While Van Morrison, age 70, is already on the books to play at Davies Symphony Hall on October 17th, SFJAZZ has announced it will be offering a more intimate experience with the "Belfast Cowboy" on October 18th and 19th, at 7:30 p.m. in the 700-person Miner auditorium.
Tickets to the evenings' shows are available to SFJAZZ members on May 27th and everyone else on June 3rd. The price is steep for an act they're billing as a "living legend": $250 for all GA tickets.
While accepting knighthood recently from the Prince of Wales, Morrison reportedly said. "Playing a small club — that’s really what I do... The bigger places you have to do for financial survival reasons, let me put it that way, but the bigger places enable me to play small clubs occasionally.” This might be an example of that in action, you know, if you don't think about the price.
Morrison knows his way around San Francisco and the Bay Area. He moved to Marin County in the early '70s, recording much of the 1972 album St. Dominic’s Preview at Wally Heider Studios and Pacific High Studios in the city proper. Maybe he'll treat audiences to a bit of that album's title track, a reference to the church of the same name at Bush and Steiner. Or perhaps he could go play a few songs there for free?