Jerry Garcia Day in SF

Jerry Garcia by Jay Blakesberg
The 5th Annual Jerry (Garcia) Day summer will help mark the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and reunite former band member Melvin Seals with the fans that have kept Jerry Garcia's memory and music alive.

Sunday, August 5 at the venue named in his honor, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in John McLaren Park, fans will be treated to more authentic nostalgia than usual with performances by Melvin Seals, who played with the Jerry Garcia Band for 15 years. Of meeting Seals, Garcia said, "He was just playing the tastiest little stuff. I thought, 'this guy is just too much!' I asked him what his name was. He said, 'Melvin Seals'." Mr. Seals, featured on Sunday with the JGB Band, is a San Francisco native who grew up and still resides in the Bayview, where he plays in local churches when not touring.

Having played with legends such as Chuck Berry, Charlie Daniels and Elvin Bishop, Melvin Seals' powerful and high-spirited Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards have been heard in the music industry for more than 30 years. While in the Jerry Garcia Band, he added his gospel-soul touches to the Band's foundation of rhythm and blues. Also Joining Melvin Seals and JGB will be former Jerry Garcia Band drummer, David Kemper. Rounding out the bill for the rest of Sunday's concert will be Workingman's Ed and Jelly.

Presented by the Excelsior Cultural Group and San Francisco Parks Trust, this event also aims to raise awareness for Jerry Garcia's childhood neighborhood, the Excelsior District. What began five years ago as a fundraiser and celebration for Crocker Amazon Park continues to highlight the City's extraordinary public spaces that belong to all of us. Positioned on the border of the Excelsior and Bayview Districts, the park venue, concert, and residency of its artists help bring together the broad spectrum of fans that enjoy this special outdoor event.

The Jerry Day 2007 Concert on Sunday, August 5 is the culmination of a week of revelry, including interviews on KFOG's Morning Show with artists (August 1, 7:30 a.m.), a birthday celebration at San Francisco's Hard Rock Cafe (August 1, 8:00 p.m.), a "Best of the Bay" Award Celebration from the SF Bay Guardian (August 3, 5:00 p.m.), and a Jerry Day Community Pre-Party (August 3, 6:00 p.m.) at Pete's Bar (Harrington and Mission), located just around the corner from Jerry Garcia's childhood home.

Jerry Day 2007 - (Jerry Garcia Day) - Aug 5, 2007
12 noon - 6 p.m. (Event opens at 11 a.m.)
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, Free Admission
45 Shelley Drive (John McLaren Park), San Francisco 94134

http://www.jerryday.org

[Published on: 7/31/07]

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Comments

Deadphishbiscuits Tue 7/31/2007 11:29AM
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Deadphishbiscuits

this day should be a national celebration from coast to coast we miss ya jerry

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 11:41AM
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EVILFUNK

JJJJJJEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

BRabbit Tue 7/31/2007 12:18PM
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BRabbit

its Jerry Garcia day every day in Michigan

Falcor Tue 7/31/2007 12:44PM
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Falcor

this is a stones throw from my baby girls house. ASpen Rose, free JGB and the duck pond. thweeet

pedalsteeltwang starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 01:39PM
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Wow! this is looking like a great event! Go to Jerry Day in McLaren Park!

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 01:39PM
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sunnbear

In my world, EVERY day is Jerry Garcia Day! Miss you, Jerry!

jamrad Tue 7/31/2007 01:46PM
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it is a great place to see some music and relax in the sun(if it happens to be a sunny day in sf).
go and see this show it will be lots of fun!

TimCorcoran Tue 7/31/2007 01:48PM
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tmurphysf starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 02:24PM
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Thanks to everyone who has helped out with this event - Jerry Day SF. Especially to the City and County of SF, Jerry Garcia Estate, SFPD, and SF Park and Rec for allowing us to have the event in the first place. Also to all of the residents near the amphitheater and the deadheads that help to put this thing together.

SUNDAY is going to be FUN!!!

Kudos to Jambase for putting this release up....

Makisupa_McGee Tue 7/31/2007 02:32PM
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Makisupa_McGee

the jerry ampatheater in McLaren park is really cool. I wont be able to attend, but I suggest that you bring a keg if your going to be with a ton of people - no one will hastle you about it, im very sure of that.

tmurphysf starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 03:47PM
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No kegs allowed. Thank You.

Cans and Bottles are OK. Please recycle once your at the event. Thank You.

Sueshi starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 06:47PM
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Sueshi

Jerry Day is always a lot of fun and this year the music should be stellar. See ya all there!

BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/31/2007 07:02PM
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BGsteveBG

that wisconsin deal sounds pretty good for a chicago dude such as myself.. cant afford the trip to san fran sadly, hopefully next year!

TimCorcoran Wed 8/1/2007 03:21AM
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TimCorcoran

Happy birthday Jerry!
Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passing by,
Laugh in the sunshine,
Sing, cry in the dark,
Fly through the night!
God Bless You Jerry!

tnanthony Wed 8/1/2007 06:05AM
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Happy Birthday Jerry !

briank67 Wed 8/1/2007 08:05AM
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briank67

san fran seems to be where it's at! i'm 'stuck' in chicago too, however next friday aug.10 there's the "3rd annual jerry garcia tribute" featuring some cool local jam bands... and tickets are only $12. sounds like a fun time, especially because it's 18+ when most of the local jam bands only play 21+ bars

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 08:12AM
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sunnbear

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERRY!!!We miss you and love you.

kirkbrew starstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 08:40AM
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RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 09:41AM
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RothburyWithCheese

You were a great man and musician you will always be remembered. Happy B-Day Spud!!! or Capt. Trips if you prefer!!!

cocheese Wed 8/1/2007 10:42AM
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cocheese

I wonder what Jerry would think of all this???? just curious.

philhitz Wed 8/1/2007 10:53AM
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counting stars by candleight - all are dim but ONE is bright! miss ya jer.

adelaid starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 11:26AM
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RIGHTEOUS. Tom you're the bomb for gettin' this happenin.
Have gone the past 2 yrs, close to my house, & this event is MUCH fun---See YOU there! D

z man starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 04:52AM
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Happy Birthday Jerry.

INITFORTHEMUSIC Thu 8/2/2007 10:15AM
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i saw jgb for the first time last month in falling waters wv and they were so tight and powerful, its a show not to miss. oh, and the guy who immitates jerry was great too!

boputnam Thu 8/2/2007 12:32PM
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"I wonder what Jerry would think of all this???? just curious."

Hopefully, we are honoring their craft.

From a system perspective, Jerry was known to be very leading-edge about the sound system, having enlisted Bob Heil way-back-when to provide the first foldback (monitor) system for the band so they could hear better and enjoy the show, too. We carefully size the sound system for this venue, and support the artists with complete and flexible monitor mixes. The system this year will expand on what we have learned in prior Jerry Day celebrations, and is sure to please with good coverage and intelligibility. Thanks to L-Acoustics ARCS, there are no "cheap seats" at Jerry Day...

Sound on Stage is delegating some of their very best for this show, and has helped spec the ideal system.

See you there...

bo putnam
SOUNDsupport

Flat5 Thu 8/2/2007 02:39PM
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Flat5

i asked him what his name was. he said 'melvin seals' lol!

joann26 starstarstarstar Fri 8/3/2007 02:46PM
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I knew it. I have had this amazing "Jerry Vibe" all week. Close your eyes. Feel the colors. Smell the music. Live the life. :p

cavemandan Fri 8/3/2007 04:32PM
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the comment about BORIS GARCIA at the GARCIAGATHERING is right on...this band is the missing link for new schoolers and old schoolers who LOVE muisc.... check them out and you may agree!

rteagle Fri 10/19/2007 09:23PM
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The sounds was (is) always the chase and the music was (is) always kick ass from the get-go! Thanks to all the sound crews for making the day sparkle with the glow of sunshine and our bodies groove to the waves from them speakers! Kick out the Jams! Much appreciation for celebrating Jerry in such a cool way!

rteagle Fri 10/19/2007 09:25PM
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The sounds was (is) always the chase and the music was (is) always kick ass from the get-go! Thanks to all the sound crews for making the day sparkle with the glow of sunshine and our bodies groove to the waves from them speakers! Kick out the Jams! Much appreciation for celebrating Jerry in such a cool way!