Concerts at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park
February 28, 2007
McLaren Park, at the juncture between Excelsior, Visitacion
Valley and the Portola neighborhoods, is one of the most beautiful
parks in the entire parks system. With over 317 acres of trails
and groves, it's nearly as large as Golden Gate Park. But, only
adventurous city residents and the nearby communities know of
the Park located near the City's southern edge. The Park received
national attention when its amphitheater was named after famed
Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who grew up in the Excelsior.
NextArts is producing five concerts at the Amphitheater on Saturday
nights, September through October 2007. The concerts are the first
of its kind for Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Previous evening performances
by NextArts include the Sock It To Me Concert, Concert For Kids,
and Rock The Vote.
Anthony Imperial of NextArts initially told the Parks Commission
he would know by May 2007 whether the organization had enough
funding to keep the concerts free. But with half the funding already
in the pipeline, NextArts is making some (joyful) noise.
"We aren't the symphony or the ballet, but we're generating
some very positive buzz and it's only February," Imperial
said. "It's really great." .
Franco Mancini of the group Friends of McLaren Park, is also
pleased. His group has wanted a concert series like NextArts'
"We'd much rather have someone charge socks and underwear,
than 10-bucks a beer to put on concerts in our park," Mancini
said. And, it looks like the philanthropic and business community
NextArts goal is to create evening cultural activity in the region,
including the Excelsior, Visitaction Valley and Bay View/Hunter's
Point. These concerts will aid families and youth who are given
the rare opportunity to experience performances in their own backyard.
"Free nighttime cultural activity is just what the doctor
ordered." Imperial said.
NextArts Concerts at Jerry
of McLaren Park