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Golden Gate Park Celebrates 150 Years With Virtual Concert Series

San Francisco's  Golden Gate Park's is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a virtual concert series in May.  Featuring classic performances from the park, the event will feature two specially-produced music and comedy concerts on May 16 and May 30, respectively. 

You can watch the concerts at GoldenGatePark150.com.

On Saturday, May 16 at 5 p.m. PST, viewers will enjoy a livestream special production of 2019’s Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam, celebrating the music of 1969.  Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 was produced by Dawn Holliday with the musical direction of Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz. The two-hour special virtual concert will feature Bay Area music legends that include: Norman Greenbaum, Country Joe McDonald, New Chambers Brothers, It’s a Beautiful Day, Ace of Cups, as well as founding members of iconic Bay Area bands like Jefferson Starship, Sly & The Family Stone, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Santana, Jerry Garcia Band,  New Riders of the Purple Sage, Rat Dog, and The Sons of Champlin.  These local luminaries are joined by musicians from the newer generation of San Francisco bands including ALO, Box Set, Moonalice, Con Brio, Brothers Comatose, The California Honeydrops, Strangefolk, Midnight North, T Sisters, Katdelic, The Brothers Comatose, and Tarnation.

On Saturday, May 30 at 5 p.m. PST, Debi Durst, Executive Producer of Comedy Day, has compiled a special concert of Comedy Day Classics, that will showcase comedians who have performed in Golden Gate Park throughout Comedy Day’s nearly 40-year history.  The set list of featured artists is being finalized with more details to follow.

The Golden Gate Park Virtual Concert series launched April 4, 2020 – the park’s 150th birthday.  The concert series has so far featured iconic performances from artists Boz Scaggs and Joan Osborne from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Metallica from Outside Lands.  A special kids concert series offered sing-a-longs and book readings and featured special performances from Latin Grammy award-winning musician MISTER G, Michael Franti and Narada Michael Walden.

New virtual content is added to the GGP 150 site every week for people to experience. Current features include: 

  • Webcams and videos to explore and discover the park, including virtual tours and livestreams
  • Special podcasts and playlists with audio stories about the park and favorite music selections
  • Photo albums and news stories about the history and beauty of the park, along with free digital books
  • A special kids page with coloring books, fun activities and more to keep kids learning about the park

Thank you to everyone for their enthusiasm for Golden Gate Park.