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Published: 2013/04/09

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Grapefruit Ed and More to Play Benefit Show at Sweetwater Music Hall

A revolving lineup of musicians from the Bay Area’s Grateful Dead music scene will take the stage at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA on Sunday, April 14. The musicians will honor the life of Dwion Gates, a member of the Bay Area music scene who passed away on March 9 after a two-and-a-half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Proceeds from the event will toward a college trust fund for Gates’ 16-year-old son.

The band will feature a rotating lineup of musicians, including members of Mars Hotel, Grapefruit Ed, The Fall Risk, Ghosts of Electricity, Buffalo Roam, the Bluescasters and Cubzilla like Stu Allen, Rich Brodsky, Stacey Erdman, David Gans, Sammy Johnston, Pete Lavezzoli, Pat Nevins, Chuck Rosene, Jody Salino, Phil Savell, Will Scarlett, Mitch Stein, Cubby Sedgewick, Robin Sylvester, and more.

A silent auction of memorabilia, posters and photographs will also take place in the courtyard of the Sweetwater Music Hall. Donations to the auction can be made by emailing Sharman Gordon at Those who would like to contribute, but are unable to attend the event, can do so by either purchasing a ticket or through the PayPal account.

Tickets to the show—which will begin at 6pm—are $52 and can be purchased here.

A message on the Sweetwater Music Hall’s website reads:

Please join us for a very special evening of music, as we celebrate the life of our dear friend Dwion Gates. Longtime resident of the Bay Area, veteran of the music scene – as both an audience member and part of the crew at many venues – and avid enthusiast of Sequoia National Park where he helped to institute the first ADA accessible picnic area, Dwion’s circle of family and friends stretches far and wide. He touched the lives of many, is personally responsible for instigating many long-lasting friendships, and his radiance warmed and brightened any space that he was in.

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