Friday, December 16, 2011

BERKLEE Sets San Francisco Scholarship Auditions

Berklee College of Music will be visiting cities around the U.S. from November though March as part the Berklee World Tour, where the college conducts live auditions and interviews with students interested in pursuing their dream of studying at Berklee. The college’s unique audition and interview process is designed to identify students who are most likely to succeed in Berklee's dynamic environment: applicants who are passionate, entrepreneurial, motivated, and who display talent and potential.
Upcoming auditions in San Francisco are scheduled for February 25, 26, and 27, 2012. For a full schedule of audition cities and dates, please visit For more information on applying to Berklee, visit The application deadline for Fall 2012 admission is January 15, 2012.
Each year, Berklee visits more than 40 cities around the world in search of talented instrumentalists and vocalists—an effort that is supported with $25 million in scholarship funds. All applicants who audition and interview for admission are also considered for a host of scholarships that Berklee awards annually, including the Presidential Scholarship, the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, the Africa Scholarship, the Slaight Family Scholarship, and the Berklee City Music Scholarship.
In August, Berklee and Lollapalooza announced the founding of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza in Chicago.
The four-year, full tuition scholarship will be awarded annually to a talented musician in financial need and is being endowed by Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund. This exciting partnership is the first educational initiative of its kind for Lollapalooza.
The Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship was established at the recommendation of Berklee trustee Fran Bermanzohn, managing director and deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs. The scholarship aims to bring more outstanding rock musicians to Berklee. “We’re looking for someone who’s an artist,” said Professor Jeff Dorenfeld, who developed the partnership between Berklee and Lollapalooza producers C3 Presents. “Someone who is not only a great musician, but also an extraordinary performer with charisma and energy.”
The first Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship recipient will be chosen at the end of March and announced at Lollapalooza 2012. Citizens and residents of the U.S. are eligible to be considered for the scholarship.
Berklee College of Music, for over 65 years, has evolved to support its belief that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock n’ roll in the 1960s, created the world's first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and songwriting, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, a music industry "who’s who" of alumni that have received 250 Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Year In Review and Thanks to You

Dear Artsboretum Community :

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you, the members of the Artsboretum community, for your kind support throughout the year. These are challenging times, indeed, but now, more than ever,  our world needs the arts to bring people together in the spirit of hope and collaboration.
In the past year, thanks to your support, we were able to assist the following arts related projects to help raise funds for worthy non-profit projects.

A Vehicle for Change : Free marketing and social media assistance for independent artists and event producers
Breastival : "Trip Down Mammary Lane" 2012 Calendar : to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer
Thrill the World Bay Area : world wide simultaneous dance to 'Thriller" to raise funds to fight brain cancer

If you share the Artsboretum Vision of a Conscious, Collaborative Creative Community, and are able to to support our work as we move forward, please call us at 415-779-4941
Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely Yours,
Mari Tamburo
Program Director

Friday, November 18, 2011

Random Dirt, Weekend Picks: 11/18/11

Friday : Debut of Magic Flute Sessions: Innocent Sinners, 7:30 - 10:00pm
if anyone would like to carpool to this show please contact me! My personal "vehicle for change" has room for 3.  Just chip in for fuel and pay your own admission! I'm the Designated Driver and I leave Mill Valley at 7:00 pm. Scheduled to return to Mill Valley at 10:00 pm - open to negotiation, depending upon who else is in the vehicle!
Saturday :
1:00 pm : Bay Area Discovery Museum:  Essence w/Susan Z Kid Music : 1:00 - 1:30 pm FREE (more)
8:00 pm : 142 Throckmorton : San Francisco Music Club : Jimmy Dillon, Lorin Rowan, and a bunch of great players (tickets)

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Morning Musings

Just got back from a nice brisk walk on Evergreen. It's a very unique place in this world - it has no sidewalks, so the whole street is more like a multi use pathway : a mixture of cars, pedestrians and bicyclists.  I love that street.
During my walk, I had a chance to think about the weekend, and my goals for this week. Many loose ends to tie up, and I have to get that calendar info to Barry so we can have it printed in time for the next Breastival show.
On Saturday, Seager Gray Gallery had a WONDERFUL turnout for their grand opening on Sunnyside Avenue. We've posted some pics on our facebook page : CLICK HERE It's a great space filled with thought provoking pieces, and I ran into a bunch of friends that I just saw the previous night at Shelley and Dave's 11/11/11 party. I talked to Dave Rodrigues, who was about to head over to the Throckmorton for the Boogie Woogie Night. (I met Dave in 2009, while we were practicing for Thrill the World Sausalito.) He mentioned  the Conrad Murray trail and I promised to send him the link to 'First Do No Harm.' ...Anyway, I'm very excited about what is going on in our community. I sense a new appreciation for music and the rebirth of our local arts scene - and a commitment by people with resources to support the arts all over America. Or maybe it's just me becoming more aware of it, because I now have my roots firmly planted in Mill Valley, following my dreams without any distractions. Speaking of which, I'm going to make a few calls and send out some emails, post something on facebook - to see if I can gather some local non-profit arts partners for an Art Place America LOI - which is due tomorrow! Or, maybe the outreach will inspire some others to partner with each other, whereever they want to "create an art place." We are all connected, so we can all work together to replace some more dead empty store fronts with vibrant, art filled spaces - where people are creating, sharing and LIVING LIFE. - Mari
p.s. I'll be hanging at "Grow" in Tam Junction at Mill Valley Potter's Studio on Weds. from 1-6 pm. Stop by and say "hi."
p.s.s. : some talented players at this "Magic Flute Sessions" event on Friday :


Friday, November 11, 2011

Random DIRT : 11/11

The epicenter of the Marin Arts world is experiencing a shift...
After an abrupt and unexpected dismissal from his position as Marin Arts Council's Executive Director (the Board cited "budgetary issues" as the reason) Argo Thompson has found his footing at a place that probably feels a bit more like home : Mill Valley's 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 
In a strange plot twist, he is their new Development Director (fundraising a key component of the job) but this position seems a better fit for him - after all, he has a theatre background and has raised funds to build the 6th Street Playhouse. It would appear that San Rafael's loss is Mill Valley's gain. Sure, Argo has a bit longer of a commute, but he drives a hybrid!
Another arts entity that is out of San Rafael is Donna Seager Gallery. Donna has forged a partnership with her long time gallery assistant, Suzanne Gray McSweeney and the pair have opened up a new space : the Seager Gray Gallery - at 23 Sunnyside in Mill Valley.  Grand Opening : Nov. 12th, 5:00-8:00 pm 
A little farther down the road in Tam Junction,  Grow Art and Garden Education Center officially opened its doors on November 5th.  I was so impressed with Grow and the positive energy of the Potters' Studio director, Jennie Dito, that I've committed to a class for the next six weeks  - it's a great workout for my hands between all this social media, blogging, and learning to play guitar.  Our teacher, Lynne Meade, is a treasure trove of knowledge, as she's been making ceramics since she was eight years old! How amazing is that?  Lynne also teaches at Cal and has shown her beautiful porcelain pieces at Sausalito Art Festival. What an inspiration. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity so close to home.
Speaking of cultivating creativity at an early age - Megan Schiller is also teaching at Grow - her Make + Believe Children's Art Studio, which occupies a tot-sized space, is just right for little budding artists. 
If you haven't been to Grow yet, check it out at Tam Junction a long abandoned building is now bursting with plant life, chickens and art - you'll LOVE what they've done with the place!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Checked out GROW

We checked out GROW over the weekend, the new art, garden sustainability center in TAM Junction. We've posted pics on our facebook page.

Friday, November 4, 2011

This Weekend's Picks

Just ONE Pick! Grand Opening :
GROW Art & Garden Education Center: Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Pinch me, I'm dreaming - GROW shares several core values with the vision for the Artsboretum (without the music / recording studio, of course...)  It's  a  new sustainability-themed art and garden education center, founded by Proof Lab Surf Shop and Alpha Dog, in Mill Valley, CA
I have nothing to do with this endeavor (yet?) but it is wonderful to see someone else with a similar vision and the resources to take it from concept to reality. I wish them great success!
I'll be there on Saturday to check them out and say "hello"  - maybe I'll sign up for a pottery class!
245 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley 

 - Mari

Friday, October 21, 2011


October 1 - 31 : Rack 'n Roll Breastival FUNdraiser : CLICK HERE : On October 1, 2011 - a bunch of Bay Area musicians came together to share their talents to raise funds to fight breast cancer in Marin County. A Vehicle for Change is producing a limited edition art calendar to expand the event's reach and raise more awareness. Online Fundraising Campaign on Indie Gogo  through 10/31

October 29th : 3:00 - 6:00 pm THRILL the WORLD : Bay Area : Oakland : As you may know , we organized a Thrill the World : Sausalito  event in 2009 & 2010. This year, we are combining resources and zombie forces for good with Thrill the World Bay Area at the Studio One Art Center :  join us !
If you would like to carpool  (creepool) from Marin, please meet up for a flash mob  :
THRILLER ON MILLER : at 1:00 pm on Thrill Day! Additionally, it is a shop local promotion / opportunity for merchants on Miller Avenue!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October : Random Dirt

October is a BIG month for Artsboretum -
Susan Z produced her 13th annual FUNdraiser at 19 Broadway on October 1 - A Vehicle for Change has launched a follow up campaign on Indie Gogo to produce a calendar to say "Thanks for the Mammaries!" Join us in supporting this fine community event.
Thrill the World! This is the 3rd time we are doing "Thrill the World!" Artsboretum & A Vehicle for Change organized our own event to raise funds for local arts/music programs in Sausalito for the past two years,
but this year, we will dance in Oakland, b/c the Bay Area Flash Mob are there and Oakland has taken over the whole worldwide event! Kathleen Kelley is an amazing event organizer and an art teacher at Studio One! It is SO much fun. check it out  : Moving forward, our goals are to help this event raise more funding for their beneficiary non-profits. We like the idea of a scholarship program for classes at the Art Center - what do you think?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Random Dirt : 9.8.11

DIY musician : Fair Wages for Musicians

Rolling Stone : Don Henley on Copyright

Local Marin Music Events worth a note : click the event name for more info.

Woofstock - September 17th benefit for Marin Humane Society : with Jerry Hannan and Petty Theft Just go - and bring your dog.  Here is a link to a 50% discount ticket

Golden Gate Blues Society International Blues Challenge -  September 18th, 2-6 pm proceeds send the winning band to represent the Bay Area in a competition in Memphis.

Breastival - October 1 at 19 Broadway, Fairfax : Marin's Mountain Play maven Susan Z brings 18 singers and a 6 piece band to deliver "Rack & Roll" music by artists touched by breast cancer.  A great reason to get off your a$$ and part with some ca$h : proceeds go to Marin non-profit ZERO Breast Cancer.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Inspiration for the Day

Artsboretum joins the world in honoring the late great Freddie Mercury :

and, a little deviation from our usual posts.
Meet Austin Hay, a sixteen year old who has decided that his way to save the environment is to create less trash. That's why he is building himself a mini house.
"Smaller is better - less bills, less chores."

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

I'm taking the day off - going to see some art and hear some music at the Sausalito Art Festival.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This Week's Picks

Monday : Missed the VMAs? You didn't miss all that much : Read why click HERE.
Tuesday : Online : Skyler Jett rages on about American Idol's age discrimination and his plan on how to save music  :
Wednesday : You tell us  - what is happening on Wednesday
Thursday 9/1 : My band,  Livin' Like Kings ROCKS the Smokehouse with old school soul, rhythm and blues. Call for reservations : (415) 899-9600
Labor Day Weekend :  Sausalito Art Festival  : Saturday, Sunday, Monday - The Art is always amazing - Kenny Loggins on Monday

SAVE THE DATE  - September 11th : Scotty Edawg Petersen Memorial Concert at Cafe Du Nord
Thanks for being a part of our growing community.
- MM
p.s. Scott Grace Note for the day : 6 minutes of therapy through laughter : Dr Seuss meets Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to Be Happy : It All Starts With Love

How to be happy: Whatever you do, do with LOVE.
For example : If you are a musician, make music that comes from your heart.
You don't need anyone's permission - you just need to love it enough to have the DESIRE to take action. It's that simple, really.
Then you find a way to share that music, whether it is a recording or a live show.
When you make a connection, people will share with their friends.
Your audience will grow organically, over time.
Take Danny Click for example. I met Danny several years ago at an informal jam session. A couple of the guys there could barely play - but Danny, he was the real deal. He plays regularly, usually every other Thursday at the Sleeping Lady. As a result, he has developed a loyal following - which is why a couple of people, myself included, nominated him for this year's Bohemian's best of the North Bay Music Awards in the Country/Americana category  (HERE )
If you haven't heard Danny's music yet, don't just take my word for it, go to his website and check it out. Nominate from your heart or not at all.
It all starts with LOVE.
- MM

p.s. If Country/Americana isn't your thing, go here instead, scroll all the way down the page and look for a category that represents the music genre you love. You can nominate someone or find some new music artist that someone else thinks is worth nominating for a BoHo.
p.p.s. I probably should mention that I'll be playing on Thursday 9/1/11 at the Smokehouse in Novato, with my band Livin' Like Kings - Rockin' rhythm and blues in our own old school way, with horns. (btw : Danny Click is NOT playing the Sleeping Lady on Thursday, September 1st. Thank goodness.)
"Want innovation AND independence? Trust artists, not marketeers and profiteers."   Mark Swed, LA Times Music Critic 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Upcoming Events :
9/1/11 Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings at the Southern Pacific Smokehouse
Doors open at 6:00 pm : Show is from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
224 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945

(415) 899-9600 call for reservations recommended

9/18/11 Golden Gate Blues Society International Blues Competition
Biscuits and Blues 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Proceeds fund a trip to Memphis for one band to represent the Bay Area Blues community.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Recommended shows this week:
Danny Click:
Thursday, August 11 at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax
Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings:
Friday, August 12 at the Sausalito Seahorse, Sausalito, CA

September "Save the Date
Mari Mack & LLK : Thursday, September 1st at the Southern Pacific Smokehouse, Novato

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hot Pick, Visual Event : Community Draw : June 5th

This sounds interesting - worth sharing - a Community Draw LIVE art event on June 5th in San Francisco -

if it's a bust at least the food will be good : Asiento rocks.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mondays in March : Open Mic Meet Up

Join us on Mondays in March at Saylor's in Sausalito !

March 7th:
5:00 - 6:00 Topic : Preservation Update
6:00 - 8:00 Activity : Cultivation : Music/Open Mic

Bring plenty of business cards, cd's, gig flyers, whatever you would like to share/trade that is music/arts related!

Hosted by Mari Mack & Friends a/k/a the Artsboretum Allstars

Sponsored by:
A Vehicle for Change
and '
2009 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Upcoming Events

2/15 : Tuesday Bluesday at The Belrose in San Rafael with Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings
1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael CA Doors at 7:30 - Show from 8-10 pm
$5 cover and one drink minimum

2/21 : Mari Mack & Friends at Saylor's in Sausalito : 2009 Bridgeway
6-9 pm : Jazz and Blues

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 8th : Special Guest : Tammi Brown

Please join us for a special night with a special friend, Tammi Brown.
Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tuesday is Bluesday!

Join us at the Belrose for American roots music! 7:30 - 10:00 pm
$5 cover and one drink minimum - potluck - bring a snack to share!

Monday, January 10, 2011

1-11-11 : Artsboretum LIVE Music Appreciation Nite!

Reminder that Tuesday, 1-11-11 is Artsboretum LIVE Music Appreciation Nite at the Belrose in San Rafael. We'll be recapping what we were able to accomplish in 2010 and sowing seeds for our goals for 2011 !

7:30 - 8:00
Belrose Theatre
1415 5th Avenue
San Rafael, CA
$5 cover and one drink minimum - proceeds support Belrose arts scholarship programs

8:00 - 10:00 - Live Music by Livin' Like Kings