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BASS: 2007 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair petition drive underway
Edited Press Release

Organizers of the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair are asking the public to show its support for the 2007 event by signing and circulating this petition, which will lobby city officials to grant a permit for the annual street fair that features arts and crafts, food booths, two musical stages -- and a platform that in recent years has brought Drum & Bass to the masses.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the cultural history and diversity of one of San Francisco's most internationally celebrated neighborhoods -- The Haight-Ashbury District. The street fair was developed 28 years ago in response to the re-birth of the economic and residential spirit of the community in the mid-1970's.

With the assistance of the late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first District 5 and openly Gay supervisor, a group of neighborhood merchants, activists and residents developed this non-profit organization with the idea of sponsoring a day long community celebration. The first Haight-Ashbury Street Fair was held on April 30, 1978, to the fanfare of the neighborhood and the City.

Since then, the street fair was moved to the second weekend in June where it has become a San Francisco cultural event. The two stages - Main Stage and Masonic Stage - hosts a variety of musical presentations that have featured such bands as Jefferson Starship/Airplane, The Tubes, Metallica, and Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience).

In recent years, the HASF has also featured a bevy of Drum & Bass artists, and has become one of the year’s key events in which the general public is exposed to the rich and diverse art form of D&B. Click here to see a clip of DJ Genome performing with Audio Angel at last year’s Groundscore D&B stage.

RIP Pablo Heising

Pablo Heising, who founded and produced the annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair since its inception, passed away on Dec. 20, 2006. With his inspiration, leadership and guidance, he leaves behind a legacy rich with happieness, enlightenment and an appreciation for the diversity of the Haight-Ashbury.

For further information on the HASF, check out their website. After completing this petition, please return them to the addresses listed on the bottom signature field.


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