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2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a yearlong celebration of counter-culture with a 1960's throwback including exhibitions, literary events, tribute concerts and recognition of significant moments in time. So go ahead and Find your "Inner Hippie" in Marin County this summer...We have a number of fun ways to celebrate and ways to spread the love!
On January 14, 1967: If you were in Golden Gate Park then perhaps you were part of the first Human Be-In
May 13, 1967: Scott McKenzie releases his If You are Going to San Francisco song
June 10-11, 1967: Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival
The Untold Story of the First U.S. Rock Festival
Flash back to June 10th and 11th, 1967 — one week before the Monterey Pop Festival and two years before Woodstock — tens of thousands of Bay Area music fans converged on the Sydney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California, for the first U.S. rock festival. Conceived as a promotion for the KFRC 610 AM radio station, the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival featured more than 30 acts, including the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, the Byrds and Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, as well as a group of Hells Angels and an "acid doctor" to mitigate bad trips. Arguably, the festival was the true start of the Summer of Love, and this is its previously untold story. View the setlist of musicians for those two days.
June 21, 1967: Summer Solstice Celebration - the official start of the Summer of Love
STILL TO COME:
Marin Music Festival: October 14, 2017 - from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Known for its musical revolution in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Marin County provides a gorgeous natural backdrop for this free day of local music showcasing Marin’s musical flair. This event is open to the public and will feature local live bands, arts and crafts booths, food trucks, beer and wine, kid’s activities and a stunning waterfront view!
The inaugural event is sure to excite music lovers with the harmonious sounds of local bands, and the beauty and peaceful surroundings of Marin.
The Festival will be held at the Marin Rod and Gun Club in San Rafael. The music lineup is coming soon!
Sound Summit 2017: September 9, 2017 - A Benefit for the Mountain
Channel your inner hippie and celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the Magic Mountain Festival and the Summer of Love on Mt. Tam. We are looking forward to an eclectic day of music and more high above the Bay. The current lineup includes Phil Lesh and Friends with Bob Weir! Tickets on sale the first day of Summer, Wednesday, June 21st.
WhistleStock: September 24, 2017 12:30 to 5:30 pm
location will be the Fairgrounds Island: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
Are you feeling Groovy? In its fourth year, the annual Whistlestock benefit concert has a reputation as a not-to-be missed event. The 2017 lineup includes legendary performers Jesse Colin Young (start at 4 pm) who sang the hit song Get Together with the Youngbloods in 1967, and Pure Prairie League (start at 2 pm) with their memorable song, Amie. Opening band starts at 12:30.
It’s a celebration of the decades, so wear your 60s or 70s threads and enter our costume competition. There will be food trucks and beverages to purchase at the event, and free water will be available; please bring empty water bottles. Please leave pets at home.
Mill Valley Library: Utopian ideals! Counterculture! The British mod scene! Dive into the swinging '60s with books like Season of the Witch or Catch-22 to discover the unique cultural climate of an unforgettable time in America's history. Each '60s-related book you read or Summer of Love Library program you attend earns you a raffle ticket towards fantastic prizes. Prizes include a lava lamp, a gift certificate to Mill Valley Music, and more. Click here
Mill Valley Library: Grit and Glamour: ’67 on Screen: Every Fourth Thursday from May through August at 6:30 pm
Series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Friends and the Summer of Love. The Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, Bonnie & Clyde, and In the Heat of the Night.
Celebrating the life of Jerry Garcia with Live Dead ‘69: August 9, 2017, at 8:00pm
Live Dead '69 at Sweetwater Music Hall
LIVE DEAD ‘69 performs the classic Live Dead (recorded in 1969) in its entirety; a laudable achievement unto itself. Moreover, they are the only touring entity that applies the Grateful Dead's classic zeitgeist of extemporization and interpretive improvisation beyond an ever expanding repertoire, much of which is created entirely in the moment– without rehearsal or traditional preparation.The players' unique history & pedigree offers a familiarity with Grateful Dead's halcyon material, and by their association - implies an improvisational prowess beyond merely playing the songbook or re-creating old Grateful Dead shows. Live Dead 69 is rather sampling philosophy, technique & approach for interpretation ... and they're on to something!
Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration!: August 1, 2017, at 8:00 pm
Terrapin Crossroads's GATE ROOM SHOW with Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Tickets needed.
Free for all ages at the BAR SHOW: Ross James, Craig MacArthur, Dan Eisenberg, Steve Adams & Alex Koford perform the songs of Jerry Garcia at 7:30
Jerry Garcia Celebration - Thunder & Lighting": August 2, 2017 at 8:00pm
Terrapin Crossroads's GATE ROOM SHOW featuring Phil Lesh & Stu Allen with Ross James, Scott Guberman & Ezra Lipp. Tickets needed.
Free for all ages in the BAR SHOW: Colonel & The Mermaids, featuring Alex Koford at 7:30 pm
Summer Nights Outdoors Under the Stars: August 5, 2017, at 7:00 pm
Melvin Seals & JGB plays at Osher Marin JCC
Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz.
Let the Funshine In! June 30 through July Fourth, 2017
In a groovy tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the Marin County Fair will have a far-out theme this summer. This year the fair will celebrate that 1967 spirit with music, art, fashion and more featuring tie-dye and macramé competitions, Flower Power horticulture, Groovy/Psychedelic and Abstract art and photography, and daily 60s fashion parades. As always, there are carnival rides, free concerts, and fireworks every night. Join us, tune in, turn on and Let the Funshine In!
Ann Wilson of Heart: Friday, June 30
The 5th Dimension: Saturday, July 1
The Commodores: Sunday, July 2
UB40, Monday: July 3
The Happy Together Tour: Tuesday, July 4
Corte Madera/Larkspur Fourth of July Parade: Celebrate the Summer of Love this Fourth of July by either participating in or viewing the 1967 themed parade. The parade begins at 10:30 am at Redwood High School (395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur) and ends at Corte Madera’s Town Center where festivities will continue until 5 pm. The parade will feature many incredible bands with the celebration immediately following at the Corte Madera Town Park. All the annual favorites will be featured: a large selection of arts and craft vendors, live music, carnival games, bouncy houses, a zip line, and an obstacle course. More information to follow later.
Mill Valley Library: Naked Truth: Summer of Love: Friday, June 2 at 7:00 pm
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, storytellers (including comedian/writer Emily Epstein White) will share personal stories of peace, love, and liberation. Josh Healey emcees. Registration recommended. (415) 389-4292 x3
Magic Mountain Music Festival and HAIR (In Concert)
Flash forward to June 10, 2017 - For ONE DAY ONLY, relive the magic of 1967's Summer of Love! It's the 50th anniversary of the first outdoor concert ever, and Mountain Play is celebrating by hosting an all-day outdoor music festival (the Jefferson Starship amongst others), - headlined with a concert version of HAIR!
KWMR, West Marin Community Radio, rejoices in The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary!
Stream live at kwmr.org. Tune in to 90.5 Point Reyes Station, 89.9 Bolinas, 92.3 San Geronimo Valley:
Friday, June 9: 4-5 PM “The French Touch” with Emmanuel celebrates with songs by Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara, Maxime LeForestier, Brigitte Bardot, and more.
5-7 PM “Happy Hour” with Liberacha and 7-9 PM “Night Flight” with Bill Steele.
Saturday, June 10: 6-8 PM “The Celtic Universe” with Ken Eichstaedt. What was Scotsman Donovan, and others, playing in 1967?
8-10 PM “The Jazz Groove” with Joe Blumenthal.
Sunday, June 11: 2-4 PM “Foraging” with Betsy Nichols. 4-6 PM “To Hell & Bach” with Beth Underwood. Digging out ancient vinyl…prepare to be psychedelicized!
6-8 PM “Between Rock and A Jazz Place” with Grey Shepard. 8-10 PM “Rock of Ages” with Mark Nichol focuses on local bands at “Magic Mountain,” including The Charlatans, Mount Rushmore, Rodger Collins, Blackburn & Snow, The Sparrow, The Chocolate Watchband, The Mojo Men, Sons of Champlin, Jefferson Airplane, The Loading Zone, The Steve Miller Band, Country Joe and the Fish, The Mystery Trend, The Salvation Army Band.
Groovin' in the Garden: June 16, 2017 – 6:00pm
Danny Click and The Hell Yeahs! at Marin Art & Garden
The Danny Click sound is a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click’s searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you’ve got at least part of the picture.
Summer of Love Reception: June 17, 2017
Join the Bolinas Museum for a special reception and free outdoor concert with Marin Muldaur celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and the opening of the museum's Counter-culture & Creativity program spotlighting the 1960s & 70s. New exhibitions: Art We Wear: Culture & Expression 1960s to Now / Eye Witness to a Cultural Revolution: Selections from the Jon Goodchild Collection.
More from KWMR, on The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary!
Stream live at kwmr.org. Tune in to 90.5 Point Reyes Station, 89.9 Bolinas, 92.3 San Geronimo Valley:
Sunday, June 18: 8-10 PM “Rock of Ages” with Mark Nichol highlights performers at Monterey Pop, including Big Brother and the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service. [Here is Mark’s full list if room—Monterey Pop: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Steve Miller Band, Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding (honorary Sausalitan).]
Tuesday, June 20: 10 PM-Midnight “19Seventy Jim” features bands playing the Marin County Fair, plus a few other Summer of Love classics and snippets of news clips, speeches of the time.
Summer of Love: An Art and Music Experience - June 24 and 25, 2017
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the summer that changed the world, 1967! Italian Street Painting Marin is excited to celebrate this far-out occasion through the captivating art of street painting and music June 24-25 with Summer of Love: An Art & Music Experience!
Journeying back to the era of peace and love, much of this year’s artwork will pay homage to the Summer of Love theme and focus on the cultural revolution that started in the San Francisco Bay Area, changing art, music, and the direction of the country forever.
Lending even more of a psychedelic flair to the event, attendees will have the chance to meet legendary artist Stanley Mouse and view an exhibition of his iconic Rock and Roll posters.
The songs from the summer of 1967 are some of the most iconic and influential in the history of music, and you can hear them live at Italian Street Painting Marin’s event! To get attendees groovin’ top musical hits from the era will be performed Saturday and Sunday on the main stage from very talented musicians from across the state. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
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