For more than three decades, a diverse array of bands have made the Depot Plaza one of the best concert venues in the Bay Area – and certainly one of the most beautiful places to enjoy live music – for free.

The 2017 edition of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s Concerts on the Plaza wrapped up August 27 with a performance by the eight-piece North Bay band Frobeck, which delivered a set of high-octane “funk rock awesomeness” in front of dozens of fans. The Marin IJ said the band’s founders Spencer Burrows and Kris Dilbeck would have fit into the “music scene of the late ’60s and ’70s, the era that produced Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Chicago,” and the Depot Plaza show proved as much.

Featuring punchy horns, sophisticated funk-rock arrangements and Burrows’ soulful lead vocals, the band has earned a glowing reputation for rocking venues all over the Bay Area, including a scorching performance at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley last year. 

Over the course of three weeks in August, local music fans enjoyed free live performances from the pop-Americana stylings of Jamie Clark Band, the delightful Dave and Reed Fromer, the 50s rock-centric originals of Todd Morgan & the Emblemsthe Delta/country blues of HowellDevine and The Vivants‘ songs that draw on Southern music traditions and country harmonies.

​Enjoy the fantastic video below featuring Frobeck and the fans who gathered around them for some sunny Sunday afternoon musical splendor. Video by local resident and Tam High senior Fergus Campbell and Snow Films.