Venues, Promoters, Lightshows & Printers

VENUES

The old Terrace Ballroom was probably the closest Salt Lake had to San Francisco's legendary Avalon and Fillmore Ballrooms. Located on Main Street between 4th and 5th South, it has languished as a vacant lot since being reduced to a pile of rubble a decade ago. It began life in the 30's and 40's as the Coconut Grove and Rainbow Rendezvous featuring big band and jazz concerts by the likes of Glen Miller, Spike Jones and Earl "Fatha" Hines.

A litany of classic bands all played the Terrace, often returning again and again. In Joplin's first appearance Janis strolled across the stage, clutching a bottle of Southern Comfort by the throat while the questioning crowd pondered, (Who is that hippie chick?". The array of bands included: Moby Grape, Country Joe and the Fish,- Donovan, Its a Beautiful Day, Grateful Dead, Iron Butterfly, Big Brother and the Holding Co., Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Byrds, Love, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Youngbloods, and Mothers of Invention.

By an accident of geography, Salt Lake City was often the first stop on the tour for the emerging San Francisco bands. Most of the SF bands were well known and loved and returned repeatedly to Salt Lake City.

The Rolling Stones performed at Lagoon in 1966 at one of the area's first rock and roll concerts. OHler legendary concerts at Lagoon included, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Mothers of Invention, Electric Prunes, Janis Joplin and the Beach Boys. After Jim Morrison's appearance in 68, Lagoon switched to soft rock concerts like the Association and the Carpenters.

The legendary Numenor concerts were at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, known to aficionados as the "Dirt Palace". Blue Cheer, Clear Light, Canned Heat, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Buffalo Springfield, Youngbloods and H.P.Lovecraft all played the "Dirt Palace". James Brown is known to have played there as early as 1966.

The Salt Palace arose form the ashes of West Temple's old pawn shop row in 1969. Although many big name bands played the Palace to packed houses, it's cavernous interior and lousy acoustics coupled with its institutional demeanor were never popular with sixties era concert goers. A precursor of today's Delta Center.

PROMOTERS

The Old Mill managed by Ed Huntsman was a favorite haunt of the locals. Alice Cooper played there for $700.00, sleeping on Huntsman's floor, because the band was too broke to afford a motel room.

Many local and national bands played at various venues at the University of the Utah, especially at the Union Ballroom, The Valley Music Hall also hosted rock concerts before being purchased by the L.D.S. Church.

Other venues included Derks Field (Franklin Quest Field), the Point of the Mountain, Parkwest (Wolf Mountain), Westminster College and dozens of lesser known sites.

Early promoters of Salt Lake rock concerts include Numenor, Factory Company, and others. Other promoters were Children in Time:00, Creative Concerts, Brain Trust, M & A Productions, Mad Dog Goodman, A.S.U.U. and Feyline.

Stu Felton, Joe Bernolfo and Ray Carter of Lyme, Inc. were responsible for booking some of the early shows including The Mothers of Invention and Big Brother & The Holding Company at Lagoon.

Rick Romney, of the General Store was an early concert promoter along with Stan Schubach of Tape Head Company who produced a great - run of concerts throughout the Salt Lake Valley including Pink Floyd at the Terrace. Jim McNeil of United Concerts began promoting shows in the late 60's and continues to this day. McNeil brought the Rolling Stones Back to Salt Lake, after a 28 year hiatus.

Scott Arnold, formerly of Creative Concerts, began producing concerts in the late 1970s He is responsible for many "modern music", "alternative music", jazz and blues festivals and reggae shows.

LIGHTSHOWS

Most of the rock concerts during the 60's and early 70's also featured a psychedelic light show. The early Numenor shows imported jerry Abrams Headlights for Sail Francisco.

Early Salt. Lake light shows included Five Fingers on my Hand (Mike Foster), Flash and Edison Visuals (Mikel Covey and Kenvin lyman), Frank 'n Stein (Mikel and Toni Covey), Rainbow jam (Kenvin Lyman and Richard Taylor). Other known local light shows include Maynard Associates, Wherehouse ltd. Aurora Borealis (Stan Schubach), Bandersnatch, Visual Aids Oenkyn Powell) and Up Against the Wall.

Kenvin Lyman is bringing his Birth of Post Modernism light show to today's opening reception. It consists of pieces from both Flash and Edison and Rainbow jam, Mikel Covey and Richard Taylor will also be in attendance.

PRINTERS

The printers who actually printed the posters are perhaps the unsung heroes behind the Salt lake Sixties. Two in particular stand out: Vanguard Graphics and Sun litho.
Bill Rounds and Stephen Thornton of Vanguard Graphics printed many of the posters you will see on display here today. Most of the United Concerts, Human Ensemble, etc. were printed during the night shift at Vanguard by pressman Bill Rounds - often with Neil Passey perched atop the printing press the two of them creating stunning beautiful split fountains and solid coverage blacks, often with little or no budget. Kenvin Lyman and Steve Kefauver also spent long nights with the graveyard shift at Vanguard creating new poster techniques as the presses rolled.
Richard Taylor and Kenvin lyman worked closely with the Birkenshaw family at Sun litho in the late 60s, creating their outstanding series of Rainbow jam concert and light show posters. With camera man Bill Birkenshaw, they constantly pushed the envelope at Sun litho, finessing techniques and developing new concepts never seen before. Taylor and lyman were "poor hippies" experimenting with the avant garde.

OTHER ARTISTS

Other poster artists active in the sixties and seventies were: Brian Jones who created a vibrant series of silk screened posters for local concerts at the University of Utah, Deral Barton, who drew early psychedelic posters and hand painted the Salt Lake Sixties frontispiece.

Brian Jones was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1946. After graduating from Skyline High he graduated from the Fine Arts Dept. at the U of U and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

As graphic designer for the Union Rock Committee at the U of U between 1966-1969 he produced an original series of hand stenciled designs for local bands (Smoke, Spirit of Creation, War of Armageddon, etc.). In 1967 Brian produced a "Ski Utah, The Best Kept Secret in the World" poster which featured an angel heralding the theme of the ski season. It ignited a controversy resulting in the poster being withdrawn and subsequently burned.

Brian is active in the advertising field and is currently creative director at Herridge and Associates of Salt lake City.

Nancy Caravan and Debra Brandon created a series of posters for Renaissance Fairs and Theatre groups. Brandon's Fairspace posters are outstanding silkscreens, a few of which are featured in this show.

Other artists and photographers include Tom Dawson, the late Mike Cassidy, Chris Boulton, Brian Record, J. R. Ruppel, R. Smith and the folks at the University of Utah's Design and Production.

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