For people who know the Grateful Dead inspired jam-band scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrated drummer Greg Anton is known as an instigator of great music and events. With his fingerprints on dozens of events and popular bands, Anton continually brings great musicians together. Over his extensive career, Greg Anton has played drums with Steve Kimock/Zero, Cast of Clowns, John Lee Hooker, Stanley Jordan, Otis Taylor and John Cippolina, in addition to composing soundtracks and co-writing songs with Robert Hunter.
Greg was a founding member of "Heart of Gold Band". He and guitarist Steve Kimock went on to form "Zero". "Zero" performed over 1,300 concerts and recorded eight albums. The band was joined onstage by Martin Fierro, Jerry Garcia, Nicky Hopkins, Pete Sears, Vince Welnick, Merl Saunders and many more. Greg has composed soundtracks for plays, film and TV; published over fifty original songs, and played drums on more than forty albums. Joel Selvin of the San Francisco Chronicle said he is "A musical drummer with powerful dynamics that puts down a beat that is the heart of the band."
Now Greg is about to publish a novel about his musical adventures and "the difference between music and silence"....coming out this December on Plus One Press.
Hannah: Greg, when did you first begin your drumming career?
Greg: I’ve been playing drums since I was 2.
Hannah: What was it like to play with Jerry Garcia? How did that influence you?
Greg: I only played with him a couple of times...a truly great musician.
Hannah: Who has inspired you as a drummer?
Greg: Miles Davis, T. S Elliot, Marty Levine, Ginger Baker, David Foster Wallace, Rainer Rilke.
Hannah: What are some peak experiences from your years touring and recording with Zero?
Greg: When Martin Fierro pulled down Wavy Gravy’s pants on stage.
Hannah: You have been an incredible supporter of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center over many years – why do you support SGVCC?
Greg: Dave Cort (former Zero manager and Executive Director of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center)
Hannah: I know you have a successful law practice in addition to your music career – is there any connection between these two careers?
Hannah: What are your plans for The Rock Collection?
Greg: Musical epiphanies
Hannah: Do you have other projects brewing?
Greg: I’m focusing on my new book...’Face the Music’
Hannah: What should attendees of the Valley Family Jam Fest be prepared for when the Rock Collection takes the stage?
Greg: A dynamic musical adventure!
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Phone: 415-488-8888Hannah Doress has been Events Programmer at San Geronimo Valley Community Center since 2005. She is also well known as director of Earth Day Marin and for her work as and for her promotional efforts for the Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer. She is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and principal of Hannah Doress Events. She lives in Fairfax with her wife, Soprano Emily Bender and their son, chicken farmer Abraham Bender-Doress.