The Fillmore (also known as Fillmore Auditorium) is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California made famous by Bill Graham. A music venue is any location regularly used for a Concert or Musical performance The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Bill Graham ( January 8, 1931 &ndash October 25, 1991) was an American Impresario and rock Concert promoter Named for its original location at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, it lies on the boundary of the Western Addition and the Pacific Heights neighborhoods. Fillmore Street is an eclectic street in San Francisco California which starts in the Lower Haight and travels northward through the Fillmore District and Pacific Geary Boulevard (designated as Geary Street east of Van Ness Avenue) is a major east-west thoroughfare in San Francisco California, beginning downtown The Western Addition is a Neighborhood in San Francisco, California, sandwiched between Van Ness Avenue Golden Gate Park, the Upper Pacific Heights is an affluent Neighborhood of San Francisco, California, on the north side of California Street in the city In 1968, Graham moved his concerts to a different venue at Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue (formerly known as The Carousel Ballroom and El Patio) which he renamed Fillmore West; the original Fillmore Auditorium continued under the name The Elite Club. Market Street is a major street and important Thoroughfare in San Francisco California. Van Ness Avenue (originally known as Marlette Street) is a north-south arterial thoroughfare in San Francisco California that cut through Downtown from the Central Graham began presenting concerts at the original Fillmore Auditorium again in the 1980s, but it was closed due to earthquake damage in October 1989. After much structural work, in 1994 the original Geary Boulevard location re-opened as The Fillmore.
As of 2008, The Fillmore is leased and operated by Live Nation. Live Nation Inc is a live Events company based in Beverly Hills California.
In the mid-1960s, The Fillmore Auditorium became the focal point for psychedelic music and counterculture in general, with acts such as The Grateful Dead, The Who, Cream, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Doors and Big Brother and the Holding Company performing at the venue. The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 Psychedelic music is a term that refers to a broad set of popular music styles genres and scenes that may include Psychedelic rock, psychedelic folk, Psychedelic Counterculture (also " counter-culture " is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a Cultural group, or The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend Cream were a 1960s British rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service is an American Psychedelic rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco and considered as a part of the city's Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the Psychedelic rock movement "The Experience" redirects here For other uses of this term see Experience (disambiguation. Pink Floyd are This article is about the band For their self-titled debut album see The Doors (album; for the Oliver Stone film see The Doors (film; for Doors in computing Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the psychedelic music scene . Besides rock, Graham also featured non-rock acts such as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Lloyd, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding as well as poetry readings. Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Rahsaan Roland Kirk ( August 7, 1936 - December 5, 1977) was an American Jazz Multi-instrumentalist, playing Charles Lloyd may refer to Full name Charles Lloyd (jazz musician Charles Lloyd (poet Charles Lloyd (bishop Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25 1942 Franklin has had a total of twenty number-one singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart, two of which became #1 hits on the Otis Ray Redding Jr ( September 9, 1941 December 10, 1967) was an American soul singer A poetry reading is a performance of Poetry, normally given on a small stage in a Café or Bookstore, although poetry readings given by notable poets frequently The venue had a legendary ambience as well as the stellar performances, often with swirling light-show projections, strobe lights and uninhibited dancing. Liquid light shows or psychedelic light shows surfaced in the mid 1960s and early 1970s in America and Europe At the end of the evening, Bill Graham often stood next to a huge bin of fresh apples at the front exit saying good night to the patrons and handing out apples. Many attendees also took home small handbill versions of the famous psychedelic art posters designed by artists including Rick Griffin, Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso, and Stanley Mouse. Psychedelic art is art inspired by the psychedelic experience induced by drugs such as gymnastics take place in the world the art is LSD, Mescaline, and Psilocybin
After two years there, because of a deteriorating neighborhood and the modest capacity of the hall, Bill Graham moved the venue in July 1968 from the original building at 1805 Geary Boulevard to the Carousel Ballroom at 10 South Van Ness Avenue, at the corner of Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue (now the location of an automobile dealership), which was renamed Fillmore West (in contrast with Graham's Fillmore East auditorium in the East Village in New York City). William Carvel "Bill" Graham PC QC (born March 17, 1939, in Montreal Quebec) is a former Canadian politician Van Ness Avenue (originally known as Marlette Street) is a north-south arterial thoroughfare in San Francisco California that cut through Downtown from the Central Market Street is a major street and important Thoroughfare in San Francisco California. Fillmore East was promoter Bill Graham 's late Sixties / early Seventies rock palace in the East Village area of New East Village is the name given to neighborhoods in a number of cities;Canada Downtown East Village Calgary, Alberta;United Kingdom The City of New York The distinction between the original Fillmore Auditorium and the later Fillmore West is often lost on many music fans and journalists, especially those overseas who did not experience the San Francisco scene personally.
The original Fillmore location became a private club called The Elite Club. For several years in the early 1980s, punk promoter Paul Rat booked punk rock shows at this venue. Punk bands that performed at The Elite Club include Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Dead Kennedys, TSOL, Flipper, Gang of Four, and Public Image Ltd. 
The Fillmore reopened under Graham's management by the late 1980s, but it was damaged and closed by the Loma Prieta earthquake of October 1989. Black Flag was a Hardcore punk band formed in 1977 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist Bad Brains are an American Hardcore punk band formed in Washington D Dead Kennedys was an American Hardcore punk band from San Francisco, California. Flipper is an influential punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1979 continuing in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s then reuniting Gang of Four are an English Post-punk group from Leeds. Original personnel were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Public Image Ltd ( PiL) were an English musical group formed in 1978 by vocalist John Lydon, Guitarist Keith Levene The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. The Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the Quake of '89 and the World Series Quake, was a major Earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay After Graham died in a helicopter crash in 1991, those close to him decided to carry out his final wish to retrofit and reopen the original Fillmore. An aviation accident is defined in the International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 13 Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems The Fillmore re-opened in 1994 with the band The Smashing Pumpkins playing the first show. The Smashing Pumpkins are an American Alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988 San Francisco-based thrash metal band Testament recorded a live album at the reopened venue in 1995. Thrash metal (sometimes referred to simply as thrash) is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal that is characterized by its fast tempo and aggression Testament is an American Thrash metal band from California. Testament has two Top 40 albums and one Top 50 album to its credit in the UK Live at the Fillmore is a live album released by Testament in 1995 The Fillmore has once again become a San Francisco hot spot with frequent shows. For a standard show, the capacity of the Fillmore is 1,250 guests.
The Fillmore is also well known for its psychedelic concert posters by artists who in the 1960s included Wes Wilson and Rick Griffin. Psychedelic art is art inspired by the psychedelic experience induced by drugs such as gymnastics take place in the world the art is LSD, Mescaline, and Psilocybin Robert Wesley Wilson (b July 15, 1937) is an American Artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters. Richard Alden Griffin ( June 18, 1944 - August 18, 1991) was an American Artist and one of the leading designers of Copies of the night's poster are given to fans free of charge as they exit selected, sold-out shows. A chronological collection of these posters is on display in the mezzanine level of the auditorium today.
Other traditions are carried on to this day. One is a large tub of free apples for concert goers positioned near the entrance. Another is a "greeter", a staff member who welcomes each guest as they enter ("Welcome to the Fillmore!").
Live Nation has recently begun a campaign to expand the Fillmore "brand" by changing the names of a number of established clubs it owns around the U. S. to "The Fillmore____. " This includes clubs in Detroit, Philadelphia (Fillmore at the TLA), New York City (Fillmore at Irving Plaza), Denver and Miami Beach (Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theatre). Philadelphia (ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə The City of New York The City and County of Denver (pronounced /ˈdɛnvɚ/ is the Capital and the most populous city of Colorado, in the United States Plans underway to construct a Fillmore in the Washington, DC suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland have been met with opposition. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Silver Spring is an urbanized Unincorporated area in Montgomery County Maryland, USA