Concerts in the Plaza

The Mill Valley Arts Commission's Concerts in the Plaza returned for 2021 on Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th. Music lovers from around the Bay Area came down to check out some incredible musical talent. Check out the performers who made these concerts a huge success!

Saturday, September 11th Lineup

Cubed promotional photoCubed: Saturday, September 11th, 11:00am-12:30pm

In 2017, keyboardist Nataan Hong, drummer Ezra Rosen and guitarist Harrison Saltzman came together to form the rock band Cubed.  The band started as a classic rock cover band and soon was writing and recording original music.  From their start at age 11, until today at 14, these talented musicians have played venues across the Bay Area and shared the marquee with such renowned musicians as Neal Schon of Journey, Sammy Hagar and Eddie Money. In 2019 Cubed won Silicon Valley's Battle of the Bands. They are thrilled to be back onstage doing what they love most.

Mill Valley Fog Burners: Saturday, September 11th, 12:30pm-1:00pm

Matt Jaffe headshot Matt Jaffe & Band: Saturday, September 11th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

After cutting his teeth on open mics around the Bay Area, San Francisco songwriter Matt Jaffe was discovered by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. Together, they produced his first album at the age of 16, cementing Matt's dedication to music. Soon, he formed a band, dropped out of college, and has not looked back. Since then, Matt has written more songs than he can remember the words to, crisscrossed the country opening for Mavis Staples and Wilco, and co-written with Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's. Inspired by the great lineage of rock n' roll, he marries literary lyrics with the undeniable urge to dance. Having suffered from seizures since 2015, Matt also uses his music to unite local and national epilepsy communities. Matt is currently rolling out his fourth and fifth albums, Undertoad and Kintsugi.

Jazz Sage: Saturday, September 11th, 2:30pm-3:00pm

DirtyCello promotional photoDirty Cello: Saturday, September 11th, 3:00pm-4:30pm

From China to Iceland, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

Born Cool: Saturday, September 11th, 4:30pm-5:00pm

GG Amos headshotGG Amos: Saturday, September 11th, 5:00pm-6:30pm

GG Amos has entertained audiences "professionally" for over 35 years, constantly building her unique soulful sound. She has actually been performing all her life, but started making blues based music her specialty in the mid 80s. Since 2004 she's focused on the West Coast blues tradition - a blend of blues, jazz, funk, and latin elements. GG has earned her reputation as a riveting performer with a distinct, expressive guitar style and an emotionally charged voice- always emphasizing direct communication with her audiences.

Sunday, September 12th Lineup

bandjango headshotBandjango: Sunday, September 12th, 11:00am-12:30pm

Bandjango harkens back to the traditional French Jazz Manouche tradition, made famous by Django Reinhardt! Bringing to life classic French chanson, American swing standards, and traditional songs from around the globe. At the helm is Bay Area's Jazz vocalist Stella Heath. Holding down the gypsy jazz rhythm is Nelson James Hutchinsen with Kevan Smedt on lead guitar, supported on upright bass by Skyler Stover, with saxophone and clarinet melodies by Jason Bellenkes. Bandjango will surely transport you to a bygone era of 1930's Paris!

Nancy and the Garage Band-its: Sunday, September 12th, 12:30pm-1:00pm

Well known strangers promotional photoThe Well Known Strangers: Sunday, September 12th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

The Well Known Strangers is a collective of seasoned Bay Area session musicians and dear friends playing a musical blend that  they refer to as "California country rock soul," featuring Amber Morris (Tim Hockenberry, Narada Michael Walden, The Eric Martin Band, The Soul Jah Family band) on vocals; David Noble (Poor Man's Whiskey, Pardon The Interruption) on lead guitar, vocals; Joshua Zucker (The Jones Gang, Rowan Brothers) on bass; Austin de Lone (Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, The Fabulous Thunderbirds) on keys; Mick Hellman (The Go To Hell Man Band) on drums and vocals; and Rob Anderson (emerging talent and repeat world champion cyclist) on guitar.

Anna Harrell: Sunday, September 12th, 2:30pm-3:00pm

mark karan headshotMark Karan: Sunday, September 12th, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Mark Karan sometimes describes himself as "sort of a male Bonnie Raitt filtered through a psychedelic blender".  A modern day classic, Karan oozes passion and rock and roll spirit, presenting his music in creative ways that make folks perk up, dance... and maybe even think a bit after the shufflin’s done.

Best known for his extended time around the Grateful Dead scene as lead guitarist for Bob Weir & Ratdog, Mark is far more than his time in the "land of the Dead" might imply... a consummate team player for many years, his six-string contributions have added something special to tours with Ratdog, The Other Ones, Delaney Bramlett, Dave Mason and Paul Carrack... and as a "value added" guest for impromptu sit-ins with the Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio, Gov't Mule, Jackie Greene, ALO, Levon Helm, Chuck Leavell, Little Feat, Phil and Friends and many more.

Beatrice Astle: Sunday, September 12th, 4:30pm-5:00pm

Michael White & Friends (Mill Valley All-Star Jam): Sunday, September 12th, 5:00pm-6:30pm

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