Sunset Island picnic adding a score to Bay’s treasure 

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  • Promoter and DJ Galen is among the talent appearing Saturday at the annual Sunset Island electronic music picnic on Treasure Island.
Sweeping cinematic views, a family vibe and some legitimately deep house will draw more than 3,500 to Treasure Island on Saturday at Sunset Sound System’s annual Sunset Island electronic music picnic.

The $10 underground festival, running from noon to 9 p.m., offers a stunning, if breezy, spot to unpack the kids, dog and barbecue, then groove to acid-house pioneers Phuture; Detroit’s Kyle Hall; Washington, D.C., duo Beautiful Summers; Awesome Tapes from Africa; J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science; and Sunset residents Galen, Solar and J-Bird.

“We have a hybrid crowd,” says the event’s promoter and DJ, Galen. “We definitely get Burners out, but you don’t look at it and go, ‘This is a Burning Man party.’ We get families, people that used to go out maybe years ago. In our crowd, everyone is partying and crazy, but it’s mellow and nice. It’s a very unique crowd.”

The sixth annual Sunset Island, which has moved from Sunday to Saturday, is bigger and better than ever in 2014, Galen says. The team, which began throwing parties in 1994 at the Berkeley Marina, has grown to become a Bay Area institution, hosting annual boat parties, camp-outs and the Treasure Island extravaganza.

For the first time, a small fee will be charged.

“We’ve just been slowly growing it every year,” Galen says. “Being on Treasure Island is a tribute to the original view we had, and it’s also given us the opportunity to expand the event and create a much more interactive production.”

Food and beverage trucks such as Senor Sisig, Mr. Nice, Eat Fuki, Curbside Coffee and Me So Hungry — plus art installations, art cars and altars — augment the local and far-flung talent.

“The lineup we were looking for was something that has an eclectic feel to it, but also is dance-floor strong as well,” Galen says. “You can sit there and just listen and it would sound great, or you can get up and get dancing. It’s not strictly club music.”

Awesome Tapes from Africa offers a vintage cassette tape mix of highlife, fuji, benga and tsonga disco, and soukous. J-Boogie brings the whole band and may team up with Awesome Tapes.

“For a crew that’s been around this long the energy at our events is incredible,” Galen says. “I feel blessed we’ve been able to stay current.”


Sunset Island

Where: Great Lawn, 6th Street and Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, S.F.

When: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $10 to $30, free for ages 12 and under


Note: Tickets are available at P-Kok Planet, 1445 Haight St.;, and Wild Feather, 597 Haight St., S.F.

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