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Posted on: May 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 2019 Conservatory Lighting and Summer Solstice Concert Announced

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Psychedelic Photosynthesis and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3

  • June 19, 6-10pm
  • Conservatory lighting at approximately 9:15pm

SAN FRANCISCO– Join us for the 3rd annual outtasight, flower-powered night under the stars as we kick off summer with the Psychedelic Photosynthesis and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam. Spread out a blanket for an amazing night of free, live music and psychedelic visuals in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the iconic Conservatory of Flowers on Wednesday, June 19.

The concert, featuring the iconic songs of 1969 performed by legendary artists alongside bright new talents in the Bay Area music scene, will run from 6-10 p.m. The Conservatory’s light show, Photosynthesis, will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., transforming the building into a canvas of colorful light art.

Dance to Spirit in the Sky – performed by Norman Greenbaum; Fixin’ to Die performed by Country Joe McDonald;  Time Has Come Today – performed by the New Chambers Brothers; Evil Ways – by original members of Santana; and of course, Everyday People – performed by original members of Sly & The Family Stone.

This will be an all-star concert featuring members of legendary Bay Area bands:

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, It’s A Beautiful Day, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Garcia Band, Ace of Cups, New Riders of the Purple Sage, New Chambers Brothers, Rat Dog, and Sons of Champlin.

Also catch musicians from the newer generation of San Francisco bands: ALO, Box Set, Moonalice, Con Brio, Brothers Comatose, The California Honeydrops, Strangefolk, Midnight North, T Sisters, Katdelic, and Tarnation.

The flower-powered celebration is free and open to all ages. A variety of food trucks from Off the Grid will be available.

Developed in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, 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 19. Let us know you’re coming here.

Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 is produced by Dawn Holliday with the musical direction of Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz.  The San Francisco 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 Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 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

Ace of Cups

Steve Adams

Peter Albin

Michael Bello

Johnny Bones

Holly Bowling

Lester & Dylan Chambers

Country Joe McDonald

Tim Caine

Bo Carper

Jason Crosby

Greg Errico

Paula Frazer

Reid Genauer

Dave Getz

Lesley Grant

Darby Gould

Norman Greenbaum

Wally Ingram

Alex Jordan

Mark Karan

David & Linda LaFlamme

Ezra Lipp

Reed Mathis

Ziek McCarter

Roger McNamee

John Molo

Ben & Alex Morrison

David Nelson

Mike Olmos
Elliot Peck

Jeff Pehrson

Chuck Prophet

Pete Sears

Michael Shrieve

Barry Sless

RonKat Spearman

Scott Thunes

Chloe, Erika, & Rachel Tietjen

Lech Wierzynski

Plus more to be announced!

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