The Warfield is celebrating its 100th anniversary in grand style.

The San Francisco concert venue, which opened as a vaudeville and movie palace in 1922, marks the centennial with two shows, Dec. 27-28, with Phil Lesh and Friends.

The group is an appropriate chose for the occasion, given the significant place the venue plays in the history of Lesh’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act — the Grateful Dead. Lesh, Jerry Garcia and company performed a 15-show stand at the Warfield in September-October 1980, which ranks as the longest single run that the Dead performed at any venue.

Tickets to see Phil Lesh & Friends — which includes Rick Mitarotonda, Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby (12/28 only), Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey, Natalie Cressman, Holly Bowling (12/27 only) and John Molo — celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Warfield go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Nov. 17,

The Warfield opened was built by theater chain owner Marcus Loew — who named the venue after San Francisco native and silent film actor David Warfield. Opened on May 13, 1922, it transformed into a concert venue in 1979 when Bay Area promoter Bill Graham hosted a two-week run of Bob Dylan gigs.

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Since then, the Warfield has hosted such acclaimed acts as Phish, Concrete Blonde, Lizzo, John Prine, Adele, R.E.M., Prince and Bryan Ferry.

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Source:: The Mercury News


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