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Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Renaming Draws Opposition From Deadheads

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SAN FRANCISCO — Deadheads are uniting in opposition to a proposal to rename a San Francisco venue named in honor of the Grateful Dead founder.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) more than 1,100 people have signed an online petition opposing any name change to Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in Excelsior, near where the late guitarist grew up. http://bit.ly/12r5mlS

The Recreation and Park Department says the little-used stage would gain new life under a public-private partnership with Los Angeles-based nonprofit Levitt Pavilions, which helps fund renovations for outdoor venues and puts on 50 free shows a year.

The proposed name is "Levitt Pavilion San Francisco at Jerry Garcia Meadows."

Critics say handing it over to Levitt would rob the venue of its independent spirit.

The 2,000-seat theater hosts fewer than 10 events every year.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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