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Bay Area Music Venues 1965-1972 with live recordings discographies

Venues listed
The Ark, Sausalito
Avalon Ballroom
Balconades Ballroom
The Barn, Rio Nido
Basin Street West
Bear's Lair
Berkeley Community Theater
Bermuda Palms, San Rafael
Berryessa Bowl
Big Al's Gas House
Big Beat, Palo Alto
Bimbo's 365 Club
Blind Lemon
Blue Unicorn
Boarding House
Both/And
Brown's Hall, Mill Valley
Cabale / Cabale Creamery
California Hall
Calliope Ballroom
Campolindo High School
Carousel Ballroom
Cedar Alley Coffee House
Cinnamon A-Go-Go
Circle Star Theater
Civic Auditorium
Coffee Gallery
Committee/Committee Theater
Concord Coliseum
Continental Ballroom
Cow Palace
Cushing Memorial Theater
DeMarco's 23 Club
Dream Bowl, Vallejo
Drinking Gourd
El Matador
Family Dog on The Great Highway
Family Park, San Jose
Fantasy Studios
Farallon East, Stinson Beach
Fillmore Auditorium
Fillmore West
Finnish Brotherhood Hall
The Firehouse
Fireside Club
Freeborn Hall
Freight & Salvage
Frenchy's
Frost Amphitheater
Gate Theater, Sausalito
Glide Memorial Church
Golden Gate Park
Great American Music Hall
Greek Theater, Berkeley
Haight Theater
Harding Theater
Harmon Gymnasium
Hughes Stadium, Sacramento
hungry i
I.D.E.S. Hall, Pescadero
The In Room
Inn Of The Beginning
Jabberwock
Jazz Workshop
Kabuki Theatre
Keystone Berkeley
Keystone Korner
Kings Beach Bowl
La Dolphine, Hillsborough
Lion's Share, San Anselmo
Lion's Share, Sausalito
Litchfield's Bermuda Palms
Longshoremen's Hall
Loser's South, San Jose
Magoo's Pizza Parlor
Mandrake's
Maple Hall
The Matrix
Moe's Books
Mother's
Mr. D's
Mt. Tamalpais Amphitheatre
Muir Beach Lodge
New Orleans House
North Beach Revival
Nourse Auditorium
Oakland Auditorium
Oakland Coliseum
The Old Cheese Factory
Orpheum Theater
Palace Of Fine Arts
Paramount Theater
Pauley Ballroom
Peppermint Tree
Petaluma Vets Memorial Hall
Pioneer Ballroom
The Poppycock, Palo Alto
Purple Onion
Questing Beast
Rainbow Ballroom, Fresno
Rio Nido Dance Hall
River City, Fairfax
Rock Garden
Rollarena, San Leandro
San Francisco State College
Santa Venetia Armory
Selland Arena, Fresno
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Skate Arena, Hayward
Sleeping Lady, Fairfax
Sokol Hall
Sound Factory, Sacramento
Straight Theater
Sugar Hill
The Tangent
The Trident
Varni's Roaring 20s
Western Front
Winchester Cathedral
Winterland

See Other Bay Area venues page for venues that fall outside this period
This list is not intended to be comprehensive but is growing.   Additions, corrections, comments welcome


The Ark, Sausalito

The Ark was a converted ferry boat (originally the S.S. Charles Van Damme) located at Gate 6 in Sausalito. The venue was used for many informal shows and battle of the band contests in the second half of the 1960's.

Avalon Ballroom

The Avalon Ballroom at 1268 Sutter Street was built in 1911 and originally called the Puckett Academy of Dance. The building was used a rock venue between 1966 and 1968 primarily by the Family Dog under the direction of Chet Helms. Complaints against noise led to the venue losing its performance licence early in 1969. The building was converted into a movie theater in the 1970's.

Discography of live recordings from the Avalon Ballroom


Balconades Ballroom, San Jose

The Balconades Ballroom was located on the upper floor of the Lyndon Building at Santa Clara and Terraine streets in San Jose. In the 1940's and 1950's the ballroom was the venue for big bands and country shows. In the late 1960's some Bay Area rock bands performed in the ballroom. Since that time the ballroom space has been used by a restaurant and more recently has been the venue for the Club Miami

Basin Street West

Basin Street West, a North Beach jazz and soul club, was located at 401 Broadway. The club opened in 1964 and closed in 1973.

Discography of live recordings from Basin Street West


Bear's Lair, University of California, Berkeley

The Bear's Lair opened in the Student Union building on Lower Sproul Plaza in the early 1960's. The Bear's Lair was regularly used as a music venue during the second half of the 1960's.

Berkeley Community Theater

The Berkeley Community Theater facing Allston Way on the Berkeley High School Campus was designed in 1938 and forms, with the Florence Schwimley Little Theater, a shop and a group of science buildings, one of the few planned groups of Art Deco style buildings in the Bay Area. The building was used on occasion for concerts and musicals up until the early 1970's. At this time it became more regularly used as a rock venue.

Discography of live recordings from the Berkeley Community Theater


Bermuda Palms / Litchfield's Bermuda Palms, San Rafael

Bermuda Palms (sometimes referred to as Litchfield's Bermuda Palms) was a resort complex on Francisco Boulevard in San Rafael. The site housed a motel, ballroom and other buildings. This was a regular venue for Bay Area musicians in the late sixties and early seventies. Sons of Champlin played there in 1967, Big Brother in 1969, Hot Tuna in 1972 and Country Joe in 1973. It's possible that the venue at the resort was also at times known as Euphoria and Pepperland though these may have been different building. The resort was built by Irving "Whitey" Litchfield in the late 1940s. The original buildings have been demolished and the site is now a modern motel

The world record for breath holding under water was for many years held by Robert Foster who did it for 13min 42.5 sec in the swimming pool of the Bermuda Palms Motel on 15th March 1959.


Berryessa Bowl, Lake Berryessa

The Berryessa Bowl was an outdoor venue in Lake Berryessa in the Napa Valley. During the summer months in the second half of the 1960s many local and national groups appeared at the venue.


Big Al's Gas House, Redwood City

The Warlocks played at a teen spot called Big Al's Gas House in Redwood City in August 1965, a couple of months before changing their name to the Grateful Dead.


Big Beat, Palo Alto

The Big Beat nightclub in Palo Alto was the venue for the third Acid Test, held in December 1965.


Bimbo's 365 Club.

Agostino "Bimbo" Giuntoli and Monk Young opened the 365 Club, at 365 Market Street in San Francisco, in 1931. By the time the club relocated to 1025 Columbus Avenue in 1951 it was one of the leading nightclubs in the city. Oold & In The Way, the Rowan Brothers and Big Brother & The Holding Company performed at the club in the early 1970's. During much of the 1970's and 1980's the club was closed and used only occasionally for private events and by other promoters. The club reopened in 1988. For more information see the Bimbo's 365 Club website.

Discography of live recordings made at Bimbo's 365 Club


Blind Lemon, Berkeley

The Blind Lemon, on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, was a folk club that was run by Rolf Cahn in the late 1950's. It was a venue for folk and folk/rock groups through to at least 1967.

Blue Unicorn

The Blue Unicorn was a coffee house which opened in 1963 on Hayes Street in the Haight. Folk singers used to perform at the Blue Unicorn during the mid-sixties.

Boarding House

Before becoming the Boarding House in 1970 the building, at 960 Bush Street, had been the venue for a number of operations including the Fack's II, The Neve and The Cellar which were jazz clubs and The Troubadour North in the 1960's. The Boarding House was opened by David Allen and rapidly became one of the top 1970's rock nightclub in the city. In addition to a wide range of rock, country and folk performers the club also put on comedy shows. The club was forced to move from Bush Street in 1980 and the building was subsequently demolished. The Boarding House was located at 901 Columbus Avenue until it closed it's doors in 1982.

Discography of live recordings from the Boarding House


Both/And

The Both/And was primarily a jazz and blues club which opened in 1965 on Divisadero Street. The club closed in the mid 1970's.

Discography of live recordings made at the Both/And


Brown's Hall, Mill Valley

Brown's Hall on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley was used as a music venue in the 1960's and early 1970's. The hall was built in in 1934 and was a center for community activities for nearly 40 years. These activities included music events. The hall became a Buddhist temple in 1972.

Cabale

The Cabale (or Cabale Creamery) was a folk club located at 2504 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. The club which probably existed from 1963 to the Summer of 1965, was an important West Coast folk club which attracted performers from the Cambridge folk scene on the East Coast. Subsequently the building was home to the Questing Beast, Tito's and, in the 1970's, the Longbranch.

Discography of live recordings made at the Cabale


California Hall

Built in 1912 and originally called Das Deutsches Haus. The building, at 625 Polk Street, was renamed California Hall at the outbreak of World War 1. The hall was used for some early Family Dog shows in 1965, the Grateful Dead played shows at the hall in 1966 and 1969. The venue was used for other rock shows in the sixties and seventies but was never a full time music venue. The building is now the California Culinary Academy.

Discography of live recordings made at the California Hall


Calliope Ballroom

The Calliope Ballroom was located at 924 Howard Street. The first benefit concert for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, organized by Bill Graham, was held in the hall. It appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the Calliope.


Campolindo High School, Moraga

Campolindo High School in Moraga presented a number of music events in their gymnasium in 1969. There may have been other events in other years. The Grateful Dead played there in May 1969.


Carousel Ballroom

This venue, in a building on Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, was known as El Patio during the 1930's and 1940's. Unsure when the Carousel Ballroom name was adopted. It was operated as a rock venue using the Carousel name for the first 6 months of 1968 by Ron Rakow and a partnership which included the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane. Bill Graham took over the operation of the venue in July 1968 and renamed it the Fillmore West

Discography of live recordings made at the Carousel


Cedar Alley Coffee House / 40 Cedar Alley

The coffee house at 40 Cedar Alley was a folk venue during the middle years of the 1960s. David Grisman performed there before 1965. The PH Phactor Jug Banjd were regulars in 1966 and 1967.


Cinnamon A-Go-Go, Redwood City

The Warlocks played at a club called Cinnamon A-Go-Go in Redwood City a couple of months before changing their name to the Grateful Dead.


Circle Star Theater, San Carlos

The Circle Star Theater, on Industrial Road, San Carlos, was a major entertainment venue between 1964 and 1993. The venue, which was a theater in the round, opened on October 13, 1964 with a performance of My Fair Lady. Through the sixties the theater presented musicals and other events, including performances by some of the major Bay Area groups. Financially the venue was not successful, it failed twice before 1970. In 1971 the theater reopened with a rotating stage. The theater closed for the last time at the end of 1993. The unused building was damaged by fire in 1997 and subsequently demolished. Performers at the venue over the years included The Beach Boys, George Benson, James Brown, The Carpenters, Judy Collins, Sammy Davis, Jr., Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Liberace, Buck Owens, Frank Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Dionne Warwick and Frank Zappa.


Civic Auditorium (San Francisco Civic Auditorium / Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)

The Civic Auditorium on Grove Street was built in 1914/15 for the Panama Pacific Exposition and was originally called the Exposition Hall. It has been used over the years for political conventions, award ceremonies and many musical events. In 1992 the building which was then called the San Francisco Civic Auditorium was renamed the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Discography of live recordings made at the Civic Auditorium


The Coffee Gallery

The Coffee Gallery, at 1353 Grant Avenue, was primarily a jazz venue in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Some folk music performances were held in the 1960's including the debut shows of The Great Society. At some point in the 1960's the building was sold and the club became the Lost And Found Saloon.

Discography of live recordings made at the Coffee Gallery


Committee / Committe Theater, San Francisco

The Committe was a drama and comedy venue at 622 Broadway that opened toward the end of the fifties or early in the sixties. The Committe Theater was an off-shoot of the Committee and was based at 836 Montgomery Street. Both venues held music events in the second half of the 1960's.


Concord Coliseum

Concord Coliseum opened in August 1967 in a building at 1825 Salvio Street in Concord that had formerly been a Purity store. Many national and international groups played at the venue during 1967 and 1968. The coliseum closed toward the end of 1968. The building has subsequently been used as an auction house and a store.


Continental Ballroom

The Continental Ballroom in Santa Clara hosted rock concerts in late 1966 and 1967. The Grateful Dead performed at the venue about half a dozen times between December 1966 and July 1967. Bootleg tapes of a number of groups playing at the ballroom exist but no official recordings have been made at the venue.


Cow Palace

The Cow Palace, which is located on the boundary between San Francisco and Daly City, was completed in 1941 and originally called California State Livestock Pavilion. As the name suggest the original intention was for the building to host livestock and rodeo events. Shortly after opening the building was handed over to the army for the duration of the war. In 1946 the building returned to its intended use and has continued to host sports events, a wide range of shows (dogs, flowers, boats, bikes, etc), circuses, political events and music. The Grateful Dead first used the Wall Of Sound sound system at the Cow Palace in 1974. More information at the Cow Palace web site.

Discography of live recordings made at the Cow Palace


The Cushing Memorial Theater / Mountain Theater / Mt. Tamalpais Amphitheatre

The Cushing Memorial Theater, often referred to as The Mountain Theater or Mt. Tamalpais Amphitheatre, is on open air amphitheater on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. The theater was built in the 1930s and holds approximately 3,750 people. The Mountain Play is performed each spring at the theater. The venue was used for a number of music events in the 1960s. The Grateful Dead played there in October 1966. The theater was the site of the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on June 10th and 11th in 1967.


DeMarco's 23 Club

DeMarco's 23 Club is a country and western club located on Visitacion Avenue in Brisbane south of San Francisco. The club opened in 1941. In it's heyday in the fifties and sixties performers included Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Webb Pierce and Bob Wills. Jimmy Rivers and The Cherokees recorded their Brisbane Bop LP at the club. DeMarco's 23 Club still operates from the same address.


Dream Bowl, Vallejo

The Dream Bowl (or Dream Bowl Ballroom) was on the Napa-Vallejo Highway about 10 miles north of Vallejo. In the 1940's the Dream Bowl was a ballroom and featured big bands. The Duke Ellington Orchestra played there in 1945. In the fifties the music was more country oriented. The Dream Bowl was used as a rock venue in the late 1960's. The Dream Bowl is possibly now a warehouse.


Drinking Gourd

The Drinking Gourd was a folk club based at 1898 Union Street in San Francisco. Uncertain of the dates the club existed. It was there in the early sixties and still operating in the early seventies. Jefferson Airplane got together after Marty Balin, who used to perform at the Drinking Gourd with the Town Criers, met Paul Kantner at the club in 1965. Signe Anderson also performed at the Drinking Gourd before joining Jefferson Airplane.


El Matador

El Matador, at 492 Broadway, opened in 1953. For 10 years it was primarily a "piano jazz" club. The club change hands in 1963 but continued as a jazz club. El Matador closed in 1977.

Discography of live recordings made at El Matador


Family Dog On The Great Highway

After the Avalon lost its performance licence at the end of 1968 the Family Dog relocated its Bay Area performances to a building on Great Highway just north of Balboa Street. The building was possibly 660 The Great Highway. This building probably dated from the 1880's and over the years its activities had included a 1920's/1930's eatery (Topsy's Roost), a dance hall (the Surf Club) and an amusement race track. The Family Dog used this venue regularly for about a year between June 1969 and June 1970. The building has now been demolished.

Discography of live recordings made at the Family Dog On The Great Highway


Family Park, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose

Family Park on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds was used for a number of music events in the second half of the 1960's. Big Brother and The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mother Earth, Ace of Cups and other groups played there in 1967. Country Joe & The Fish and the Doors in 1968. In 1969 it was the venue for the Northern California Folk-Rock Festival which featured the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Spirit, Chambers Brothers, Youngbloods, Chuck Berry And Muddy Waters.


Fantasy Studios

Whilst not a live venue at least one album (Joe Williams Live, 1973) has been recorded live with a studio audience at the Fantasy Studios on Tenth Street in Berkeley. The studios were opened in 1968 and are still in operation.


Farallon East, Stinson Beach

Farallon East was a bar and restaurant on Highway 1 in Stinson Beach. The New Tweedy Brothers played at the Farallon East in 1968. The building has since been demolished.


Fillmore Auditorium

The building that is now the Fillmore Auditorium was opened in 1912 as a dance hall named the Majestic Hall. In the 1940's the hall was a roller rink. In the 1950's the hall was a popular jazz, R & B and soul venue. Bill Graham first booked the Fillmore Auditorium for a San Francisco Mime Troupe benefit event in December 1965. Graham started booking regular events at the Fillmore in February 1966 and for the next two and half years ran the Fillmore which quickly became the premier venue for local and visiting rock bands. In July 1968 Bill Graham moved his operation to the Fillmore West and the building was briefly used for other music events. Subsequently the hall was not used during the 1970's. In the early 1980's the hall reopened as the Elite Club. In 1986 the Fillmore name was reinstated and, except for a 4 year break to repair earthquake damage, has since been used primarily as a rock venue.

Discography of live recordings made at the Fillmore Auditorium


Fillmore West

This venue in a building on Market Street and Van Ness Avenue was known as El Patio during the 1930's and 1940's. At some point, probably in the 1960's, the venue became the Carousel Ballroom. It was operated as a rock venue using the Carousel name for the first 6 months of 1968 by Ron Rakow and a partnership which included the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane. Bill Graham took over the operation of the venue in July 1968 and renamed it the Fillmore West. Graham ran the venue for 3 years closing it in July 1972 with a series of concerts that were recorded and filmed for the Fillmore: The Last Days album and movie.

Discography of live recordings made at the Fillmore West


Finnish Brotherhood Hall

The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, at 1970 Chestnut Street off University Avenue in Berkeley, was used as a rock and folk venue in the 1960s. Country Joe & The Fish, Loading Zone, John Fahey and other locally based groups performed at the venue.

The Finnish Brotherhood Hall still exists and is used for community dances, meetings and other events.


The Firehouse

The Firehouse was a short lived club located at 3763 Sacramento Street in San Francisco, a building which had formerly housed fire engines. The club operated during the first few months of 1966 and presented shows by a number of the new bands of the time including; The Charlatans, Sopwith Camel, Big Brother and The Holding Company, The Alligator Clip and The Wildflower. The second floor of the property was used as a rehearsal space by Sopwith Camel.


Fireside Club

The Warlocks, a few months before becoming the Grateful Dead, played at a club called the Fireside Club in San Mateo in August 1965.


Freeborn Hall, University of California, Davis

Freeborn Hall is located at One Shields Avenue on the campus of University of California, Davis. The hall has been used regularly for music events. Big Brother & the Holding Company performed there in 1968, the Grateful Dead in 1971. Freeborn Hall was constructed in 1961, was named after Stanley Freeborn. The hall is currently used for a wide variety of university and corporate events.


Freight & Salvage

The Freight & Salvage opened as a coffee house in 1968 when Nancy Owens took on the lease of a furniture stote at 1827 San Pablo Avenue. The business sign of the store was retained as the name of the coffee house. By the early 1970's the club was the focal point of the Berkeley folk music scene. In 1983 the club was incorporated as the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music. In 1988 the club moved to 1111 Addison Street. The Freight & Salvage Coffee House is a "nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music". See the Freight & Salvage website for more information.

Discography of live recordings made at the Freight & Salvage


Frenchy's

The Warlocks, a few months before becoming the Grateful Dead, played at Frenchy's in June 1965. The club was located at 29097 Mission Boulevard in Hayward. The same building was later El Paraiso Club.


Frost Amphitheater

The Frost Amphitheater (or Laurence Frost Memorial Amphitheater) is situated on the corner of Campus Drive and Galvez St.on Stanford University Campus in Palo Alto. The Frost opened in 1937 and since then has hosted a wide variety of university and other events including many performances by Bay Area bands in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The Grateful played at the Frost in the 1980's.

Discography of live recordings made at the Frost Amphitheater


Gate Theater, Sausalito

The Gate Theater at 668 Bridgeway Avenue, Sausalito was used by the San Francisco Mime Troupe in 1965. Uncertain if it was used as a music venue in the sixties. The theater was opened, as the Princess Theatre, in 1915. It was renamed the Gate Theatre in the 1930's. It was used as a movie theater for most of existence. The building currently houses the Galerie Elektra art gallery.


Glide Memorial Church

Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco became a rallying point for the counter culture in the 1960's. The Glide Memorial Church was the venue for a number of events promoted by the Diggers including the Invisible Circus in February 1967. Since the 1960's Glide Church has continued to provide support services for the poor and disenfranchised. These services include those provided by the Glide Foundation. The church, at the intersection of Ellis and Taylor Streets, was built between 1929 and 1931 on land purchased by Lizzie Glide.


Golden Gate Park

A number of areas within Golden Gate Park have been used for music events through the years. The Human Be-In was held in the Polo Fields (Golden Gate Park Stadium) in 1967. For more information about the park and its current activities see the SF Recreation and Parks website.

Discography of live recordings made at the Golden Gate Park


Great American Music Hall

The Great American Music Hall at 859 O'Farrell Street was built in 1907. For the first 25 years of its existence it was a restaurant and bordello named Blanco's. From 1936 through 1945 the buiding was home to the Music Box nighclub. The Blanco's name was revived in 1948 when the venue was reopened as a jazz club. In the following years the building was used as a Moose Lodge and a French restaurant. The building reopened in 1972 as the Great American Music Hall and has remained a music venue to the present day. The Grateful Dead performed only once at the venue in 1975, a show which was subsequently the first "From The Vault" release. Various Jerry Garcia bands performed at the GAMH. For more information about the venue and its current activities see the Great American Music Hall website.

Discography of live recordings made at the Great American Music Hall


Greek Theater, Berkeley

The Greek Theater, on the University of California, Berkeley campus, was a gift to the university from William Randolph Hearst. The building was designed by John Galen Howard and completed in 1903. President Theodore Roosevelt presents the first commencement address in that year. Over the years it has been used for a wide range of university, political, dramatic, musical and other events. Jefferson Airplane performed at the Theater in 1967 but generally music events were infrequent until the 1980's.

Discography of live recordings made at the Greek Theater


Haight Theater

See Straight Theater


Harding Theater

The Harding Theater opened in 1926 at 616 Divisadero Street in San Francisco. It was originally part of the Samuel H. Levin chain of theatres and was used for vaudeville and movies. For much of the 1930 to 1960 period the theatre was used solely as movie theatre. During the 1960's the Harding was used as the Lamplighter's theatre. During the late 1960's and early 1970's the Harding Theater was a music venue. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company and many others performed at the theatre during this period. Subsequently the building has been used as a community center and church. At the time of writing (2012) the future of the building is uncertain.


Harmon Gymnasium

The original Harmon Gymnasium at the University of California, Berkeley was a wooden building built in 1878. This building was replaced in 1933 by a larger and safer building. This building was renovated in the 1990's and renamed the Haas Pavilion. The Grateful Dead, Butterfield Blues Band Jefferson Airplane and other groups performed at the venue in the 1960's. The Harmon hosted the 1966 Berkeley Blues Festival part of which is preserved on the recording Live: Berkeley Blues Festival 1966, Clifton Chenier/Mance Lipscomb/Lightning Hopkins, 2000


Hughes Stadium, Sacramento

Hughes Stadium is on the Sacramento City College at 3835 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento. The stadium is used primarily for sports events but has histed music events. It was the site for the Sacramento Pop Festival in 1967. Pink Floyd performed at the stadium in 1988.


hungry i

The hungry I was opened by Enrico Banducci in 1950 and moved to it's best known location, at 599 Jackson Street, in 1954. The club hosted many comedy and folk music shows before closing down in 1968.

Discography of live recordings made at the hungry i


I.D.E.S. Hall, Pescadero

The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service played at the I.D.E.S. Hall on Stage Road in Percadero in 1966. Uncertain if the hall was commonly used for rock music events in the sixties. The hall is still in use mainly as a venue for community events.


The In Room

The In Room was a bar in Belmont, south of San Francisco. The Grateful Dead, still called the Warlocks, played for approximately six weeks at the In Room in August/September 1965.


Inn Of The Beginning

The Inn Of The Beginning, a bar at 8201 Old Redwood Highway in Cotati, was a rock and folk venue. It was opened in 1968 by Greg Cochrane in what had previously been an Italian restaurant. Cochrane sold the club in 1970 and, after a number of different owners, closed its doors in 1982. After closing the building was unused for a number of years but opened in the 1990's as a microberwery/acoustic music venue. The Moby Grape LP Live Grape was recorded at the venue


Jabberwock

The Jabberwock was a mid-sixties folk club located at 2901 Telegraph in Berkeley, a building that was formerly Tsubo's. The Jabberwock, which probably opened sometime in 1964, was by 1965 the premier club of its type in the area and was home venue for local groups such as Country Joe & The Fish and The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band, as well as a popular venue for touring performers. The Jabberwock closed in July 1967. The building has subsequently been demolished. It appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the club.


Jazz Workshop

The Jazz Workshop, at 473 Broadway in San Francisco, was a jazz club that operated from the late 1950's to the late 1960's. Many of the leading figures of modern jazz performed at the club especially after the closure of the Blackhawk in 1963.

Discography of live recordings made at the Jazz Workshop


Kabuki Theater

The Kabuki Theater at 1881 Post Street was opened 1960 as a dinner theater. It was a regular venue for musical events especially during the early 1980's. The building was sold in 1984 and is now a cineplex.

Discography of live recordings made at the Kabuki Theater


Keystone Berkeley

The Keystone Berkeley opened in 1972 as the new premises for the club run by Freddie Herrera which had originally operated at the Keystone Korner. Before 1972 the bar at 2119 University Avenue in Berkeley had operated under a number of names and had occasionally been a rock venue. From 1972 to 1984 the Keystone was one of the Bay Areas premier small rock venues.

Discography of live recordings made at the Keystone Berkeley


Keystone Korner

The Keystone Korner at 750 Vallejo Street opened in the late 1960's taking over from a bar/club which had operated in the same building. It became a rock venue in 1969 initially providing a weekly venue for Mike Bloomfield. It's popularity grew over the next couple of years at which time the owner, Freddie Herrera, took over a larger club in Berkeley which he named the Keystone Berkeley. The Keystone Korner was sold to Todd Barkan who turned it into a jazz club. It continued as one of the Bay Areas finest jazz venues until closing in 1983.

Discography of live recordings made at the Keystone Korner


Kings Beach Bowl, Lake Tahoe

Though quite a distance from the Bay Area the Kings Beach Bowl in Lake Tahoe hosted a number of shows by Bay Area bands in the second half of the 1960's. The King's Beach Bowl was originally a bowling alley. This was converted into a large hall in the mid-to-late sixties. There were performances several nights a week in the hall with visiting groups including the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, Buffalo Springfield, Frank Zappa, Iron Butterfly, The Youngbloods and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The Grateful Dead archive release Dick's Picks, Vol. 22 was recorded live at the Kings Beach Bowl in February 1968.


La Dolphine, Hillsborough

La Dolphine was not a music venue but a large mansion and estate in Hillsborough. The Grateful Dead played at a debutante dance at the house in September 1966. Big Brother & The Holding Company played at a debutante dance at the house in September 1967.


Lion's Share, San Anselmo

The Lion's Share opened at 60 Red Hill Avenue in San Anselmo in 1969 after the Lion's Share in Sausalito burned down. The Sons Of Champlin and Clover were regular performers at the San Anselmo club during the 1970's, as were many of the Marin County rock scene. Van Morison and Jesse Colin Young also performed at the club. The only official recording made at the Lion's Share is Live at The Lion's Share: 1970, Dan Hayes Group, 2005


Lion's Share, Sausalito

The original Lion's Share was a folk club in Sausalito from the mid to late 1960's. The club burned down toward the end of the sixties.


Longshoremen's Hall

The Longshoremen's Hall, situated near Fishermen's Wharf in San Francisco was the meeting hall for the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. It was one of the first Bay Area venues used by the newly evolving music and multi-media groups. It was the venue for the first Family Dog dances A Tribute to Dr. Strange and A Tribute to Sparkle Plenty in October 1965, and A Tribute to Ming The Merciless in November 1965. The Longshoremen's Hall was also the venue for The Trips Festival in January 1966. It appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the Longshoremen's Hall.


Loser's South, San Jose

Loser's South on Almaden Road in San Jose was used as a rock venue in the 1960's. Van Morrison, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane and other Bay Area groups played at the venue.


Magoo's Pizza Parlor, Menlo Park

Magoo's Pizza Parlor was located on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. The Warlocks played some their earliest shows at this venue in May 1965, six months before becoming the Grateful Dead.


Mandrake's, Berkeley

Mandrake's was located at 10th Street and University Avenue in Berkeley. The club opened, in what had been a pool hall, in late 1968 or early 1969. The main musical emphasis was on blues and jazz but rock groups did perform at the venue including Joy of Cooking, Commander Cody, Loading Zone, Grootna, Notes From The Underground, AB Skhy, Cleveland Wrecking Company and the Shades Of Joy. Some early New Riders Of The Purple Sage shows, with Jerry Garcia on pedal steel were played at the club in 1969. Mandrake's closed in 1974.

Discography of live recordings made at Mandrake's


Maple Hall, San Pablo

Maple Hall is located in the City Hall complex on San Pablo Avenue in San Pablo. The hall has been used for public and private, business and social events for many years. The hall was the venue for shows by local groups in 1966 and 1967 including performances by Country Joe & The Fish, Harbinger Complex, The Purple Earthquake and the Just V.


Matrix

The Matrix, at 3138 Fillmore, was converted from a Pizza Parlor to a music venue in August 1965 to provide a place for Jefferson Airplane to perform. They played their debut show there and it remained their home venue for at least a year. Many other groups performed at The Matrix over the next two years. The club closed in 1967, possibly only for a short period. The Matrix closed permanently in 1972.

Discography of live recordings made at the Matrix


Moe's Books

Moe's Books was a large book and record store run by Moe Moskowitz on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. In the mid-1960's the venue hosted poetry and music events. Country Joe & The Fish, Notes From The Underground, Robbie Basho and others performed at the venue. Moe's Books is still open for business at 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley and online at Moe's Books.


Mother's

Mother's was a short lived club opened by Tom Donahue on Broadway in the North Beach area of San Francisco in 1965. The club is now remembered as one of the first pschedelic clubs in the Bay Area.


Mr. D's

Mr. D's jazz and supper club opened in 1967 at 412 Broadway. The club existed for only a couple of years. Subsequently the venue was briefly a home for the Matrix in 1972. Later in the 1970's 412 Broadway was the Soul Train and during the 1980's The Stone. The only live recording from Mr. D's are some 1968 tracks collected on the album The Charlie Brown Suite and Other Favorites by Vince Guaraldi

Muir Beach Lodge/Muir Beach Resort

Muir Beach Lodge in Muir Beach, Marin County was the venue for a number of performances by Bay Area bands including one of the Acid Tests in December 1965. The Charlatans, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother, Sopwith Camel, Blue Cheer, Mad River, Serpent Power and many other local groups played at the venue.


New Orleans House

New Orleans House at 1505 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley was opened in 1967 by Kitty Griffin. The club featured blues and rock performers. New Orleans House closed in the early 1970's.

Discography of live recordings made at New Orleans House


North Beach Revival

North Beach Revival opened in 1971 in a building at 1024 Kearny Street that has once housed the Off Broadway jazz club. The club subsequently became Morty's in the 1980's and Cocodrie from 1994 onwards. The long history of the building as a music venue came to an end when Cocodrie closed in 2000. It appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the North Beach Revival.


Nourse Auditorium

The Nourse Auditorium at 275 Hayes Street in San Francisco was used as a venue for poetry readings and some music performances in the 1960's. The Sons Of Champlin, Cold Blood and Country Weather played there in 1969. Some of the music on the 2011 Devil's Kitchen album was recorded in the auditorium in 1969.


Oakland Auditorium / Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium

The Oakland Auditorium, at 10 Tenth Street in Oakland, was opened in 1913. The Auditorium was used for music events in the 1960's and 1970's. The building was refurbished in the early 1980's and reopened in 1984 as the Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium. The building has been used throughout it's lifetime for a wide range of sporting, musical and political events.

Discography of live recordings made at the venue


Oakland Coliseum

Oakland Coliseum, on Hegenberger Road in Oakland, opened in 1966. The arena has been the home to major league sports teams and hosted many large scale music events.

Discography of live recordings made at Oakland Coliseum


The Old Cheese Factory

The Grateful Dead played a show at The Old Cheese Factory, in San Francisco on November 12, 1966. The poster of the show gives the address of the venue as 517 Washington.


Orpheum Theater

The Orpheum Theater at 1132 Market Street came into existence when the original Orpheum Theater relocated to the building. It continued the vaudeville tradition of the original theater for a few years before becoming a movie theater. In 1976 the theater became the home of the Civic Light Opera and occasionally from then onward the venue has hosted rock and pop concerts.

Discography of live recordings made at Orpheum Theater


Palace Of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts, at 3301 Lyon in San Francisco, was built for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. The building was intended to exist for only a short time and was constructed from materials that were not long lasting. A proposal to rebuild the Palace with more permanent materials was made and when the expostion was dismantled the building was retained. The surrounding area became a city park. Only minor work was carried out however over the ensuing years and the building slowly disintegrated. At the start of the 1950's it was fenced off and remained unused for a number of years. Reconstruction work started in 1964 replacing the existing features with concrete castings to produce a "stripped down" version of the original building. The Palace reopened in 1967. The Theater was added in 1970. For more information see the Palace of Fine Arts website.

Discography of live recordings made at the Palace of Fine Arts


Paramount Theater

The Paramount Theater, on Broadway in Oakland, opened in 1931. After closing in the early 1970's for restoration the theater became the home for the Oakland Symphony and Oakland Ballett. The Art Deco building was added to the register of National Historic Landmarks in 1977.

Discography of live recordings made at the Paramount Theater


Pauley Ballroom, University Of California, Berkeley

The Pauley Ballroom is in the student union building on the UC Berkeley Campus which was built in the mid-1960's. The room has been used for various types of events including musical performances. Many Bay Area groups played in the ballroom in the second half of the 1960's.

Pepperland

Pepperland was located at 737 East Francisco Boulevard in San Rafael. Many local, national and internation groups including the Steve Miller Band, Youngbloods, Cold Blood, It's A Beautiful Day, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd played at the venue in the late 1960's. Pepperland was possibly a temporary name used by the Bemuda Palms in San Rafael or was perhaps a separate venue based on the Bermuda Palms site.


Peppermint Tree

Located at 660 Broadway in San Francisco the Peppermint Tree was a rock venue between 1964 and 1975. It appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the Peppermint Tree.


Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall

Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall is located on 1094 Petaluma Boulevard, South in Petaluma, Sonoma Couny. A number of Bay Area bands performed at the venue in the early 1970's and possible in the late 1960's. The venue still hosts music events.


Pioneer Ballroom, Suisin City

The Grateful Dead played at this venue in September 1966. The ballroom was on Morgan & Kellogg Streets in Suisin City.


The Poppycock, Palo Alto

The Poppycock was a small club/bar at 135 University Avenue in Palo Alto. The venue possibly hosted local jazz groups in the mid 1960s. Rock and folk groups played at the Poppycock in 1968 and 1969.


Purple Onion

The Purple Onion, at 140 Columbus Avenue, became a famous folk music and comedy venue in the 1950's. The club was opened by Bud Steinhoff in 1952. After Steinhoff's death in 1989 the club changed hands but continued as a music venue. Though comedy albums recorded at the Purple Onion have been released it appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the club.


Questing Beast

The Questing Beast was short lived coffeehouse/folk club located at 2504 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, a building that had previously been the Cabale (or Cabale Creamery) folk club. The Questing Beast opened towards the end of 1965 and closed in May 1966. Subsequently the building was home to the Tito's and, in the 1970's, the Longbranch. It appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the club.


Rainbow Ballroom, Fresno

The Rainbow Ballroom is located at 1725 Broadway in Fresno. The building was completed in 1918 and was originally the Fresno Natatorium. The Rainbow Ballroom presented shows by local, national and international bands throughout the 1967 to 1972 period including performances by Santana, Big Brother & The Holding Company and Fleetwood Mac. A live performance by the E-Types, Live at the Rainbow Ballroom 1966 was released in 1998. The venue is still used for music events.


Rio Nido Dance Hall

The Rio Nido Dance Hall, sometimes referred to as The Barn, was a wooden dance hall on the Russian River in Rio Nido. The hall was the venue for some shows by Bay Area bands in the 1960s. The Grateful Dead performed at the venue in 1967.


River City, Fairfax

River City was a rock and jazz venue in Fairfax, Marin County that was operating in the early to mid 1970's. The Jerry Garcia Band, Van Morrison and the Phil Lesh group, Touloos Ta' Truck, all performed at River City.


Rock Garden

The Rock Garden was a small, short-lived venue, at 4742 Mission in San Francisco, which presented rock 'n' roll and psychedelic music in 1967. The Grateful Dead performed at the venue about half a dozen times in March and April 1967. There are no official recordings of performances at the venue.


Rollarena

The Rollarena was a roller-skating rink located at 15721 East 14th Street in San Leandro. The Rollarena was used for rock shows from the end of 1965 through to late 1967. Many East Bay groups appeared at the venue but it it was also used for shows by national and international groups.


San Francisco State College

Between 1935 and 1974 what is now SF State University was SF State College. The San Francisco Folk Festival was held at the college in 1968 and probably other years.

Discography of live recordings made at San Francisco State College


Santa Venetia Armory

The Armory building in Santa Venetia, just north of San Rafael in Marin County, was used as a rock venue in the 1960's. The building, which was located at 155 Madison in Santa Venetia, was used as a venue for teen bands in the mid 1960's and then for Bay Area rock bands. The Grateful Dead performed at the venue in 1966 and 1967.


Selland Arena, Fresno

The Selland Arena is located at 700 M St in Fresno. The arena has been used for music events since its construction in 1966. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Country Joe & The Fish all performed there in 1968. The arena is still used for a wide range of sports, music events and other shows.


Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico

The Armory building on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds south of Chico was used as a rock venue in the 1960's. Many Bay Area groups performed at the venue between 1967 and 1969.


Skate Arena, Harward

The Skate Arena at 650 A Street in Hayward was used for teen music shows in the mid-1960's. The Charlatans and Country Joe & The Fish played there in 1966.


Sleeping Lady Café, Fairfax

The Sleeping Lady Café on Bolinas Road in Fairfax was a rock and jazz venue from 1972 through to 1984. The club, whose name comes from a Native American legend, was the first vegetarian restaurant in Marin County and the first nightclub to outlaw smoking. Nearly 25 years after the closure of the Sleeping Lady Café a new venue with the name opened at 23 Broadway in Fairfax in 2008.

Discography of live recordings made at the Sleeping Lady Cafe


Sokol Hall

The Sokol Hall, at 739 Page Street in San Francisco was used as a rock venue in 1966 and 1967. The Charlatans, the Grateful Dead and Big Brother & The Holding Company performed at the venue. The hall is now a Baptist church.


Sound Factory, Sacramento

The Sound Factory was a short lived music venue which was based at 1817 Alhambra Boulevard in Sacramento. The club, which probably only existed during parts of 1968 and 1969, was based in a converted hardware store. Many Bay Area groups and some international groups including Pink Floyd and Ten Years After played at the venue.


Straight Theater / Haight Theater

The Haight Theater at 1702 Haight Street was a movie theater that was built in approximately 1919. The theater closed in 1964. The building was converted from a movie theater to a dance hall during 1966 and 1967 and opened, as the Straight Theater, in the Summer of 1967. Many of the major Bay Area groups, including the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and The Holding Company and Country Joe and The Fish played during the opening week. The theater was also used for dance, theater and poetry events. The Straight closed in April 1969. After standing derelict for a number of years the building was demolished in 1979. It appears that there are no official releases that include live music from the theater.


Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill was a blues club opened by Barbabra Dane sometime in the 1950's. The club is celebrated in a song by Lonnie Johnson, Fine Booze and Heavy Dues.

Discography of live recordings made at the Sugar Hill


The Tangent, Palo Alto

The Tangent was located on The Circle, off University Avenue, in Palo Alto. The Tangent was a beer and pizza bar with an upstairs room called the Top Of The Tangent which was a folk music venue during the early and mid-1960's. The 1964 recording of Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions which was released in 1998 was recorded at the Tangent. The venue possibly became The Poppycock in the early 1970's.


The Trident

The Trident was a restaurant and jazz venue at 558 Bridgeway on the waterfront in Sausalito. The Trident opened in 1961 and closed in 1980. The building is still a restaurant.

Discography of live recordings made at the Trident


Varni's Roaring 20's

Varni's Roaring 20's was a nightclub at 807 Montgomery in the North Beach area of San Francisco. The Charlatans played a residency here toward the end of 1967.


Western Front

The Western Front was a dance hall located at 896 O'Farrell Street in San Francisco. Many Bay Area groups performed at the Western Front in 1966 and 1967. Surviving posters document performances by the Charlatans, Frumious Bandersnatch, Morning Glory, Indian Head Band, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Sons of Champlin and Blue Cheer. Events at the venue were usually billed as "dance lessons" or "dance academy" to circumvent licensing laws.


Winchester Cathedral, Redwood City

Winchester Cathedral was a music venue located on El Camino Real in Redwood City. It opened in the mid-1960s after previously being a club with a different name. Winchester Cathedral was one of the early regular venues for Sly & The Family Stone and also presented many other local groups including Santana and the Chocolate Watchband.


Winterland

Winterland was built in the late 1920's on Post and Steiner Streets, the site of Grauman's Unique Theater which was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The building, originally called the New Dreamland Rink, was an ice rink and was used as a venue for a variety of performances including ice shows, boxing matches and opera. The Winterland name was introduced in the 1940's. Bill Graham first used the venue for rock shows in late 1966. It became the major rock venue in San Francisco after the closing of Fillmore West in 1971 and throughout the 1970's hosted many memorable shows. Winterland closed in 1978 after becoming too decayed and costly to maintain. The building was demolished in 1985.

Discography of live recordings made at Winterland


Last updated September 2012