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Fillmore Poster Series #16

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Fillmore Gig Poster - July 1967

Fillmore Gig Poster – July 1967

 

Design by – Bonnie MacLean
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
Dates – July 25th – 30th 1967
Performances From –
Yardbirds
The Doors
James Cotton Blues Band
Richie Havens

 

It is a shame that there is so little information on the Internet about this particular show. However, the notion of unknown is what makes the performance so interesting and attractive.

 

First of all, thanks to Keith Relf for uploading the very rare live recording of the Yardbirds playing an instrumental composition from their 1967 US-only LP Little Games. This is close enough to get the feel of what it was like to be in the crowd that night, despite the poor quality of the recording. The song is called ‘Glimpses’.

 

The Yardbirds released Little Games three days before their gig at Fillmore. This was their fourth official release, with Jimmy Page as now the official guitarist, and featured the demo of the song ‘No Excess Baggage’. Unfortunately, there is no official record of any comment on their Fillmore performance. However, Jimmy Page recalls about a week later:
‘After another strenuous and frustrating episode at the Canadian border, we had come from San Francisco to Vancouver to play a psychedelic bonanza at the Kerrisdale Arena on this day and at the Garden Auditorum on the 1st’.

 

The Doors performance at Fillmore was extraordinarily smooth and very successful indeed. According to a brief review we found at www.doorshistory.com, the band performed a 10-minute extended version of ‘Light My Fire’, for which the auditorium went completely nuts.

 

Also check out the links to hear some good ol’ blues below…

 

 

 

 

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Fillmore Poster Series #15

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Fillmore Gig Poster - February 1967

Fillmore Gig Poster – February 1967

 

Design by – Wes Wilson
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
Dates – February 3rd-5th 1967
Performances From -
Jefferson Airplane
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Dino Valenti

 

February the 5th performance was a very special event for Jefferson Airplane. The Summer of Love was soon to hit the scene, and the band was just about to have their first taste of international recognition.

Since the release of their first album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, followed by Surrealistic Pillow with Grace Slick as a new singer, these musicians had really grown up and matured as a group. Looking at the footage of some of the band’s live performances of that period it is not difficult to understand why.

Alan Bershaw observed: ‘In concert, Grace Slick is beginning to display a much stronger, more charismatic stage presence; and instrumentally, the band has become significantly more aggressive and adventurous, particularly Kaukonen [guitar] and Casady [bass], who are already beginning to propel the group’s sonic directions into areas previously unexplored.

 

The full review of the show together with the full set list can be found here:
http://www.concertvault.com/jefferson-airplane/fillmore-auditorium-february-06-1967.html

 

Other acts to play these dates included Quicksilver Messenger Service and Dino Valenti, who was soon to join the band too.

 

Here you can check out the nearly two-hour footage of bonus performances at the Monterey Pop Festival ’67, with QMS performing ‘Dino’s Song’ at 27:34, Jefferson Airplane doing ‘Somebody to Love’ at 48:24, and lots of other great acts from the 60s.

 

 

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Fillmore Poster Series #14

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Fillmore Gig Poster - April 1967

Fillmore Gig Poster – April 1967

 

Design by – Wes Wilson
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
Dates – April 21st-23rd 1967
Performances From -
Howlin’ Wolf
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Harbinger Complex

 

From the 21st to the 23rd of April 1967, influential American blues singer Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin’ Wolf, headlined San Francisco’s very own psychedelic rock paradise, the Fillmore Auditorium.

The booming voice and incredible musical abilities he possessed made him a firm fan favourite, but he wasn’t the only one to blow the audience away.

Big Brother & the Holding Company’s progressive style of instrumental rock gave lead singer Janis Joplin the perfect opportunity to showcase her transcendent vocals while American garage rock band Harbinger Complex, best remembered for their 1966 fuzz-punk classic “I Think I’m Down”, brought the show to a close.

Below you will find some live footage from the 60′s as well as the 1966 classic mentioned above!

 


 

 

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Dean St Playlist – Best of 2013

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

1° Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky (Val’s Choice)
2° Atoms for Peace - Ingenue (John’s Choice)
3° Dirty Loops - Hit Me (Phil’s Choice)
4° Caveman - Ankles (Fred’s Choice)
5° Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We No Who U R (Brad’s Choice)
6° Capital Cities - Safe and Sound (Stefan’s Choice)
7° Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (Jonny’s Choice)
8° David Bowie - Where Are We Now? (PC’s Choice)
9° Bombay Bicycle club - It’s Alright Now (Nicola’s Choice)
10° James Blake - Retrograde (Charlie’s Choice)
11° Shy FX feat. Liam Bailey - Soon Come (Jay’s Choice)
12° London Grammar - Hey Now (Jazz’s Choice)
13° Wolf Alice - Bros (Austen’s Choice)
14° Peace - California Daze (Stu’s Choice)

 

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Dean St Weekly Playlist 16-20 Dec

Monday, December 16th, 2013

1° Mono Town - Peacemaker (Tom’s Choice)
2° Electric Guest - This Head I Hold (Austen’s Choice)
3° Charlotte Gainsbourg - Hey Joe (Val’s Choice)
4° Soulsavers - Revival (Hero’s Choice)
5° DARKSIDE - Paper Trails (Brad’s Choice)
6° Sampha - Too Much (Jay’s Choice)
7° Black Eyed Peas - Joints & Jam (Stefan’s Choice)
8° Mary J. Blige - This Christmas (Jonny’s Choice)
9° Pharrell Williams - Happy (Jazz’s Choice)

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Fillmore Poster Series #13

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Fillmore Gig Poster - November 1966

Fillmore Gig Poster – November 1966

 

Design by – Wes Wilson
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
Dates – November 25-27th 1966

Performances From -
Jefferson Airplane
James Cotton Blues Band
Moby Grape

 

A series of terrific shows took place at the Fillmore Auditorium in late November 1966.
Jefferson Airplane, The James Cotton Blues Band and Moby Grape all performed and fortunately for all us 60′s rock fans, I found a few treats on the internet that really give us a better idea of what it was like to be there.

Jefferson Airplane’s recording label at the time, RCA Records sent engineers to follow the band north with a portable tape machine to cut the shows for a possible live album, but it was only actually released in 2010 as “Live at The Fillmore Auditorium 11/25/66 & 11/27/66: We Have Ignition”.

During the concert, Jefferson Airplane played many songs from “Surrealistic Pillow”, an album they released 3 months after this performance. They also played a few songs that were recorded at the sessions but left off the album.

This concert in particular was also a day to remember for Californian rockers Moby Grape who performed for the first time at the Fillmore Auditorium.

Bill Graham indicates this on the opening cut in which he states, “The first of hopefully many, many appearances at the Fillmore, a great bunch of juvenile delinquents: Moby Grape.”

 

Below you will find a stream as well as a Youtube video, special thanks to Sir Draco Eddie, of Jefferson Airplane’s whole performance.

 

 

 

 

You can also check out “Concert Vault” and listen to a recording of The James Cotton Blues Band from that same night.

http://www.concertvault.com/james-cotton-blues-band/fillmore-auditorium-november-25-1966.html

 

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Fillmore Poster Series #12

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Fillmore Gig Poster - February 1967

Fillmore Gig Poster – February 1967

 

Design by – John H. Myers
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
Dates – February 26th 1967
Performances From -
B.B King
Moby Grape
Steve Miller Band

 

The 26th February 1967 was a special day for Fillmore headliner and the rightly named “King Of Blues” Riley B. King, commonly known as B.B King.
Although it was by no means his first appearance at the Fillmore Auditorium, it was quite possibly his favourite.
After being introduced as “the Chairman of the Board” by Fillmore promoter Bill Graham, B.B King literally cried on stage.
Here’s what the man himself had to say about that night in an interview with Marc Myers of www.jazzwax.com back in January 2011.
 
“That’s when the audience went crazy. I came out, and there I was, standing there crying. I had never had that happen to me. I had never been introduced like that. I didn’t think that white people had heard of me or knew anything about my music. People ask me about crossing over, and that for me was the first time. Tears were coming down my face because I had never played in front of a white audience before and had never been treated like that, recognized for who I was.”
 
(You can read the full interview here: http://www.jazzwax.com/2011/02/interview-bb-king.html)
 
The following video is a full concert and was recorded in Tennessee back in 2006 at BB King’s two famous eponymous blues clubs. it features many of his classic hits such as “The Thrill Is Gone” and “When Love Comes To Town,” along with several songs never before recorded by the blues great, including “You Are My Sunshine” and “When The Saints Go Marching In.”
 

 
Also performing that night were Californian rock band “Moby Grape” and Fillmore first-timers “The Steve Miller Band”.


 

 
The figures found in this design, created by poster artist “John H. Myers” are reminiscent of Albert Hirschfeld’s drawings. Hirschfeld was an American caricaturist best known for his black & white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars.

 

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Dean St Weekly Playlist 02-06 Dec

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

1° Alex Ebert - Truth (Tom’s Choice)
2° The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice (Austen’s Choice)
3° Barry Adamson - Grinderman (remix) (Brad’s Choice)
4° Lizzo feat. Sophia Eris - Batches & Cookies (Charlie’s Choice)
5° Lorde - A World Alone (Val’s Choice)
6° Scapegoat Wax - Aisle 10 (Stefan’s Choice)
7° Morgan Visconti - Can’t Say Goodbye (Phil’s Choice)
8° WAMPIRE - The Hearse (Nicola’s Choice)
9° The Browns-Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie - The Three Bells (Stu’s Choice)
10° Christa Päffgen <Nico> - Eulogy To Lenny Bruce (PC’s Choice)
11° Boris Berezovsky - Chopin Revolution Etude (Fred’s Choice)
12° Cults - I Can Hardly Make You Mine (Jonny’s Choice)

 

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Fillmore Poster Series #11

Friday, November 29th, 2013
Fillmore Gig Poster - June 1967

Fillmore Gig Poster – June 1967

 

Design by – Bonnie MacLean
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
Dates – June 9th - 10th 1967
Performances From -
The Doors
Jim Kweskin Jug Band
Lights By -
Dan Bruhns

 

Following the release of their self-titled debut album in January 1967, The Doors climbed the stairway to stardom thanks to hit singles “Break On Through (to the Other Side)” and the unforgettable “Light My Fire”.
Whereas in previous trips to San Francisco the band had been demoted to opening slots for more established bands, by June of 1967, The Doors were ready to headline the Fillmore.

The Doors were scheduled to perform on the 9th June (as well as the 10th) but Jim Morrison never showed up.
Audience members were invited to come back the next night or were given a refund, while the Jim Kweskin Jug Band had the stage to themselves.

Jim Morrison later explained to Bill Graham that just before leaving Merced the day before, he noticed a local cinema playing “Casablanca” and felt obliged to sit through multiple viewings, therefore missing the show.
Graham later wrote about this incident in his 1990 autobiography “Bill Graham Presents”, although he points out that Jim Morrison actually mistook Merced for Sacramento (both cities are about two hours outside of San Francisco).

 

The Doors – Light My Fire

The Doors – Break on Through (To the Other Side)

Jim Kweskin Jug Band – Somebody Stole My Gal

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Dean St Weekly Playlist 25-29 Nov

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

1° Holy Ghost! - Hold On, We’re Coming Home (Drake Cover) (Val’s Choice)
2° Here We Go Magic - Over The Ocean (Brad’s Choice)
3° The Nerves - When You Find Out (John’s Choice)
4° Dirty Loops - Hit Me (Phil’s Choice)
5° Max Frost - White Lies (Stefan’s Choice)
6° Run the Jewels feat. Big Boi - Banana Clipper (Tom’s Choice)
7° Lorde - Royals (Jazz’s Choice)
8° Busta Rhymes feat. Q-Tip - Thank You (Jonny’s Choice)
9° Earth, Wind & Fire - Got To Get You Into My Life (Austen’s Choice)
10° Cambridge Singers with John Rutter - Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia (PC’s Choice)
11° Paganini - Violin Concerto No. 1 (Fred’s Choice)
12° Rosie Lowe - Right Thing (Charlie’s Choice)
13° Caveman - In The City (Nicola’s Choice)

 

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