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February 8, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

Sweetwater Music Hall Opens in Mill Valley

A group of partners including Mill Valley resident and a found band
member of The Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, are opening the Sweetwater
Music Hall. In hopes of bringing back the original and legendary
Sweetwater that closed in 2007, received approval from City Hall in
September 2010 and has undergone extensive renovations. The new
location is at the 107-year-old Masonic Hall, at 19 Corte Madera
Avenue. World famous musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Carlos
Santana, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt used Sweetwater
like a clubhouse for their jam sessions for more than thirty years.
The new venue opened on January 27th with a show by the Outlaws.
Tickets are already on sale online at

Sweetwater has been equipped with an industry standard sound system
and video streaming capabilities. The Masonic Hall also houses a
restaurant led by chef Gordon Drysdale. It has been announced that it
will focus on a happy hour fare and will introduce breakfast and lunch
by spring. The new owners plan to carry on the Sweetwater tradition as
a community gathering place and a live music venue. Weir and other
investors hope to book nationally recognized events as well as promote
a growing a community of local and emerging artists.


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