Memorial concert for Jon Sievert (1942-2020)

Memorial concert for Jon Sievert (1942-2020)


“Memorial Concert for Jon Sievert”
Sun, Mar 15, 2-5pm
Paprika Restaurante
Ancha de San Antonio 9A
415 152 4373

By Pablo Alejandro Malagón Gallegos

Many of San Miguel’s finest musicians will come together at Paprika Restaurant on March 15 to honor the late Jon Sievert whose photographs put some of the world’s greatest rock and roll stars “on the cover of the Rolling Stone,” among many other publications.

In the 1970s and ‘80s, no one was closer to the epicenter of the San Francisco and West Coast music scene than Jon Sievert. As a feature writer, chief photographer, and assistant editor for Guitar Player Magazine and Keyboard and Frets, Jon connected with hundreds of the greatest names in rock ‘n’ roll, folk, country, bluegrass, and jazz for nearly 25 years.

He photographed and interviewed the likes of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, John McEuen, BB King, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page, Doc Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Lee Hooker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Eric Clapton.

Known and loved as a ‘gentle giant’ to many here in San Miguel, Jon passed away on January 23, having just turned 77. He was just four days shy of celebrating his 40th anniversary with his wife, Wendy. They moved here permanently from San Francisco in 2003 with their two border collies.

A native of northwestern Ohio and 1965 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Jon joined the Toledo Blade newspaper as a staff photographer. In 1969, he moved to San Francisco where he began documenting the flourishing music scene—frequently selling these photos to local newspapers, then to national publications.

Jon was more than just a passionate music fan, he was a musician and a musicologist. Many of Jon’s photographs are in the Getty Images collection. In 1993 he published “Concert Photography,” a detailed 333-page how-to guide and resource directory for aspiring music photographers. At the time of his death he was working on a book of his most iconic photographs.

Folk music legend Tom Paxton’s recent concert in SMA was Jon’s doing, though he passed just days before the show.

Jon was a beloved leader in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SMA, always looking for ways he could help. He worked tirelessly to support the many local charities UU funds with grants.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity Jon and Wendy loved, Ojala Ninos.

Another passion of Jon’s was social justice. The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, women’s equality, prison reform, and especially in the last four years … he had strong opinions about American politics.

The following musicians will be performing in Jon Sievert’s memory at Paprika Restaurant on Sunday March 15, 2-4pm.: David Mendoza, Woody Price and the Roadrunners, Jaime Valle, Rodrigo, Almitri Tzigane, Rossana Conte, Yaya Fuentes de Xile, Katy Chan La Narcisa (Katy Campo), Bill Kavanagh and Friends, Stephen Russell, Sach Rioja, Jean Pascal Monzies, and Yoremem Jacobi, and Andrew Perruzini.

Tickets can be purchased at Paprika.