The Family Dog, 1601 West Evans, Denver
September 8 & 9 Friday, Saturday:
The Eighth Penny Matter/Blue Cheer/Big Brother &
The Holding Company
The Eighth Penny Matter open the club, it was their demo
tape that lead Barry Fey to the San Francisco offices of the Family Dog on June 7th 1967, Barry was on his honeymoon (and
out of work, having just left the employ of Denver Promoter Ed Weimer), so he decides to drop by the Family Dog office after
seeing their Billboard ad in which they'd sought new acts (with original material) for the club. He then makes an appeal on
behalf of the band, friends from his earliest days in Colorado, with a 4 song reel recorded in Denver. Chet and Bob then
invite him to the Avalon Ballroom that night and give Barry another view of the local scene, with the light show, Barry returns to
Denver, and after hearing of the closing of The Bird, he sees on opening for the Family Dog to expand to Denver, so he calls
Bob Cohen, who soon flys out.
September 15 & 16 Friday, Saturday:
Superband/The Charlatans/Quicksilver Messenger Service
September 22 & 23 Friday, Saturday:
Mother Earth/The Grateful Dead
September 29 Friday:
Captain Beefheart/Lothar and the Hand People
September 30 Saturday:
The Crystal Palace Guard/Captain Beefheart/The Doors
Note: the Crystal Palace Guard were not listed on the poster, but I had a message
from Cris Williamson (then a DU student and vocalist for the group) and she singled out this show.
October 6 & 7 Friday, Saturday:
The Eighth Penny Matter/Buffalo Springfield
Note: Neil Young had just rejoined the group after
parting for most of the summer, and as the late Bill Ashford told me "folks were still buzzing about the show" when he arrived
here just after date, in the fall of 1967.
October 13 & 14 Friday, Saturday:
The Daily Flash/Van Morrison
Note: during this show, the street in front of club was blocked off in some
sort of checkpoint fashion, leading patrons to the conclusion that the club was either raided or closed.
October 20 Friday:
Allmen Joy/Canned Heat
October 21 Saturday:
American Standard/plus other local bands
All playing in place of the recently arrested Canned
October 27 & 28 Friday, Saturday:
Allmen Joy/Lothar & The Hand People
November 3 & 4 Friday, Saturday:
The Superfine Dandelion/Blue Cheer
November 7 & 8 Tuesday, Wednesday:
The Other Half/The Jefferson Airplane
November 10 & 11 Friday, Saturday:
The Other Half/The Sons Of Champlin
November 17 & 18 Friday, Saturday:
The New World Blues Dictionary/The Sons Of Champlin/ Chuck
Berry (backing by the "New World Blues Dictionary")
December 1 & 2 Friday, Saturday:
Solid Muldoon/The Jim Kweskin Jug Band
December 8 & 9 Friday, Saturday:
The Siegal Schwall Band/Canned Heat
December 15 & 16 Friday, Saturday:
Jimmerfield Legend/Soul Survivors/The Box Tops
December 21 Thurday:
A Benefit Concert for injured college student
Sharie Duncan (from the University of Colorado). Performing were Allmen Joy/Eighth Penny Matter/Leopold Fuchs/Jimmerfield
Legend and American Standard.
December 22 & 23 Friday, Saturday:
The Amercian Standard/Otis Redding
This Concert was canceled when Otis Redding died
in Wisconsin on December 10, the Family Dog staff was shaken, and the dates are left open.
December 29, 30 & 31 Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
Gingerbred Blu/Jimmerfield Legend/Allmen Joy/The Doors
note: This series of concerts appears to end the involvement
of the San Francisco Family Dog in Denver. According to Marc Richardson they went broke and some things, like his light show
equipment just vanished. This was inspite of the fact that the Doors played for free to assist the Club.
The shows held at the club in 1968 were booked by Barry Fey, who intended
to call his new company "Feline Productions" as to resemble the Family Dog, but the ad man at KIMN radio made the false
assumption that the ad copy was misspelled, so they made the commerical using the phrase "Feyline Productions".
I do not believe he produced many posters (the March show for Cream did), but mostly flyers drawn by local artists, who
would use the small "family dog" logo on the flyers. In this period the club was just called "the Dog".
January 12 & 13 Friday, Saturday:
Beggars Opera Company/American Standard/The Eighth Penny Matter
January 19 & 20 Friday, Saturday:
The Eighth Penny Matter/October Country
January 26 & 27 Friday, Saturday:
Last Friday's Fire/The New World Blues Dictionary
February 2 & 3 Friday, Saturday:
Leopold Fuchs Hate Band/The Fugs
February 9 & 10 Friday, Saturday:
American Standard/Leopold Fuchs H. Bomb
February 14, Wednesday:
Jimi Hendrix stops by to jam after his show at the
Regis College Fieldhouse that night. Members of the Eighth Penny Matter describe Jimi as playing on their equipment, most
likely set up for the upcoming friday show. Leslie Haseman has stated that it was a private situtation.
March 5 & 6 Tuesday, Wednesday:
March 8 & 9 Friday, Saturday:
The Siegal Schwall Blues Band
March 15 & 16 Friday, Saturday:
Note: shortly after this gig, the band (with the exception
of member Brandenburg), become the Electric Prunes after Rich Fifield suggests them to Capitol record executives in LA.
March 19, Tuesday:
Magic Mice/Black Pearl
Although Cream is booked, Jack Bruce is detained
while attempting to return to the US from Tijuana, Mexico. Barry calls in the Magic Mice at the last moment.
March 20, Wednesday:
Black Pearl, Cream
Note from Van Dorn:
"Another time I was in the audience right up next to the stage,
the night Cream played.
They played a lot of songs, but I think I particlualry remember them playing BADGE, and during
Clapton's middle break where that famous riff starts, everybody in the place was transformed.
Eric was right on with every
note he threw at us that night, and Jack's singing was amazing. Ginger may have had too much travel and too much drink because
I remember that Eric and Jack had to help him on and off the stage, but his drumming was TOO fine for words. His drums were
tuned in the finest tones that only he knows how to do, his double bass drumming was flawless, and his meters were spellbinding,
just a bit laid back in a groove that only Cream could ever stabilize.
I'm glad I was there and have that memory. "
Note: Cream return to Southern California the next day, and Eric and most the Buffalo Springfield
get busted in a local canyon house (a girlfriend of Stills). Stills himself flees the police via a bathroom window, but not
the rest of group and Eric. This event effectively ends the band and they stop gigging within weeks.
March 27, Wednesday:
The concert flyer mentions the song "My Crime", a reference to Bob Hite's song written
after the October 1967 Denver arrest.
April 6, Saturday: