Sweetwater – Craig’s 40th Anniversary of Red Octopus

  • Date: June 13, 2015
  • Time:09:00
  • Location: Mill Valley, California
  • Venue: Sweetwater Music Hall

Craig Chaquico Streetwater

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“Thank you for the most amazing show last night at the Sweetwarer in Mill Valley. Extraordinary guitar playing and music, wonderful venue, great friends and lively crowd.  ‪#‎TheBestShowEver‬”  — S.W
 “It was a great show – some reframing of Jefferson Starship classics, soft jazz and raunchy rock – some Zeppelin, Hendrix with a dash of Sly mixed in.” — D.F.
“I was there and it was awesome!” — J.B.
“Awesome Sweetwater concert Craig:)” — R.S.


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Click link for video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJSNfXzdEEM

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Craig and his national touring band will be celebrating Craig’s 40th anniversary of Jefferson Starship’s best selling album, Red Octopus, at the legendary Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. Red Octopus, which included “Miracles” and “Fast Buck Freddy”, was released on June 13, 1975, exactly 40 years ago to the day!

Craig is the only original founding member on all the Jefferson Starship and Starship hits. Craig lived in Mill Valley during the glory days of the original Jefferson Starship lineup in the 1970s which included Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Pete Sears, Craig, Papa John Creach, David Frieberg, and John Barbata.

Also in Mill Valley during the ’90s, Craig wrote and recorded his first two #1 solo CDs with music inspired by Marin’s earlier days; Acoustic Highway (Bammy winner and Billboard #1 Indie New Age Album of the Year) and Acoustic Planet (Grammy-nominated, #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart, and Bammy winner).

Mt Tam and Marin inspired artwork is on both CDs and the early 90s performances at the original Sweetwater included Craig’s original keyboardist, co-songwriter and co-producer, Ozzie Ahlers  (Jerry Garcia Band) along with other Marin luminaries like Mario Cipollina of Huey Lewis and The News.

“To me it’s always been about the music and the joy factor created by playing together in a band. My touring band now is no different.  Jim and Wade have been with me for over 20 years and now with Shae on vocals and Mark on keys my joy factor levels are through the roof!  Redlining!” – Craig

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In 1990 Craig embarked on his own Acoustic Highway and musical trekking. Greetings and salutations to all, with great respect and much gratitude. I am honored. From the accordion to Accoladia; to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new chordalizations;  to boldly go where no…”


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn keeping with the spirit of Craig’s Follow the Sun shows in exotic locations, and “...we only play the places we LOVE to play and that are fun for people to go to”  this is one not to be missed!



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