A number of musicians will come together to celebrate the life of Owsley “Bear” Stanley this evening. The noted sound engineer and San Francisco muse passed away a year ago today. The performance will take place at Mill Valley, CA’s recently reopened Sweetwater Muisc Hall.
The tribute will feature a mix of entertainment: The club will spin the new archival release Bear’s Sonic Journals Presents: Big Brother & the Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin Live …at the Carousel Ballroom 1968, and Big Brother guitarist Sam Andrew will make a special appearance. In addition, Terry Haggerty, Scott Law, Lynn Asher, Pete Sears, Lex Rayzon, Tim Hockenberry, Dave Pellicciaro, Paul Revelli and other guests will perform, while cover artist Stanley Mouse will sign a special edition commemorative posters. This event is the first fundraiser for the new Owsley Stanley Foundation, which is dedicated to the digitization, preservation and release of Bear’s Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era.