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24 August 2016 No Comment

Jery Day 2016
Melvin Seals & JGB
Jerry Day 2016
08-14-2016 @ Jerry Garcia Amphitheater – McLaren Park
San Francisco, California
Photos & Review Jeff Longo

A few thousand Deadheads descended on McLaren Park in San Francisco’s Excelsior District to celebrate the life and music of Jerry Garcia. The 14th annual Jerry Day is a free event held at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater featured over six hours of commercial free music encompassing Garcia’s contributions with the Grateful Dead as well as his solo career. The line up this year included The Lady Crooners, Midnight North, Melvin Seals and JGB, and Stu Allen and Mars Hotel.

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While headliners Stu Allen Mars Hotel focused on the Grateful Dead material, Melvin Seals & JGB played selections from the Jerry Garcia Band catalog, where he spent 18 years riding shotgun with Garcia’s much loved solo project.  Melvin’s current band was joined by new guitarist/vocalist Zach Nugent, performing his first gig with the band after long time guitarist Dave Hebert recently moved on for personal reasons.

The near two hour set kicked off with a fun reading of The Cats Under the Stars and a sweet Lay Down Sally that had everyone on their feet. Melvin’s B-3 Hamond organ paired with backing vocalist Shirley Starks, Cheryl Rukcer brought a soulful gospel groove that shined on a smoking Don’t Let Go that stretched into a rocking extended jam session. The joyful My Sisters and Brothers into it’s reprise Throw Out the Life Line and Peter Rowan classic Midnight Moonlight capped off the extraordinary set. For photos of Stu Allen & Mars Hotel’s set at Jerry Day 2016 Click Here

About Jerry Day: The primary goal of the Jerry Day is to raise money for low income neighborhoods around McLaren Park while raising awareness and exposing thousands of residents, youth, and travelers to various forms of art through music, art, and cultural history; while still staying true and authentic to Jerry’s art, music, and his Excelsior roots. Go to jerryday.org for more info.

Setlist – Melvin Seals and JGB – Cats Under the Stars, Here Comes the Sun, Lay Down Sally, What a Wonderful World, Dear Prudence, Evangeline, Don’t Let Go, Jam, My Sisters and Brothers, Throw Out the Lifeline, Midnight Moonlight, How Sweet it is (not played due to time)

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