June 20, 2018 6-10pm
Conservatory Lighting at approximately 9:15pm
SAN FRANCISCO – Put some flowers in your hair and come celebrate the start of summer with an amazing night of music in Golden Gate Park at the iconic Conservatory of Flowers. The City will revel in another free concert in the Park and as the longest day of the year slides into night, the Conservatory welcomes back the Summer of Love light art installation launched in 2017. Photosynthesis transforms the Conservatory into a canvas of colorful light art every night. The concert will revisit iconic songs of 1968 featuring legendary artists alongside new bright talents in the Bay Area music scene.
The flower-powered celebration is free and open to all ages. A variety of food trucks from Off the Grid will be available, as well.
This will be an All-Star concert featuring musicians from legendary bands: Big Brother & The Holding Company, It’s A Beautiful Day, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Garcia Band, New Chambers Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Rat Dog, and Sons of Champlin Along with musicians from the newer generation of San Francisco bands: ALO, Box Set, Brothers Comatose, Con Brio, Cosmic Twang, Midnight North, Mother Hips, and Tarnation.
Dance to Piece of My Heart – performed by original members of Big Brother & The Holding Company. Time Has Come Today – performed by original members of the New Chambers Brothers and of course, Dance to the Music – performed by original members of Sly & The Family Stone.
Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks, the light art installation, initiated by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, together with Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisite scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within this national landmark.
Space is limited at this event, and public transportation is highly recommended, as parking is limited. John F. Kennedy Drive will be closed from Kezar Drive and 8th Ave for the entirety of Wednesday June 20.
The Summer Solstice Concert is produced by Dawn Holliday with the musical direction of Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz. The Recreation and Park Department is grateful to the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and numerous civic leaders and organizations for supporting the event.
Entertainment for Summer Solstice blends San Francisco most beloved legacy bands and the bright new talents on the San Francisco music scene.
List of Musicians
Musical director – Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz
Lester & Dylan Chambers
David & Linda LaFlamme
Ben & Alex Morrison
Plus more to be announced!