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Wildflower - A Live Performance History

  Dec-65 Sunset Strip, Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA Wildflower Stephen: Dec. '65 (not sure of the day) at a small club on Fillmore St. SF called  Sunset Strip (we think)
Sunday 06 February 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Saturday 12 February 1966 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Quicksilver, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Great Society, Our Lost Souls (Peace Rock) Ross: Issues with who played as three different handbills exist. The Grateful Dead were scheduled and did not play. It looks like the Great Society! Replaced the Mystery Trend.
Saturday 19 February 1966 Firehouse Theater, 3763 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Sopwith Camel  
Thursday 05 March 1966 Firehouse Theater, 3763 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA Jesse Fuller One Man Band, The Amazing Charlatans, Wildflower  
Friday 25 March 1966 Bears Lair, ASCU, UCB, Berkeley, CA Wildflower, Ken Kesey's "Acid Test" Tape, Sassy Sophies from El Cid, Go-Go Limbo, Bethlehem Exit, Frantic Folk-Kick  
Saturday 02 April 1966 Firehouse Theater, 3763 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Ale Extrom and His Conceptina, Movies - “The Wreckers Ball - see this grand old firehouse in its last days before it becomes a parking lot ….” [Final Show]  
Tuesday 05 April 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Big Brother and The Holding Company  
Wednesday 06 April 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Big Brother and The Holding Company  
Thursday 07 April 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Friday 08 April 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower                  
Saturday 09 April 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower                  
Sunday 10 April 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower                  
  April, 1966 Muir Beach, CA  Big Brother and The Holding Company, Wildflower and possibly others play Muir Beach in what was effectively and audition for the Red Dog Saloon shows. It is thought that Chan Laughlin booked the bands but Chet Helms have have influenced Big Brother's involvement.  
Sunday 24 April 1966 North Field, University of California, Berkeley, CA Country Joe and The Fish, Malvina Reynolds, Wildflower, Dan Paik, Chris Selsor, The Gothic Cathedral Jug Band, Bethlehem Exit [Scheer for Congress Benefit]                  
Friday 06 May 1966 Red Dog, Virginia City, NV Wildflower   
Saturday 07 May 1966 Red Dog, Virginia City, NV Wildflower   
Tuesday 10 May 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower                  
Wednesday 11 May 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Thursday 12 May 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Friday 13 May 1966 2787 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA The Charlatans, Wildflower, Electric Train, Don Garrett, The Final Solution "Band Benefit" Corry: From a flyer on eBay. 2787 Folsom appears to have been a house, and this would seem to have been an extended house party which ran from May 13 to May 15--unknown which band played when.
Thursday 19 May 1966 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA   Grateful Dead, Michael McClure, Wildflower, Ed Bullins, Black Arts West and the Outfit in a benefit for the Straight Theatre  
Saturday 21 May 1966 Muir Beach Resort, Marin County, CA Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, Wildflower, Carpetbaggers, Billy Moses and the Blues Band, Erector Set (Beach Party)  
Friday 27 May 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Robert Baker (comedian)  
Saturday 28 May 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Robert Baker (comedian)  
Saturday 28 May 1966 2787 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA Charlatans, Wildflower The Haunted Palace presents a party in memory of the dead .. Midnight to 5AM shows
Friday 03 June 1966 Red Dog, Virginia City, NV Wildflower   
Saturday 04 June 1966 Red Dog, Virginia City, NV Wildflower   
Friday 17 June 1966 Red Dog, Virginia City, NV Wildflower or Big Brother and The Holding Company Stephen: Summer '66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City NV  Wildflower alternated weekends (more than 2) with Big Brother for the summer but did not play with them as listed. Ross: Listing amended and an attempt to figure out available dates during the summer.
Saturday 18 June 1966 Red Dog, Virginia City, NV Wildflower or Big Brother and The Holding Company  
Sunday 26 June 1966 Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, CA Wildflower, Them, The Association, The Grassroots, The Baytovens, The Harbinger Complex, William Penn and His Pals  
  June or July 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower with The Outfit  
Saturday 23 July 1966 Muir Beach Resort, Marin County, CA Sopwith Camel, Charlatans, Wildflower, and others (Beach Party)  
  01 August 1966   Wildflower  
Tuesday 23 August 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Wednesday 24 August 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Thursday 25 August 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Friday 26 August 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Saturday 27 August 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Sunday 28 August 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Tuesday 06 September 1966 Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Berkeley, CA  Wildflower  
Friday 10 September 1966 Temple Sherith Israel, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, SF Mime Troupe, The Group Ross: I found an advert for this in the Berkeley Barb - it reads as follows: "Party/Dance by The Group (single adults 21-30), rock and roll, SF Mime Troupe; Sherith Israel, SF, 8:30pm, $2.50 (guests $3.50)". I had previously assumed that this was a straightforward commercial venture by promoters calling themselves "The Group".  They crop up now and again and the wording of advertising, such as this example, imply that they were organising the event rather than featuring as performers. Alternatively, The Group were a band - but I very much doubt Group B. Supporting the band theory is a performance at Maple Hall in San Pablo on October 15 featuring "The Group" as well as the Just V, Purple Earthquake and others. The noteworthy thing is the cost - for September 1966, these are pretty expensive ticket prices.
Sunday 11 September 1966 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA Jon Hendricks Trio, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson Quartet, Big Mama Thornton, Denny Zeitlin Trio, Jefferson Airplane, Great Society, Wildflower, Grateful Dead. Lights: Bill Ham & Co. (Benefit For The Both/And Jazz Club)  
Tuesday 13 September 1966 Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Berkeley, CA  Wildflower  
Friday 16 September 1966 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA Byrds, Wildflower, Play "The Dutchman" (by Le Roi Jones)  
Saturday 17 September 1966 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA Byrds, Wildflower, Play "The Dutchman" (by Le Roi Jones)  
Friday 23 September 1966 Memorial Gym, University of San Francisco, 2335 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA Wildflower  
Friday 30 September 1966 San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA  The Only Alternative and his Other Possibilities (with Mimi Farina), Wildflower, Final Solution, Universal Parking Lot, San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Committee, San Andreas Fault (Whatever It Is) Ross: I believe that the Grateful Dead only played on the third day (as did the Universal Parking Lot who I only found played the event through a review in the Berkeley Barb). I would guess it is unlikely that the other bands all played all three days. As for Wildflower, it is noted that they played The Steppenwolf in Berkeley on the Saturday. Alec's contract references 9/31 - and I guess that is meant to be 9/30 - which makes sense. Recollections? I am confident that Wildflower played on the Friday.
Saturday 01 October 1966 Steppenwolf, 2136 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA Drongos, Blue House Basement, Wildflower, Second Coming (Benefit for Lowndes Co)  
Saturday 01 October 1966 San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA  The Only Alternative and his Other Possibilities (with Mimi Farina), Wildflower, Final Solution, San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Committee, San Andreas Fault Ross: Wildflower probably did not play the Saturday as there was a commitment in Berkeley, interestingly with The Blue House Basement who form part of the Phoenix/Mt Rushmore/Universal Parking Lot family tree. Proposal is to remove this entry.
Sunday 02 October 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Andrew Staples  
Sunday 02 October 1966 San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA  The Grateful Dead, The Only Alternative and his Other Possibilities (with Mimi Farina), Wildflower, Universal Parking Lot, Final Solution, San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Committee, San Andreas Fault Unlikely that Wildflower played this date. There is a review of the Sunday event in the Berkeley barb that mentions the Grateful Dead and Universal Parking Lot. Indications seem to be that Wildflower and probably one other band played the Friday, The Only Alternative and the Final Solution the Saturady, and the Grateful Dead and Universal Parking Lot the Sunday. Additionally, the Wildflower were scheduled to play the Matrix.
Thursday 06 October 1966 Panhandle (near Golden Gate Park), San Francisco, CA Grateful Dead, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Wildflower, Elektrik Chamber Orkustra Corry: Wildflower and Orkustra not a certainty--I think the source is Charles Perry's book. Stephen: We definitely played Oct.6 in the panhandle the day that acid was made illegal and were interviewed by some station, I'm not sure which??
Sunday 09 October 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower An advertisement in the Chronicle lists the Andrew Staples (7/8) and The Wildflower (9) are at the Matrix this weekend but it is thought to be a spurious carry over of the previous week's advertisement for the Matrix. Alternatively, Lightnin' Hopkins did not open on schedule - although the handbill says he played October 7 through 16.. Ralph J Gleason suggests, he opened on October 13. 
Friday 14 October 1966 Tresidder Student Union, Stanford University, Stanford, CA Wildflower  
Saturday 15 October 1966 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA  Country Joe and The Fish, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Wildflower, Mocker Manner and the Mrs Joseph Lacey the Third Jug Band Artist's Liberation Front Street Fair 
Sunday 16 October 1966 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA  Country Joe and The Fish, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Wildflower, Mocker Manner and the Mrs Joseph Lacey the Third Jug Band Artist's Liberation Front Street Fair 
Friday 28 October 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Saturday 29 October 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Sunday 30 October 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Tuesday 22 November 1966 SF Museum, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Patrick Gleeson, North American Ibis Alchemical Company (Elegies for Walt Disney & John Muir)  
Saturday 05 November 1966 UC Davis, Davis, CA Wildflower Alec: This was possibly at Freeborn Hall – but as a class hired them, might have been held somewhere else on campus.
Saturday 12 November 1966 UC Davis, Davis, CA Wildflower Alec: This was possibly at Freeborn Hall – but as a class hired them, might have been held somewhere else on campus.
Sunday 19 November 1966 Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA Wildflower  
Friday 25 November 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Saturday 26 November 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Sunday 27 November 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Saturday 10 December 1966 Freeborn Hall, UC Davis, Davis, CA Wildflower Stephen: Tom left to go back to school the beginning of the school year in '66(Sept.-Oct.) and came back in Boston a year later in Sept.'67, however he and Michael Barnard, another CCAC artist/musician (see www.michaelwbarnard.com) opened for Wildflower as a jam duo at  least one UC Davis show while he was back at school...that may be the confusion with Tom's name on the contract???
Ross: This is a candidate date for Tom and Michael opening for the Wildflower. It is also possible the November 5 and/or November 12 would work. The April 7 date for which a contract exists but there is a clash of dates seems like a red herring and I propose removing it.
Saturday 17 December 1966 Davis High School, Davis, CA Wildflower  
Wednesday 21 December 1966 The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA Wildflower, Zuckerman Clapacord  
Friday 06 January 1967 Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Berkeley, CA  Country Joe and The Fish, Wildflower, John Fahey, Robert Nelson Film Shorts [promoted by the Golden Sheaf Bakery]  
Friday 13 January 1967 Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Berkeley, CA  Country Joe and The Fish, Wildflower, John Fahey, Robert Nelson Film Shorts [promoted by the Golden Sheaf Bakery]  
Saturday 14 January 1967 Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Berkeley, CA  Country Joe and The Fish, Wildflower, John Fahey, Robert Nelson Film Shorts [promoted by the Golden Sheaf Bakery]  
Wednesday 18 January 1967 The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA Wildflower, Freudian Slips, Morning Glory, Old Gray Zipper  
Thursday 19 January 1967 The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA Wildflower, Freudian Slips, Morning Glory, Old Gray Zipper  
Friday 20 January 1967 The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA Wildflower, Freudian Slips, Morning Glory, Old Gray Zipper  
Saturday 21 January 1967 The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA Wildflower, Freudian Slips, Morning Glory, Old Gray Zipper  
Sunday 22 January 1967 The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA Wildflower, Freudian Slips, Morning Glory, Old Gray Zipper  
Friday 10 February 1967 Regency Ballroom, Leamington Hotel, Oakland  Wildflower, Sparrow, Living Children, Immediate Family (This Is It) Stephen: 02 Oct. '66 Regency Ballroom, Leamington Hotel, Oakland This Is It (Wildflower, Sparrow, Living Children, Immediate Family) archive dates say '67 but we believe it was '66. Ross: You are partially right - it was a lot earlier than October 1967 but is one of those shows that has over the years fallen foul of the US/European numbering schema for days and months - 02-10-67 or 10-2-67. It was actually, February 10, 1967. Corry: the venue address is 1814 Franklin Street.
Monday 13 February 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Blues Project, Wildflower  Victor Moscoso's NR-6, alternate poster and Billboard state Blues Project elsewhere states Wildflower so assume both played.
Tuesday 14 February 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Blues Project, Wildflower  Victor Moscoso's NR-6, alternate poster and Billboard state Blues Project elsewhere states Wildflower so assume both played.
Wednesday 15 February 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Blues Project, Wildflower  Victor Moscoso's NR-6, alternate poster and Billboard state Blues Project elsewhere states Wildflower so assume both played.
Thursday 16 February 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Blues Project, Wildflower  Victor Moscoso's NR-6, alternate poster and Billboard state Blues Project elsewhere states Wildflower so assume both played.
Thursday 16 February 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Wildflower  Corry: The SF Whisky was a topless joint, only open briefly, on 568 Sacramento. The Doors were scheduled from Feb 14 thru 26, but after only two days and 10-15 patrons a night, they got Wildflower to finish their dates. Ross: There is a clash of dates here with the last night at The Matrix with The Blues Project.  My guess is that The Wildflower completed their commitment at the Matrix.
Tuesday 21 February 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Wildflower  
Wednesday 22 February 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Wildflower  
Thursday 23 February 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Wildflower  
Friday 24 February 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Wildflower  
Saturday 25 February 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Wildflower  
Sunday 26 February 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Wildflower  
Friday 03 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Sopwith Camel. Penny Nichols Either Penny Nichols or the Sopwith Camel did not play.
Saturday 04 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Sopwith Camel. Penny Nichols Either Penny Nichols or the Sopwith Camel did not play.
Sunday 05 March 1967 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco, CA Wildflower A "Teen Show" so the event would have been scheduled for earlier in the day than the Matrix performance.
Sunday 05 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Sopwith Camel. Penny Nichols Either Penny Nichols or the Sopwith Camel did not play.
Monday 06 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Sopwith Camel  
Tuesday 07 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  The Doors, Larry Varga, Wildflower Larry Vargo may have played instead of the Wildflower on the first two days.
Wednesday 08 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  The Doors, Larry Varga, Wildflower Larry Vargo may have played instead of the Wildflower on the first two days.
Thursday 09 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  The Doors, Wildflower  
Friday 10 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  The Doors, Wildflower  
Saturday 11 March 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  The Doors, Wildflower  
Sunday 12 March 1967 Le Conte School Auditorium, Berkeley, CA The Loading Zone, Wildflower, Haymarket Riot (Family Rock - Benefit for the Berkeley Parent Nursery Scholarship Committee)  
Tuesday 21 March 1967 Oakland Exposition Building, Oakland, CA Wildflower (Teenage Fair) Alec: The contract for the above, dated 24 February, lists Teddy and Tom – however pictures I have of the event show only Stephen, John, Michael with Larry Duncan on drums. So somewhere in-between those dates must have been when the former members left. Ross: This is intriguing - Teddy makes sense but I had Tom leaving in 1966 to return to school - the implication, therefore, is that he only went back for one semester. I have amended the dates to have Tom leave in late February and Teddy before these shows in March. We are going to have to do a lot more work on figuring the dates associated with each line-up. The advantage of identifying a lot of show dates is that the guys should be able to identify when they started & stopped playing with the band. Alternatively Tom had left and Teddy was ill - I don't know, but we need to figure this out.
Wednesday 22 March 1967 Oakland Exposition Building, Oakland, CA Wildflower (Teenage Fair)  
Thursday 23 March 1967 Oakland Exposition Building, Oakland, CA Wildflower (Teenage Fair)  
Friday 31 March 1967 Longshoreman Hall, San Francisco, CA Quicksilver Messenger Service, Wildflower (Fluxfest) Stephen: 31 Mar. '66 Longshoreman Hall, SF  Flux Fest (Wildflower, Quicksilver) you have this listed as '67 but we believe it was '66. Ross: Fluxfest was definitely in 1967.
Friday 07 April 1967 Roaring Twenties, San Francisco, CA   Alec: OK this is a confusing one. Two contracts exist (Freeborn Hall and the Roaring Twenties), with performance times being approx the same - which one did they play? A clue may be – Larry is on the Roaring Twenties contract, Tom on the one for UC Davis (which was a fraternity dance). I have the leader, union and pension copies of the latter – intimating they may not have been filed - so I suspect it may be the Roaring Twenties, especially seeing as Larry is on the contract of the California Hall show for April 13.
Ross: Intriguing indeed. Assuming that the Davis contract is not from a year later, and assuming that Tom did not leave just for a few weeks to be replaced by Larry, I can postulate that the Davis contract was prepared based on details that they had available from a previous contract (from December 1966) where Tom was still part of the line-up. The hypothesis: an early cut and paste error.
 
Friday 07 April 1967 Freeborn Hall, UC Davis, Davis, CA   Ross: Assumed that this event did not go ahead. I am proposing to remove it.
Saturday 08 April 1967 KPIX-TV Studios, San Francisco, CA Wildflower (recording "Please Come Home" and "Walking' Blues") Alec: KPIX filming – group also performed ‘Walkin’ Blues,’ intercut with the Dead and QMS as a medley. The correct title of the programme was KPIX Reports/The Maze: Liverpool USA. I went through the entire KPIX TV  archive recently looking for footage for the imminent Somethin’s Happening Here exhibition, and whilst another episode of the Maze (it was a weekly magazine programme) has survived, the one we all want to see has unsurprisingly gone walkies.
Thursday 13 April 1967 California Hall, San Francisco, CA Country Joe and The Fish, Wildflower, Serpent Power, Kenneth Patchen, Lew Welch, Lenore Kandel, Robert Duncan, Charles Urton, David Meltzer, Tom Parkinson, George Stanley, James Broughton, Geoff Sheppard, Joel Andrews, Richard Brautigan  (Joyful Alternative) Ross: A previously known show that Wildflower had not be attributed with as they do not appear on the poster for this event.
Friday 14 April 1967 Petaluma Fairgrounds Home Arts Pavilion, Petaluma, CA Wildflower Alec: For Sonoma State College. Ross: Listed in the SF Chronicle as "A Wildflower Dance and Light Show".
Sunday  16 April 1967 Roaring Twenties, San Francisco, CA Wildflower  
Sunday 23 April 1967 California Hall, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Charles Lloyd Quartet  
Saturday 29 April 1967 California Hall, San Francisco, CA Wildflower (and a selection from: Sandy Bull, Sparrow, Flying Circus, CIA, Outfit, Bearing Straight, Ancestral Spirits, Loading Zone, Richard Honeman Quintet, Epics, New Salvation Army Band, Orkustra, Notes from the Underground, Lightning Rod and the Circuit Breakers, Little Bo and Co., San Geet [Ancestral Spirits Festival - Benefit for Haight-Ashbury Karmic Bail Fund and the Church of One]) Ross: I have never tried to figure out who played which day (the event ran 28 thru 30). Again, Wildflower do not appear on the advertising.
Friday 05 May 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Saturday 06 May 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Sunday 07 May 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Sunday 21 May 1967 Rendezvous Inn, San Francisco, CA Wildflower Corry: (The Rendezvous Inn was a gay bar on Sutter Street, just above Powell, on Union Square). In May of 1967, The Dead, largely holidaying and rehearsing at the Russian River, had a regular Monday night gig at The Rendezvous Inn. The Rendezvous was a gay bar on Sutter Street, just above Powell, near Union Square. I don't know for certain the exact days, but McNally says they began "a brief series of Monday nights" (p.193) and the dates listed here are the first four Mondays in May. The band had a gig on May 29 in Napa, so I have assumed they played the first four Mondays in May.  The Wildflower played at least some of the gigs, and their manager was Bill Belmont (McNally, p. 288). Belmont worked for the Dead in late 1969. Source is Dennis McNally's Dead biography.
Alec: Club Rendezvous - May 21 is the only date on the contract.
Ross: I have gone with the May 21 date only at this time.
Monday 29 May 1967 Both/And Club, San Francisco, CA Wildflower (The Both/And was a mostly jazz club on 620 Divisadero--currently The Independent)  
  June or July 1966 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower with The Outfit  
Monday 05 June 1967 Both/And Club, San Francisco, CA Wildflower  
Tuesday 06 June 1967 New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA Wildflower  
Wednesday 07 June 1967 New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA Wildflower  
Thursday 15 June 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Grateful Dead, Wildflower [Straight Theatre Christening]  
Saturday 24 June 1967 Adobe Creek Lodge, Los Altos, CA Wildflower, Sopwith Camel (To The Woods) Corry: the venue was at 26220 Moody Road, the former Los Altos Hills Country Club
Sunday 25 June 1967 Adobe Creek Lodge, Los Altos, CA Wildflower, Sopwith Camel (To The Woods)  
Sunday 25 June 1967 Geary Temple, San Francisco, CA Mary Stallings, Rene Strange, Sonny Lewis Quintet, Bay Area Quintet, Sonny Donaldson Trio, Dewey Redman Company, Light Sound Dimension, Salvation Army Band, Morning Glory, Mount Rushmore, Wildflower, Freudian Slips, Black Swans, Miss Cornshucks Loose Troupe (Jazz Meetys Blues, Benefit for The New Fillmore Theatre)  
Saturday 01 July 1967 Festival of Growing Things, Mount Tamalpais, Marin, CA  Quicksilver Messenger Service, Miller Blues Band, Blue Cheer, Sandy Bull, Hugh Masekela, Congress of Wonders, Charlatans, Ace of Cups, Wildflower, Mt Rushmore  
Saturday 01 July 1967 Terrace Ballroom, San Jose, CA (Losers South) Merry Go Round, Wildflower, Mourning Reign 8pm to 1am show
Sunday 02 July 1967 Festival of Growing Things, Mount Tamalpais, Marin, CA  Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe and the Fish, Miller Blues Band, Sandy Bull, Congress of Wonders, Wildflower, Charlatans, Freedom Highway, Melvin Q. Watchpocket, Ace of Cups and Lamp of Childhood. Possibly Eric Burdon and the Animals  
Sunday 16 July 1967 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA Charlatans, Other Half, Wildflower (replacing the Youngbloods) The Wildflower were a late replacement for the Youngbloods, who were playing The Canyon show with Paul Arnoldi.
Friday 21 July 1967 California Hall, San Francisco, CA  Youngbloods, Magic Fern, Wildflower, Chapter 3 Jr GI Men  
  21 July 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Quicksilver Messenger Service, Wildflower, The Dossier[Straight Theater Opening]  
Saturday 22 July 1967 California Hall, San Francisco, CA  Youngbloods, Magic Fern, Wildflower  
Sunday 23 July 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Grateful Dead, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Wildflower, Phoenix [Straight Theater Opening]  
Friday 28 July 1967 Winchester Cathedral, Redwood City, CA Wildflower Ross: Winchester Cathedral was located on El Camino Real in Redwood City. It opened around 1964 after previously being called "Tin Pan Alley". 
Saturday 29 July 1967 Winchester Cathedral, Redwood City, CA Wildflower  
Sunday 30 July 1967 Winchester Cathedral, Redwood City, CA Wildflower  
Monday 31 July 1967 Winchester Cathedral, Redwood City, CA Wildflower  
Friday 04 August 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Marlowe, Paul Arnoldi, Clover  
Saturday 05 August 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Second Coming, Paul Arnoldi, Clover  
Sunday 06 August 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Clover, Melvin Q Watchpocket, Colours, Preston Webster  
Wednesday 16 August 1967 Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC Wildflower, Psychedelic Power and Light Company (Light Show)  
Thursday 17 August 1967 Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC Wildflower, Psychedelic Power and Light Company (Light Show)  
Friday 18 August 1967 Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC Wildflower, Psychedelic Power and Light Company (Light Show)  
Saturday 19 August 1967 Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC Wildflower, Psychedelic Power and Light Company (Light Show)  
Sunday 20 August 1967 Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC Wildflower, Psychedelic Power and Light Company (Light Show)  
Wednesday 23 August 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial Rescheduled from August 16-19. Corry: the venue was at 2121 Arch Street, near Rittenhouse Square
Thursday 24 August 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial Rescheduled from August 16-19
Friday 25 August 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial Rescheduled from August 16-19
Saturday 26 August 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial Rescheduled from August 16-19
Wednesday 30 August 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial  
Thursday 31 August 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial  
Friday 01 September 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial  
Saturday 02 September 1967 The Trauma, Philadelphia, PA Wildflower, Mandrake Memorial  
    Flushing, New York, NY Wildflower Stephen: Possibly MC5 Ross: I cannot find any MC5 shows in NY at this time.
    Garrick Theatre, New York, NY Wildflower  
Friday 15 September 1967 Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA Wildflower, The Bagatelle Tom rejoins the band.
Saturday 16 September 1967 Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA Wildflower, The Bagatelle  
Tuesday 19 September 1967 La Cave, Cleveland, OH Wildflower  
Wednesday 20 September 1967 La Cave, Cleveland, OH Wildflower  
Thursday 21 September 1967 La Cave, Cleveland, OH Wildflower  
Friday 22 September 1967 La Cave, Cleveland, OH Wildflower  
Saturday 23 September 1967 La Cave, Cleveland, OH Wildflower  
Sunday 24 September 1967 La Cave, Cleveland, OH Wildflower  
Thursday 28 September 1967 Western Front, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Blue Cheer, Jesse Fuller, Lights by Dr PH Martin's Magic Medicine Show Alec: Tom is back in the band. Ross: This ties in with the expected timeline and adds to my thought about the Davis contract for April 7 being based on, perhaps, an earlier contract where details were simply copied across without being checked.
Friday 29 September 1967 Western Front, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Blue Cheer, Jesse Fuller, Lights by Dr PH Martin's Magic Medicine Show  
Friday 20 October 1967 Western Front, San Francisco, CA Blue Cheer, Other Half, Wildflower, Eric Announcing  
Saturday 21 October 1967 Western Front, San Francisco, CA Blue Cheer, Other Half, Wildflower, Eric Announcing  
Tuesday 24 October 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Wednesday 25 October 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Thursday 26 October 1967 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Friday 27 October 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Charlie Musselwhite, Wildflower, Preston Webster and Company   
Saturday 28 October 1967 Straight Theatre, San Francisco, CA  Charlie Musselwhite, Wildflower, Preston Webster and Company   
Friday 01 December 1967 Western Front, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Youngbloods, Initial Shock (Earth Music)  
  02 December 1967 Western Front, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Youngbloods, Initial Shock (Earth Music)  
  03 December 1967 Western Front, San Francisco, CA Wildflower, Youngbloods, Initial Shock (Earth Music)  
Saturday 23 December 1967 Concord Coliseum, Concord, CA Wildflower  
Sunday 24 December 1967 Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Wildflower  
Tuesday 26 December 1967 Retinal Circus, 1024 Davie at Burrard, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Wildflower, United Empire Loyalists  
Thursday 28 December 1967 Kinsmen Fieldhouse, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Youngbloods, Wildflower, Pretty Broos, Graeme & The Wafers  
Friday 26 January 1968 New Orleans House, 1505 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA Wildflower (replacing Gale Garnett and The Gentle Reign), Dominic Cummings  
Saturday 27 January 1968 New Orleans House, 1505 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA Wildflower (replacing Gale Garnett and The Gentle Reign), Dominic Cummings  
  18 February 1968 New Orleans House, 1505 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA Wildflower, Charles Musselwhite, Congress of Wonders, Dominic Cummins, Paul Arnold, Short Yellow, Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, The VIPs Peace and Freedom Party Benefit
Wednesday 21 February 1968 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA Blues Project, Siegal Schwall, Lee Michaels, Youngbloods, Sons of Champlin, Wildflower, Lights by Electric Wallpaper (probably Headlights)  
Tuesday 05 November 1968 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Wednesday 06 November 1968 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Thursday 07 November 1968 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower  
Sunday 17 January 1971 Alternative Futures, San Francisco, CA  Wildflower, Straight Funk (Air Waves Benefit) Ross: Is this the same Wildflower - or imposters?
Saturday 24 April 1971 Family Dog On The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA The Fish [With Barry Melton], Wildflower, Shades of Joy, Cat Mother  

 

Red Dog Saloon shows in 1966: The Rationale

    Wildflower Big Brother and the Holding Company Notes (all from Ross unless noted otherwise)
Friday 29-Apr-66      
Saturday 30-Apr-66   Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,   Grassroots, Sons of Adam   
Friday 06-May-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Daily Flash The surviving poster is owned by Peter Albin and it advertises, albeit only for May 6, a show or shows by "The Holding Company & Wildflower".  As Big Brother and The Holding Company were playing the Avalon Ballroom this weekend, it is reasonable to assume that if these shows took place it would have only been the Wildflower performing.
Saturday 07-May-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Daily Flash Wildflower at the Red Dog Saloon
Friday 13-May-66 2787 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA The Charlatans, Wildflower, Electric Train, Don Garrett, The Final Solution "Band Benefit" Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company Wildflower not available due to other commitments - so if a show happened this weekend it would be Big Brother and The Holding Company. 
Saturday 14-May-66   Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company BBHC at the Red Dog Saloon
Friday 20-May-66     Neither Wildflower nor Big Brother are available this weekend. Unknown at the Red Dog Saloon
Saturday 21-May-66 Muir Beach Resort, Marin County, CA Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, Wildflower, Carpetbaggers, Billy Moses and the Blues Band, Erector Set Engagement 1: Muir Beach Resort, Marin County, CA Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, Wildflower, Carpetbaggers, Billy Moses and the Blues Band, Erector Set; Engagement 2: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Love, Captain Beefheart Unknown at the Red Dog Saloon
Friday 27-May-66 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA: Wildflower, Robert Baker (comedian) Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company Wildflower not available due to other commitments - Big Brother and The Holding Company were available and likely played. 
Saturday 28-May-66 Engagement 1: Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA: Wildflower, Robert Baker (comedian); Engagement 2: 2787 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA Charlatans, Wildflower Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company BBHC at the Red Dog Saloon
Friday 03-Jun-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Grassroots, Buddha From Muir Beach, Stone Facade  Wildflower available and Big Brother and The Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom. Likely that Wildflower played this weekend.
Saturday 04-Jun-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Grassroots, Buddha From Muir Beach, Stone Facade  Wildflower at the Red Dog Saloon
Friday 10-Jun-66   Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company Ugly rumours have always been abound that this weekend saw the first performance of Ms Joplin with Big Brother and The Holding Company. But her first performance is actually at the Avalon ballroom on the June 24.  Big Brother and The Holding Company were meeting their commitments up at the Red Dog.
Saturday 11-Jun-66   Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company BBHC at the Red Dog Saloon - pre Janis.
Friday 17-Jun-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower   No doubts about the Wildflower playing this weekend at the Red Dog Saloon - as it ties in with E Clampus Vitus and ends a six week contract split between BBHC and Wildflower. Makes a lot of sense to me. This may well have been the last show at the Red Dog by Wildflower in 1966. If there were any further shows it would have been the weekend of July 1/2. Big Brother and The Holding Company do return the once after Janis Joplin joins the band - and July 8/9 looks the most likely date.
Saturday 18-Jun-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower   Wildflower at the Red Dog Saloon - ties in with E Clampus Vitus May have also played the Sunday as well.
Friday 24-Jun-66   Avalon Ballroom, SF, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Quicksilver Messenger Service, the GIB [Janis' 1st show]  Possibly this is the first of the Final Solution shows - perhaps playing as an audition prior to their summer stint being contracted..
Saturday 25-Jun-66   Avalon Ballroom, SF, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Quicksilver Messenger Service, the GIB Final Solution
Friday 01-Jul-66   Fillmore, San Francisco Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jaywalkers Unknown at the Red Dog Saloon
Saturday 02-Jul-66   Monterey County Fairgrounds Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Quicksilver Messenger Service, Gladstones  Corry found a quote (Cream Puff War #1) "it was via the Wildflower that the [Final Solution] landed their most noteworthy gig, a month-long residency...in August 1966.". We are certain that The Final Solution were playing the Matrix on July 2 but that this might be the good link between The Final Solution and The Wildflower and The Red Dog Saloon.  Corry had previously figured out when listening to a recording of the Final Solution at the Matrix that there is an announcement from the stage where the MC says "We'd like to thank the Final Solution for filling in on such short notice. Tomorrow night the Great Society returns to finish up their engagement. On Tuesday we'll have a great folk-rock group from Berkeley, Country Joe and The Fish, as well as the San Francisco Mime Troupe". The Country Joe/Mime Troupe handbill shows them opening Tuesday, July 5. CJF plays later in July, also, but without the Mime Troupe. I know of no handbill or add for the week before (June 28-July 3). Groups typically played Tuesday through Sunday. The Great Society played the previous week (6/21-26), so it seems they played the week of June 28-July 3 as well, or at least the weekend. I don't know of other Great Society shows during that week. Following the assumption that the Final Solution subbed on Saturday night (as Great Society will "return to finish up" the next night) we note that Great Society played the Fillmore (per the BG Poster) on Saturday July 2. With this in mind, I am dating Final Solution Matrix show as July 2.  I can now confirm that through a series of ads and a hand amended handbill that The Final Solution were actually replacing The Wildflower who were themselves replacing The Great Society at The Matrix on July 2. This leaves the Wildflower open to play the Red Dog - probably for the last time. 
Friday 08-Jul-66   Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company We know that Big Brother and The Holding Company retrned for one weekend to play the Red Dog Saloon after Ms Joplin joined up with them. This weekend provides the best match and would fill a void prior the the Final Solution beginning their summer season at the Red Dog.
Saturday 09-Jul-66   Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Big Brother and the Holding Company My guess is these were the dates played at the Red Dog Saloon with Janis Joplin.
Friday 15-Jul-66   Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Love (Show Cancelled) My guess is the run of Final Solution shows begins this weekend. 
Saturday 16-Jul-66   Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Love (Show Cancelled) Probably the Final Solution.
Friday 22-Jul-66     Probably the Final Solution.
Saturday 23-Jul-66 Muir Beach Resort, Marin County, CA: Sopwith Camel, Charlatans, Wildflower, and others (Beach Party)   Probably the Final Solution.
Friday 29-Jul-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower Garden Auditorium, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, BC Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Al Neil Trio, Painted Ship, Ph Factor Jug Band, Al Neil and The Royal Canadians, Gerry Walker, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Daily Flash, Local Bands, WECO light show (by Sam Perry, Gary Lee  Nova, Dallas Selman, Ken Ryan, and others) [Trips Festival] Probably the Final Solution.
Saturday 30-Jul-66 Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV Wildflower Garden Auditorium, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, BC Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Al Neil Trio, Painted Ship, Ph Factor Jug Band, Al Neil and The Royal Canadians, Gerry Walker, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Daily Flash, Local Bands, WECO light show (by Sam Perry, Gary Lee  Nova, Dallas Selman, Ken Ryan, and others) [Trips Festival] Probably the Final Solution.
Friday 05-Aug-66   Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Bo Diddley Probably the Final Solution.
Saturday 06-Aug-66   Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Bo Diddley Probably the Final Solution.
Friday 12-Aug-66   "Benefit", San Francisco, CA Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Jefferson Airplane & Grassroots (this would have been an afternoon show - perhaps in one of the parks) Then: Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Bo Diddley Probably the Final Solution.
Saturday 13-Aug-66   Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company,  Bo Diddley Probably the Final Solution.
Friday 19-Aug-66     Probably the Final Solution.
Saturday 20-Aug-66     Probably the Final Solution.
Friday 26-Aug-66 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA: Wildflower Mother Blues, Chicago, IL Probably the Final Solution.
Saturday 27-Aug-66 Matrix, 3138, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA: Wildflower Mother Blues, Chicago, IL Probably the Final Solution.

 

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