Mill Valley Fire's program accommodates both a distribution to the Toys for Tots Foundation and via Performing Stars of Marin, which distributes toys to children a few days before Christmas at the Manzanita Recreation Center in Marin City.
Hard Working Americans are laden with household names in the rock and jam band scene, including Todd Snider, longtime Widespread Panic bassist David Schools, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, younger brother of guitar great Derek Trucks on drums.
"I bet this week is going to be really interesting," Snider told Relix magazine of the Sweetwater shows. "Four nights in Mill Valley? That could get fun... I know the venue is why we wanted to be there for so many days. It has one of the best sound systems, period. And, then, Bob Weir is a Mt. Rushmore songwriter."
Toys for Tots donation bins are already placed outside the Sweetwater Music Hall at 19 Corte Madera Ave., and donors don't need to attend the shows. More info on the Hard Working Americans' four-night run.