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music friday: fillmore west, october 2, 1969

It's two months after Woodstock. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young are scheduled to play their first gigs for Bill Graham in the Bay Area. But CSNY have to postpone the shows. The posters had already been printed, which tells me the postponement came pretty late to the game. How do you replace Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for Bay Area shows at the last minute? You get two local acts to step in for the four-night stand.

Two other acts were scheduled, and they showed up. First was Blues Image. Blues Image was a one-hit wonder who hadn't yet had their hit in October of 1969. Here is that hit, which came out in 1970:

Next up was John Sebastian, who became one of the artists most associated with Woodstock. But no one knew that in October ... we needed the movie to make that connection. Sebastian's first solo album didn't come out for a couple of months, so he was still mostly known for his work with The Lovin' Spoonful. Here he is at Woodstock with one of the Spoonful's best songs:

The replacements for CSNY? Only Santana and Janis Joplin. Santana was managed by Bill Graham, who got them a spot at Woodstock before their first album had been released. Between Woodstock and October 2, 1969, the album came out and the rest is history. "Soul Sacrifice" came from that album, and was a highlight of the Woodstock movie. This performance is from 1970, because 1) Michael Shrieve thinks this beats the Woodstock version, and he should know, and 2) Rico Reyes delivers a Hall of Fame performance on maracas:

Janis had released her first solo album the previous month. Some of us think she never had another band as good as Big Brother, but she still had some fine moments in her:

Bonus:

And what the heck, since I could listen to these guys all night long:

Comments

Tomás

But brother Steven--were you there?!?

Steven Rubio

Nope. By October 2, 1969, I'd been to ... three concerts in my life? Of the above, I saw Santana in 1977, CSNY in 1974, and none of the others.

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