"Any city that doesn't have a Tenderloin isn't a city at all"
Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle
Live at the Black Hawk is an exciting community-benefit project that recreates the Tenderloin's world-famous Black Hawk Jazz Club using cutting-edge Augmented Reality (AR) cloud technology. The project connects residents and visitors with the neighborhood's rich tradition of innovation and inclusion through engaging audio-visual storytelling and provides a rotating virtual art and music gallery for local youth and artists to showcase their talents.
Download the app to see it in AR
Download the Live at the Black Hawk app to bring the Black Hawk Jazz Club back to life through the magic of augmented reality (AR). (Web AR version coming soon!)
Download the Live at the Black Hawk app from your app store
Live at the Black Hawk is a location-based AR epxerience. You will need to travel to Boeddeker Park in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco to use the app.
Open the app on-site.
Follow the instructions in the app to launch the experience.
Note: It may take a while to download the app and/or content on-site depending on the strength and quality of your cell phone connection and the make and model of your phone. Many San Francisco parks now have free WiFi. If WiFi is available, we recommend using it to minimize wait times.
Between 1950 and 1963, the Black Hawk Jazz Club attracted world-class talent to the corner of Turk and Hyde Streets in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Jazz greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie played to packed houses, experimented with new sounds and recorded some of their best works.
Who People from 3 to 103 of all abilities can enjoy
What A fun, interactive, destination-worthy, augmented reality (AR) experience rooted in the rich culture and inclusive history of the Tenderloin’s Black Hawk Jazz Club.
Lifesize AR re-creation of the Black Hawk Jazz Club
Digital art and music gallery
Original artworks and music by Tenderloin artists
Community AR art and music creation workshops
Black Hawk and Tenderloin AR history
When Available whenever Boeddeker Park is open. Art, music and stories is refreshed by local youth, artists and musicians three to four times per year.
Where Boeddeker Park, Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.
Why Connect low-opportunity Tenderloin residents and artists with high-opportunity emerging tech through the creation of a fun, participatory AR experience that reconnects them with the rich history and culture of their neighborhood and elevates the Tenderloin as an engine of innovation and inclusion in San Francisco.
How Partnering with nonprofits, artists, startups and local businesses using evidence-based, Creative Placemaking practices and cutting-edge, mobile-phone based AR cloud technology.
Call for Visual and Musical Artists
Live at the Black Hawk is an on-going virtual art, music and history gallery. Applications for visual and musical works are accepted on a rolling basis.
All Bay Area visual and musical artists are eligible to apply. Preference given to artists living in the Tenderloin as well as those with a history of working in or with the Tenderloin community.