Photos of past Sound Summit music festivals. Courtesy images.

Sound Summit – executive producer and Mill Valley resident Michael Nash’s double entendre moniker for the festival – has joined the ranks of music and arts festivals around the world that have fallen victim to the COVID-19 crisis. Music lovers will have to wait until 2021 to gather in Mt. Tam’s 4,000-seat Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, home to the Mountain Play, for performances from world-class artists. 

Produced as an annual celebration of and fundraiser for Mount Tamalpais State Park by Nash’s Roots & Branches Conservancy – the annual one-day festival has raised $200,000 for Mount Tam – the event’s lineups have included Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, Grateful Dead vets Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Wilco, Los Lobos, Grace Potter, Bill Frisell, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers and Marin favorites the Mother Hips, among many more.

“Sadly, but not surprisingly, and like so many other musical gatherings planned for 2020, we need to reschedule Sound Summit for the Fall of 2021 and are working with optimism towards a brighter outcome next year,” Nash said in a statement. “In the meantime, we’re also at work on plans to video stream past Sound Summit performances in service to a Roots & Branches Bay Area Musicians Relief Fund for local artists who for the past several months have been unable to go out and bring us the joy that live music provides and who may well not be able to do so for some time. Stay tuned, stay safe.” 

Follow Sound Summit on social media – @tamsoundsummit #tamsoundsummit – and visit SoundSummit.net for all of the latest updates.

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