Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre

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Jefferson Airplane performing at the Fantasy Fair

The Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, also known as the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre or simpy the Mountain Theatre, is a 4,000-seat open-air venue in Mount Tamalpais State Park, in Marin County, California, United States.


Beginning in 1913 Mount Tamalpais had hosted theatrical performances known as Mountain Plays in a natural amphitheatre setting 2,000 feet above sea level. In the first two decades the performances were accessed by hiking or riding the winding Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway.[1] The railway was led by businessman Sidney B. Cushing and, in 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps began construction of a 4,000-seat stone amphitheater that was named the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre in his honor.[2][3] The amphitheatre was constructed by the corps using massive serpentine rocks.[1] In 1967 the venue hosted the two-day Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, widely considered the first outdoor rock festival ever held during the Summer of Love.[4] It hosts theatrical productions each year in the spring.

In response to the California State Parks budget crisis, on June 21, 2013, the Tamalpais Conservation Club[5] hosted a benefit concert, Mount Tam Jam,[6] with profits going towards funding a broad range of needed resources, from ranger and maintenance services to equipment for trail and bridge restoration and more expedient emergency response. This first eight-hour festival resulted in a sell-out crowd under perfect weather conditions. The musical lineup included Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Review, Taj Mahal, CAKE and Galactic.[7] The ultimate aim is to make Mount Tam Jam an annual sustainable revenue source, a festive event that honors the spirit of the mountain and its legacy while preserving and protecting Mt. Tam and the Amphitheater for generations to come.

Since 2016, Roots & Branches Conservancy has produced Sound Summit, a fundraiser for Mount Tamalpais State Park, at the Amphitheatre, raising $100,000 in total for 2016 and 2017.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29]

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  1. ^ a b "Mountain Play: History". Mountain Play Association. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Mount Tamalpais State Park CCC Features". State of California. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ Liberatore, Paul (April 12, 2008). "Veterans of 75-year-old Civilian Conservation Corps honored at Mountain Theater". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  4. ^ Lomas, Mark. "Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival". Marin History. Marin Independent Journal. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Casino: Cabaret Club im Vergleich".
  6. ^ "Mount Tam Jam 6/22/13 - Galactic, CAKE, Taj Mahal Trio, Mike Farris & Roseland Rhythm Revue, Danny Click & The Hell Yeahs!".
  7. ^ "Rock returns to Mount Tamalpais at the first, and maybe not the last, Tam Jam".
  8. ^ "FAQ - Sound Summit".
  9. ^ "Gallery - Archives - Sound Summit".
  10. ^ "Sound Summit & Beyond!". ROOTS & BRANCHES CONSERVANCY.
  11. ^ "Donate - Sound Summit".
  12. ^ "Sponsorship - Sound Summit".
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  14. ^ "Rock 'n' roll returns to Mount Tamalpais this summer with 'Sound Summit'".
  15. ^ "Sound Summit 2017: A Benefit for The Mountain". Eventbrite.
  16. ^ "501c3Lookup - ROOTS & BRANCHES CONSERVANCY". 501c3Lookup.
  17. ^ "Roots & Branches Conservancy in San Francisco, California (CA) -".
  18. ^ "Sound Summit: A Benefit for The Mountain Nabs Wilco, Los Lobos & More for Sept. 17 Concert on Mt. Tam". Enjoy Mill Valley.
  19. ^ "Sound Summit Announces 2017 Lineup". 19 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Sound Summit- Visit Marin 2017".
  21. ^ "Sound Summit: A Benefit for the Mountain". 18 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Ride Your Bike/Volunteer: Sound Summit on Mt TamMCBC". 15 August 2016.
  23. ^ "State Parks Supporters Nab Eclectic Lineup for Mount Tam Jam Benefit". 6 May 2013.
  24. ^ Staff, KHSU. "Interview: Halimah The Dreamah in the Summer of Love".
  25. ^ "Mount Tam Jam to present diverse lineup".
  26. ^ "Tritone Artist Management :: Mobile Production Pro".
  27. ^ "Michael Nash (5)". Discogs.
  28. ^ "The Summer Of Love van 1967". 27 February 2017.
  29. ^ Bohannon, Kim Weir, Sarah. "Up The Road: Summer Of Love".

Coordinates: 37°54′46″N 122°36′32″W / 37.91278°N 122.60889°W / 37.91278; -122.60889