Non-profit music venue Sweetwater Music Hall in California’s Bay Area will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November with a monthlong concert series featuring acclaimed artists led by Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir and local favorites who have played the Sweetwater stage.
“Sweetwater has been a little playpen for San Francisco and Marin [County] musicians for 50 years now,” says Weir, who headlines the series’ 50th-anniversary gala benefit concert on Nov. 17.
Other artists slated to perform will include Big Brother & The Holding Company (Nov. 4), Austin DeLone (Nov. 8), Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (Nov. 9), Will Bernard (Nov. 10), Bonnie Hayes (Nov. 11), Tommy Castro & the Painkillers (Nov. 12), Jules Broussard (Nov. 13), Bobby Weir & Friends (Nov. 17), Garage A Trois (Nov. 18 – 20), Vinyl (Nov. 23), Jason Crosby & Friends (Nov. 26), Todd Morgan (Nov. 27) and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (Nov. 30).
“Sweetwater Music Hall has a long and great history in Marin. I have many memories, old and new of playing there, listening to great music there and hanging out with friends there (some of whom are no longer around),” said David Getz of Big Brother & The Holding Company. “It has always been a special club and one of few places where local musicians and bands really want to play at and where we want to invite our friends and fans to hear us.”
Often described as a “Jewel of America,” Sweetwater is managed by Maria Hoppe and organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is “fully devoted to advancing education, understanding and appreciation of music, culture and arts through the presentation of a vibrant and diverse range of live performances.” The state-of-the-art performing arts venue administers music appreciation and education programs for youth and adults in various musical genres, including residencies and partnerships with local community groups as well as special needs and at-risk youth.
For detailed artist information for the 50th Anniversary Sweetwater Concert Series, visit sweetwatermusichall.com.