I’m at the annual solstice Garden of Memory performances by over 40 new music performers, duos, and ensembles. It’s the bomb I think. Hopefully I am using this adjective right. It seems a little militaristic.
Anyway, I bump into Annice Jacoby, author, artist, and long-time Marshian, whose first words to me are, “this event is so kindred to The Marsh. Welcoming. Community building. Passionate, Intimate.”
Ahhh, this warms my heart’s cockles. And warm is it, on this sweet summer solstice night. Yes. Summer. The longest night. And I run into so many Marsh people and performers: J. Raoul Brody, Pamela Z, Barney Jones, Philippa Kelly, Beth Custer.
All celebrating this night, and weaving in and among the music in this fantastic Julia Morgan building, Chapel of the Chimes, aka a crematorium. Celebrating life and culture among the remnants of the dearly departed.
Well, let’s get back to the summer solstice, which this year is also the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and how they relate to current Marsh shows.
Well in Adam Strauss’ THE MUSHROOM CURE and its focus on taking psilocybun to wrestle with OCD, seems right on point. As does Sharon Eberhardt’s CRAZY FAMOUS, which is all about musicians and rock stars. And then there’s Don Reed riding his unicycle around the CAL campus in East 14th. And maybe this is a stretch, but it also got me thinking about Maureen Langan’s DAUGHTER OF A GARBAGEMAN, there was probably a lot of garbage and paraphernalia during that Summer of Love.
Oh, and our next Rising is Sherry Glaser’s TAKING THE HIGH ROAD: COMEDIC CONFESSIONS FROM BEHIND THE CANNABIS CURTAIN.
Quintuple Match!!!! So here’s to celebrating summer, love and solstice at The Marsh.
Founder & Artistic Director