Circles Around the Sun set to play The Junction in Mill Valley, Wednesday, June 28

Article Contributed by Denise Lamott PR | Published on Tuesday, May 23, 2023

The Junction in Mill Valley is pleased to present Los Angeles-based instrumental supergroup Circles Around the Sun who is set to play the venue’s first outdoor concert of the summer on Wednesday, June 28. The band was initially formed with the purpose of creating music for “Fare Thee Well,” a series of reunion concerts played by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. The response was so positive that they continued with follow-up projects even after undergoing a fundamental transition in 2019 with the death of lead guitarist Neal Casal. Tickets are $30 and are available online now.

Live Music at The Junction takes place on their outdoor stage set against the backdrop of Mt. Tam.  With a venue capacity of 500 for live music shows, ticket holders can arrive early and eat dinner or grab a tasty beverage before the show starts.  With two firepits and 20 permanent patio heaters, the venue is comfortable no matter the weather. A free shuttle service is provided from the nearby Manzanita Park N Ride at Highway 101 at the Mill Valley exit..

What:               Circles Around the Sun Plays The Junction

When:              Wednesday, June 28; Doors: 5 p.m.; Show: 7 – 10 p.m.    

Where:              The Junction, 226 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA, 94941

Tix & info:        $30; Info:; Tickets:

Who:                CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN:

Los Angeles-based supergroup Circles Around the Sun is a contemporary instrumental rock band, initially formed with the purpose of creating music for “Fare Thee Well”, a series of reunion concerts played by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. Those shows celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary and served as their official send-off, while Circles Around the Sun was designed to reflect the Dead's overall spacy and groove-laden feel. After the tour, the group released a self-titled album from the Fare Thee Well gigs, supporting the record with their own road trip. The response was so positive that they continued on with a follow-up project, Let It Wander, in 2018. This record was less influenced by the Dead and more free-form, delivering on the roots influence of jazz-funk, soul, and fusion. The band underwent a fundamental transition in 2019. After completing the Meets Joe Russo EP and a third album, their guitarist Neal Casal committed suicide on August 26, 2019. He left his bandmates a note asking for them to continue in his absence– to continue recording, touring, and playing together. The band decided to carry on with a rotating cast of guitarists, landing on John Lee Shannon as the permanent replacement.

In this metamorphosis, Circles Around the Sun spans both heartbreak and hope. Doors close; windows open; new directions extend themselves in mysterious ways. But sometimes you know it’s real from the first beat. It just clicks. It’s just how Neal would want it. It’s Circles Around The Sun.

ABOUT THE JUNCTION: Located in Tam Junction, our taproom was born out of a serious love for beer and a dream of a chill place to hang out after playing in the mountains. We have 30 rotating taps so you will find new & interesting brews every day - mostly from local breweries. we also have a solid lineup of wine, cider, and booch on draft. The Junction is kid-friendly, dog-friendly, and bike-friendly!

*PLEASE NOTE: Beer, wine, soft drinks & pizza will be available throughout the show. No outside food, drinks or dogs allowed. Outdoor, all-ages show. Tickets are general admission seating, first come first served, and non-refundable.