Friday, July 10, 2009

October 15, 1966 The Avalon San Francisco, CA: Big Brother and The Holding Company with Jerry Garcia

The Family Dog had a “One-Year Anniversary” and the Avalon featured Big Brother and The Holding Company, the Sir Douglas Quintet and the 13th Floor Elevators. Members of the Dead and Quicksilver were hanging out, and according to the Mojo Navigator fanzine, Garcia played a song with Big Brother.

Members of the Dead, Quicksvilver and Big Brother apparently finished off Saturday night’s show with a big blues jam. The Dead had a gig at the Sausalito Heliport on this night, but they were playing a free concert in the Panhandle the next day (October 16th) so no doubt they all raced over for the party.


  1. Based on a report in Mojo Navigator #9 (October 17, 1966), I think the date of Jerry's sit-in was Sunday, October 16. There's also more information about the impromptu collective thing with Jerry, about which I'll post at JGMF.

  2. JGMF you're right! The date of Sunday, October 16 is confirmed too by 13th Floor Elevators's official biography "The Saga Of Roky Erickson And The 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers Of Psychedelic Sound" (2007) written by Paul Drummond.

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