In San Francisco, “Days Between” refers to more than just a title of a Grateful Dead song.
They are the days each year between Aug. 1 and Aug. 9 in which San Francisco celebrates iconic musician Jerry Garcia, who grew up in the Excelsior district, briefly attended Balboa High School and lived for a time with the band in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, which he helped make internationally famous.
Garcia, musician and songwriter for the Grateful Dead, was born on Aug. 1, 1942, and died on Aug. 9, 1995. This year marks the 15th anniversary of his passing — he died of a heart attack while seeking treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility.
Four days after his death, The City held a public memorial in the Polo Fields at Golden Gate Park attended by more than 25,000 admirers.
To this day, The City and its people continue to honor Garcia in one form or another — whether by naming a park amphitheater after him, honoring him with an annual Jerry Day festival or with philanthropic pursuits done in his name. Grateful Dead lovers have made wine in honor of him and named ice cream after him, and popular Haight Street brewery Magnolia Pub and Brewery named one of its beers after one of his band’s songs.
The Examiner put together a few of many examples of the ways San Francisco continues to pay homage to the legend.
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