Green Apple Music Festival, Golden Gate Park (Earth Day)

A beautiful day as I nestled my spot in golden gate park. I was about 20 yards from the stage on the right side. Just missed Brett Dennen set and wasn't to happy with myself about it. Oh well glad I caught him at HSMF last year. Next up was Dan Hicks and Hot Licks w/ Michael Kang of SCI in tow. They were a nice warm up for Yonder Mountain String Band. When Yonder started playing I walked to center stage to see if Jon Fishman was playing drums for them like he did friday night at the warfield. He wasn't, but that didn't stop YMSB from getting everybody on the feet & dancing. They opened with "Casualty" and then ripped into a bumpin "Steep Grade Sharp Curves". Which is now my new favorite tune of there's. They finished up there set with there heady jingo "Two Hits & The Joints Turned Brown". Not surprised they played that song on 4/20. Yonder set lasted about 60 minutes and everybody wanted more but understood.

After some earth day announcements and some famous rambling by Wavy Gravy out came Mickey Hart & Bob Weir. Bobby was a surprise guest and I couldn't have been happier about it. They launched right into "Blackbird" which was a nice little acoustic ditty. All the heads were smiling for as far as these red eyes could see. Then Michael Kang & Ben Kaufmann joined the duo for runs threw "Peggy-O" & "Friend of the Devil". Then Mickey assembled his drum circle with the likes of Jon Fishman, Tommy Lee & many others. They did some freeform for a while then we were unsure what they were going into either "Aiko" or "Not Fade Away". It was "NFA" and Bobby came back out for it but Mickey shut it down early. The band left the stage and 30 seconds later Weir, Hart, Kang, Lee & Joan Baez came back out to finish "Not Fade Away" to crowds delight. I just like that it was over and it was time to pack up and head out. I'd say there was somewhere between 50,000 to 75,000 people at the event by the end. Be sure to check out video's on YouTube. A very heady day in the park for sure!

Tue 4/22/2008 2:44 AM