Chet Helms Tribal Stomp

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Free concert in Golden Gate Park to celebrate the life of Chet Helms, the legendary San Francisco concert promoter.

Chet Helms was one of the founding fathers of the psychedelic movement from the 1960's. As promoter for the "Family Dog", Chet developed the concept of the modern rock concert and was one of the founding fathers of the 1960's peace movement that swept the nation and made waves around the world. Chet was also the catalyst that brought together Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, which helped shape the San Francisco sound. Without Chet Helms, as many have said, there would be no Grateful Dead, no Jefferson Airplane, no Big Brother and the list goes on and on. He promoted other acts like the Charlatans, the Great Society, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Peter Tosh, The Clash and countless others. Chet Helms continued promoting pivotal concerts through four decades. In the 60's at the Avalon Ballroom, Family Dog at the Beach, S.F. Golden Gate Park, Denver Dog, and Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

A free concert in Golden Gate Park to celebrate the life of Chet Helms legendary San Francisco concert promoter Sunday Oct. 30th, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

While promoting concerts at the legendary Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, Chet produced a series of posters that are considered by some to be the finest art from that period. It was through these posters that artists like Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse and Rick Griffin rose to fame. He also provided a fertile home for light shows to develop their art, which became today's multimedia light show extravaganzas.

In the 1970's, Chet organized the "Tribal Stomps" in Berkeley and Monterey, which rekindled hip values and united the families. The "Tribute to Chet Helms" in 1994, brought together many of the original 60's acts and started a new hip movement that lasted at Maritime Hall for 7 years. In 1997, Chet organized the 30th anniversary "Summer of Love" concert at the Beach Chalet Meadows, uniting young bands with original 1960's San Francisco acts. Over 20,000 people attended this event.

Where Bill Graham may have been the warrior and conqueror of rock, Chet Helms was heart and soul.

Chet Helms was a kind and gentle spirit who had love for all.


Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, Taj Mahal, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, The Charlatans, Terry Haggerty and James Preston

(Sons of Champlin), Zero II, Squid B. Vicious, Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Starship), Barry Melton (Country Joe and the Fish) Blue Cheer, (Dickie Peterson, Leigh Stephens), Jorge Santana, George Michalski, Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone), Quicksilver Gold, Canned Heat, Narada Michael Walden, Natural Act (Hal Wagenet and Hitchell Holman), Jeff Blackburn, Howard Wales, Richi Ray, (Freedom Highway), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Vince Welnick, (TheTubes and Grateful Dead), Prairie Prince (Tubes), David Denny (Steve Miller), Peter Kaukonen, Iron Butterfly, Sammy Hagar, Herman Eberitzsch (Lee Oskar ,War), Ross Valory (Journey), Ace of Cups, War, Judge Murphy, Stephen Gaskin, David Freiberg (Quicksilver and Starship) Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and The Fish) Greg Douglass (Steve Miller) Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Hot Tuna), Bruce Latimer, David and Linda Laflamme (It's A Beautiful Day), Rowan Brothers, Lydia Pense, Annie Samson, Wavy Gravy, Roy Rogers, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Eric Burdon, plus other major acts that will be announced just before the event.

A limited edition series of 18 Commemorative Event Posters by major rock poster artists will be available at the event.


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