Photo Essay: Live music floats on with Sausalito houseboat concerts

Claire Silva

Saturday, Oct. 2, was a hot one. At 85 degrees, Sausalito survived by hosting a “float-in” concert. Anyone was welcome to attend, with one exception: you must float. Paddleboards, dinghies, kayaks, rowboats and more were common methods of flotation. The concerts gained popularity during the summer of 2020 as a way to enjoy live music in a socially distanced setting. Although leniency towards the pandemic has increased, “float-in” concerts are still a great way to enjoy music in a safe environment and are now a monthly tradition in Sausalito. The open-air and spacious waterfront provides for a worry-free experience.

Floating concerts have become a new way of experiencing music for houseboat residents. Saturday’s concert featured three local musicians, Jim Rettew, Jim Justice and James Taylor, who often refer to themselves as “The Jims.” All houseboat residents themselves, the musicians used the concert to preserve the life of live music. The concert was hosted by Amanda Hoehler, a Redwood alum, who gave up her back deck to host the musicians. The next concert will occur on Oct. 23, at 24 Issaquah Dock. More information can be found on the Sausalito Floating Homes Association website.