Portland Zoo, Turtle Soup, 3/14-15/1969, Beaver Hall, Portland, OR; very nice 5.5" x 8.5" handbill on thin paper in orange-red and pale green; nice center photo of Art-Nouveau era woman with headband, roses around photo and orange-red lettering against a pale green background; unsigned but quite likely Bruce Weber's work, very nice NM copy $30.
The Springer's Hall flyers include some of the most attractive and colorful Pacific Northwest handbills and flyers.
Mike Russo, Melodius Funk, Grimes and Purple, 3/6/71, Springer's; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" on paper with blank backside handbill; features Cathy Weinstein (signed "Hedda Goldspace", one of her pseudonyms); artwork of stained glass like psychedelic 3 copies, NM $ 15.00 (reduced price) (*).
Soma, Chooch, Brown Sugar, 4/3/71, Springers, Portland, Oregon; Cathy Weinstein (aka Hedda Goldspace--one of her pseudonyms) artwork features psychedelic / art nouveau flowing filigree design surrounding typeset lettering; for image, click here. 4 3/4" x 6 5/16", printed on paper with blank backside. 3 copies, NM $ 45.00. (*)
Sand, Seymore, Mineral Water, 4/10/71, Springers, 19/32" x 8 1/16" - Artwork by the late, great Cathy Weinstein (aka Hedda Goldspace, one of her favorite pseudonyms) features large psychedelic / carnival type face with mouth open full of the groups' names (hand lettering)., printed on slick cannery stock with blank reverse; for image, click here. 6 NM copies, $45 each.(*)
Mixed Blood, Firemen, Blue Rose, 4/24/71, Springer's, Portland; 5 7/16" x 7 1/2" - Blank back side concert handbill printed at the local cannery on slick stock paper like many of the Crystal Ballroom handbills - Another one of Bruce Weber's fantastic artworks features illustration of woman in long dress holding small tree, psych design on both sides, with Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny at right and left corners below ...psychedelic textured colors in pink and shades of blue along with the usual Weber hand lettering; for image, click here . 3 nice NM copies, 45.00 each. (*)
Charlie Musselwhite, American Frogg, 5/14/71, Springer's, Portland; 4 9/16" x 7 1/2" - Artwork by the late, great Cathy Weinstein (aka Hedda Goldspace, one of her pseudonyms) in full color - Easily one of her mind blowing poster artworks, featuring her supremely mutant Harmonica Billed Bird! - Concert handbill with blank reverse; 2 copies NM $75 each. (*)
Brown Sugar, Sand, Notary Sojac, 6/5/71, Springer's, Portland; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; simple dark brown typesetting on white paper, no artwork. This event was a Lawyer Fund Benefit Dance and Auction for Rick Gooch, bass player for Sand, who was awaiting trial for Army desertion. Scarce handbill for the Springer's completist; for image, click here. 3 NM/NM- copies, $45.00 each (*)
Cold Blood, Stoneground, 6/22/1971, Springer's; 10 1/2" x 6"; simple black typeset lettering on white paper with simple graphics consisting of a grid background and what looks sort of like an 8-ball and a baloon; or maybe a tennis ball and a tennis racket, who the hell knows?? Not especially attractive, but another scarce Springer's item for the completist; for image, click here. 2 NM- copies, $45 each. (*)
Jacob's Ladder, Soma, Skiffle, 6/26/71, Springer's in Portland ; 5 3/32" x 8 7/8" on thin paper; beautiful orange and blue Bruce Weber artwork with op-art border design and woman's face in the center; for image, click here. 2 copies, NM $ 25.00 each (*).
Brewer & Shipley, Kobolden & Keep, 7/10/71, Springer's in Portland; 4 7/8" x 6 1/2"; Concert handbill on thin paper with blazing full colors, illustration by McGuiness; blue background with standing figure surrounded by red and blue swirls,; for image, click here 4 copies, NM $15.00 each. (reduced price) (*)
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger Trinity, The Nice (Keith Emerson!), 3/30/1969 (+ films on 3/28 and local gig on 3/29); The Rock Pile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 5.5" x 8.5" on thin faintly lavender-gray paper (comes in other colors) with face at the top, dark border and typset lettering (various fonts) in the middle; not particularly attractive but pretty cool with the Nice playing 2 gigs a night for $3.00 admission. "Nice" NM copy, $40.
Denny's Music, 1970 Promotional Handbill for Portland music equipment store. First/Only Printing Promotional Handbill - 5" x 7" - Artwork by the late, great Cathy Weinstein (aka Thunderbitch & aka Hedda Goldspace) - Full color handbill, printed on thin stock; really phenomenal full color artwork with stylized version of Rock and Roller with blond hair and amp. Hard to describe--clearly influenced by Griffin and Kelley at their psychedelic best; for image, click here . Very scarce handbill, NM/NM-, $65
Rock and Roll Circus Dances (All Portland Oregon Bands) Portland Zoo, Notary Sojac, Mothers Smuckers Jam, 11/6/70, Pythian Ballroom (Portland). Reverse side of this paper handbill features more lettering and illustration of Mickey Mouse (old style, with pie-cut eyes) illuminated by beautiful split fountain coloring. Artwork on both sides by Bruce Weber. Front side features two American shield designs with a lightly drawn in marijuana leaf, along with the usual great Bruce Weber psych lettering; for image front, click here, and for an image of the other side, click here Rare; 3 NM/NM- copies, $75 each (*)
Pleasure with Special Guest Papa John Creach; 7/18/76, Paramount Theatre in Portland; paper concert handbill, dark brown on white; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; features photo of the band in their stage outfits with the band's name in "snake" design lettering above, block lettering below; 3 NM copies, $ 11.00 each. (*)
Heart, Commander Cody, Firefall, Seals & Crofts, 8/29/76, Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon (the Seals & Crofts show was 8/27 at the Paramount Theater in Portland); 5 25/64" x 8 1/2" with black offset printing on light blue paper, horizontal design features stylized "Heart" lettering from their LPs / tours etc. with standard block lettering for the other bands, along with a photo of both Seals & Crofts. Nice early flyer for this great Seattle band, playing in their home corner of the country. 3 copies, $25 each. (*)
The Grande Ballroom and other Russ Gibb items listed below are described using Eric King's date-based description system, which I believe incorporates two other numerical systems used in other listings; thanks to Eric for developing his listing for this series which has been a great help to those of us who are not as familiar with these as we are with the California posters.
G/G-671103, The Paupers, Gang, Thyme, MC5, Rationals, 11/3-5/1967, tupical early Gary Grimshaw design with turquoise background, wavy orange letering, stereoscopic image of two old timey children or midgets holding hands; for image, see The Art of Rock , pl 3.137. This is a pretty scarce early card, first extra I can recall having, nice NM- example, $135.
G/G-671208, Moby Grape, Rationals, MC5, 12/8-9/1967, Grande Ballroom; fairly early Grande card by Gary Grimshaw featuring a slate blue/gray background, dark red lettering, and a center image of what looks like a woman worshiping a goddesss in the sky who is holding a chalice. Nice card, 2 copies available, VG+ with one teeny pinhole at top and bottom $60.
G/G-671215, Vanilla Fudge, Thyme, Rationals, MC5, 12/15-17/67, Nice Carl Lundgren image with split fountain lettering on a white background; photos of people inside the top letters, and other photos in circular ball in center, surrounded by psychedelic lettering with the gig info. Fairly early card and not that easy to find. Front is basically VG+; paper age around edges and one small light discoloration mark at top. 1" tape or glue pull on reverse where it apparently was removed from a scrapbook; decent condition overall, good filler card, $55.
G/G-680417, Cream, Poor Richard's Almanac, Rationals, James Gang, Psychedelic Stooges, 4/17-18/1968, Grande Ballroom; brown on white stock by Gary Grimshaw with the classic photo of Clapton, Bruce & Baker used on many of their other tour posters; 1 beautiful NM copy, $125; second copy with front VG+ with just a hint of paper age, no pinholes; minor scuff mark on reverse where it was removed from a scrapbook, good copy overall, $100.
G/G-680524, Butterfield Blues Band, Frost, Buffy, Jagged Edge, Fox, MC5, Psuchedelic Stooges (various shows), 5/24-26/1968, Grande Ballroom; nice brown and pale blue card by Gary Grimshaw featuring photo of the expanded Butterfield Band circa 3d LP, condition VG+ on front, one tack hole and minor paper age; fairly minor 1" tape or glue pull on reverse where it apparently was removed from a scrapbook; good filler card, $35.00.
G/G-680816, Country Joe & the Fish, Muff, Pack, Grass Route Movement, 8/16-18/68, Grande Ballroom; nice color design by Carl Lundgren with image of the band sitting on and around a vintage car painted up like an American flag, and a banner in the rear reading "Country Joe Our Next President"; dark red-purple dot matrix background; for ilustration, seeThe Art of Rock, pl. 3.156; condition VG+ on front, 2 almost invisible pinholes and minor paper age; 1" tape or glue pull residue on reverse where it apparently was removed from a scrapbook; good filler card, $ 35.00.
G/G-680913, Procol Harum, Children, Third Power, Thyme, 9/13-15/68, Grande Ballroom; slightly oversize card by Donnie Dope with with multicolored swirling rows of waves of color with reverse-image lettering and weird distorted multicolored face in the center; very unique and cool card; nothing much quite like it in the Grande series. 2 copies, beautiful NM, $47.50 each. (*).
G/G-690124B, MC5(1/24&25), Taj Mahal(1/26), Sweetwater (1/26), Spirit(1/31&2/1), 1/24-26/69, Grande Ballroom, Design by Robin Sommers, nice red, white and blue card with radical guy in front of a microphone with a US flag in the background, giving the "V" sign, Grimshaw-influenced lettering, 3 nice NM cards, $30 each (*).
G/G-690404 (130) , MC5, Wicked Religion (4/4&5), The Maxx (4/4&5), Pacific Gas & Electric(4/6), James Gang (4/6), 4/4-6/69, Grande Ballroom, Artist: Gary Grimshaw; red, white and blue card with sort of a parody on the US Eagle with looks like a stars and stripes television set where the stars and stripes shield should be, with a single eye in the center, clouds, lightning bolts, other stuff throughout. Blank reverse. NM card, $35.00.
G/G-691031, Black Magic rock & Roll Festival, 10/31/1969, Olympia Stadium, featuring Arthur Brown, Timothy Leary, Frost, Amboy Dukes, Bonzo Dog Band, Stooges, Coven, PINK FLOYD, Savage Grace, Kim Fowley, Alice Cooper, SRC, Frut, Bob Seger, Pleasure Seekers (Suzi Quatro), presented by Mike Quatro (Suzi's brother) and Russ Gibb; very nice 4" x 6.75 card with multicolored lettering on silv er background, weird image in center with skulls, distorted faces, etc. for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 3.147; uncommon card, NM $150. Eric King notes the existence of a poster for this event but I have never seen one.
G/G-700213, MC5, Flamin' Groovies, 2/13-14/70, Grande Ballroom, late-era Grande card, reverse image photo, black on greenish stock with image of MC5 guitarist rocking out. Not a particularly attractive card but rather scarce, NM $60.
Saugatuck Pop Festival, 7/4-5/68, Pottewatamie Beach, Mich., featuring SRC, Procol Harum, MC5, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Amboy Dukes, Rotary Connection, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Bob Seger, Frost, Stooges, Big Mama Thornton, Savage Grace, Brownsville Station, others, great lineup; half blue/half gray card with psychedelic Griffin-ish (but cruder) lettering, top half shows some kind of a globe in the sky with line drawing of cars, buildings, people, all kinds of stuff going on...grades lower end of VG+ no pinholes but light overall paper age, insignificant scuff mark on back; uncommon card featuring a great Michigan lineup, asking $125.
Detroit-Windsor Pop Festival, 6/27/1970, Windsor Arena, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, featuring 3rd Power, Rationals, MC5, Frijid Pink, Blues Train, Shakey Jake, others...4x7 on thin card stock with yellow bakgrounde, opp lettering with blue stars and a cented red and white circle with a marijuana leaf in the middle instead of the Canadian maple leaf; black lettering very reminiscent of Gary Grimshaw but credited to someone simply named "Darlene," decent art with a very Detroit flavor, nice NM copy, $40.
Primo Showbar was a short lived club in Ann Arbor. According to internet sources, it operated only between July, 1973 and March, 1974. It featured local area acts, including some interesting ones. Cards were produced for the shows, all approx. 7.25" x 4.75." All the cards are basically of similar appearance and feature the venue's logo, which consisted of a stoned looking longhair with an exploding mind walking through the desert smoking a big joint, with a balloon saying "Dis Place is Smokin." Printed by Rainbow Press, Ann Arbor. The individual acts feature the band logos if there is one, also by Gary Grimshaw. I got a small stash of these many, many years ago but never got around to listing them on this site, sold a few at the shows, but most of them are still here, haven't seen many of them around over the years.
Mojo Boogie Band, Muskadine Blues Band 7/29; Locomobile Walrus, 7/30; Detroit (with Mitch Ryder) 7/31; Whiz Kids, 8/1&2, Uprising, 8/3-4; Radio King beginning 8/5; yellow stock with green lettering, 2 copies NM-, $20 each.
Radio King, 8/12; Terraplane Copperfield, 8/13; Detroit (Mitch Ryder band), 8/14; The Rockets, 8/15-16; Sky King and the Heavenly Blues Busters, 8/17-18; pale blue-grey stock with dull red lettering, 3 copies, $20 each (*)
Radio King, 8/19; Benefit for Pun and Craig 8/20; Detroit with Mitch Ryder 8/21; Law, 8/22; Terraplane, 8/23; Locomobile, 8/24-25; light blue-gray stock with purplish-red ink, 2 copies NM- $20. (*)
Radio King, 8/26; Lightnin' 8/27; Detroit (Mitch Ryder band), 8/28; Lightnin, 8/29-30; Uprising, 8/31-9/1; Luther Allison coming 9/11-13; pale blue gray stock with red lettering and purple band logos; two color effect is nice, 1 copy NM- $20.
Roomful of Blues (with Mojo Boogie Band), 9/6-9; Infinite Sound, Okra 9/10; Luther Allison, 9/11-13; Rockets 9/14-15, CJQ; 9/17, Brick red lettering on yellow stock, NM- $25.
Mance Lipscomb, Shiva's Headband, 11/22-23/68, Vulcan Gas Company, Austin, TX; unusual 8.75" x 11.5" handbill on thin paper; 6-sided handbill, rectangular but the long side extends about 1" in the center on each side of the image, so it is kind of hexagonal. Center image is pink with a blue to green horizontal split fountain, shows some colored blocks or angles in the center; I've no idea what they represent. Attractive early Vulcan handbill, nice NM $ 65.00
Big Joe Williams, Georgetown Medical Band, 5/30-31/69, Vulcan Gas Co., Austin, TX; 8.5" x 11" B & W flyer with Jim Franklin art; repeated photos of Big Joe in sort of a semicircle in the center, odd looking road or something at the bottom going towards the horizon. Hard to describe, but fairly basic nonetheless. Nice NM copy, $65.00.
Grand Funk Railroad, 11/1/1969, SMU McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas, TX; 8.5" x 11" red block lettering on thin white paper, no art, just typeset lettering. Basically NM but has small amount of margin wear in lower LH corner so will downgrade it to VG+. Nice early Grand Funk item, $40.
Traffic, Mountain, Mott the Hoople, 6/23/70 (or thereabouts), Tarrant County Convention Center, Ft. Worth, TX; 8.5" x 11"; khaki green on light green-grap paper; Tolkeinesque image of wizard and country house (Middle Earth Productions), nice image, clean except for 1/2"-2/3" torn upper LH corner, almost all out of margin, tape pulls on the back that don't show through; otherwise solid VG+, $40.
Quicksilver Messenger Service, 9/7/70, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, TX; 8.75" x 12" handbill on thin glossy stock; orange background with reverse image white lettering and a man's face with hand holding a ball of starlight (?); band lettering taken from Rick Griffin's lettering from the first Quicksilver LP. Nice image, if a bit crude. Overall condition VG+; no pinholes but has a bit of general handling wear; the slick paper is not very forgiving of minor handling issues. Nice item $75.00.
Jefferson Airplane, Space Opera, 11/1/70, Daniels-Myers Coliseum (TCU), Ft. Worth, TX; 8.5" x 11" B & W handbill on thin paper with 3 repetitive images of a man's face against a dot screen background, typeset lettering. The poster for this image is kind of neat with the screens done in red and green, but the handbill looks a bit plainer with the lower-contrast colors. Overall condition VG+/VG; minor staple holes in upper margins and just a hint of paper age. Still a very cool handbill, $125.00.
Three Dog Night, 11/28/70, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 8.5" x 11" on thin paper; black background with reverse image photo/drawing of the band in yellow with orange accents; yellow, orange and black block lettering. A rather attractive image, three-color printing is unusual for this promoter's shows; basically NM-; minor ding in lower margin well outside image; radio station's call letters artfully inked out; apparently they are all like this as my own copy is identical, $27.50.+
Buck Owens & the Buckaroos, Susan Raye, The Hagers, 1/17/1971, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, TX; 8.5" x 11", blue on thin white glossy paper with good photo of Buck Owens and publicity type photos of the other 2 acts; typeset lettering, NM $40.
Joe Cocker & Friends, 4/11/1972, Moody Coliseum, SMU, Dallas, TX' 8.5" x 11" light blue on white paper, horizontal image of Cocker singing into a microphone, VG+; couple of teeny staple holes in white margin, otherwise very clean, $60.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 4/22/1972(?), Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium, Ft. Worth, TX; 8.5" x 11" B & W handbill by Narum, nice abstract design in the center, nice hand drawn lettering and graphics; this is part of a series by this artist the full sized posters are very nice and some of them are quite collectible. VG+; very minor corner staple holes and a wee bit of wear, $65; nice fairly early ELP item.
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Uranium Savages, 3/11/1975, The Ritz Theatre, Austin, TX; 8.5" x 11" B & W handbill with great cross-hatch drawing of Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook) by the great Jim Franklin, and lettering by Kerry Awn. Neat handbill, have one NM copy, $35.
Soap Creek Saloon, Austin, TX, September 1975 calendar gig sheet with an incredible listing of Texas and other Southern artists, virtually a who's who of that corner of the world in those days, including Paul Ray and the Cobras with Stevie Ray Vaughn (listed as "Stevie Vaughn" on the bill); Professor Longhair, Doug Sahm; Roky Erickson; Augie Myers (Sir Douglas Quintet); Marsha Ball, and others. What a month it must have been. This is one of the earliest Stevie Ray Vaughn / Cobras available as he started playing with the Cobras earlier in 1975. Internet sources indicate that the Cobras were the house band at Soap Creek for two years thereafter. This handbill is black on thin paper with a drawing in the upper half by Kerry Awn featuring what must have been the venue itself and a cartoon character that looks like Yosemite Sam holding a bottle of beer in front. Very cool handbill, must have been a great club in those days, asking $175.
Notes From the Underground, United Empire Loyalists, Retinal Circus, Vancouver, BC, Canada; ?/4-6/67/68(?), nice light and dark green card with psychedelic drawings of female figures, swirls, the usual....part of the big stash of Retinal Circus cards that came out a good many years ago, still a nice item to have in a collection, NM card $10.
The Supremes, 12/6/1970, Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY; 5.5" x 9" B & W on blue paper with nice photo of the Supremes and typeset lettering; sort of has a boxing poster-type feel to it. Nice item, front is NM-; small note on back that notes a couple of other bands, kinda interesting. Asking $65.00
Ray Charles, 12/16-17/1978, Nanuet Star Theatre, Nanuet, NY; nice 8 x 10 handbill with great vintage photo of Ray; B & W with partial yellow background; typeset lettering; nice appearance overall. Great vintage Ray Charles handbill; 2 copies NM/NM- $25.00 each (*)
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