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Sound Summit 2017: A Benefit for The Mountain

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Mountain Theater • Mount Tamalpais State Park

E. Ridgecrest Blvd

Mill Valley, CA 94941

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Sound Summit '17 celebrates the 50th anniversary of both the Magic Mountain Festival (the first rock festival in America) and the Summer of Love in fitting fashion as two pillars of the Grateful Dead join forces to headline an eclectic day of music high above the bay on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.

Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Bob Weir will be topping a bill that includes Jim James of My Morning Jacket, performing a rare solo set of material from both his band’s songbook and his own; sharp-witted indie singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis; New Orleans’ ever-joyful Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Bay Area favorites, Vetiver, and more!

Produced as an annual celebration of and fundraiser for Mount Tamalpais State Park by Roots & Branches Conservancy, the one-day festival has raised $100,000 for Mount Tam in just its first two years.

Sound Summit is staged at the historic Mountain Theater, a 4000-seat natural stone amphitheater with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific. The same venue was the site of the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Festival in the summer of 1967 – the Summer of Love – a week before Monterey Pop. Over 30 bands including Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and The Byrds played over two days to a buoyant and colorful crowd and unknowingly birthed a tradition that’s still thriving a half-century later. In that respect, Sound Summit is treading on hallowed musical ground and keeping the vibe alive for a resonant cause.

As its name implies, Sound Summit is an intentional double-entendre – at once a musical gathering and an image of a strong and whole peak. In short, one exists to help sustain the other. Beloved by generations, Mount Tam is a treasure of our local landscape, an ongoing source of natural beauty, fresh air and water, recreation, contemplative activity and inspiration to the Marin County, San Francisco, and greater Bay Area communities.

The success of Sound Summit and the potential for it to remain a festive and beneficial annual event lies to a great extent in your hands. Given the sensitive nature of the environment in which we’re allowed to hold this celebration, it’s key that you tread lightly, respect the mountain, be kind and courteous to your fellow concert-goers, and follow the few rules we ask of you.

Our ultimate aim is to make Sound Summit an annual, sustainable revenue source, a festive event that honors the spirit of the mountain, its legacy, and its many gifts. So come join us for a day of great music and celebration a bit closer to the clouds and help Mount Tam continue to nourish and inspire. Consider your presence some good deed doing for a very special place in the neighborhood. We feel Sound Summit is as much a community spirit as it is a community event. Hope to see you on the mountain!


All Sound Summit Concert Tickets, Parking Passes, and Bus Passes are available on Eventbrite.com only (no Box Office or Phone Sales) and tickets will be sent electronically. Each ticket must be individually printed prior to arrival and presented, bar code visible, to be scanned for admission, respectively, at Entry Gate, Parking Lots, and Bus Lots.

Concert Tickets will be exchanged for admission wristbands at the Entry Gate. All seating is General Admission and on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that almost all the seats at the Mountain Theater are in full or partial sun. Prepare accordingly with hats, sunscreen, and water bottles.

Please also note that the Mountain Theater is a natural environment and entails all that comes with it. In addition to singing birds and breathtaking views, there are bees, insects, dirt paths, uneven stone surfaces, varying grades, and the like. Be mindful of the environment, both in anticipation of the day and as you move about the venue.

No Refunds, No Exchanges. Please view all Terms & Conditions.

No Ins & Outs. Once you leave, you’ve left and we’re required to remove your wristband.


We are not responsible for any lost or stolen tickets, so please keep them in a safe place and don’t lose them! For ticket-related questions or issues, please contact ticketing@soundsummit.net


Accessible Seating is available for guests using a wheelchair or other mobility assisted device. Reservations are required.

Accessible Parking is available to guests with a valid DMV issued disabled placard or plate. Reservations are required.

Sound Summit is happy to arrange Accessible Seating and Parking for those requiring it. For more information or to facilitate arrangements, please write our Box Office manager at ticketing@soundsummit.net or call 415-569-2570.

Please Note: All Accessible Seating and Parking is on a first come, first served basis.


An Accessible Drop Off area will be provided at the entrance to the Mountain Theater.

Accessible Drop-Off and Vehicle Entrance Map.

Helpful Sound Summit staff will be on hand to provide assistance into the venue and to Accessible Seating areas for those requiring it.



We strongly encourage you to arrive early, avoid midday weekend traffic, grab a good seat, and give all our acts a full and festive audience. Mountain Theater is located on East Ridgecrest Blvd on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Doors open at 10:00 AM, music begins at 11:00 AM, and there are various options to get to the venue.


Round-trip bus service up the mountain and back will be available for $20.00 per person from the Manzanita Park & Ride Commuter Lot and from the Pohono Street Park & Ride Lot (just across the frontage road leading to Hwy. 101) in Mill Valley beginning at 8:45 AM on day of show and continuing throughout the day until 4:00 PM. Look for Yellow First Student School Buses. Please use the Manzanita Lot FIRST. When it is full, buses will leave from the Pohono Lot. Bus schedule is dependent on traffic up and down the mountain. Please plan to arrive early and allow ample time to get to the venue. Note that the last bus up to the Mountain Theater leaves Mill Valley at 4:00 PM. Stay tuned for more details about bus service as we draw closer to Sound Summit.

We strongly recommend purchasing Bus Passes in advance on our ticketing website. Pending availability, Bus Passes may be offered for purchase at Bus Lot locations on the day of show on a cash-only basis.

Buses depart from the Mountain Theater entrance, beginning at roughly 7:00 PM. So that we can move people from the venue to the buses in an orderly fashion following the concert, we ask that you follow staff direction and signage in forming a line leading to the venue entrance for boarding.

There will also be buses departing from the entrance of the Mountain Theater to shuttle concert-goers back to the Bus Lots in Mill Valley at regular intervals throughout the day once Sound Summit begins, if so desired.


Mountain Parking is available in two lots with limited spaces and prepaid Parking Passes may be purchased at the Sound Summit ticketing site. If you purchase a Parking Pass, we strongly encourage you to carpool with friends and family to reduce your carbon footprint and traffic on the mountain. Parking lots open at 9:00 AM.

Parking at the High Camp Lot, directly adjacent to the Mountain Theater, is available for $50 per vehicle and limited to 75 spaces.

Parking at the Summit Lot, a short free shuttle ride to the Mountain Theater, is available for $35 per vehicle and limited to 300 spaces.

No RVs, Trailers, or Oversize Vehicles will be admitted to the mountain parking lots.

There will be no dropoffs of passengers allowed at the front entrance to the venue except for patrons with Accessible Seating or those requiring assistance into the theater.

The ascent to and descent from the Mountain Theater is on winding roads which require close attention. Please Drive Safely. Do Not Drink and Drive. Be Wise and Use a Designated Driver.

Once the show begins, there will be a shuttle bus available at regular intervals at the entrance to the Mountain Theater to return to the Summit Lot, in the event anyone wishes to return to their vehicle and leave prior to the end of the concert.

Following the concert, please proceed to your vehicle as follows:

• Those parking in the High Camp Lot should return to their vehicles along the short footpath on which they entered the venue.

• Those parking in the Summit Lot should proceed along the same footpath to the High Camp Lot, where shuttle buses will be provided back to the Summit Lot. Do not return to the venue entrance where you were dropped off originally.


If you feel like pedaling, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition will be hosting parking for bicyclists who wish to ride up to Sound Summit on the right side of the Rock Springs Parking Lot. Visit here for more information.


Take to the trails with your best hiking gear and hoof it up the mountain. If you do so, we’ll give you a free bus ride back to Mill Valley, so you won’t be hiking down in the dark. If you’re determined to do so, we encourage you to bring a flashlight and warm clothing. Trail Map, courtesy of Friends of Mount Tam.


• Do Bring Hats, Sunscreen, Water Bottles. Weather is ever changing on the mountain and it can get quite hot at the Mountain Theater, as most of the venue is in full sun. We strongly encourage you to bring protection from the sun and stay hydrated.

•Food, Beer, Wine, and Non-Alcoholic Beverages will be available at the venue. You may bring food and beverage if you wish, but please follow the guidelines below. Otherwise, plan to enjoy some tasty fare from our vendors.


• No Alcohol, Glass Bottles or Containers, Umbrellas, Selfie Sticks, Tripods, Drones, Matches, Cigarette Lighters, Audio & Video Recording Devices (any camera with a a detachable lens will not be admitted), Large Coolers, Folding Metal Armchairs, or Dogs (except for Service Dogs) may be brought inside the Mountain Theater. Soft Backed Trail Chairs and Stadium Seats are fine, but nothing with arms that will take up an extra seat, trouble the person sitting next to you, potentially damage the stone seating, or impede access along public routes and fire lanes within the venue. Small Coolers (six-pack size) are cool.


You are our greatest asset in keeping the venue clean, safe, undamaged, and undisturbed. Please respect the rules required for us to hold Sound Summit at this unique and beautiful location, now and for years to come.

• Smoking Is Not Permitted at the Mountain Theater. Period. This is not a rule solely for Sound Summit; it’s a rule for everyone all the time. Be wise. Fire danger season is upon us and it is highly irresponsible and dangerous to violate this policy. Please don’t. For those of you who feel the need to smoke, pretend you’re on a great eight-hour flight with cool tunes and incredible views. Wait until you get off the plane. This is a non-negotiable rule that you must respect if we are to continue holding this festive event into the future. If you do smoke, Park Rangers will issue you a pricey ticket and you will be removed from the venue.

• Please Use Recycling and Trash Receptacles Provided Throughout the Venue. Taking an extra moment to place recyclables and waste where indicated will help our greening team efficiently make Sound Summit as green an event as possible.

• Please Do Not Litter. If you see litter on the ground, lend a hand if you’re moved to do so. Mount Tam is a precious resource. Let’s leave it like we found it!

Thanks for your cooperation in protecting and preserving Mount Tam!


Tickets are available online only through Eventbrite at: https://soundsummit2016.eventbrite.com. All Sales Are Final. No Refunds Or Exchanges.

All Admission Tickets, Parking Passes, and Bus Passes are individual ticket types and should be printed prior to arrival with barcodes clearly visible and presented at Ticket Gate, Parking Lots, and Bus Lots, respectively.

Sound Summit reserves the right to deny entry to patrons without valid scannable tickets. Sound Summit Tickets – E-Ticket should be printed out and will be scanned and exchanged for an admission wristband at the Mountain Theater entrance.

• Children aged 2 and younger are admitted free of charge.

• Youth aged 3 through 12 will be admitted with valid general admission Youth E-Ticket.

• Patrons aged 13 and older are considered adults and will not be admitted with a general admission Youth E-Ticket.

• Entry to festival begins at 10:00 AM.

• All seating is general admission and first come, first served.

Summit or High Camp Parking Passes – E-Ticket should be printed out and placed on the dashboard of your vehicle as proof of purchase. Barcodes on tickets must be clearly visible and will be verified at Parking Lot entrances. One pass per vehicle.

Bus Passes – E-Ticket should be printed out and will be scanned and exchanged for a Bus Pass at the Bus Lot locations at Manzanita Park & Ride Lot and neighboring Pohono Park & Ride Lot at 100 Shoreline Highway in Mill Valley. See Bus Lot Maps on the Festival Info webpage. Please keep your Bus Pass in your possession to guarantee service to and from the venue and bus lots. One pass per individual.

No Ins and Outs. Once you leave, you’ve left, and we are required to removed your wristband.

Buyer Beware. Do not buy tickets from anyone you don’t know. They may likely be counterfeit or otherwise invalid and will not be honored at the gate for admission. Sound Summit is not responsible tickets sold through any third or unauthorized party. No refunds will be processed for unclaimed orders or patrons who are denied entry due to counterfeit or invalid tickets.

Once exchanged, Sound Summit is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged wristbands, passes. Keep them all in a safe place and do not lose them!

The event will take place rain or shine. Lineup is subject to change.

Sound Summit will be filmed, photographed, and recorded for promotional and archival purposes. By your presence on event premises, you consent to the use of your name, voice, and likeness without conditions in any and all media. Thank you for your cooperation.Sound Summit is not liable in any way for any injuries incurred relating to attendance of the festival.

For ticket-related questions or issues, please contact ticketing@soundsummit.net.

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