THE SOUND OF
With more than 100 live performances every week, the heart of the
Bay Area music scene just might beat the strongest in Marin.
BY CAROL POTT PHOTOS BY TIM PORTER
MARIN AND LIVE MUSIC have been synonymous for decades, and many famous rock stars call this sleepy county of 250,000 home. While some of them maintain partial ano- nymity, many are actively writing and playing music heard within and well beyond our borders. Historically, Marin’s music scene has included platinum albums recorded at Sausalito’s The Plant Studios by artists such as Fleet wood Mac, Dan Fogelberg, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Jefferson Starship, Sammy Hagar, Jimmy Cliff and more. There were those legendary star-studded parties once held at the Trident, where Janis Joplin had her own table and the Rolling Stones demanded a private room. And few can forget the Grateful Dead years or Mill Valley’s famous Village Music record store that closed in 2007. Some may assume the glory days are gone, especially given the past decade’s closure of local landmarks like the original Sweetwater on Throckmorton, where acts like Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello played. But as summer 2013 blazes forward, Marin’s music scene, with 100-plus live music events weekly and an abundance of places to see them, is tronger than ever. Here are four top local listening spots.