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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site

(Original Event Date:  xx/xx/xxxx Special Re-Broadcast Date:  XX/XX/XXXX)

What? You thought we'd leave ya hangin' for the weekend? Not a chance! 
YOU are our Special Guest for the next LA Free Press 'LIVE' Event! >>TONIGHT - 8 pm at the Kaleidoscope - It's
 Big Brother and the Holding Company .... Rhinoceros..... See More

 — with Peter Albin and 5 others.



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Kathleen Ihnen Cant wait


Sam Andrew I just put this poster in a history of Big Brother that I'm writing.


Bruno Ceriotti From Friday, July 12 to Saturday, July 13, 1968, Kaleidoscope Presents a Dance-Concert with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Rhinoceros, and lights by Jerry Abrams Head Lights, at the Kaleidoscope, 6230 Sunset Boulevard, Downtown Hollywood, CA. Sam Andrew any memories to share?


Bruno Ceriotti actually this wasn't the gig poster Sam, this was the Los Angeles Free Press' full-page ad


Sam Andrew Bruno, thank you.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Sam Andrew Nice to see you here! Will be nice to see you at the show, too  Less than 6 hours from now, it is. If you don't come across one of the LA Freep issues there, just let me know, and I'll send you a copy of the advert for your collection, k?

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Sam Andrew Yes, Bruno, and thank you.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Sam Andrew Hi, Sam! This is Steven... Bruno is safely tucked in bed in the wilds of Italy. Has been my pleasure to serve this up - he's the Historian for all of us here - and we're honored you have stopped by! If you private message me a zip code - that's all we need - I'll be delighted to send out that advert to you. Thanks for all the great music, really.

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 27 at 12:15pm · Like

Bruno Ceriotti thanks Sam!

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Sam Andrew Steven, thank you for everything.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Sam Andrew Wow! my pleasure, for sure! Advert lands to you at top of this coming week....pls check you message box here on FB - on Tuesday - for details.

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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27 · Edited

Seems like only yesterday that we were talkin’ about that great event at the SMC. Ya know… it’s still up and running at our LA FP Music Page, right? Just Click the Icon, and head on DOWN to its start on 7/22 at 8, then scroll up to catch the entire show. HOURS and HOURS of great music, and some surprises, too. 
For instance… Iron Butterfly skipped, and The Strawberry Alarm Clock up showed up instead, and then left with the sound equipment! West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band was then barely heard, but Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Moby Grape, and The Yardbirds came thru loud and clear.
Come see it all, again. We, the LA Free Press, will be delighted to see you there, as our Guest!
Now, you best hurry, as there are just 5 hours left before TONIGHT’S LIVE Event with Janis Joplin and the Big Brother and the Holding Company, Super Group Rhinoceros… and a special, truly unexpected surprise! (All that begins at 8… see you then.)



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Bruce Fraser That's my birthday and man do I remember Moby Grape.

July 27 at 3:55am · Like · 2

Bruce Fraser I still have Iron Butterfly on vinyl.
Didn't Doug Ingle their lead singer disappear or something years later?

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Bruce Fraser HAPPY Bday, man! Enjoy the show... AGAIN... is all there FOR YOU!!

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 27 at 4:05am · Like

Ron Gill The days of Free Press

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Steve Barnes That was a great summer of music at the Santa Monica Civic. They had these Tuesday night dances for a couple dollars with big name and local bands.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Steve Barnes We're doing our best to bring it all back! See you again on another Tuesday... hope you can make it tonight's show with BB&HC and Rhino.

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 27 at 4:39am · Like

Janie Morrell Ward - July 14 , 1967 !! wow

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Janie Morrell Ward Yes, that is going to be TONIGHT'S Event...and it's happening HERE in just about 2 hours. Hope you can join us... as our Guest, of course!

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Lew Campbell Iron Butterfly were, in all honestly, horrible ....

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Lapiedra Filosofal That's such a total event ...!!!

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Lapiedra Filosofal Thank you indeed ...!!

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Lapiedra Filosofal he he he ..."in a gadda da vida..."

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Lapiedra Filosofal Our pleasure... come again!

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Franklin Bell captian beefheart and the Yardnirds!!!

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Franklin Bell Hoped you liked the show.

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Bob Beedle Those were the days!

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Mike McCarthy OMG! I even have the album from West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

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Mike Grogan Wow~!~ Any relation???

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David Kilburn Now there's a concert!

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Lew Campbell Do you know how many FANTASTIC bands I saw in this venue? One of the most significant was, the 72 hour long, repeated showings of The BeaTles' MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR film that was never shown in the USA elsewhere "at that time" .... obscure live acts were MANDELA, MUSIC MACHINE, THE LEAVES, GRASSROOTS, PALACE GUARD, the doors, LoVe, YaRdBiRdS, THEM (Van Morsrison) ..... sand the beat goes on and on and on ....

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Tim Doherty As the Kaliedescope, I saw The Knack [w. Mike Chain], McCoys, Moby Grape, Youngbloods, many others. The best was a benefit in spring '68 for striking DJs at KPPC [do I have that right?] with Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Tiny Tim, Steppenwolf, Smokestack Lightnin', Clear Light... RFK was scheduled to come, but didn't make it. As the Hullaballoo, I saw a 3 piece Byrds, Thorinshield, East Side Kids.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Lew Campbell Man... if you saw 'em LIVE... come join ourEYEWitness Protection Program! Message us on any event that we're doing, that you actually witnessed... and we can add your comments TO the show. Cool, or what?

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 27 at 7:05am · Like · 1

The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Tim Doherty pls note my invite to Lew above... and join us, too  We're certainly going to benefit from you input, as well. Let's write history together.

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 27 at 7:07am · Like · 1

Tim Doherty If you post a show I went to, I'll be happy to tell you what I think I remember.

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John F Mitchell This was the best venue. The Mandela gave one of the best shows ever. The Yardbirds and more acts than I can remember.
My band played in a battle of the bands where we lost to The Doors.

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Christine Kinney Work The Mandala, East Side Kids Palace Guard - they were fantastic!!! I saw the original Knack there, too, and so many, many others. Tim & Lew, I think you and I saw a lot of the same acts. Thorinshield, indeed! Oh, and I still have ticket stubs from both the Hullabaloo and Kaleidoscope somewhere.

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Scott Charbonneau Tim - you SAW Thorinshield?!?!?! What were they like as a live band compared to the LP?

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Leonard Denault I was at many shows KPPC show for sure

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Leonard Denault In the cover photo no shirt no shoes, back to camera is local Hollywood person Bernardo

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Leonard Denault TYVM, Leonard...for being one of our Eyewitnesses!!

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 27 at 9:18am · Like

The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Tim Doherty What was your favorite... might be in our vault?

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Leonard Denault Very difficult to remember specific shows at that location, short window then the Aquarius ?

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Carolyn Wilson Balbach Rhiniceros..... I met Alan Gerber from that band one New Year's Eve in the valley '73 or '74. Couldn't have been more charming.

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Tim Doherty Scott Charbonneau My only visit to the Hullaballoo: Byrds, Thorinshield, East Side Kids. Sorry, but Thorinshield didn't make much impression on me. Maybe I didn't give them a fair chance because I thought the cover of their LP wasn't particularly memorable, so I didn't pay attention [hey, I was 17!] or because I was anxious to see the Byrds, who were very tired as a 3 piece.

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Ira M. Borin Hullabaloo Buffalo springfield!

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Ira M. Borin On 3/22?

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 29 at 12:09am · Like

Ira M. Borin No on 1/20/67

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Ira M. Borin My nephew was born on the 21st. Got me busted. I snuck out of the house to hitch to Hollywood for the show.

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Ira M. Borin Consider this bonus - you caught a show we didn't!

Commented on by Steven M. Finger · July 29 at 12:36am · Like · 1

Ira M. Borin Was well worth it.. I climbed in my bedroom window and 5 minutes later the phone Rang.. It was my Mom telling me that I was an uncle and cussing me out at the same time...

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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27

THE KALEIDOSCOPE was a ‘psychedelic club’ housed in the Earl Carroll Theater, built in 1938 at 6230 Sunset Boulevard (Argyle near Vine) in Hollywood. It featured two concentrically rotating stages at its center! 
By the 1950s, the venue was a TV Studio (Queen For A Day was filmed there), and by the early ‘60s it was The Moulin Rouge. On December 8, 1965, it became Dave Hull’s Hullabaloo (the TV show of the same name was broadcast from there). The Hullabaloo was an industry showcase, so bands played every night. Many played for free, and even headliners just got scale. There was also an after-hours set from 1:00 to 4:00 AM of many aspiring bands. 
About this same time, in ‘67, Skip Taylor, the Manager of Canned Heat, had wanted to run his own venue. He had booked shows for what he intended to be a club of his own - The Kaleidoscope. Its first weekend, ever, was to be April 14-16 at a building on 1228 Vine Street (La Miranda near Fountain), but a last-second injuction stopped that. So... the show was moved to the Embassy Ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel, at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard (which also housed the legendary Coconut Grove Ballroom). 
The next weekend (April 21-23), The ‘Kaleidoscope Club’ was moved to the famous Ciro’s LeDisc, at 8433 West Sunset Boulevard (at Olive, near La Cienaga), in West Hollywood. However, after these two weekends, the project was put on hold until the spring of ’68 when Skip, with William Morris agent John Hartmann and Gary Essert, took over the lease on the Hullabaloo (Taylor and Morris had been agents together at William Morris). 
On March 22, it opened as The Kaleidoscope, with Skip also as its Manager. The unique design of the theater’s stages allowed acts to set up prior to performing, and then rotate into place. A new sound system brought the Kaleidoscope up to Fillmore standards. However, the venue only held about 1,000 people, and was not able to become a profitable venture. 
Many Kaleidoscope shows were advertised by posters, and adverts in the LA Free Press - some by the now famous John Van Hammersveld. Like many LA venues, the Kaleidoscope was open many nights with only local bands and other entertainment. And it often showed films, as well.
You can (for right now) see it featured as our Cover Photo. CLICK the LIKE that’s actually ON the Cover Photo. THEN Click the Cover Photo ITSELF to see it IN FULL.

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Judi Funk and.....I believe it was the old Ciro's that became "It's Boss" . It was a great little club and The Byrd's were the house banc!! (confirmed to me by a former byrd!) 

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Christine Kinney Work Gosh, I saw everyone there from the Doors to Canned Heat to Sly and the Family Stone and on and on....thanks for posting !

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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27 · Edited

OMG! ONLY 30 minutes to the LA Free Press’ next ‘LIVE’ Event - It’s Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Rhinoceros, at the Kaleidoscope Tonight!
Starting at 8, it’s these two terrific bands... and then a bit of after-show entertainmen
t you might want to stick around for  
Hope you've got the drill down by now – show up, toss our name around, and you’re in! (Yes, you do get keep that wad for admission in your jeans. And, no, they don’t frisk at the door.) Your land line might be out, but there are other ways to let your Friends know what’s ‘happening’! (The chick singing is really worth hearing.)



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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27 · Edited

Good Evening, all. Welcome to the fabulous Kaleidoscope. First up, without further ado, as I know that line was a long one, here’s... Rhinoceros! We’ll get to introducing all of these fine gentlemen of this super group as they go thru their set… guess we do a few things a little differently here, knowing how groups and crowds get when they can’t wait to get goin’. So… everybody ready? Let's rock n' roll!



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Sunny Sun-Downer Was CSN&Y manager John Hartman the owner of the Kaleidoscope..? (Maybe Art Kunkin remembers!)

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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27 · Edited

Let me just scoot in here and make some intros of these boys making this wonderful noise… it’s John Finley on vocals, formerly of Jon and Lee & The Checkmates, Alan Gerber on vocals and piano, Danny Weis, guitar, and piano, formerly of Iron Butterfly, Doug Hastings, guitar, formerly of Daily Flash and Buffalo Springfield, on the organ here, it’s Michael Fonfara, formerly of Electric Flag, Jerry “The Bear” Penrod at bass also from Iron Butterfly, and the great late Billy Mundi on drums formerly of The Mothers Of Invention. Guess we all come from somewhere, glad they all came here tonight…. Just to get together and play… sounds like they’re pretty much grooved in, hey?
Ok… our own projectionist wanted to try something, see that they are going to move over up there and give him a shot… hope you like what he has in mind.



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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27

Apparently, they are... so here we go.....




You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)

Rhinoceros - An overlooked band from the 60s I originally uploaded this video in April 2008, however it had very lo-rez audio. That being the case, and since...



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Ralph Del Vecchio Really liked this band..

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Ralph Del Vecchio They ARE hot, aren't they?

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Ralph Del Vecchio Just wish they had more then 3 lps at the time...

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Vince Duggan Had this

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Vince Duggan Good to see you here!

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Rick Higgins Great LP.

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David Martin Never heard them before....like it!

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Ok... here's that light show we thought we'd insert... I see our guy is still working on some notes... heeere we go




Rhinoceros - That Time of the Year (psych rock, US, 1968)

Rhinoceros - That Time of the Year (composer: Alan Gerber) Album: Rhinoceros (1968, Elektra)(reissue: 2002, Collector's Choice) Lyrics, as I heard, - Later I...



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Leonard Denault Saw Jon and Lee and The Checkmates in Toronto

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Guess we shorted out some lights up there on the projection stand, still, the show goes on....




Rhinoceros - I've Been There

http://www.discogs.com/Rhinoceros-Rhinoceros/master/254570



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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27 · Edited

Yeah... were sorry about that... but seems like all the lights are back with us.



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When You Say You're Sorry

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Rhinoceros - Same Old Way

http://www.discogs.com/Rhinoceros-Rhinoceros/master/254570



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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27 · Edited

Ok... we're just going to take 5... hurry where you need to go... hurry back.

AND THOSE OF YOU who are staying put... time to make your COMMENTS... as we're taking this break to reply to them all 

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Close your eyes on this one, will be dimming the lights...




Rhinoceros - I Will Serenade You

http://www.discogs.com/Rhinoceros-Rhinoceros/master/254570



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Lola Shafer this a good one!

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Lola Shafer Most of them, tonight, are. Am really hoping you'll stay awhile longer  'ere.

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Lola Shafer am still here. I was at the Kalaidoscope show, but sure was a long time ago. Mostly remember Janis and Big Brother. Might still have the Rhinocerous LP--I know I still have Cheap Thrills. Interesting page.

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Lew Campbell The drummer of Rhinoceros ran a head shop near the corner of Victory and Van Nuys Blvd, circa '67/'68 ... cool guy. Spent a lot of time "tripping" in that place .......

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The Los Angeles Free Press 60's Music Site Lew Campbell... do you remember the name of the head shop?

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Rhinoceros - Along Comes Tomorrow

http://www.discogs.com/Rhinoceros-Rhinoceros/master/254570



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Posted by Steven M. Finger · July 27 · Edited

THANK YOU, RHINOCEROS!! Man...what a set.
Well, as you know, here at the Kaleidoscope Club, our stages rotate into place, so… HERE COMES
 Big Brother and the Holding Company, with a young lady named Janis. 
Formed in San Fran in ‘65 and or
iginally known as The Blue Yard Hill, she joined quite a bit later… but it seems like it works. Featured on guitar is Sam Andrew, Peter Albin is on bass, James Gurley on guitar, Dave Getz on drums… Ms. Janis Joplin on lead vocals. 
Their debut album has been out about a year now, and I’ve been told they’ve been getting cheap thrills outta doing their next one, soon to be released. Here they are now!

 — with Dave Getz and 5 others.