Miscellaneous Handbills--More Recent Stuff (late '70's to present)

Last updated 3/12/2024

NOTE: An asterisk (*) next to a description of an item indicates that more than one copy of that item is available.

Double Trouble (with Stevie Ray Vaughan), 8/11/1979, Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 8/12/67, Keystone Berkeley; very scarce and historic handbill from a time when SRV was virtually unknown outside of Austin appears to be the first California gig by SRV and Double Trouble and one of his first outside Texas. (the SRV archive page says he played at the SF Blues fest on 8/12 but he is not listed on the program for the gig; see below.) This is a fairly crude 5.5" x 8.5" B & W handbill on thin dull orange-pink paper with the image of each of the band members including vocalist Lou Ann Barton, crudely copied from an Austin poster by Austin artist Bill Narum and reduced to handbill size. Very rare and historic SRV item, the only one I have ever seen, beautiful NM copy $325.

Sixth Annual San Francisco Blues Festival, 8/12-13/1978, Golden Gate Park Bandshell, San Francisco, featuring: Fabulous Thunderbirds; Lonesome Sundown; Harmonica George Smith; Louisiana Red; Lowell Fulson; Smokey Wilson; Isaac Scott; Phillip Walker; Queen Ida; Rod Piazza; Sugar Pie DeSanto; Guitar Curtis; Omar Hakim Khayam; Mark Naftalin; Ron Thompson; Mark Hummel; Charles Houff. This is a very rare foldover handbill/program, 7" x 8.5" on a side; nice front page featuring Lowell Fulson, Lonesome Sundown, and Louisiana Red photos on front; inside and reverse have short bios for the performers; rare early item for this famous blues festival which has run every year since 1973. 2 copies, Nice NM- condition, $75. (*)

Sammy Hagar, 6/27/1975 (possibly 1980 but I think 75 is far more likely), the Orphanage, San Francisco; 8.5" x 11" black on thin green paper with image of a taxicab sailing through the night sky surrounded by musical instruments listing the band members, Hagar is listed as "former lead singer with Montrose"; decent looking flyer for the period when Hagar was still doing local SF club gigs before he became a big star. Only one of these I've seen, VG+; no pinholes but minor storage wrinkles, most of which should press out. Asking $39.95.

Randy Newman, "Little Criminals" tour 1977; 6" x 8" postcard with front side showing the same photo as lettering as the "Little Criminals" LP and the reverse listing the tour dates and other information; includes space for addressing and stamping card. 2 copies, NM $7.50 each. ()

Platters, Coasters, Mary Wells, Bobby Vee, Freddy Cannon, 6/2/1979, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Sonoma, CA, "A Full Day of 50s Rock and Roll"; postcard by Stanley Mouse with a black background, pink lettering, and drawing of some 50's style performers dressed in tuxedos. NM- card, $7.50.

Blues Brothers, 7/12/80, Hoffheinz Pavilion, Houston, Texas; rare live performance by the legendary blues/comedy duo of Belushi and Ackroyd; great 8.5 x 11 flyer ; B & W with classic caricatures of the two that have been used on buttons and probably elsewhere. Blues Brothers flyers are scarce and very collectible; have 4 NM- copies; all of which have one minor wrinkle in image that occurred when they were shipped to me; nice item, $45 each. (*)

The Sons, Smoke Inc., 7/19/79, Uncle Charlie's, Corte Madera (Marin County), CA; Concrete Foundation of Fine Arts benefit; 8 x 11 brown on light yellow paper; looks like Kelley artwork in CFFA logo, with hand lettering. So-so; NM $3.00 (*)

"Cowboys for Indians" Benefit, 10/14/85, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, benefit produced by SEVA Foundation and Wavy Gravy, featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Kinky Friedman, David Nelson & Friends (Tom Stern, Bob Weir, etc.), Peter Rowan, Jerry Jeff Walker, Floyd Westerman, Kate Wolf/Nina Gerber, and more..."more" in this case being none other than STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, who unfortunately is not listed on this flyer but whose name did appear on the program and on t-shirts produced for the event; see illustration on srvarchive.com. The flyer is 8.5" x 11", black on light brown paper with typeset Western lettering and a very nice cross-hatch drawing of a cowboy with a 10-gallon hat, on his horse looking at sauguaro cacti across the Rio Grande; actually a very nicely executed image. The cross-hatching almost looks like something Rick Griffin could have done but I cannot locate an artist credit so I will assume it is not. Nevertheless, an interesting item and the first one I have offered; asking $35, NM-/VG+; has a couple of ancient creases, now largely pressed out.

David Nelson & Eric Thompson, 5/23/85 (most likely, could be as early as 74), Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; 8.5 x 11 with photo of Nelson & Thompson, black on bright blue paper with typeset lettering. Typical flyer of the type handed out all the time; condition clean but has a couple of ancient folds that are largely pressed out and don't show too much, $10.

Grateful Dead, Robert Cray Band, Jimmy Cliff, 8/28/88, Autzen Stadium, University of Oregon, Eugene; 5.5 x 8.5 handbill; black on green paper with photos of band, typeset lettering, NM $15.

"Reggae Explosion 1988" with Sugar Minott backed by Abashanti, plus others; 8/27/88, Fort Mason Pier 3, San Francisco; 5 x 7 handbill with orange red on thin yellow paper featuring a lion and photo of Haile Selassie, typeset lettering. If memory serves, there is a nice poster for this show using the same image in color; this handbill is NM, $7.00,

San Francisco Mime Troupe, 7/13/88 thru 9/3/88, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 5 x 8 flyer for the Troupe's production of "Ripped Van Winkle," black on pink paper with Moscoso guru image at the top and typed in show dates at the bottom; NM 5 copies available $3.00 each. (*)

The Radiators, 6/2/1989, Fillmore, San Francisco; standard 5 x 7 flyer on thin blue paper with photo of the radiators and the New Fillmore logo; one vertical fold, otherwise clean, $8.00.

Hot Tuna, Commander Cody & His Band, Joe Louis Walker and the Boss Talkers, O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian Al-Stars, Dr. Ross & the Hellhounds, Wavy Gravy, "Eclectic on the Eel" show; 9/4/2988, French's Camp on the Eel River, north of Garberville, CA; very nice 8.5" x 11" handbill on thin paper; center image of a big cheesy looking tuna fish with a cigar in his mouth strumming on an electric guitar; red lettering on pale blue background; 5 NM copies $35 each. (*)

Greg Kihn, Zero, 4/29/89, New George's, San Rafael; Benefit for Marin Humane Society; black lettering on salmon paper; 8 x 11; with drawing of friendly dogs and cats. Art by Hot Tomato Studios; looks a lot like Randy Tuten's style on this one. NM $4.00 (*)

11th Annual Reggae on the River (Music Festival); Inner Circle, Steel Pulse, Sugar Minot, Barrington Levy, King Sunny Ade, Shinehead, U-roy, Africa Fete, Angie Angel, Morgan, Heritage, Angelique Kidjo, Kaasav, Khaled, Ziskakan, Boom Shaka, Skool Band, Ho Aikane, Sattalites, Strictly Roots, Kafo Djun Djun, Dindingolu ye; 8/6-7/1994, French's Camp, Piercy CA -5 15/32" x 8 1/2" - Full color, horizontal card features illustration of lion facing the viewer, surrouned by a green, orange & red bordered six pointed star flanked by typeset lettering against the surrounding black background on each side. NM- $15.00.

Lollapalooza '95: Sonic Youth, Hole, Cypress Hill, Pavement, Sinead O'Connor, Beck, The Jesus Lizard, Mighty Mighty Bosstones; 7/5/95, Thunderbird Stadium,University of British Columbia, postcard size with weird Buddha-like figure with necklace of skulls with a red tye-dye type pattern against a white background; black typeset lettering; sort of cool looking. Reverse has a postcard back. Multiple copies available, NM $4.00 each. (*)

The Tragically Hip, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Spirits of the West, Blues Traveler, Matthew Sweet, Rheostatics, Eric's Trip, the Inbreds, 7/13/95, Thunderbird Stadium, University of British Columbia; postcard size card for this big festival-style event; front says "Another Roadside Attraction" and has color images around the sides of forest animals, Pan playing a pipe, typest lettering in center. Postcard back with show info. Multiple copies available; NM $4.00 each. (*)

Ozzy Ozbourne, Anthrax, 1/10/ 1989, Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO; "no rest for the wicked" tour; very cool 5.5" x 8.5" handbill on thin paper; great photo of a seated Ozzie surrounded by three evil looking withch-children with skulls etc in background, classic Ozzie Lettering. Copper background, off-black images, red lettering. Apparently this was a generic handbill for the tour with the dates for the specific gig printed in the space at bottom center. For illustration of the image, click here. Nice NM copy; the copper ink seems a little prone to rubbing but other than that it essentially mint. $30.

Screaming Jay Hawkins, Kubist Tier, Party Boys, Snakefinger, Tripod Jimmie, Carl Stone, Abecedarians, Fibbonaccis, 17 Pygmies, 4 Way Cross, Kraig Grady, others, 8/30-9/28/1985(?), Charley's, Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles (this is the most likely date based on the bands, but is not 100% certain); 8.5" 11" black on goldenrod paper; mostly crude typeset lettering with a weird circular thing in upper RH corner, crude and rather punkish looking; neat item for Screaming Jay Hawkins fans (his gig was the opening date for the club) and the LA punk club scene in the mid 80s, NM-/VG+ (minor corner wear, basically clean), $19.00.

Greg Allman, Iron Butterfly, Zero, 10/27/95, Family Dog @ Maritime Hall, San Francisco; grand opening show; great Jim Phillips design with Family Dog logo and a hippie version of Popeye the Sailor in place of the usual Indian; painting of stormy sea with whitecaps and a sailing ship in the background. Comes in two sizes: 8 x 10, NM $10 each 10 copies available, or 3 x 4 (approx), 8 copies available $3.50 each. (*)

Percy Sledge, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, 3/29/1996, Maritime Hall, San Francisco; nice little 4" x 6" card; there are quite a number of Maritime Hall cards and as a general rule I don't list them on my website because they are very common in the Bay Area and are easily obtainable here at a bargain price; however, this particular on is cool because it was done by Victor Moscoso and is in the same style as his classic Avalon posters with a red/blue op art lettering background (like FD 61) and a weird design in the middle. Reverse is done in a more modern style with show gig information etc. Printed on very stiff coated stock. 4 NM copies, $5 each. (*)

11th Annual Reggae on the River Festival, 8/6-7/1994, French's Camp, on the Eel River, Northern California, featuring Inner Circle, Steel Pulse, Sugar Minott, Barrington Le vy, King Sunny Ade, Shinehead, U-roy, Africa Fete, Angie Angel, Morgan, Heritage, Angelique Kidjo, Kaasav, Khaled, Ziskakan, Boom Shaka, Skool Band, Ho Aikane, Sattalites, Strictly Roots, Kafo Djun Djun, Dindingolu Ye, 5 15/32" x 8 1/2" full color horizontal card featutures illustration of lion facing the viewer, surrouned by a green, orange & red bordered six pointed star flanked by typeset lettering against the surrounding black background on each side. Nice, attractive card, NM- $15.00.

Sons of Champlin, Jefferson Starship members, Country Joe McDonald, John Handy, Narada Michael Walden, Walela w. Rita Coolidge, Michael McClure w. Ray Manzarek (Doors), Jello Biafe (Dead Kennedys), Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters, Hamza El Din, Ancient Future, Dr. Loco, Chet Helms, others, 10/12/1997, Beach Chalet Meadows, Golden Gate Part, 30th Anniversary Summer of Love festival, nice card by Jim Phillips with image of hip-looking woman stepping across a miniature panorama of San Francisco, neat image. $3.50 each. (*)

John Lee Hooker, Zero, Robben Ford, Derek Trucks Band, Faraway Brothers, Taos Hum, 12/31/1999, Maritime Hall, San Francisco; 8.5" x 11" photocopied flyer (as originally issued), art by M. Post; background image of John Lee Hooker and nice hand-drawn block lettering; 2 copies, $6 each. (*)

Mickey Hart Band, Steve Kimock Band, Gasoline Cowboys, Clan Dyken, 8/5/2000, Marin Civic Center, annual "Marin Music Festival" color card approx. 4 x 5 on card stock; purple with swirly background and center color image of Mt. Tamalpais and a guitar with the sun peeking out from behind; not bad. 6 NM cards, $3.50 each. (*)

Macy Gray, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Vivendo de Pao, Cheesebalss, Tainted Love, Basement Jaxx, others, 12/31/2000, Bill Graham Civic Aud., San Francisco; incredibly cool die cut flyer for this New Years Eve event, 7.5 x 10.5 die cut in bright dayglo orange pink with central image of silver space suit with Golden Gate Bridge reflected in the visor. Reverse is done in silver, black, and dayglo pink and lists all the bands. Kind of rave-style, super cool, future collectible. 7 nice NM copies, $5.00 each. (*)

Sons of Champlin, Joy of Cooking, Its A Beautiful Day, Sister Soul, Flying Other Brothers, Buffalo Roam, Tree o' Frogs, Taos Hum, Ten Ton Chicken, 8/18/2001, Marin Civic Center, annual "Marin Music Festival," nice lineup of local musicians, 4 x 6 two-sided color card with nice painting of a child pointing up at the Milky Way with a landscape of Marin flowers in the background. 3 copies, $3.00 each. (*)

Dark Star Orchestra, Big Brother & the Holding Co., David Gans, 11/17/2001, Fox Theater, Redwood City, CA; "Raising the Dead" show; very nice color 2 sided 3 x 5 card featuring color psychedelic lettering and a drawing of a peacock. Nice card; 7 NM copies, $3.00 each. (*)

Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha & Digweed, 4/26/02, 2/26/02, Cow Palace, San Francisco; "Blue Moon" concert, another very neat recent flyer that is about 4" across but opens 4 ways into a molecule shape that has color photos of space-related themes and very cool multicolor lettering. Nice recent item; some of the art done in the last couple of years is really great, folks. 3 copies, NM $3.50. (*)

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, 11/9/04, Sunset Center, Carmel, CA, 4.5 x 11" flyer, black on thin goldenrod stock with photos, undistinguished, 3 NM copies, $1.50 each.;

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