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!




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)


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)

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.


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 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:
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.


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)


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

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)


Dean St Weekly Playlist 18-22 Nov

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The Dean Street Studios Weekly Playlist is up and running and this week 12 tracks have earned the right to participate, each individually picked by someone working here at the studios.
Sit back, plug in your headphones and let us tickle your ear buds!
Remember to come back next week and every week after that to hear what we’re listening to at the Studio.


1° #Wardell - Opossum (Tom’s Choice)
2° Josef Salvat - Every Night (Val’s Choice)
3° Warpaint - Love Is To Die (Jonny’s Choice)
4° DARKSIDE - Metatron (Nicola’s Choice)
5° The Daktaris - Musicawa Silt (Chris’s Choice)
6° Shuggie Otis - Sparkle City (Stu’s Choice)
7° Arcade Fire - It’s Never Over (Charlie’s Choice)
8° BRASSTRONAUT - Bounce (Brad’s Choice)
9° Cassie - I Know What You Want (Austen’s Choice)
10° Vance Joy - Riptide (Stefan’s Choice)
11° Kristeen Young - Fantastic Failure (PC’s Choice)
12° Rosabella Gregory - Hello Christmas (PJ’s Choice)


Fillmore Poster Series #10

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Fillmore Gig Poster - December 1966

Fillmore Gig Poster – December 1966


Design By – Wes Wilson
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
Dates – Dec 20th- 22nd1966.
Performances From -
Otis Redding & His Orchestra
Grateful Dead
Johnny Talbot and De Thangs
Country Joe & The Fish


Here we have one of the most successful events ever to be staged at the Fillmore Auditorium. Bill Graham went as far as saying “it was the best gig I ever put on in my whole life”.
Otis Redding headlined three nights at the end of December 1966 and as the story goes, the Bay Area rock bands begged to open the show while Janis Joplin demanded front row seats every night.
At the time, this was a clear sign of how rock musicians liked soul music and how popular Otis Redding was at crossing over to a rock audience.


The Grateful Dead opened Tuesday (December 20) and Country Joe And The Fish opened Thursday (December 22). The middle night’s opening slot was taken by the Oakland R&B group Johnny Talbot And De Thangs, who played both the local soul circuit and also on occasion at the Fillmore.


The gig was commercially and critically successful, paying Otis Redding around $800 to $1000 a night and is also considered by many to be the finest Grateful Dead show at the historic venue.


Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness

Grateful Dead – Box Of Rain

Johnny Talbot & De Thangs – Check Your Battery

Country Joe & The Fish – Who Am I