May 14, 1965
Boss of the Bay, KYA presents the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, Beau Brummels,
Paul Revere and the Raiders, and the Vejtables, at Civic Auditorium.
August 13, 1965
The Matrix, San Franciscos first folk night club, opened at 3138 Fillmore
in the Marina District. New band called The Jefferson Airplane performed.
September 2, 1965
Beatles concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City. Pandemonium broke out as fans rushed
September 21, 1965
The Jefferson Airplane opened for Lightnin Hopkins at the Matrix on Fillmore
St. Norm Mayell backed Hopkins on drums.
October 15, 1965
The Great Society performed at the opening of the Coffee Gallery. Band members included
Darby, Jerry and Grace Slick. San Francisco State College Vietnam Day Committee
Teach-In. Country Joe and the Fish
October 16, 1965
Family Dog collective dance and concert, a tribute to Dr. Strange, at Longshoremens
Hall with The
Jefferson Airplane andthe Charlatans, and the Great Society. Russ The
Moose Syracuse of KYA was master of ceremonies.
October 24, 1965
Family Dog collective dance and concert at Longshoremens Hall with the Lovin
November 6, 1965
San Francisco Mime Troupe Appeal party in a loft on Minna Street. The Jefferson
Airplane, the Fugs and the Mystery Trend performed.
December 10, 1965
Warlocks become The Grateful Dead, and debut with the new name at the
Fillmore Auditorium for the second San Francisco Mime Troupe Appeal Party. The Jefferson
Airplane, The Great Society, the John Handy Quintet, the Mystery Trend, and Sam
Thomas also appeared.
January 8, 1966
KYA Super Harlow A Go-Go dance and show at Longshoremens Hall with the Vejtables
and the Baytovens. Super Harlow Meyers was Russ The Moose
Syracuses radio engineer on KYAs All-Night Flight, and a
former disc jockey.
January 21, 1966
Three-day Trips Festival at Longshoremens Hall, 400 North Point St. featured
the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the
Holding Company, The Loading Zone, Chinese New Years Lion Dancers
and Drum and Bugle Corps, Stroboscopic Trampoline, and Ken Kesey and His Merry Pranksters.
February 4, 1966
Bill Graham presented The Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1805 Geary
February 12, 1966
Rock For Peace at the Fillmore Auditorium with the The Great Society,
Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Benefit for Democratic congressional candidates and the Viet Nam Study Group.
Lincolns Birthday Party with Sopwith Camel at the Firehouse, former
quarters of Engine Co. 26 and Truck Co. 10, 3767 Sacramento St. The Charlatans also
February 19, 1966
Family Dog and Bill Graham presented The Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium.
Wildflower and Sopwith Camel at the Fire House.
March 4, 1966
The Charlatans and the Electric Chamber Orkustra appeared at Soko Hall, 739 Page
March 12, 1966
The Alligator Clip, the Charlatans, Sopwith Camel, and Duncan Blue Boy and his Cosmic
Yo-Yo, at the Firehouse on Sacramento Street.
March 15, 1966
Thomas C. Lynch, Attorney General of the State of California, condemned the use
of LSD and other drugs in a statement to the State Senate Judiciary Committee in
March 19, 1966
Big Brother and the Holding Company appeared at the Fire House. Sgt. Barry Sadler,
who was to entertain, could not attend.
March 22, 1966
Sopwith Camel appears at the Matrix in the Marina District
March 25, 1966
Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Quicksilver
Messenger Service opened at Fillmore Auditorium.
April 7, 1966
City Lights Books sponsored the appearance of Russian poet Andri Vozneskensy at
the Fillmore. Lawrence Ferlinghetti read translations and The Airplane performed.
April 8, 1966
The Jefferson Airplane opened at California Hall on Polk Street.
April 9, 1966
Week of Angry Arts Vietnam Mobilization fund raiser at Longshoremens Hall,
400 North Point St.
April 15, 1966
Fifth-Annual San Francisco State College Folk Festival with Malvina Reynolds, Mark
Spoelstra, and Dick and Mimi Fariñia.
April 16, 1966
Charlatans, Mystery Trend, Wanda and Her Birds and the Haight St. Jazz Band appeared
at California Hall.
April 30, 1966
Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Fillmore Auditorium.
May 6, 1966
Jefferson Airplane, and the Jaywalkers at the Fillmore Auditorium
May 18, 1966
PH Phactor Jug Band opened at 40 Cedar Street, also known as Cedar Alley, near Polk
May 20, 1966
Capt. Beefheart and His Magic Band opened at the Avalon Ballroom, Sutter and Van
May 27, 1966
Artist Andy Warhol and his Plastic Inevitable,
Velvet Underground and Nico, plus the Mothers, at Fillmore Auditorium.
May 30, 1966
Benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization (HALO) at Winterland. The Jefferson
June 4, 1966
The Jefferson Airplane appear in Exposition Auditorium at Civic Center.
June 6, 1966
The Turtles, and Oxford Circle at the Fillmore Auditorium.
June 22, 1966
The Jefferson Airplane at the Avalon Ballroom.
June 24, 1966
Lenny Bruce and the Mothers of Invention appeared in concert at Fillmore Auditorium.
KFRC Presents the Beach Boys Summer Spectacular at the Cow Palace. Other acts included
the Jefferson Airplane, Lovin' Spoonful, Chad and Jeremy, Percy Sledge, The Byrds,
and Sir Douglas Quintet,
June 26, 1966
Sopwith Camel opened for the Rolling Stones in performance at the Cow Palace. Jefferson
Airplane also performed.
July 1, 1966
Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother, and Jaywalkers at the Fillmore Auditorium.
July 2, 1966
Great Society, Sopwith Camel and the Charlatans at the Fillmore Auditorium.
July 3, 1966
Love, Grateful Dead and Group B at the Fillmore Auditorium.
July 10, 1966
United Farm Workers benefit at the Fillmore with Quicksilver and the Messenger
Service and the San Andreas Fault Finders.
July 17, 1966
Allen Ginsberg read poetry and Sopwith Camel performed in concert at the Fillmore,
to benefit A.R.T.S. Gary Goodrow of The Committee emceed.
July 22, 1966
The Association, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sopwith Camel, and Grassroots at
the Fillmore Auditorium.
July 26, 1966
The Temptations dance and show at the Fillmore Auditorium.
August 6, 1966
Vietnam War peace march up Market Street.
August 7, 1966
Third-Annual South-of-Market and North Beach Childrens Adventure Day Camp
benefit with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company,
and The Grateful Dead held at Fillmore Auditorium. Gary Goodrow of The Committee
was master of ceremonies.
August 10, 1966
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs at the Fillmore Auditorium.
August 17, 1966
Psychedelic fashion show and tarot reading at the Fillmore. The Airplane and Mimi
August 25, 1966
performed at the Carousel Ballroom. The Carousel was the former El Patio Ballroom
on the second floor of the car dealership on the southwest corner of Market and
August 26, 1966
Grace Slick and the Great Society, Country Joe and the Fish, and Sopwith Camel at
the Fillmore Auditorium. It is Country Joe and the Fish's first performance at the
Fillmore - they filled in for 13th Floor Elevator.
August 29, 1966
Beatlemania swept San Francisco as the Fab Four performed in concert
at Candlestick Park. It was the Beatles last public appearance together. Also
appearing were The Cyrkle, The Ronettes, and the Remains. Ticket purchases by mail
were available from KYA, No. 1 Nob Hill Circle, San Francisco.
September 5, 1966
Labor Day opening of Martha and The Vandellas at the Fillmore Auditorium.
September 6, 1966
The Blues Project opened at the Matrix.
September 11, 1966
Benefit for BOTH/AND jazz club at the Fillmore with Big Mama Thornton,
The Airplane, Elvin Jones, Jon Hendricks Trio and the Joe Henderson Quartet.
September 16, 1966
Grateful Dead at the Avalon Ballroom
September 23, 1966
The Jefferson Airplane opened at Winterland.
September 27, 1966
The Four Tops, with Johnny Talbot and De Thanks opened at Fillmore Auditorium.
September 30, 1966
Three-day Acid Test opened at San Francisco State College Commons. The test was
to peak on the evening of Oct. 1. The Grateful Dead performed.
October 6, 1966
Love Pagent in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park. Big Brother, Wildflower, The Dead
and the Electric Chamber Orkustra entertained. California Legislature outlaws sale
and possession of LSD.
October 7, 1966
Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Big Brother, and Electric Train at the Avalon Ballroom.
October 15, 1966
Artists Liberation Front Free Fair in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.
The Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium.
October 21, 1966
Grateful Dead, Lightnin Hopkins and Loading Zone at the Fillmore, with dancing
and strobe light show.
October 23, 1966
The Yardbirds, and Country Joe and the Fish at the Fillmore.
October 27, 1966
New alternative weekly newspaper, The
Guardian, debuted. Edited and published by Bruce Brugman. Editors
at the Chronicle, Examiner and News Call-Bulletin give it little chance for survival.
October 31, 1966
Bob McKendrick presented Dance of Death costume ball at California Hall.
The Dead, and Mimi Fariñia entertained.
November 6, 1966
The Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium.
November 8, 1966
Movie and TV actor Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Gov. Edmund G. Brown by almost
one million votes.
November 12, 1966
Hells Angels motorcycle gang dance at Sokol Hall, 739 Page St. Grateful Dead
November 13, 1966
The Dead, Quicksilver, and Big Brother and the Holding Company Zenefit at the Avalon
Ballroom for the Zen Mountain Center.
November 19, 1966
Righteous Brothers, with April Stevens and Nino Tempo, appeared at the USF Gymnasium.
Beau Brummels at the Carousel Ballroom. Grateful Dead and James Cotton at the Fillmore.
November 20, 1966
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) fundraiser at the Fillmore with
the James Cotton Chicago Blues Band. Stokely Carmichael and his staff were there.
Jon Hendricks was master of ceremonies.
November 29, 1966
District Attorney John J. Ferdon dropped charges against members of
The Diggers, who staged a Halloween puppet show at Haight and Ashbury streets.
Released from custody were Emmett Grogen, Peter Berg, Brooks Bucher, Peter Minnault
and Robert Morticello.
December 1, 1966
Print Mint store in the Haight-Ashbury opened at
1542 Haight St.
December 17, 1966
Benefit for Legalization of Marijuana (LEMAR) at California Hall. Country Joe and
the Fish entertained.
December 20, 1966
January 5, 1967
Otis Redding Show opened at the Fillmore Auditorium.
Inaugural message of Ronald Reagan, Californias 33rd governor, delivered during
ceremonies in the Rotunda of the State Capitol at midnight. Just before the swearing
in, the new governor turned to U.S. Senator George Murphy a former movie
song-and-dance man and said Well George, here we are on the late show
again. The new governor placed his hand on Father Serras bible as he
was sworn in by State Supreme Court Justice Marshall F. McComb.
January 6, 1967
Young Rascals, Sopwith Camel, and the Doors at the Fillmore Auditorium.
January 13, 1967
The Dead, Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band, and the Doors at the Fillmore Auditorium.
January 14, 1967
Human Be-In at the Polo Grounds, Golden Gate Park. Speakers included Jerry Rubin,
Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Timothy Leary. Participants were urged
to bring food to share, flowers, beads, costumes, feathers, bells, cymbals and flags.
The Jefferson Airplane entertained. The Be-In was produced by Michael Bowen.
Ike and Tina Turner Revue with the Ike-Ettes at California Hall.
January 17, 1967
Big Brother and the Holding Company appeared at the Matrix.
February 3, 1967
Big Brother and the Holding Company entertained at the Hells Angels dance
at California Hall.
Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Fillmore Auditorium.
February 10, 1967
Tribute to J. Edgar Hoover at California Hall. Music by the Jook Savages,
Blue Cheer and the Mojo Men.
John H. Myers Blues Project, Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker at the Fillmore
February 12, 1967
Benefit at the Fillmore for the Council for Civic Unity. Moby Grape, and Sly and
the Family Stone performed.
February 14, 1967
Jim Morrison and The Doors performed at Whisky A-Go-Go, 568 Sacramento St.
February 19, 1967
Port Chicago Vigil Benefit at California Hall.
March 3, 1967
First Love Circus at Winterland, music by Moby Grape and lights by the Commune.
Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Avalon Ballroom
March 5, 1967
Warren Hinckle III, editor of Ramparts Magazine, hosted a rockdance-environment
happening benefit in honor of the CIA (Citizens for Interplanetary Activity)
at California Hall. Participants included the S.F. League for Sexual Freedom, the
Diggers and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
March 7, 1967
Jim Morrison and The Doors performed at the Matrix.
March 21, 1967
Eric Burdon and the
Animals appeared at the Civic Auditorium.
March 24, 1967
Political satire as The W.C. Fields Memorial Orphanage presented the Pitschel Players
at 120 Julian St. near 15th and Valencia.
March 31, 1967
Mime Troupe appeared at Fluxfest at Longshoremens Hall.
April 7, 1967
Canned Heat opened at the Avalon Ballroom.
April 11, 1967
Buffalo Springfield, and the Electric Chamber Orkustra appeared at the Rock Garden,
4742 Mission near Ocean.
April 12, 1967
Benefit at the Fillmore Auditorium for arrested members of the San Francisco Mime
Troupe. The Airplane, the Dead, and Moby Grape appeared.
April 14, 1967
Country Joe and the Fish performed in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park on the eve
of the peace march.
April 15, 1967
Vietnam War protest as 100,000 people marched from Second and Market to Kezar Stadium
at Golden Gate Park. Vietnam veteran David Duncan gave the keynote speech.
April 20, 1967
Howlin Wolf opened at the Matrix.
May 5, 1967 Grateful Dead, and the Paupers at Fillmore Auditorium.
May 11, 1967
Vanguard Records party at Fillmore Auditorium for Country Joe and the Fish.
May 26, 1967 The Charlatans, The Salvation Army Banned, and Blue Cheer
at the Avalon Ballroom.
May 30, 1967
Benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization at Winterland. The Jefferson Airplane
June 6-7, 1967
KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mt. Tamalpais to benefit
the Hunters Point Child Care Center. Trans-Love Buslines carried participants
from the parking area to the festival.
June 10, 1967
Festival in Hunters Point to honor the fighter Muhammad Ali.
June 16, 1967
First and last Monterey International Pop Festival. Janis Joplin, The Jefferson
Airplane, the Dead, Big Brother and other San Francisco artists performed.
June 20, 1966
The Jefferson Airplane appears with the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Fillmore
July 14, 1967
Steve Miller Blues Band and the Sunshine Company concert at California Hall.
July 17, 1967
Moore Galley exhibition at 535 Sutter St. of the works by Rock poster artists Wes
Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin and
July 21, 1967
The Youngbloods and Wildflower performed at California
Grand opening of the
at Haight and Cole. It was the former Haight Theatre, but was now a hippie-run alternative
to the commercially successful Fillmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom.
July 23, 1967
Beatster Neal Cassady in performance with Straight Theatre Rap at the
August 5, 1967
Flamin Groovies opened at the Matrix.
August 9, 1967
Peace torch arrived from Hiroshima.
August 15, 1967
Count Basie and his Orchestra and Chuck Berry at the Fillmore Auditorium.
August 27, 1967
Peace torch began its journey to Washington, D.C. for a demonstration against the
September 17, 1967
Little Richard with an all-soul revue opened at the Straight Theatre.
September 23, 1967
The Airplane and Muddy Waters at Winterland, Post and Steiner streets.
September 25, 1967
Paul Butterfield Blues Band at the Fillmore.
September 30, 1967
13th Floor Elevators; Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Avalon Ballroom, presented
by the Family Dog collective.
October 2, 1967
San Francisco police raid the Grateful Deads Haight-Ashbury house.
October 6, 1967
Hippies blocked the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets to celebrate the
Death of Hip.
October 11, 1967
Benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic at the Fillmore Auditorium.
October 13, 1967
Morning Glory and Indian Head Band opened at the Western Front Dance Academy club
at Polk and OFarrell.
October 19, 1967
The Jefferson Airplane perform at Loews Warfield Theatre on Market Street.
October 30, 1967
Benefit at the Fillmore for KPFA radio station.
Pink Floyd and the Sopwith Camel performed.
November 19, 1967
Purple Onion Two, a hipper version of the original Club, opened at 435 Broadway.
December 1, 1967
Mad River and the Santana Blues Band appeared at the Straight Theatre.
December 16, 1967
Second-annual Grope for Peace at the Straight Theatre.
January 7, 1968
Stop the Draft Week defense fund concert dance at the Fillmore with
Phil Ochs, Loading Zone and The Committee.
February 1, 1968
Hendrix Experience, with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, at the Fillmore
February 14, 1968
The Airplane opens at the Carousel Ballroom, Van Ness Ave. and Market Street.
March 3, 1968
Grateful Dead leaves the Haight with a farewell concert before relocating to Marin
March 8, 1968
Cream, James Cotton Blues Band, Jeremy Satyrs, and Blood Sweat and Tears at the
Fillmore Auditorium. Love, Congress of Wonders, and Sons of Champlin at the Avalon
March 15, 1968
Blood, Sweat and Tears opened at the Avalon Ballroom.
March 22, 1968
Presidents daughter, Lynda Bird Johnson, ordered off cable car for eating
ice cream cone.
March 29, 1968
Grateful Dead and Chuck Berry opened at the Carousel Ballroom.
April 5, 1968
Mayor Alioto issued a proclamation condemning the assassination of the Rev. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Thousands of people gathered at Civic Center in memory of the civil
rights leader. City flags lowered to half staff.
April 12, 1968
Moby Grape opened at the Carousel Ballroom.
April 19, 1968
Santana Blues Band and Frumious Bandersnatch at the Carousel Ballroom.
April 27, 1968
Peace march and rally.
May 3, 1968
Thelonious Monk and Dr. John the Night Tripper at the Carousel Ballroom.
May 8, 1968
Benefit for poster artist Alton Kelley at the Carousel Ballroom.
May 24, 1968
Charlie Musselwhite and Dan Hicks
and his Hot Licks appeared at the Straight Theatre.
May 31, 1968
Works of Robert Edward Duncan exhibited by the San Francisco Museum of Art as part
of its celebration of San Francisco underground art 1945-1968.
June 4, 1968
San Francisco voters defeated a $5.7 million measure to acquire the Cliff House
and Sutro Baths for a park. Ballot counting came to a standstill at City Hall when
the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles was
broadcast live on television.
June 7, 1968
Grateful Dead and The Airplane at the Carousel Ballroom.
June 19, 1968
Soul Scene benefit dance for the Blackmans Free Store, held at
the Carousel Ballroom.
June 23, 1968
Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Carousel Ballroom.
July 1, 1968
KSAN Stereo Radio 95 Family Freakout at the Avalon Ballroom. Music by Creedence
July 14, 1968
Bill Graham left the Fillmore Auditorium to take over the Carousel Ballroom. Electric
Flag and Blue Cheer closed out performances at the Fillmore at Geary and Fillmore
July 16, 1968
Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Sly and the Family Stone opened the new
Fillmore West, the former Carousel and El Patio ballroom.
August 5, 1968
Ornette Coleman in concert at Bill Grahams new Fillmore West.
August 9, 1968
Steppenwolf opened at the Avalon Ballroom.
August 29, 1968
Cream and Electric Flag opened at Fillmore West.
September 25, 1968
Five-day Radical Theatre Festival at San Francisco State College featured Bread
and Puppet Theatre, Teatro Campesino, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
October 12, 1968
GIs and Vets marched for peace from Golden Gate Park to Civic Center.
October 14, 1968
27 soldiers protesting the Viet Nam War charged with mutiny at the Presidio of San
October 24, 1968
The Airplane opened at the Fillmore West ballroom.
November 6, 1968
First day of San Francisco State College strike.
November 26, 1968
Robert R. Smith, President of San Francisco State College, resigned.
November 26, 1968
S.I. Hayakawa named acting president, San Francisco State College.
March 20, 1969
Janis Joplin and Her Band opened at Winterland.
March 21, 1969
San Francisco State College strike ended.
March 27, 1969
Bo Diddley opened at Winterland.
May 7, 1969
Grateful Dead and the Airplane perform at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park.
May 24, 1969
Haight-Ashbury Festival in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.
May 28, 1969
Peoples Park Bail Ball benefit held at Winterland. Creedance Clearwater Revival
and the Airplane entertained.
June 13, 1969
Jefferson Airplane with Grace Slick at the Family Dog Ballroom at the Great Highway.
The show was broadcast by KSAN.
June 17, 1969
Woody Herman and His Orchestra at the Fillmore West.
June 25, 1968
The Doors, Lonnie Mack, Elvin Bishop Group at
the Cow Palace.
July 19, 1969
The Who appeared
at Fillmore West.
August 22, 1969
Three-day Wild West Festival at Kezar Stadium with Janis Joplin, Turk Murphy, Jefferson Airplane,
the Dead, Country Joe, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Youngbloods.
October 9, 1969
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young opened at Fillmore West.
October 21, 1969
Beat-era author Jack Keroac dies
November 13, 1969 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young,
Cold Blood, Joy of Cooking, and Lamb at Winterland.
November 15, 1969
Thousands of people participated in a peace march.
November 20, 1969
American Indians seized and occupied Alcatraz Island.
December 6, 1969
Rolling Stones appeared at the Altamont Speedway
near Livermore after they were denied use of Golden Gate Park. One person was murdered
during the show. Marked the end of the San Francisco Rock era.
December 22, 1969
Radio Free Alcatraz broadcast for first time from Berkeley radio station KPFA. December
Jefferson Airplane New Year's show at Winterland.
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