What to Do in Marin: Herbie Hancock Headlines All-Day Music Festival at Mount Tamalpais

Herbie Hancock


You’ve seen the real estate come-ons: “views, views, views,” or “location, location, location.”

Certain concert features likewise have universal appeal, and in the vast landscape of music festivals, none so unanimously as Sound Summit.

The day-long fete is returning to Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais for its fourth year, presenting an eclectic mix of music in a jaw-dropping setting. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock headlines, with Grace Potter, Nikki Lane, local favorites Con Brio, and special guest Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sharing the bill.

Of course, Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre has an impressive history. Not only has it been hosting the Mountain Play since 1913, but it was also the site of the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Festival during the Summer of Love.


Sound Summit happens Saturday, September 8; here are some key numbers about the event and its setting.


The Details:


4,000-seat natural serpentine stone amphitheater

1,900 feet above the bay

1936 completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps

51 years since Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Festival

$175,000 raised for Mount Tam in concert’s first three years

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska is the associate editor at Marin Magazine. She enjoys sending and receiving postcards and perfect outfits for the right occasions. When she’s not busy writing and researching articles, you can find her with a crumpled New Yorker in her tote and enjoying the Bay Area music scene. Kasia supports National Public RadioPBS and the World Wildlife Fund  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ohhkasia.