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.
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.