Dillon to Cap Milley Award Honor with Career-Spanning Show at Sweetwater

Saturday night retrospective features acclaimed drummer Narada Michael Walden and will include a tribute to the late Clarence Clemons.

On the heels of receiving a lifetime achievement honor for his accomplishments in music, Jimmy Dillon is in a reflective mood.

The Mill Valley guitarist received a 2012 Milley Award last month, and is set to take the stage at the Sweetwater Music Hall Saturday night for a career-spanning show to celebrate.

He'll be joined by acclaimed drummer and producer Narada Michael Walden, keyboardist Ozzie Ahlers as well as members of Dillon's San Francisco Music Club project, including Eric McCann and Matt Willis on bass and drums, Michael Peloquin (sax, harmonica) and Jeff Lewis (trumpet). Dillon's wife Kelli will perform percussion.

In addition to playing tracks from throughout Dillon's 30-year career, they'll also perform a tribute to Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, Dillon's longtime friend and collaborator and the famed saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Clemons died in June 2011, and one of his final shows was at The Woods Music Hall, the predecessor to the new Sweetwater downtown. Dillon had been the lead guitarist for Clemons’ Red Bank Rockers.

In addition to his musical career, Dillon has also been a longtime volunteer performer for Bread & Roses for 30 years. He is the co-founder of Blue Star Music Camps, which he created 10 years ago to place boys and girls ages 13-18 in a musical ensemble setting for one-week music camps. The organization celebrated its anniversary in June with a benefit that featured comedian Dana Carvey.

The 411: Jimmy Dillon and friends perform at the Sweetwater Music Hall at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 19 Corte Madera Ave. Click here for more info and to buy tickets.


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