For the Sweetwater Music Hall, the latter part of 2022 was a bit of a blur. Mill Valley’s venerable live music institution and one of the most exciting live music venues in Bay Area history had an absolute blockbuster November, toasting its 50th anniversary with some of the biggest names in music.
But the venue has not suffered a post-anniversary hangover, as it steam-rolled into the holiday season with a ton of great performances and an equally bombastic January. The fun continues this month with a pair of exciting weekend events.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, Bay Area stalwart Shana Morrison brings her musical style that has been called pop with a side of blues and a side of rock. But the daughter of legendary Northern Irish musician Van Morrison has never shied away from including other ingredients, like country, R&B, and jazz into the mix. Her material is ever-changing, but what always remains the same is Morrison’s unique and wide-ranging voice. Her dynamic and charismatic talent has earned the attention of national newspapers and magazines as well as airplay on major radio stations. Morrison has shared billing with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, and Dr. John, and has played for a variety of festival audiences, including the San Francisco Blues Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival. Her set list always includes some of Van Morrison’s greatest hits.
One evening later, Bay Area blues and rock royalty gather for “an evening of blues” at the Sweetwater to celebrate the late Herbie Herbert, the former manager of Santana and co-creator of Journey, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 73 at his home in Orinda, according to Maria Hoppe, the executive director of the Sweetwater Music Hall and Herbert’s longtime assistant and family spokesperson.
Hosted by Big Steve Parish & feat. music w/ Ralph Woodson and special guests Tommy Castro, Eric Martin & more, the event will feature a live auction w/ Journey memorabilia, and limited Sy Klopps merchandise for sale.
The event marks what would have been Herbert’s 75th birthday. All proceeds will go to complete the documentary film entitled dubbed “Who the F#@K is Herbie Herbert?“
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