See these great Marin music venues this month


Above: Sweetwater Mill Valley

Posted in Best Marin Attractions on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by MCVB Staff

Live Music in Marin

Marin has long been a hot spot for music and musicians (The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Carlos Santana and many other rock legends have lived and played here.) Live music continues to thrive here in taverns, nightclubs and music venues on an almost daily basis. Here are four top spots to enjoy live music in Marin:

The Fenix is the newest star to appear in Marin's vibrant music scene. The supper club showcases local and national musicians in an intimate, elegant setting in downtown San Rafael. Music programs are directed by industry veteran and general manager Merle Saunders, and the Fenix's stage hosts jazz, blues, reggae and rock musicians six nights a week.

Novato's Hopmonk Tavern is the latest incarnation of the tavern, beer garden and live music venue (they also have locations in Sonoma and Sebastopol.) From reggae to rock, this is the place to hear music in northern Marin.

Sweetwater Music Hall is Mill Valley's favorite music venue and has been reborn in the town's renovated Masonic Hall. Partly owned by Bob Weir (the Grateful Dead, Furthur), the club is a state-of-the-art nightclub and presents nationally recognized, top-quality entertainment. It's also a showcase for local and emerging talent, including Open Mic Mondays. The restaurant is the culinary domain of renowned chef-restaurateur Gordon Drysdale (Pizza Antica, Café de Amis), who creates delicious fare crafted from fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Terrapin Crossroads is the musical playground of the Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.  This casual, canal-side eatery and music hall in San Rafael attracts some the best roots musicians around. Keep an eye on their calendar for performances featuring "special guests" and you may be in for a surprise.


Please also view Ben's blog in the Examiner

More information on featured attractions:

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Hopmonk Tavern Novato

If you’ve been to our first two Taverns you’ll expect another original interpretation, this time in Northern Marin County, of the things we love. That’s serving fresh, in-season...[Learn More]

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Sweetwater Music Hall

The much-anticipated Sweetwater Music Hall – a community gathering place and live music venue dedicated to bringing back the Sweetwater’s musical legacy to Mill Valley – opened in...[Learn More]

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Terrapin Crossroads

Perched beautifully along the canals of San Rafael, Terrapin Crossroads is a fantastic new restaurant and music venue that pays homage to the abundant varieties of fresh ingredients...[Learn More]

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