Friday, July 24, 2009

February 5, 1972 Keystone Korner, San Francisco: Jerry Garcia/Merl Saunders

This notice in the Hayward Daily Review of February 3, 1972 (left) reveals an undocumented Jerry Garcia show, as well as shedding some light on some other shows.

Garcia and Merl Saunders were booked into the Keystone Korner on February 5, 1972. This date is unknown in Deadbase, the Jerry Site or other lists known to me.

Since Garcia and Saunders played a radio show for KSAN-fm at San Francisco’s Record Plant the next day (February 6, 1972), it seems logical that they played a club in San Francisco the night before, and simply carted their equipment over to the Record Plant for the radio broadcast the next day.

Deadbase, and by extension The Jerry Site, list dates for the Keystone Korner on February 3 and 4, 1972. The Jerry Site observes that these dates are not certain, and may in fact have been the Lion’s Share. We can see from the entertainment listings that other acts were scheduled at both Keystone Korner and Lion’s Share. However, both venues were very musician-friendly, and other bookings does not rule out stealth performances by Garcia and Saunders at either or both venues. The source of the dates is probably Dennis McNally’s research (passed on to me and in turn passed on to John Scott for Deadbase IX), and that probably means the February 3-4 gigs at Keystone were listed in the paper at some time.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, good find!

    re: 2/3 and 2/4 at the Lion's Share ... it's not conclusive, because I am pretty sure there are known Lion's Share gigs not listed on it, but I did have the chance to look through the LS calendars for late '71 into '72, held by the former soundman Lou Judson, and there is nothing listed for those dates. Again, it's not conclusive. If there were something *else* listed it'd be stronger (Shanti is listed for 2/5 through 2/7, for example), but instead it was just blank. FWIW (not much, I know!).