Andy Warhol Presents
Andy Warhol Presents

Date: May 30, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Andy Warhol & His Plastic Inevitable, Velvet Underground, The Mothers of Invention

This poster warned of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Undergrounds first appearance in San Francisco. This show offered a striking contrast to the emerging San Francisco music scene for the fans at the Fillmore in May of 1966.

Big Brother Holding Co.
Big Brother Holding Co.

Date: March 1-2, 1966
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Bill: Big Brother Holding Co.

Big Brother and the Holding Company played at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom in this show presented by Russ Gibb, Detroit’s answer to Bill Graham. Gary Grimshaw’s promotional poster featured an early image of Joplin and her band with popular botanical imagery framing the photo and text. The extra arm belonged to Pigpen.

Grateful Dead at Las Vegas Ice Palace
Grateful Dead at Las Vegas Ice Palace

Date: December 29, 1969
Artist: Janusz Gottwald
Venue: Las Vegas Ice Palace
Performers: Grateful Dead

Iconic pop-art and doomsday imagery cover this seldom seen poster for the Grateful Dead and Santana’s show on March 29, 1969 at the Las Vegas Ice Palace.

Grateful Dead at the Barn
Grateful Dead at the Barn

Date: June 27, 1969
Artist: Lee Conklin
Venue: The Barn
Performers: Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna

Grateful Dead were the special guests at this 1969 Hot Tuna show. Lee Conklin’s surreal imagery provides an eerie visual treat.

Family Dog No. 29
Family Dog No. 29

Date: October 7-8, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Big Brother & The Holding Company

This Mouse Kelley poster tips its hat Alphonse Muchas’ JOB Cigarette paper art, while promoting a concert for Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Vulcan Gas 19
Vulcan Gas 19

Date: 1966
Artist: Gilbert Shelton
Performers: Shiva’s Head Band

This poster is a great early example of the Vulcan Gas series. Created by underground comix artist Gilbert Shelton, this day glow collage showed that Texas had a psychedelic scene as well.

Family Dog No. 26
Family Dog No. 26

Date: September 16-17, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle

This is the perhaps most enduring image to be born from the Family Dog series, if not of all concert posters. Artists Mouse and Kelly borrowed an early 19th century illustration from the pages of an edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which they uncovered in the San Francisco public library. That find would eventually come to be one of the most recognized images in rock and roll history.

AOXOMOXOA
AOXOMOXOA

Date: January 24-26, 1969
Artist: Rick Griffin
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

This legendary design by Rick Griffin for a 1969 Soundproof promoted show at the Avalon Ballroom , became the cover art for the third Grateful Dead Album.

Family Dog No. 21
Family Dog No. 21

Date: August 12-13, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Bo Diddley

This scarce Family Dog Poster by Mouse and Kelly for a Bo Diddly concert depicts the devastation of the great San Francisco Earthquake.

Family Dog No. 17
Family Dog No. 17

Date: July 22-23, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Jefferson Airplane, Great Society

A photograph of the painting Die Suende by Franz Stuck serves as the central image of this early Avalon poster. This poster promoted a Jefferson Airplane show in July of 1966. Mouse and Kelly used iridescent metallic inks throughout the print run.

FD 14 Zig Zag Man
FD 14 Zig Zag Man

Date: June 24-25, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Big Brother & The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service

This poster is perhaps the most popular and desirable of the Family Dog series. The “Zig Zag man” was an early effort by Mouse and Kelly to incorporate pop culture/counter culture imagery into their poster art.

Bill Graham No. 74
Bill Graham No. 74

Date: May 20-21, 1966
Artist: James Gardner & Herb Greene
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead

Several unsubstantiated stories circulate explaining the scarcity of BG 74. Regardless, this is on of the toughest Bill Graham posters to acquire. The Grateful Dead& Jefferson Airplane’s Performance at the O’Keefe Center was an early attempt for Graham staging events outside of Fillmore.

Family Dog No. 13
Family Dog No. 13

Date: June 16-17, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Stanley Mouse’s poster for this 1966 Captain Beefheart show was the artist’s first commission for Chet Helms and the Family Dog.

Amazing Electric Wonders
Amazing Electric Wonders

Date: November 10-11, 1967
Artist: John Van Hammerveld
Venue: Shrine Exposition Hall
Performers: Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead

The San Francisco scene met the LA. Scene when the Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield played together in Los Angeles in 1967.
Amazing Electric Wonders is one most sought after of all the Shrine posters. John Van Hamersveld used techniques he created when developing the cover for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album on this hard obtain poster.

Acid Drop
Acid Drop

Date: March 29-31, 1968
Artist: Steve Catron
Venue: Carousel Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

Easily one the most difficult to find Carousel Ballroom Posters. The “Acid Drop” By artist Steve Kateran is a must have poster for many serious Grateful Dead collectors.

Translucent
Translucent

Artist: Bob Fried
Performers: Grateful Dead

This stunning opaque poster by Bob Fried is a very early Grateful Dead promotional/commercial poster. Due to the brittle nature of the acetate on which it is printed, and that many were displayed in sunlight, very few exist in undamaged condition.

Beatles Final Concert
Beatles Final Concert

Date: August 29, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Candlestick Park
Bill: The Beatles

As the San Francisco scene music was coming into prominence, the Beatles staged what was to be their final public appearance in August 1966. Created by Wes Wilson, this is the only psychedelic Beatles Concert poster and it is nearly impossible to find in top condition.

Bill Graham No. 15
Bill Graham No. 15

Date: June 6, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: The Turtles, Oxford Circle

A Heinrich Klay illustration of Dancing Turtles, graces the central image of this 1966 Bill Graham dance concert featuring The Turtles.

Notice!
Notice!

Date: February 2-3, 1968
Artist: George Hunter
Venue: Crystal Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service

This poster for a series of shows in the Pacific Northwest in February 1968 was used to promote an early tour outside of California for the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service. George Hunter’s design mimicked the old west “Wanted” poster.

Northern California Folk Rock Festival
Northern California Folk Rock Festival

Date: May 18-19, 1968
Artist: Carson Morris Studios
Venue: Santa Clara Fairgrounds

The Northern California Folk Rock festival was held outdoors at the San Jose fairgrounds in the summer 1968 and featured all of the top rock bands of the day, including Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Doors, and Jefferson Airplane. The Grateful Dead also appeared, though they were not included on the posters.

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

Date: February 24, 1968
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: CNE Colliseum
Bill: Jimi Hendrix

This classic mod/psychedelic Jimi Hendrix Experience image is imposed over a stunning background pattern. A classic Gary Grimshaw creation, this poster was used to promote one night of Hendrix at the CNE Coliseum Arena in February 1968.

The Who
The Who

Date: April 7, 1968
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: CNE Colliseum
Bill: The Who

This was one of several events that Russ Gibb promoted outside of the Grande Ballroom across the border in Canada. Created by artist Gary Grimshaw, this poster features a great mod image of the Who.

Vancouver Trips Festival
Vancouver Trips Festival

Date: May 27, 1967
Artist: Bob Masse
Venue: Richmond Arena
Bill: Jefferson Airplane

Vancouver’s version of San Francisco’s ground breaking Trips festival featured the Jefferson Airplane. A colorful early image of Jefferson Airplane is framed in bold psychedelic script.

Bill Graham No. 25
Bill Graham No. 25

Date: August 26-27, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson & Herb Greene
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: 13th Floor Elevators, Grgeat Society, Sopwith Camel

This classic Wes Wilson / Herb Green collaboration features a stunning image of a doe-eyed Grace Slick, gazing out from the center of this popular poster.

Grateful Dead Anniversary
Grateful Dead Anniversary

Date: November 12, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: The Old Cheese Factory
Performers: Grateful Dead

This poster announced an event to celebrate the first anniversary of the Grateful Dead. On November 12, 1966 at the Old Cheese Factory in San Francisco.

Hells Angels Dance
Hells Angels Dance

Date: November 12, 1966
Venue: Sokol Hall
Bill: Big Brother & The Holding Company

The Hells Angels hosted Big Brother and the Holding Company as well as the Merry Pranksters at their bash at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall in 1966.

Grateful Dead at the Continental
Grateful Dead at the Continental

Date: October 14, 1967
Venue: Crystal Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

This hypnotic man on the moon image promoted a 1967 Grateful Dead show at the Continental Ballroom, the South Bay’s answer to San Francisco’s Fillmore and Avalon.

Vanessa
Vanessa

Date: November 10, 1967
Artist: Carl Lundgren
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Bill: James Cotton, MC5

This poster is thought by many collectors to be the most beautiful poster of all, not just of the Grande poster series, but also of all concert posters. The central image is of a young Vanessa Redgrave, her bare body framed in whirling roller lettering.

Moby Grape
Moby Grape

Date: April 12-13, 1968
Venue: Carousel Ballroom
Performers: Moby Grape, It’s a Beautiful Day

This relatively small poster featured two nights of shows with Moby Grape, & it’s a Beautiful Day at the Carousel Ballroom in April of 1968.

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MC5
MC5

Date: October 27-28, 1967
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: MC5

Russ Gibb, aka Uncle Russ, promoted a three-night Detroit dance concert at the Grande Ballroom featuring Detroit bands of the era like the MC5, the Thyme, the Paupers and Gang.

Creamcicle
Creamcicle

Date: October 13, 1967
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Bill: Cream

This poster often referred to as the “Creamsicle” is one of the very toughest Grande Ballroom posters to acquire. This poster introduced the power trio Cream to Detroit music fans .

The Paupers
The Paupers

Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Date: November 3-5, 1967
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: The Paupers, MC5

Russ Gibb, aka Uncle Russ, promoted a three-night Detroit dance concert at the Grande Ballroom featuring Detroit bands of the era like the MC5, the Thyme, the Paupers and Gang.

Poor Souls
Poor Souls

Date: March 10-11, 1967
Artist: David Carlin
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: Poor Souls

A scarce Early Grande poster by artist David Carlin.

Zebra Man
Zebra Man

Date: October 21-22, 1966
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: MC5, Prime Movers Blues Band

This early Grande poster was borrowed from Mouse & Kelley’s FD -28. Less than month after the Avalon Ballroom poster was hung, Grimshaw’s “Zebra Man” appeared in Detroit to promote a concert.

Bill Graham No. 07
Bill Graham No. 07

Date: May 20-21, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Quicksilver Messenger Service

This classic early Wes Wilson design told of a late spring Quicksilver show at the Fillmore.

Grateful Dead at Fountain Church
Grateful Dead at Fountain Church

Date: March 24, 1968
Venue: Fountain Church
Performers: Grateful Dead.

This poster promoted a show that never came to be. Bad weather caused this Grateful Dead show at the Fountain Church on March 24, 1968 to be cancelled. The poster features a winged-depiction of The Grateful Dead’s Pigpen.

Andy Warhol Presents The Plastic Inevitable Show
Andy Warhol Presents The Plastic Inevitable Show

Date: May 3, 1966
Venue: The Trip
Performers: Velvet Underground

Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground made their presence known in LA in early May 1966. “The Plastic Inevitable Show” caused such controversy that the event was ended prematurely. This poster displays a salute to pop art featuring Roy Lichtenstein’s Newsweek cover and the Campbell soup kids.

Family Dog No. 28
Family Dog No. 28

Date: September 30 – October 1, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: 13th Floor Elevators, Quicksilver Messenger Service

This stunning Mouse & Kelley design is the original zebra man image. It was borrowed a month later rom Gary Grimshaw for a Grande poster. The boldly colored poster was used to promote a September 1966 show by Quicksilver Messenger Service and the 13th floor elevators.

Family Dog No. 35
Family Dog No. 35

Date: November 18-19, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Daily Flash, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & The Fish

This striking red, white and blue poster alerted fans to a Daily Flash, Quicksilver Messenger Service show at the Avalon. Mouse and Kelley borrowed from early 20th century style illustration art to create the central image.

Grateful Dead at Dantes Inferno
Grateful Dead at Dantes Inferno

Date: July 14-15, 1967
Artist: Bob Masse
Venue: Dantes Inferno
Bill: Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead played at Dante’s Inferno in Vancouver, Canada. This classic Bob Masse art deco influenced poster is highly coveted by collectors.

SF Mime Troupe Appeal II
SF Mime Troupe Appeal II

Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Bill: Jefferson Airplane, John Handy Quintet, The Mystery Trend, Sam Thomas & The Gentlemen’s Band

This poster is for the Mime Troupe Appeal II. Bill Graham was the business manager of the Mime Troupe and this concert was organized as a benefit to raise funds for legal fees after a member of the Troupe was arrested on obscenity charges. This was Graham’s first poster for a show held at the Fillmore Auditorium!

Dance of Death
Dance of Death

Date: October 31, 1966

Venue: California Hall
Performers: Grateful Dead

The Dance of Death took place on Halloween night in 1966. Ken Kesey was to host the Acid Test Graduation on that same night but couldn’t pull it off. Kesey’s event was rescheduled, and the Grateful Dead instead played at the Dance of Death at California Hall.

Bill Graham No. 04
Bill Graham No. 04

Date: April 29-30, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Lightning Hopkins

This early poster in the Bill Graham series is a great example of Wes Wilson’s emerging talent. You can clearly see the evolution of the lettering style that would come to define the psychedelic concert poster.

Family Dog No. 20
Family Dog No. 20

Date: August 5-7, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Longshoremans Hall, Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Bo Diddley

Mouse & Kelley’s “Five men in a boat” promoted a rare Family Dog show at Longshoreman’s Hall. This poster was used to promote Bo Diddley’s performance in August of 1966. This poster is a wonderful example of the split fountain printing technique

Family Dog No. 22
Family Dog No. 22

Date: August 19-20, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein peers out below the large, misspelled lettering of “The Greatful Dead” in this popular Mouse and Kelly designed Avalon Ballroom poster.

Edwardian Ball
Edwardian Ball

Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Jefferson Airplane

The Edwardian Ball was an event hosted by the Associated Students of San Francisco State College. It was one of the handful of non-Bill Graham events that took place at the historic Fillmore. The ball capitalized on the mid-60s countercultural trend to Edwardian dress and featured an early performance by Jefferson Airplane.

John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker

Date: December 26-30, 1967
Artist: Carl Lundgren
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: John Lee Hooker

The Seed
The Seed

Date: June 29, 1965
Artist: George Hunter & Michael Ferguson
Venue: Red Dog Saloon
Performers: The Charlatans

The Charlatans jumpstarted the nascent psychedelic folk-rock scene with their residency at The Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, in June of 1965. Commonly referred to as “the Seed,” this poster by the Charlatan’s George Hunter and Michael Ferguson was the spark that started the fire of psychedelic poster art. Two versions of this poster exist due to the delay of the original event.

Andy Warhol Presents
Big Brother Holding Co.
Grateful Dead at Las Vegas Ice Palace
Grateful Dead at the Barn
Family Dog No. 29
Vulcan Gas 19
Family Dog No. 26
AOXOMOXOA
Family Dog No. 21
Family Dog No. 17
FD 14 Zig Zag Man
Bill Graham No. 74
Family Dog No. 13
Amazing Electric Wonders
Acid Drop
Translucent
Beatles Final Concert
Bill Graham No. 15
Notice!
Northern California Folk Rock Festival
Jimi Hendrix
The Who
Vancouver Trips Festival
Bill Graham No. 25
Grateful Dead Anniversary
Hells Angels Dance
Grateful Dead at the Continental
Vanessa
Moby Grape
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MC5
Creamcicle
The Paupers
Poor Souls
Zebra Man
Bill Graham No. 07
Grateful Dead at Fountain Church
Andy Warhol Presents The Plastic Inevitable Show
Family Dog No. 28
Family Dog No. 35
Grateful Dead at Dantes Inferno
SF Mime Troupe Appeal II
Dance of Death
Bill Graham No. 04
Family Dog No. 20
Family Dog No. 22
Edwardian Ball
John Lee Hooker
The Seed
Andy Warhol Presents

Date: May 30, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Andy Warhol & His Plastic Inevitable, Velvet Underground, The Mothers of Invention

This poster warned of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Undergrounds first appearance in San Francisco. This show offered a striking contrast to the emerging San Francisco music scene for the fans at the Fillmore in May of 1966.

Big Brother Holding Co.

Date: March 1-2, 1966
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Bill: Big Brother Holding Co.

Big Brother and the Holding Company played at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom in this show presented by Russ Gibb, Detroit’s answer to Bill Graham. Gary Grimshaw’s promotional poster featured an early image of Joplin and her band with popular botanical imagery framing the photo and text. The extra arm belonged to Pigpen.

Grateful Dead at Las Vegas Ice Palace

Date: December 29, 1969
Artist: Janusz Gottwald
Venue: Las Vegas Ice Palace
Performers: Grateful Dead

Iconic pop-art and doomsday imagery cover this seldom seen poster for the Grateful Dead and Santana’s show on March 29, 1969 at the Las Vegas Ice Palace.

Grateful Dead at the Barn

Date: June 27, 1969
Artist: Lee Conklin
Venue: The Barn
Performers: Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna

Grateful Dead were the special guests at this 1969 Hot Tuna show. Lee Conklin’s surreal imagery provides an eerie visual treat.

Family Dog No. 29

Date: October 7-8, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Big Brother & The Holding Company

This Mouse Kelley poster tips its hat Alphonse Muchas’ JOB Cigarette paper art, while promoting a concert for Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Vulcan Gas 19

Date: 1966
Artist: Gilbert Shelton
Performers: Shiva’s Head Band

This poster is a great early example of the Vulcan Gas series. Created by underground comix artist Gilbert Shelton, this day glow collage showed that Texas had a psychedelic scene as well.

Family Dog No. 26

Date: September 16-17, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle

This is the perhaps most enduring image to be born from the Family Dog series, if not of all concert posters. Artists Mouse and Kelly borrowed an early 19th century illustration from the pages of an edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which they uncovered in the San Francisco public library. That find would eventually come to be one of the most recognized images in rock and roll history.

AOXOMOXOA

Date: January 24-26, 1969
Artist: Rick Griffin
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

This legendary design by Rick Griffin for a 1969 Soundproof promoted show at the Avalon Ballroom , became the cover art for the third Grateful Dead Album.

Family Dog No. 21

Date: August 12-13, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Bo Diddley

This scarce Family Dog Poster by Mouse and Kelly for a Bo Diddly concert depicts the devastation of the great San Francisco Earthquake.

Family Dog No. 17

Date: July 22-23, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Jefferson Airplane, Great Society

A photograph of the painting Die Suende by Franz Stuck serves as the central image of this early Avalon poster. This poster promoted a Jefferson Airplane show in July of 1966. Mouse and Kelly used iridescent metallic inks throughout the print run.

FD 14 Zig Zag Man

Date: June 24-25, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Big Brother & The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service

This poster is perhaps the most popular and desirable of the Family Dog series. The “Zig Zag man” was an early effort by Mouse and Kelly to incorporate pop culture/counter culture imagery into their poster art.

Bill Graham No. 74

Date: May 20-21, 1966
Artist: James Gardner & Herb Greene
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead

Several unsubstantiated stories circulate explaining the scarcity of BG 74. Regardless, this is on of the toughest Bill Graham posters to acquire. The Grateful Dead& Jefferson Airplane’s Performance at the O’Keefe Center was an early attempt for Graham staging events outside of Fillmore.

Family Dog No. 13

Date: June 16-17, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Stanley Mouse’s poster for this 1966 Captain Beefheart show was the artist’s first commission for Chet Helms and the Family Dog.

Amazing Electric Wonders

Date: November 10-11, 1967
Artist: John Van Hammerveld
Venue: Shrine Exposition Hall
Performers: Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead

The San Francisco scene met the LA. Scene when the Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield played together in Los Angeles in 1967.
Amazing Electric Wonders is one most sought after of all the Shrine posters. John Van Hamersveld used techniques he created when developing the cover for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album on this hard obtain poster.

Acid Drop

Date: March 29-31, 1968
Artist: Steve Catron
Venue: Carousel Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

Easily one the most difficult to find Carousel Ballroom Posters. The “Acid Drop” By artist Steve Kateran is a must have poster for many serious Grateful Dead collectors.

Translucent

Artist: Bob Fried
Performers: Grateful Dead

This stunning opaque poster by Bob Fried is a very early Grateful Dead promotional/commercial poster. Due to the brittle nature of the acetate on which it is printed, and that many were displayed in sunlight, very few exist in undamaged condition.

Beatles Final Concert

Date: August 29, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Candlestick Park
Bill: The Beatles

As the San Francisco scene music was coming into prominence, the Beatles staged what was to be their final public appearance in August 1966. Created by Wes Wilson, this is the only psychedelic Beatles Concert poster and it is nearly impossible to find in top condition.

Bill Graham No. 15

Date: June 6, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: The Turtles, Oxford Circle

A Heinrich Klay illustration of Dancing Turtles, graces the central image of this 1966 Bill Graham dance concert featuring The Turtles.

Notice!

Date: February 2-3, 1968
Artist: George Hunter
Venue: Crystal Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service

This poster for a series of shows in the Pacific Northwest in February 1968 was used to promote an early tour outside of California for the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service. George Hunter’s design mimicked the old west “Wanted” poster.

Northern California Folk Rock Festival

Date: May 18-19, 1968
Artist: Carson Morris Studios
Venue: Santa Clara Fairgrounds

The Northern California Folk Rock festival was held outdoors at the San Jose fairgrounds in the summer 1968 and featured all of the top rock bands of the day, including Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Doors, and Jefferson Airplane. The Grateful Dead also appeared, though they were not included on the posters.

Jimi Hendrix

Date: February 24, 1968
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: CNE Colliseum
Bill: Jimi Hendrix

This classic mod/psychedelic Jimi Hendrix Experience image is imposed over a stunning background pattern. A classic Gary Grimshaw creation, this poster was used to promote one night of Hendrix at the CNE Coliseum Arena in February 1968.

The Who

Date: April 7, 1968
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: CNE Colliseum
Bill: The Who

This was one of several events that Russ Gibb promoted outside of the Grande Ballroom across the border in Canada. Created by artist Gary Grimshaw, this poster features a great mod image of the Who.

Vancouver Trips Festival

Date: May 27, 1967
Artist: Bob Masse
Venue: Richmond Arena
Bill: Jefferson Airplane

Vancouver’s version of San Francisco’s ground breaking Trips festival featured the Jefferson Airplane. A colorful early image of Jefferson Airplane is framed in bold psychedelic script.

Bill Graham No. 25

Date: August 26-27, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson & Herb Greene
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: 13th Floor Elevators, Grgeat Society, Sopwith Camel

This classic Wes Wilson / Herb Green collaboration features a stunning image of a doe-eyed Grace Slick, gazing out from the center of this popular poster.

Grateful Dead Anniversary

Date: November 12, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: The Old Cheese Factory
Performers: Grateful Dead

This poster announced an event to celebrate the first anniversary of the Grateful Dead. On November 12, 1966 at the Old Cheese Factory in San Francisco.

Hells Angels Dance

Date: November 12, 1966
Venue: Sokol Hall
Bill: Big Brother & The Holding Company

The Hells Angels hosted Big Brother and the Holding Company as well as the Merry Pranksters at their bash at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall in 1966.

Grateful Dead at the Continental

Date: October 14, 1967
Venue: Crystal Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

This hypnotic man on the moon image promoted a 1967 Grateful Dead show at the Continental Ballroom, the South Bay’s answer to San Francisco’s Fillmore and Avalon.

Vanessa

Date: November 10, 1967
Artist: Carl Lundgren
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Bill: James Cotton, MC5

This poster is thought by many collectors to be the most beautiful poster of all, not just of the Grande poster series, but also of all concert posters. The central image is of a young Vanessa Redgrave, her bare body framed in whirling roller lettering.

Moby Grape

Date: April 12-13, 1968
Venue: Carousel Ballroom
Performers: Moby Grape, It’s a Beautiful Day

This relatively small poster featured two nights of shows with Moby Grape, & it’s a Beautiful Day at the Carousel Ballroom in April of 1968.

MC5

Date: October 27-28, 1967
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: MC5

Russ Gibb, aka Uncle Russ, promoted a three-night Detroit dance concert at the Grande Ballroom featuring Detroit bands of the era like the MC5, the Thyme, the Paupers and Gang.

Creamcicle

Date: October 13, 1967
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Bill: Cream

This poster often referred to as the “Creamsicle” is one of the very toughest Grande Ballroom posters to acquire. This poster introduced the power trio Cream to Detroit music fans .

The Paupers

Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Date: November 3-5, 1967
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: The Paupers, MC5

Russ Gibb, aka Uncle Russ, promoted a three-night Detroit dance concert at the Grande Ballroom featuring Detroit bands of the era like the MC5, the Thyme, the Paupers and Gang.

Poor Souls

Date: March 10-11, 1967
Artist: David Carlin
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: Poor Souls

A scarce Early Grande poster by artist David Carlin.

Zebra Man

Date: October 21-22, 1966
Artist: Gary Grimshaw
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: MC5, Prime Movers Blues Band

This early Grande poster was borrowed from Mouse & Kelley’s FD -28. Less than month after the Avalon Ballroom poster was hung, Grimshaw’s “Zebra Man” appeared in Detroit to promote a concert.

Bill Graham No. 07

Date: May 20-21, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Quicksilver Messenger Service

This classic early Wes Wilson design told of a late spring Quicksilver show at the Fillmore.

Grateful Dead at Fountain Church

Date: March 24, 1968
Venue: Fountain Church
Performers: Grateful Dead.

This poster promoted a show that never came to be. Bad weather caused this Grateful Dead show at the Fountain Church on March 24, 1968 to be cancelled. The poster features a winged-depiction of The Grateful Dead’s Pigpen.

Andy Warhol Presents The Plastic Inevitable Show

Date: May 3, 1966
Venue: The Trip
Performers: Velvet Underground

Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground made their presence known in LA in early May 1966. “The Plastic Inevitable Show” caused such controversy that the event was ended prematurely. This poster displays a salute to pop art featuring Roy Lichtenstein’s Newsweek cover and the Campbell soup kids.

Family Dog No. 28

Date: September 30 – October 1, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: 13th Floor Elevators, Quicksilver Messenger Service

This stunning Mouse & Kelley design is the original zebra man image. It was borrowed a month later rom Gary Grimshaw for a Grande poster. The boldly colored poster was used to promote a September 1966 show by Quicksilver Messenger Service and the 13th floor elevators.

Family Dog No. 35

Date: November 18-19, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Daily Flash, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & The Fish

This striking red, white and blue poster alerted fans to a Daily Flash, Quicksilver Messenger Service show at the Avalon. Mouse and Kelley borrowed from early 20th century style illustration art to create the central image.

Grateful Dead at Dantes Inferno

Date: July 14-15, 1967
Artist: Bob Masse
Venue: Dantes Inferno
Bill: Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead played at Dante’s Inferno in Vancouver, Canada. This classic Bob Masse art deco influenced poster is highly coveted by collectors.

SF Mime Troupe Appeal II

Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Bill: Jefferson Airplane, John Handy Quintet, The Mystery Trend, Sam Thomas & The Gentlemen’s Band

This poster is for the Mime Troupe Appeal II. Bill Graham was the business manager of the Mime Troupe and this concert was organized as a benefit to raise funds for legal fees after a member of the Troupe was arrested on obscenity charges. This was Graham’s first poster for a show held at the Fillmore Auditorium!

Dance of Death

Date: October 31, 1966

Venue: California Hall
Performers: Grateful Dead

The Dance of Death took place on Halloween night in 1966. Ken Kesey was to host the Acid Test Graduation on that same night but couldn’t pull it off. Kesey’s event was rescheduled, and the Grateful Dead instead played at the Dance of Death at California Hall.

Bill Graham No. 04

Date: April 29-30, 1966
Artist: Wes Wilson
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Lightning Hopkins

This early poster in the Bill Graham series is a great example of Wes Wilson’s emerging talent. You can clearly see the evolution of the lettering style that would come to define the psychedelic concert poster.

Family Dog No. 20

Date: August 5-7, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Longshoremans Hall, Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Bo Diddley

Mouse & Kelley’s “Five men in a boat” promoted a rare Family Dog show at Longshoreman’s Hall. This poster was used to promote Bo Diddley’s performance in August of 1966. This poster is a wonderful example of the split fountain printing technique

Family Dog No. 22

Date: August 19-20, 1966
Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Performers: Grateful Dead

Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein peers out below the large, misspelled lettering of “The Greatful Dead” in this popular Mouse and Kelly designed Avalon Ballroom poster.

Edwardian Ball

Artist: Mouse & Kelley
Venue: Fillmore Auditorium
Performers: Jefferson Airplane

The Edwardian Ball was an event hosted by the Associated Students of San Francisco State College. It was one of the handful of non-Bill Graham events that took place at the historic Fillmore. The ball capitalized on the mid-60s countercultural trend to Edwardian dress and featured an early performance by Jefferson Airplane.

John Lee Hooker

Date: December 26-30, 1967
Artist: Carl Lundgren
Venue: Grande Ballroom
Performers: John Lee Hooker

The Seed

Date: June 29, 1965
Artist: George Hunter & Michael Ferguson
Venue: Red Dog Saloon
Performers: The Charlatans

The Charlatans jumpstarted the nascent psychedelic folk-rock scene with their residency at The Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, in June of 1965. Commonly referred to as “the Seed,” this poster by the Charlatan’s George Hunter and Michael Ferguson was the spark that started the fire of psychedelic poster art. Two versions of this poster exist due to the delay of the original event.

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