Have Your own Sum­mer of Love

SAN FRAN­CISCO IS cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the Sum­mer of Love all year long with con­certs, ex­hi­bi­tions and va­ri­ety of spe­cial events. Here’s what to ex­pect this month.

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Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutz­mann of the Grate­ful Dead will per­form songs from the band’s cat­a­log along with John Mayer, Oteil Bur­bridge and Jeff Chi­menti at Moun­tain View's Shoreline Am­phithe­atre (June 3- 4). Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tory The­ater presents “A Night with Ja­nis Jo­plin” (June 7-July 2), a Broad­way mu­si­cal cel­e­brat­ing Jo­plin’s ca­reer and in­flu­ences, which in­clude Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Nina Si­mone and more. The per­for­mance fea­tures many of Jo­plin’s hits, from “Me and Bobby McGee” to “Mercedes Benz.” On June 23, Pier 39 hosts the Sum­mer of Love Dance Party, featuring mu­sic from “Ma­nia! The Live Bea­tles Ex­pe­ri­ence.” Beach Blan­ket Baby­lon, San Fran­cisco’s pop-cul­ture mu­si­cal re­vue, is also cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary. The cast now in­cludes the Bea­tles, Hip­pie Gal and other groovy char­ac­ters, while 1960s an­thems “San Fran­cisco (Be Sure to Wear Flow­ers in Your Hair)” and “Sgt. Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” round out the set list.


“Hip­pie Modernism: The Strug­gle for Utopia” at the Berke­ley Art Mu­seum and Pa­cific Film Archive show­cases a mix of art, ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign from the 1960s coun­ter­cul­ture move­ment. In San Fran­cisco, the de Young Mu­seum presents “The Sum­mer of Love Ex­pe­ri­ence: Art, Fash­ion and Rock & Roll.” The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures more than 300 cul­tural ar­ti­facts of the time, in­clud­ing rock posters, pho­to­graphs, cos­tumes, ephemera, films and more. Ac­claimed pho­tog­ra­pher Jim Mar­shall doc­u­mented the coun­ter­cul­ture move­ment from 1965-1970, and 80 of his pho­to­graphs, which fea­ture Ja­nis Jo­plin, Jimi Hen­drix and the Grate­ful Dead, will be on dis­play at City Hall through June 17 in "Jim Mar­shall's 1967." Cu­rated by Grate­ful Dead bi­og­ra­pher Den­nis McNally, “On the Road to the Sum­mer of Love” at the Cal­i­for­nia His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety ex­plores the his­tor­i­cal con­text of the Sum­mer of Love, largely through a va­ri­ety of rarely seen pho­to­graphs by pho­tog­ra­phers in­clud­ing Gene An­thony, Jerry Bur­chard, Lisa Law and more (all month).


Re­live the '60s on wheels with the Sum­mer of Love 50th An­niver­sary Magic Bus Ex­pe­ri­ence, a two-hour jour­ney featuring a blend of the­ater, film, mu­sic and sight­see­ing. Wild SF Walk­ing Tours of­fers The Free Love Tour, which is also free of charge. Your gui­tar-tot­ing guide will take you to the for­mer home of the Grate­ful Dead and Ja­nis Jo­plin’s pink apart­ment.

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