Summer of Love Festival – Big Brother Holding Company & Quicksilver Messenger Service
Friday, June 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm| $25 – $75
6PM Doors and opening reception with music at the Empress Lounge next door to the Theatre
Show starts at 8PM
Single Day Pass: $25 | 5-Day Festival Pass: $75 (Discounted: $15/event)
Front Row Table $200
4 Seats Per Table ($50 per seat)
Summer of Love Festival 2017 – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love
The Summer of Love is a celebration of the original “Human Be-In” held in San Francisco in 1967 promoting the principles of Peace, Love and Compassion. This event is considered by many to be the birth of the counter-culture and the spark that ignited the 60’s Hip movement; which took the world by storm. Presidents were impeached and wars were stopped, a sea of humanity stood up and said “Hell No”. This pivotal moment was the start of many earth-shattering events and a mass spiritual awaking that inspired the Peace Movement, Anti-War Movement, The Environmental Movements, Gay Rights Movement, Women’s Movement etc all having their start and taking hold during this period.
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Airplane. They are best known as the band that featured Janis Joplin as their lead singer. Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills is considered one of the masterpieces of the psychedelic sound of San Francisco; it reached number one on the Billboard charts, and was ranked number 338 in Rolling Stone’s the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Quicksilver Messenger Service featuring Linda Imperial & David Freiberg
Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of the vintage acid-rock San Francisco bands of the late 1960s. Its early shows and albums (featuring the heavily tremoloed guitar work of John Cipollina, plus that of second guitarist Gary Duncan) contributed some of the best-remembered instrumental jam music of the period. But as the ’60s ended, Quicksilver’s popularity waned, and it never achieved the national popularity of its San Francisco contemporaries, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.
The group formed in 1965 with Gary Duncan, John Cipollina (whose godfather was classical pianist Jose Iturbi), David Freiberg, Greg Elmore, and Jim Murray. Its original guitarist was to have been Dino Valenti (a Greenwich Village folksinger and, under the name “Chester A. Powers,” writer of “Hey Joe” and the Youngbloods’ hit “Get Together”). But Valenti was arrested on a drug charge and jailed for 18 months.