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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ The first day of August is officially “Jerry Day” in San Francisco, a tribute to rock legend and long time Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia.
On Sunday, McLaren Park was filled with familiar tunes and crowds dressed in tie-dye as hundreds were just happy to be outside remembering a remarkable man.
Garcia passed away 15 years ago at the age of 53. Hannah Fargo of Berkeley held her daughter in her arms as the free tribute show began at the McLaren Amphitheater.
“A lot of people really enjoyed what he had to offer and what his message was,” she said. “It’s nice to still see people still out there celebrating it.”
Organizer Tom Murphy said Garcia’s legacy lives on.
“He meant a lot to millions of people across the world and for me myself, I’m honored to grow up in the same childhood neighborhood as he did in the Excelsior District,” said Murphy. “A few of us got together and said, we have to start this and do something to get him recognized out here.”
One of the familiar performers was Jerry’s brother Tiff. Garcia would have turned 68-years-old on Sunday.