Street Scene boasts strong line-up
by Loralee Olejnik
Aug 14, 2006 | 7641 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Will musical group the Yeah Yeah Yeahs be at the 22nd Annual Street Scene music festival this weekend? Oh yeah.

The New York City-based rock band will perform along with Tool, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and dozens of other big-name musical groups as San Diego's largest outdoor music festival, Street Scene 2006, comes to the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5.

Tens of thousands of fans will flock as the home of Chargers tailgate parties and used-car tent supersales transforms into a sprawling asphalt venue in the middle of Mission Valley.

Kids can come this year "“ it's an all ages show, but they'll have to save their allowance. The cost of entrance has increased to $75 for a one-day pass.

Headlining on Friday is Kanye West, with AFI, Social Distortion, Wu Tang Clan, Queens of the Stone Age and Yellowcard and local acts Reeve Oliver and Slightly Stoopid.

On Saturday, see Tool, Snoop Dogg, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Chemical Romance, Donavon Frankenreiter, the Subways, Editors, Bedouin Soundclash and G. Love & Special Sauce.

In addition to musical acts, there will be a variety of food and drink attractions such as Mutaytor, a circus act with fire dancers, tribal drums, aerial acrobatics and visual effects, a vaudeville/ burlesque act, a drag show, carnival rides and arts and crafts vendors.

According to the event's Web site, the first Street Scene was held in 1984 as two festivals, one in May and one in August. It was part of the renaissance of downtown and the East Village in the early '80s, and occupied the block on Fifth Avenue between J and K streets. It was held in the vicinity of this original location until 2004, when the event moved to the area adjacent to Petco Park.

In 2005, Street Scene left the "street" and moved to the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium, where it could accommodate the swelling crowds with more room for musical and peripheral attractions and provide more parking.

Larger headliner performers were also brought in, and the event began to be geared towards a younger, all-ages crowd. Crowd attendance has topped 100,000 for both days in recent years, according to statistics cited in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Street Scene is an all-ages event except for designated areas where alcohol is served. Tickets cost $75 for a single day and $115 for a 2-day pass. Special VIP packages including dinner, parking and access to VIP areas are available. Two person 2-day VIP passes are $700, single-person two-day VIP passes are $400, and two-person single day VIP passes are $350. On-site parking is $15.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.street-scene.com, by calling (877) 840-0457, or at the Street Scene box office at Qualcomm Stadium Lot F1 with no service charge.

Tailgating is not permitted in the Qualcomm parking lot. However, motorhomes are allowed with a $45 entrance fee - no overnight parking.

The parking lot opens every day at noon. Gates open at 3 p.m. with music beginning around 3:45 p.m. Music plays until midnight both days. For more information, visit www.street-scene.com.
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