Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California has announced the launch of its own digital vault series which will feature video recordings of performances that have taken place at the Bay Area venue. The appropriately titled “The Sweetwater Vault” will feature a “number of shows” that have taken place at the intimate venue over the last few years, starting with a replay of Hiss Golden Messenger‘s recent headlining show on September 24th, 2018. The pro-shot video of the uncut September performance will air for free and on-demand via the Sweetwater Vault’s Vimeo homepage beginning tomorrow, November 20th, and remain active for a full week until November 27th.
According to the announcement shared on Monday, the high-tech audio and video technology was set up throughout the club by longtime Grateful Dead techs John Cutler and Dennis “Wiz” Leonard. Deadheads will certainly recognize Leonard as one of the live engineers who helped record the band’s famous Europe ’72 live compilation album, in addition to being one of the featured interview subjects in Amir Bar-Lev‘s 2016 Long Strange Trip documentary. TRI Studios cameraman Dan Friedman is in charge of the 3-robocam system at the venue, where he has been working on building what the venue is calling an “enormous archive of stellar SWMH performances” to eventually be sorted and shared via their new online vault.
The announcement didn’t reveal how often a new show would be added to the vault, nor whether or not the shows will always be shared free of charge, but it’s good to know that venues like Sweetwater are continuing to get on board with the growing popularity of pro-shot concert streaming.
Hiss Golden Messenger – Live from The Sweetwater Vault Trailer – 9/24/18
[Video: Sweetwater Vault]
The original Sweetwater opened back in 1972 and remained open and active as one of the beacons of the Bay Area music scene for over three decades before closing its doors in 2007. The new Sweetwater Music Hall opened in 2012 just down the road from the original, thanks in large part to longtime Bay Area musician and new co-owner Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.