Mill Valley's musical connections run deep, and it seems every local resident young and old knows someone who knows someone who is connected to one of the mega-stars with ties here.
But while the Marin History Museum's upcoming Music Center and Marin Rocks exhibition will showcase our connections to stars who made music history here, it also plans to dig deeper, highlighting lesser-known local movers, shakers and innovators.
In a presentation Tuesday night at the Mill Valley Pubic Library, Monica Burrowes, the museum's public programs coordinator, will provide an overview on the museum and Marin's music history, particularly some of those under-the-radar stories, from iconic record stores like Village Music to legendary music venues like the Sweetwater.
"Yes, we have a lot of rock stars living in our community, but our music roots are much deeper than that," Burrowes said. "I refer to it as the appetizer sampler of Marin County music history."
Burrowes' presentation will lean heavily on the sights and sounds that will dominate the exhibit, which will open at 850 Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael in November. The adjoining Music Center will offer a variety of exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, film screenings, special presentations, and live shows held in a 100-seat performance space.
And while some of Marin's unheralded people and places will get plenty of attention in the exhibit, the big names will as well, including the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, John Cipollina and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Journey, Jefferson Airplane and Starship, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar, Steve Miller, David Grisman, Tupac Shakur, the Rowan Brothers, Huey Lewis and the News, Bonnie Raitt, Ali Akbar Khan, and many others.
Date: Tuesday, August 24th
Place: Mill Valley Pubic Library, Creekside Room
Info: Marin Rocks Web site