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John Sebastian will play Berkeley's Freight and Salvage on October 13.


Their hip-huggers and madras tunics have long since gone out of style (and, occasionally, come back into it), but for these rock geezers, the show goes on: Brian Wilson and Donovan are both making tour stops in the Bay Area behind 50th anniversaries. Wilson will play the entire Pet Sounds album October 12–13 at the Masonic, while Donovan is dusting off Sunshine Superman on October 12–13 at the Regency Ballroom. Also on the 13th, former Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist John Sebastian brings his folkrock sound to Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage. The following week, Van Morrison begins a three-date swing through the city: October 17 at Davies Symphony Hall and October 18 and 19 at SFJazz. But all those acts pale in hippie stature to Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, who’ll play Oakland’s Fox Theater on October 8. That’s because Weir is the only one of these performers who appeared at the seminal Mantra-Rock Dance concert in 1967 (along with Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and others)—the beginning of a very long, strange…you get the picture.


Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco 

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