San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Featuring David Nelson, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Henry Kaiser, Stu Allen, Lebo (Dan Lebowitz of ALO), Garrin Benfield, David Gans, Pat Nevins, David Thom, Jeff Pehrson, Sunshine Becker, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Mookie Siegel, Jim Lewin, Joe Balestreri, Scott Cooper, Fiddle Dave Muhlethaler, THUGZ, Liquid Sun Day!
House Band: Robin Sylvester (bass), Peter Lavezzoli (drums & vocals), Jordan Feinstein (keyboards), Suzy Thompson (fiddle & vocals), Eric Thompson (guitar & mandolin); guests Adam Perry (drums), Pat Campbell (bass)
Ashkenaz is excited to host our second annual celebration of the life and music of Jerry Garcia, in which an all-star lineup of local musicians perform their favorite Garcia tunes! They explore songs both classic and rediscovered with a highly collaborative feel, much in the spirit of Jerry himself.
The August date was chosen in honor of both the birth and the passing of Garcia (8/1/42–8/9/95). Though he never played at Ashkenaz, we have a long history with Garcia’s music. Since the ’90s Ashkenaz has hosted Grateful Dead Nights and featured bands that pay homage to the music of Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and scores of acts who have followed in their footsteps.
Limited tickets are available for a pre-concert screening of Steven Brown’s new Grateful Dead documentary. “Steve’s Flashback Jam” collects intimate footage of rock concerts, interviews, and personal experiences from the years that Steve Brown was integral to the Grateful Dead organization. Brown worked as a promoter, production coordinator, and art productions coordinator for Grateful Dead Records during the ’70s and ’80s and also worked on the Grateful Dead Movie.
The film starts with historic local events including the 1967 Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park and the Mountain Festival on Mt. Tamalpais, travels on the road with the Dead in Europe, and includes humorous highlights of the Bill Graham tribute and many more one-of-a-kind musical moments. Artists appearing in the film include the Dead, the Rolling Stones, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Roy Rogers, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, John Cipollina, Bonnie Raitt, Albert King, Jackson Browne, Wavy Gravy, and others.If you lived the San Francisco rock scene in the ’60s and can’t remember it, you’ll want to see this film. If you’re a Deadhead, you won’t want to miss it. The film will be shown in Ashkenaz’s Back Studio from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and will include beverage and popcorn service.
Very Jerry II is a Community Benefit Night to raise funds for Ashkenaz. Beginning with a salute to Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday in May 2011, musicians have donated their time and talents in a creative and inspiring series of tributes, every couple of months honoring a different music great and supporting the nonprofit local institution that is Ashkenaz.
When & Where
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).