Aug 12, 2012 • Big Brother and The Holding Company with Lynn Asher, Alternate Routes to open • 7:30 PM
Janis Joplin’s Original Band!
Fans of 1960s psychedelic rock should not miss this show!
Featuring three of the original members, Sam Andrew on Guitar, Dave Getz on Drums and Peter Albin on Bass, this edition of Big Brother & The Holding Company is one you don’t want to miss. Their hits, including "Piece Of My Heart", "Summertime" and "Combination Of The Two" are as alive today as they were back in the 60’s!
Evolving out of the San Francisco rock scene of the mid-1960s, Big Brother was in the forefront of the psychedelic music movement. The band was formed by Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, James Gurley and Chuck Jones in San Francisco, in a Victorian mansion-cum-boarding house owned by Peter’s uncle at 1090 Page Street in the Haight Ashbury section.
During the winter of 1966 Chuck Jones left the band and was replaced by Dave Getz. Dave played his first gig with the band on March12 at the Matrix. The band also decided they should begin looking for a female lead singer as a “copycat thing” - theJefferson Airplane and other San Francisco bands had woman singers. Chet Helms suggested Janis Joplin, a transplanted Texan who had performed in the Bay Area in 1963-64 before returning home.
The band became aware of her shortly after she came to San Francisco; Peter and James heard her in coffeehouses. On Chet’s urging Janis auditioned for the band at their rehearsal hall in an old firehouse. After performing a couple of songs from her coffee house days, it was agreed to invite her to join the band. Janis debuted with Big Brother on June 10, 1966, at the Avalon Ballroom. The majority of Big Brother fans approved of the addition, and Janis became an instant hit.
Their 1968 album “Cheap Thrills” is considered to have the quintessential psychedelic sound and reached number one on the US Billboard charts and is among The Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time.
Lynn Asher Biography
When Lynn Asher takes the stage you know you’re in for something special from the moment she launches into her first song. Known as “The Voice” among her fans and fellow musicians, Lynn’s power and versatility as an artist/entertainer is a force to be reckoned with. Her love of music from the 60's and 70's is the hallmark of her passionate performances featuring classic tunes by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendricks, Cream, Led Zeppelin and Jefferson Starship. Lynn also delivers rich, soulful vocals from Americana roots rock artist's such as Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin. She has also written and recorded several original songs which fit beautifully into her carefully crafted high energy sets.
She has fronted Janis Joplin’s original band, Big Brother & The Holding Company and shared the stage with a veritable who’s who of the music industry such as hit Producer and drummer, Narada Michael Walden, Bob Weir & Mickey Hart, (formerly of The Grateful Dead), Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise, and Raz Kennedy of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, at world class venues such as The Fillmore, The Great American Music Hall, Yoshi’s, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage and San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, to name just a few.
Whether she’s rocking a great cover tune or singing one of her original songs, you can count on Lynn to bring soul, humor and disarming honesty to each and every performance.
Ticket Price: $45, $60