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The Fillmore (also known as the Fillmore Auditorium or, for several years, The Elite Club), is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California made famous by Bill Graham (19311991). Named for its location at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, it lies on the boundary of the Western Addition neighborhood and the Pacific Heights neighborhood. A music venue is any location of a musical performance. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Bill Graham (January 8, 1931–October 25, 1991) was a very well-known American rock concert promoter, who was prominent from the 1960s until his death. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Geary Boulevard, looking eastbound at 36th Avenue, in a residential part of the Richmond District Geary Boulevard (known as Geary Street east of Gough Street) is a major east-west thoroughfare in San Francisco, California, running from Sutro Heights Park at 48th Avenue (near the Cliff House above Ocean Beach... Western Addition is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California. ... The sidewalk on Fillmore Street, looking north from Bush Street. ...

As of 2007, The Fillmore is owned and operated by Live Nation, a recent spin-off of media conglomerate Clear Channel Communications. Live Nation NYSE: LYV is a concert company based in the United States of America. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ...


In the mid-1960s, The Fillmore became the focal point for psychedelic music and counterculture in general, with acts such as The Grateful Dead, Cream, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Doobie Brothers, and Janis Joplin getting their start. Besides rock, Graham also featured non-rock acts such as Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Otis Redding as well as poetry readings. Psychedelia in music (or also psychedelic music, less formally) is a term that refers to a broad set of popular music styles, genres and scenes, that may include psychedelic rock, psychedelic folk, psychedelic pop, psychedelic soul, psychedelic ambient, psychedelic trance, psychedelic techno, and others. ... In sociology, counterculture is a term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... Jerry Garcia later in life The Grateful Dead was an American rock band, which was formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions. ... Cream were a classic 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ... Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of San Franciscos original psychedelic bands of the late 1960s. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (19 January 1943 – 4 October 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. ... Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1936 - December 5, 1977) was a blind American jazz multi-instrumentalist, playing tenor saxophone, flute and other reed instruments. ... Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... A poetry reading is a performance of poetry, normally given on a small stage in a café or bookstore, although poetry readings given by notable poets frequently are booked into larger venues (amphitheaters, college auditoriums, etc. ...

After a few years there, because of a deteriorating neighborhood, in July 1968 Bill Graham moved from the original Fillmore at Fillmore Street and Geary Blvd to the Carousel Ballroom at the corner of Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue (now the location of a Honda car dealership), which was called Fillmore West (in contrast with Graham's Fillmore East auditorium in New York City). An F Market streetcar turns around at the foot of Market Street, in front of the Ferry Building. ... Fillmore East was promoter Bill Grahams rock palace in the East Village area of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

The original Fillmore location became a private club called The Elite Club. For several years in the early 1980s, punk promoter Paul Rat booked punk rock shows at this venue. Punk bands that performed at The Elite Club include Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Dead Kennedys, TSOL, Flipper, Gang of Four, and Public Image Ltd. [1] The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Black Flag was a hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ... Bad Brains are an American punk rock band, originally formed in Washington, D.C. in 1979 . ... This page is about the band; see Kennedy family for the political dynasty, or The Kennedy Curse, which inspired the name Dead Kennedys The Dead Kennedys, from San Francisco, California are widely considered to be one of the greatest punk rock bands of all time. ... TSOL is a hardcore punk band which was formed during 1979 in Long Beach, California. ... Flipper is an influential punk/noise band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979, continuing on in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s, then reuniting in 2005. ... Gang of Four is an English post-punk group from Leeds. ... Public Image Ltd. ...

The Fillmore reopened under Graham's management by the late 1980s, but it was damaged and closed by the Loma Prieta earthquake of October 1989. After Graham died in a helicopter crash in 1991, those close to him decided to carry out his final wish to retrofit and reopen the original Fillmore. The Fillmore re-opened in 1994 with the band The Smashing Pumpkins playing the first show. The Fillmore has once again become a San Francisco hotspot with shows almost every night. For a standard show, the capacity of the Fillmore is 1,250 guests. The Loma Prieta earthquake was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ...

The Fillmore is also well known for its psychedelic concert posters by designers including Wes Wilson and Rick Griffin. Copies of these posters are given to fans free of charge as they exit selected, sold-out shows. A large collection of these posters dating back to the early days is on display in the upper level of the auditorium today. Santanas Abraxas (album) cover by Mati Klarwein Psychedelic art is art inspired by the psychedelic experience induced by drugs such as LSD, Mescaline, and Psilocybin. ... Richard Alden Griffin (June 18, 1944 - August 18, 1991) was an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. ...

Other traditions are carried on to this day. One is a large tub of free apples for concertgoers positioned near the entrance. Another is a "greeter", a staff member who welcomes each guest as they enter ("Welcome to the Fillmore!").

Live Nation has recently begun a campaign to expand the Fillmore "brand" by changing the names of a number of established clubs it owns around the U.S. to "The Fillmore____." This includes clubs in Detroit, Philadelphia (Fillmore at the TLA), New York (Fillmore at Irving Plaza), Denver, and Miami Beach (Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theatre). Plans underway to construct a Fillmore in the Washington, DC suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland have been met with opposition[1]. Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Not to be confused with Silver Springs. ...


  1. ^ Ann E. Marimow (Nov. 24, 2007). Critics Question Fillmore Plans (HTML). News. Washington Post. Retrieved on 2007-11-24.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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