crying Time; photo: Jenya Chernoff
Bululú; photo: courtesy the artists
The Seagulls; photo: courtesy the artists
Afterthought and the Top Chefs; photo: courtesy the artist
Al Harper; photo: courtesy the artist
Cardboard People; photo: courtesy of the artists

About Bay Beats

San Francisco Public Library’s Bay Beats is an exciting local music streaming service that champions musical talent in our own Bay Area backyard — and you can become a part of it. From now through May 31, artists may submit original tracks for inclusion in Bay Beats. Musicians currently playing or recording in the nine Bay Area counties are eligible. All genres are welcome. For more information, visit baybeats.sfpl.org. Anyone looking to delve into the vibrant local music scene can stream music on Bay Beats, while SFPL card holders can download albums. The service is entirely free!

*Ticketing details: Tickets grant free access to the entire museum. Entry to Battle of the Bands in the Phyllis Wattis Theater on Floor 1 and to the special presentation Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love will be first-come, first-served. Expect long lines with an average wait time of thirty minutes. Please note, large bags and backpacks exceeding 12 x 6 x 3 inches will not be allowed into Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love and must be left at the coat check in the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium on Floor 1.

Significant support for Free Community Day: Art of Noise is provided by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund in honor of Elise S. Haas.