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"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. 
Now available on "web"via the magic of
Adobe AERO and Google Geospatial Creator
1. Scan the QR code with your phone (or tap the link directly from your phone).
2. Click "OPEN" when the AERO app clip prompt appears
3. Follow the instructions on your screen to launch the content 
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Scan the QR code 
click here  on your phone

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History Gallery
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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.
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The Playlist

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 Best accessed during daytime. Art, music and stories is refreshed by local youth, artists and musicians three to four times per year.

Where Corner of Turk and Hyde in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.  Best launched and viewed from the NW corner adjacent to the Turk and Hyde mini-park. 

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.

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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.

Call for Artists
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Partners and Sponsors
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