SF Rec & Park and Friends Celebrates 43rd Anniversary of Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

SAN FRANCISCO – On October 11, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the Friends of the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park (AMP), will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the amphitheatre.   The celebration will include the closing concert of with the Saturdays in the Park featuring the Delmarva Band, the Beauty Operators, and closing the show, Wake the Dead.  The party will also include a bicycle camera obscura.  The outdoor, Greek-style amphitheater was formally renamed in 2005 in honor of the local resident and music legend Jerry Garcia.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and supporters for all they’ve done to help us make this FREE volunteer produced, family-friendly series a reality,” said Linda Davirro, Friends of AMP.  “This two year series has been a very professional production bringing to the Amphitheater stage dozens of talented neighborhood and Bay Area musicians to create a magical experience in John McLaren Park.”


The 2014 Saturday in the Park-McLaren free concert series presented six free family friend concerts showcasing performances for every age and musical taste.  2014 Saturday in the Park-McLaren Lineup on October 11th will be the Good Time & Sing-Along Concert with Improvisational & Celtic Jam Band Music.  And at this last concert of the series, the San Francisco Exploratorium will be bringing a Rickshaw camera obscura onsite for the audience to experience. This unique early camera will allow the public to view the outside scene in color and perspective using only a periscope, a mirror and a viewing surface within the rickshaw.  The celebration will end with a cake dedicated to the 43rd Anniversary of the Amphitheater. 


Situated on a sunny hillside meadow and surrounded by tall shade trees, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre creates an intimate, friendly setting, allowing for the talents of these artists to truly shine. Concert goers can enjoy bringing the family and a picnic lunch, away from the “hustle and bustle,” for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon.


“We are proud to be a partner with the Friends of AMP in hosting this wonderful concert series ,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “Get out and boogie in McLaren Park!”


The Mission of the Saturday in the Park-McLaren Concert Series is to promote and foster local talent, present an eclectic range of free live music performances in an outdoor Greek-style stage, and work to revive San Francisco’s legacy of a rich original music scene. 


Saturday in the Park-McLaren is funded by grants and donations as well as support from SF Rec and Park, SF District Attorney’s Office, the SF Board of Supervisors.  They are fiscally sponsored by SF Parks Alliance.

For more information about Saturdays in the Park – McLaren visit the Saturday in the Park McLaren Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saturday-in-the-Park-McLaren/546735475383735.




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