Former BGP & Fillmore Employee was Beloved by Hundreds
MILL VALLEY- A revolving lineup of musicians from the Bay Area’s Grateful Dead music scene will grace the stage at Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Music Hall starting at 6pm on Sunday April 14th to honor the life of a beloved friend and member of the Bay Area music scene, Dwion Gates, who died on March 9th after a two-and-half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Proceeds will go into a college trust fund for Dwion’s 16-year-old son Graham.
“Dwion was a longtime Deadhead and music lover who built community wherever he went. His vast community of friends is gathering in both Philadelphia and Mill Valley to send him out in style, playing the music he loved, in a benefit to support his teenaged son,” said musician and host of KPFA’s “Dead to the World” David Gans.
The band will feature a rotating lineup of musicians throughout the evening, including members of Mars Hotel, Grapefruit Ed, The Fall Risk, Ghosts of Electricity, Buffalo Roam, the Bluescasters and Cubzilla, including 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!
Dwion touched the lives of thousands people through the years as he quietly overcame tremendous hardship, including surviving gun violence in Golden Gate Park in 1983 that had doctors telling him he would never walk again. After spending a short time in a wheelchair, Dwion was walking again. As a former ranger at Sequoia National Park, Dwion helped facilitate the development of the first ADA-compliant campground there to ensure that all people can enjoy California’s majestic redwoods. That’s emblematic of who Dwion Gates was- he was fiercely committed to social justice and an avid lover of giant sequoia trees, which he visited throughout his life. He was a gentle giant of a soul who is already deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Doors open at 5pm, and the music will start at 6pm. Tickets are $52 each and can be purchased at www.sweetwatermusichall.inticketing.com/events/300948
To download a photo of Dwion and special artwork created in his honor by acclaimed poster artist Stanley Mouse, please visit: www.kathleenrussell.com/go/dwion-gates.
Commemorative posters featuring Mouse’s artwork will be sold at the event.