April 30, 1994


location: Maritime Hall
place: San Francisco, CA
country: USA


"The Tribute to Chet Helms"

Chester Leo "Chet" Helms (August 2, 1942 – June 25, 2005), often called the father of San Francisco's 1967 "Summer of Love", was a music promoter and a cultural figure in San Francisco during its hippie period in the late Sixties.

Helms was the founder and manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company and recruited Janis Joplin as its lead singer. He was a producer and organizer, helping to stage free concerts and other cultural events at Golden Gate Park, the backdrop of San Francisco's Summer of Love in 1967, as well as at other venues, including the Avalon Ballroom.

He was the first producer of psychedelic light-show concerts at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom and was instrumental in helping to develop bands that had the distinctive San Francisco Sound. Helms died June 25, 2005 of complications from hepatitis C. He was 62.


concert handbill 11"x 8,5"

This item is an original Concert handbill is from a mid ninties Benefit to help out the Father of the Family Dog Chet Helms with his healthcare costs. Artist performing at the Gig were: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Steve Miller, Greg Allman, Stu Cook & Doug Clifford, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Lee Michaels, Squis Vicious Orchestra (Gary Duncan, Ross Valory, David Denny, Bobby Scott, Greg Errico, Herman Eberitzasch & y Klopps), Peter Tork (of the Monkees), Counry Joe McDonald, Harvey Mandel, Dan Hicks, Barry Melton & the Dinosaurs, Peter Kaukonen, Boots Hughston,Terry Dolan, Nick Gravenites, Greg Elmore, John McFee, Keith Knudsen, Jerry Miller, Mitchell Holman, Howard Wales, Darby Slick, Carribean Allstars, Lenny Williams, Doug Sahm (of Sir Douglas Quintet), Guy Allison, Sky Saxon, Chris Solberg. Now that's what I call a line-up of some of the Bay Area's Favorites! M/C's were Wavy Gravy, Ken Kesey and Peter Coyote! Sponsors included Gibson Guitars, Mesa Boogie Amps and the Plant! This show took place Saturday April 30th, 1994 at the Maritime Hall at 450 Harrison St in San Francisco. It is an original thin paper blank backed concert handbill Size is apporximately 11" X 8.5".

The artist involved with creating this handbill is M. Dolgufhkin of Hot Tomato Studios. The old classic Dancing Lecher is from the FD 3 poster I believe... We miss you Chet! Man what Gigs you must be arranging on the other side right now!




Maritime Hall, San Francisco, CA with Steve Miller, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gregg Allman, New Riders, Dan Hicks, Lee Michaels, Chris Solberg, Squid Vicious Orchestra, Peter Tork, Terry Dolan, Barry Melton, Boots Hughston, Starship, Harvey Mandel, Nick Gravenites, Greg Elmore, Mitchell Holman, Howard Wales, Darby Slick, Doug Sahm  and The Sir Douglas Quintet, Sky Saxon, Jerry Miller, Peter Lewis, Guy Allison, Caribbean Allstars, Wavy Gravy, Ken Kesey, Peter Coyote, Lenny Williams, Bill Ham [Tribute to Chet Helms]