San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers' annual light show returns, with full lineup of '60s rock musicians

With Friday marking the official start of summer, it's time for the third annual Summer Solstice Jam on the lawn of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, which takes place tomorrow night.

Originally planned as a one-time 50th anniversary Summer of Love celebration, the light installation has continued each year since, expanding into an annual summer concert and psychedelic light show with Off the Grid food trucks and space for picknickers.

This year's lineup of musicians will be a mix of old and new local talent. The headliners include members of Big Brother & the Holding Company, Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, Jefferson Starship and more. Newer groups performing include ALO, Box Set, Moonalice, Con Brio and Brothers Comatose.

The music performed will prominently feature songs from 1969, in honor of the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal years in American music.

The light installation, which first went up in 2017, is a collaboration between Illuminate SF and San Francisco-based Obscura Digital. Dubbed "Photosynthesis," it's a trippy, organic-inspired projection that plays across the exterior of the conservatory.

To make room for the various stages and food trucks, expect traffic to be affected throughout the day, with diversions, closures, and limited parking between Kezar Drive and 8th Avenue. Attendees are advised to take public transit, or to find parking adjacent to the park on Fulton Street.

Musical performances will start at 6 p.m., with "Photosynthesis" beginning at 9:15 p.m. and running until 10 p.m.


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