It’s Midweek Music Festival Time With Music From Woodstock and Monterey Pop on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

It’s hard to tell what inspires me to do what I do, but I can tell you that I’ve been listening to music since I was a little kid. Before the Beatles gave me my own music, I was listening to my sisters’ music — Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and others. I remember watching my oldest sister dance on American Bandstand on our old black and white television. That was pretty cool back then.

On Monday, something prompted me to make this day music festival day in honor of Woodstock 1969 and its predecessor, The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. But there was another festival that nobody seems to have recorded or documented. It was held at Watkins Glen in New York in 1973 and featured three giants: The Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Grateful Dead. It was called The Summer Jam. In fact. the audience at Summer Jam was bigger than Woodstock, with 600,000 people in attendance. The closest we’ve come to finding a decent recording is a soundboard of The Grateful Dead’s performance, which we will feature on this coming Saturday night’s LIVE DEAD feature. At the end of the performance, both The Band and The Allman Brothers Band come up on stage with them.

Woodstock 1969 made music history, and the bands who played there are part of our station’s DNA.

Here’s today’s musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Music From Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Love and Music, August 15-18, 1969

Today we have four hours of music celebrating the legendary Woodstock festival. In spite of the fact that “Woodstock” has been recreated a few times, there was only one real Woodstock and it happened in 1969. You’ll hear Crosby, Stills & Nash (their first live performance ever), Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Arlo Guthrie, The Band, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin, John Sebastian, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Who and more!

7:00 p.m. Music From The Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967

Truth be told, this is the festival that sparked it all and made Woodstock possible. Large, outdoor festivals had never happened before Monterey. What few people also realize is this is where a guy named Otis Redding was introduced to the music world. You’ll hear The Big O, along with The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie, The Animals (who made a great song called Monterey about this event), Simon & Garfunkel, The Association, The Electric Flag, Booker T & The MGs, and more. Many of these performers would also be at Woodstock 1969.

As we always say, this is a great day to tune us in. But then again, every day is a great day to tune us in because we don’t play music like other radio stations. We are different not only in content, but also in style. See for yourselves.

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Fillmore Forward With The Allman Brothers Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and LIVE DEAD Later, Saturday, July 3, 2021

Onward Fillmorians! We move forward with three great bands today from both Fillmore venues. Our only exception to the Fillmore rule will be the final airing of Kate Taylor’s Album of The Week.

It was tough accessing some of the actual posters for these dates, but we did our best to choose alternatives wisely!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Allman Brothers Band Live at The Fillmore East, March 12-13, 1971 NEW!

We have all of these legendary recordings in our vast collection. These are the best culled over the 1971 Allman Brothers appearances.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sister Kate by Kate Taylor FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of Kate Taylor’s great album from 1971. We eagerly await her brand new August 2021 release. Tomorrow, however, when you roll out of bed we have a masterful selection for you.

6:00 p.m. Creedence Clearwater Revival Live at The Fillmore West, July 4 1971

CCR delivers their special brand of swamp music in what is the final day of The Fillmore West’s existence under Bill Graham. It’s hard to believe these guys were born and raised in Berkeley, California. Their ‘born on the bayou’ sound was truly amazing. One of the best bands to ever exist.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Fillmore West, July 2, 1971

We resurrect this great show for our Fillmore extravaganza. What would this celebration be without the ultimate jam band’s inclusion?

This is a great warm-up for tomorrow’s grand finale! We hope you’ll tune our special July 4 celebration. Forget all the flag-waving and fireworks bullshit. This is where the party’s at.

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The Fillmore Extravaganza Continues With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Janis Joplin, and Hot Tuna, Friday, July 2, 2021

Good Morning, Fillmorians! We continue our celebration of Bill Graham’s magical musical vision today on our way to July 4th. We’ve got quite the line-up for you all today!

Here’s today’s fantastic line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, January 10-February 7, 1997 NEW!

By all standards, the Heartbreakers’ 20-show residency at The Fillmore West in 1997 is the stuff musical legends are made of. You can read about it here in an article written after Petty’s untimely death in 2017. This is the first time we’ve aired the amazing three hours of music that came from that residency. It covers not only the Heartbreakers’ own hits, but also some great covers from the artists who inspired them.

We hear that the Petty estate and his bandmates are working on their own multi-album effort somewhere down the road that will include the special guests who came up on stage to sing with them. We loo forward to that as well.

4:00 p.m. Janis Joplin Live at The Fillmore, New York, February 12, 1969

Janis was no stranger to The Fillmore East and West. This particular performance was during Janis’ transitional period. She had left Big Brother & The Holding Company and moved on with the Komic Blues Band. The only hold-over from Big Brother was guitarist Sam Andrew. The goal of the band was to play more R & B and soul music than the hard rock she was known for. Admittedly, the band’s performance got mixed reviews, but there was absolutely no denying Janis Joplin’s on-stage charisma and performance.

9:00 p.m. Hot Tuna Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, March 4, 1988

Hot Tuna rose out of the ashes of Jefferson Airplane, a collaboration between Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, that played mostly blues-rock and Americana music. Although members have come and gone over the years, including Grace Slick herself, the band largely remained their baby.

We hope you’ll join us as much as you can today to celebrate the Fillmore. In between all this great stuff, we’ll have our usual open stream. We’re free 24/7 and remain committed to music as opposed to profit.

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We Celebrate The Fillmore Through The Weekend, Starting Today With Lucinda Williams and The Byrds, Thursday, July 1, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today we begin a Fillmore celebration that runs through July 4. Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East on June 27, 1971 and The Fillmore West on July 4, 1971. It was a legendary venue for so many great bands that it cannot be ignored.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Lucinda Williams Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, Recorded Live November 20-22, 2003 NEW!

“I’d rather play a few nights at The Fillmore than one night in an arena.” We kick off this celebration with Lucinda Williams live at the Fillmore West.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sister Kate by Kate Taylor

We take a short break in the Fillmore celebration to air our Album of The Week. We’re winding down on this selection, folks. Our final airing will be Saturday.

7:00 p.m. The Byrds Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, Recorded Live February 7-8, 1969 NEW!

The notorious Byrd brothers remain one of our Mermaid Lounge favorites, and we have a never-before-heard concert by The Byrds live at the Fillmore West today.

This is the way we here in The Mermaid Lounge celebrate July 4. Screw the flag-waving and the Star Spangled Banner. Tune us in and celebrate along with us. This is just the beginning of a great music weekend.

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Good Morning From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/8/2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again bringing you news from the annals of rock n’ roll. Today, a very important person in the music world was born.

Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi Sept 26, 1956 © 1978 Roger Marshutz—MPTV

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 8, 1957: Bill Haley & The Comets, LaVern Baker, and Big Joe Turner start an Australian tour in Newastle Stadium, Newcastle. This is the world’s first rock n’ roll concert.

January 8, 1960: Eddie Cochran records Three Steps To Heaven in Hollywood. It will be his final recording session.

January 8, 1966: The Beatles had only been charting for a couple of years, yet they had their 11th number one hit with We Can Work It Out.

Also on this day, the album Rubber Soul soared from #60 to #1 to take over the Album chart. It was The Beatles’ seventh #1 US album.

The Who and The Kinks were the final guests on the last episode of the TV show Shindig.

A great new folk group called The Mamas & The Papas were gaining a lot of attention. On this day, they charted their first hit single, California Dreamin’.

January 8, 1968: (Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay, by Otis Redding, was released by Stax Records. It would be his only hit. He passed away the year before in a plane crash before he ever had the opportunity to see its release.

January 8, 1975: Three Led Zeppelin shows scheduled for Madison Square Garden sell out in a matter of four hours.

Born On This Day

January 8, 1931: Bill Graham, concert promoter whose name is synonymous with The Fillmore, was born Wolfgang Grajunca in Berlin, Germany.

January 8, 1935: Elvis Aaron Presley, also known as The King, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He had his first hit in 1956 with the great song Heartbreak Hotel.

January 8, 1940: Jerome “Little Anthony” Gourdine of Little Anthony & The Imperials was born in Brooklyn, New York.

January 8, 1946: Robby Krieger, songwriter and elite guitarist with The Doors, was born in Los Angeles.

January 8, 1947: Terry Sylvester, who replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies, was born in Liverpool, England.

And that is it on this day in music history. We will be back with the line-up soon.

We’re Celebrating The End of 2020 With Van Morrison, Birthday Boy Jeff Lynne, A Special Edition of LIVE DEAD, and While We’re Celebrating, We’ll be ‘Under The Influence,” Thursday, December 31, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s the end of 2020 (happily), but we here in The Mermaid Lounge know better than to think 2021 is going to be much better. So, we’ve got music to soothe our souls. So do you. But only if you tune us in.

Happy 74th Birthday to Jeff Lynne (yesterday, actually). He’s In The Spotlight today!

Here’s today’s year-end line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison

We’re winding down on Van “The Man” Morrison’s brilliant masterpiece here. You have one more day to tune it in before we choose a new AOW.

3:00 p.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists

Yes, we’ll be under the influence by this time today. I promise. Let’s face it, whether legal or illegal, we’ve all done it. Personally, I have no regrets. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Byrds, Arlo Guthrie, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Tom Petty, and more! Just over two hours of mind-altering music.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jeff Lynne NEW!

Yesterday was Jeff Lynne’s 74th birthday. Our celebration is, as they say, better late than never. We’ve got Jeff Lynne here with his Electric Light Orchestra, and as Otis Wilbury. Most people don’t realize that Jeff Lynne was also the band leader of The Move back in the sixties (one of my favorite British bands). That band morphed into ELO. We have some Move music in here as well. Lynne is also a multi-instrumentalist and producer, who has worked with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, George Harrison and, of course, The Traveling Wilburys, the best damned supergroup ever.

10:00 p.m. The New Year’s Eve Special Edition of Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Close Winterland, San Francisco, December 31, 1978 NEW!

On this particular New Year’s Eve, The Grateful Dead played their 48th and final show at Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was one hell of a show.

This would be an EXCELLENT way to kick out the 2020 jams and start the New Year. We’re free. We’re fun. We don’t talk a lot, and we certainly don’t cut off songs with endless DJ chatter. We talk with our music. Join the fucking party.

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