Musicians, fans, family, and friends of Jerry Garcia will gather on Sunday, August 5 to celebrate the 10th Annual Jerry Garcia Day at the venue named in his honor—the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater—in San Francisco’s McLaren Park, located in Garcia’s childhood community, the Excelsior District.
The event features an eclectic lineup of musicians who have performed or been influenced by Garcia’s playing including Melvin Seals & JGB, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Peter Rowan, Sandy Rothman, Pat Nevins, Blue Bear School of Music along with a number of special guests.
“Jerry Day is a unique event. It’s near his childhood neighborhood, making it special, and over the past 10 years it’s become the perfectly-sized ‘gathering of the tribe.” says Rothman, who played with the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band. “I first went there with a Deadhead friend from Japan and was blown away to hear a young musician, Stu Allen, evoking Jerry’s music so well. Jerry has had a unifying effect on many people around the world. Jerry Day can be understood as ‘ground zero’ for his music and his memory, drawing together new and old fans, friends, kids, and family members.”
“Personally, Jerry changed my life,” says Seals. “Musically, he introduced me to a new style of music I was not familiar with. Professionally, I am carrying on his legacy. What he taught me is what I’m passing on to the younger generation. That’s why events such as these are important.”
Garcia’s daughter, Trixie Garcia, added her support, saying, “The Jerry Garcia family is delighted to celebrate 10 years of Jerry Day in the Excelsior District where Jerry grew up. It is a great honor for Jerry’s legacy to be recognized in this annual musical celebration. Please join us August 5th.”
Presented by the Excelsior Cultural Group and San Francisco Parks Alliance, this event also aims to raise awareness for the Excelsior District. Garcia grew up at 87 Harrington St. and 121 Amazon St. in the Excelsior District in San Francisco.