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September 24 at Fairgrounds Island- Marin Center

WHISTLESTOCK 2017 BRINGS JESSE COLIN YOUNG & PURE PRAIRE LEAGUEBenefit Concert for Marin Nonprofit Whistlestop

Aims to Raise $300,000 to Help Marin’s Older Adults in Need

September 8, 2017 (San Rafael, CA) — Marin Senior Coordinating Council, better known as Whistlestop, today announced its fourth annual benefit concert, Whistlestock, presented by At Home Caregivers, to be held Sunday, September 24 at Fairgrounds Island- Marin Center. Legendary performers Jesse Colin Young and Pure Prairie League will rock the stage, with local band REWIND opening the festivities. Doors open at 11:30, and music ends at 5:30. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Whistlestop’s programs and services. Tickets and more information can be found at

Currently in its fourth year, Whistlestock was originally conceived in 2014 by Whistlestop participant and local music producer Pete Slauson. With over 40 years in the music business, Slauson knew many local rock legends, and wanted to do something to give back to the Marin nonprofit. “Whistlestop came through for me after my legs gave out, so I decided to come up with something to help them raise some money,” Slauson said. He asked some of his musician friends if they’d be willing to help raise money for Whistlestop by performing at a benefit show, and Whistlestock was born. The first three concerts were held at Rancho Nicasio, featuring such legends as Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish, It’s a Beautiful Day Band and The Imperial Messenger Service. Whistlestock is changing locations this year to Fairgrounds Island- Marin Center, centrally located in San Rafael and accessible by SMART and other public transit routes.

Whistlestock is the largest single fundraising event of the year for Whistlestop. The first outdoor concert at Rancho Nicasio in 2014 raised more than $140,000, and the following two events were equally successful. The goal for this year’s benefit is $300,000. According to Whistlestop Development & Marketing Director Yvonne Roberts, “Whistlestock gives us an opportunity to strengthen relationships with individual donors and other community partners, who sponsor the concert to help support older adults in need. We love producing one day of joy and music each year, and we are bursting with excitement about this year’s amazing lineup!”

Jesse Colin Young

Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band, The Youngbloods, took the nation by storm when The Youngblood’s single “Get Together” became a worldwide Top 10 hit and a prominent soundtrack for peace. For 50 years Young has been singing songs about peace, relationships and the environment. Young’s musical accomplishments are many, including performing with Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin in 1969, touring with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the summer of 1974 and performing with Billy Joel, the Doobie Brothers and the Beach Boys. From his folk days in Boston and his first record, “Soul Of a City Boy”, he has articulated and recorded the tumultuous times of the 60s, 70s, 80s and to the present, while reminding us that it is all about family, community and the precious natural world we live in. His musical style is now considered Americana, but in fact it’s his unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk and rock with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound.

Throughout his professional life of recording and touring, Young has always taken the time to dedicate his life to giving back to the world. Holding environmental accountability, veteran support and quality education as a moral code of action, Young remains committed and active as an individual and performer. At Whistlestock, he will be performing with his current band, which includes his son, Tristan. According to Young, “This is the best band I’ve ever been in. It lifts me right up off the stage.” For more information visit

Pure Prairie League

From their beginnings in Ohio as a group of friends playing cover tunes to the present-day unit featuring founding member/pedal-steel innovator John David Call, veteran bassist Mike Reilly, drummer Scott Thompson and guitar ace Donnie Clark, Pure Prairie League continues to embellish the rich 45-year history of one of Country-Rock’s pioneering forces. As one reviewer recently wrote: “PPL’s sound combines sweet memories with edgy, contemporary muscle. Their vocals are as strong as Kentucky moonshine and the musicianship and performance skills are as sharp as a straight razor”.

Their eponymous first album – featuring the Norman Rockwell/Saturday Evening Post cover that introduced fans to PPL’s trademark cowpoke “Sad Luke” – has been hailed as a “major early influence in the emerging popularity of Country-Rock music”. Their second effort, the multi-platinum “Bustin’ Out” brought us the Craig Fuller-penned classic “Amie”, along with other gems of the genre. With “Two Lane Highway”, nine more albums and countless shows, a legacy has been forged and enriched during the ‘70s and ‘80s, highlighting contributions from several noteworthy members, including co-founder George Powell, Cincinnati’s legendary Goshorn Brothers, Country Hall of Famers Gary Burr and Vince Gill, award-winning writer Jeff Wilson (3 Top-20 singles) and a host of other guest appearances from Chet Atkins, EmmyLou Harris, David Sanborn, Eagle Don Felder, Nicolette Larson, and many more.

Now in their fifth decade, Pure Prairie League continues to lead the way for the new generation of Country/Rockers such as Keith Urban, Nickel Creek, Wilco and so many others that cite PPL as a major influence. As crisp and clean as spring water and as comfortable as a well-worn cowboy shirt, Pure Prairie League still brings it all back home. For more information visit


REWIND is a Marin based cover band that plays favorites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and current hits to get the crowd singing and grooving. For more information, visit


Jesse Colin Young (photo credit Brent Cline)


Pure Prairie League

About Whistlestop

Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides delicious meals, educational classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels program, serving meals to over 250 homebound seniors each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its classes and services, visit

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