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Boz Scaggs 'Rockin' The Mint'

Rockin' The Mint

Through Sunday, Wolfgang's Vault is exhibiting Bill Graham's prolific collection of San Francisco rock memorabilia in Backstage Pass: A Sweeping History of Rock 'n' Roll at the historic Old Mint Building, whose doors have been closed to the public since 1994.

The vast hallways and ballrooms have been covered with banners, posters, and photographs, displaying the rich history of the performers, venues, promoters, and artists in San Francisco's music scene. The exhibition also includes the original backstage door to the Winterland Ballroom, which was the place to be back in the day.

Visitors will also get the chance to check out the Old Mint's vaults and counting rooms. Exciting!

All proceeds will benefit the San Francisco Historical Society, who are currently raising $83 million to restore and renovate the building.

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society  presents

Rockin' The Mint
   Standing Ovations 2009

June 4th, 2009   6:30 PM
The Old Mint    5th & Mission Street, San Francisco

The event is now sold out. Thank you for your interest. We hope to see you next year!

Introducing the Old Mint in all its glory, the magnificent National Historic Landmark will open its doors for a one-night only experience to celebrate the historic achievements of San Francisco Bay Area luminaries.

With special performances by Jefferson Starship and Booker T.

The San Francisco Museum & Historical Society (SFMHS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories of the men and women of this region and how their contributions have impacted the United States and the world. Our mission is to make the rich heritage and diverse culture of San Francisco and the Bay Area relevant, engaging and fun for all audiences. SFMHS is leading The Mint Project, the restoration and preservation of The Old Mint, which will be transformed into an innovative cultural institution, learning center and portal to the Bay Area.

The Event

The stars have aligned for Standing Ovations 2009 - Rockin' The Mint

On Thursday, June 4, the magnificent Old Mint will open its doors for a one-night only experience to celebrate the historic achievements of San Francisco Bay Area music luminaries. Guests will enjoy a truly unforgettable evening in this National Historic Landmark, with cocktails, a seated dinner, dancing and a colorful awards ceremony honoring seven local music legends with live performances by renowned Bay Area artists Booker T. and Jefferson Starship.

SFMHS will also honor seven music legends, who began their musical careers in San Francisco:

Booker T  •  Boz Scaggs  •  Carlos Santana  •  The Grateful Dead
Huey Lewis and The News  •  Jefferson Starship  •  Tower of Power

The gala will also pay tribute to San Francisco's iconic music venues and memorable concerts with a rare private exhibit of selected Bill Graham archives from Wolfgang's Vault, the world’s largest collection of live concert recordings and music memorabilia. Highlights will include historic posters and streaming videos of San Francisco's top concerts.

Proceeds from Standing Ovations - Rockin' The Mint help fund our efforts to present San Francisco's past, present and future through a broad spectrum of innovative programs, including a history wiki, a monthly neighborhood program series, narrated historical walks, award-winning publications, and special events that give residents and visitors exciting ways to experience San Francisco's history.


Booker T.

Music fans lucky enough to have attended the June 15 concert at Sigmund Stern Grove had the pleasure of listening to the legendary R&B and popular music star, Booker T. He may be more familiar to fans as the Grammy-Award winning Booker T. of Booker T. and the MG's.
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The group also won the Rhythm and Blues Association's Pioneer Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Music lovers still remember many legendary concerts at Winterland in the '60s and '70s, some with the MG's and some with Booker T. alone.

Booker T. has received three BAMmie Awards for outstanding keyboardist and has contributed music to films such as Get Shorty, White Men Can't Jump and American Graffiti.

Moving here from Memphis in 1971, he not only produced albums for Willie Nelson but also supervised the 1971 debut album by Bill Withers featuring such hits as "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me." He recorded solo albums and also played sessions with Carlos Santana, John Fogerty and Bob Dylan.

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs already had a music career and had worked with several bands when he came to San Francisco during the late 1960s and rejoined his old friend, Steve Miller, a Dallas prep school classmate. After recording two acclaimed albums with the Steve Miller Band, Scaggs left in 1968 to follow a solo career.
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His endeavors were received enthusiastically by critics but not the public until his 1976 release, Silk Degrees, which zoomed to Number Two on the music charts. "Lowdown" from the album won a Grammy for Best R&B Song of the Year. Two successive albums, Down Two Then Left and Middle Man, joined Silk Degrees in striking platinum. He also wrote "Look What You've Done to Me" for the soundtrack of Urban Cowboy. During this time period, he was also appearing in concert in the Bay Area, including several concerts at the restored Paramount Theater in Oakland. He spent most of the '80s in retirement, returning with the album, Other Roads, and a tour with Donald Fagan's Rock and Soul Revue. Although he continues to perform around the world, he calls the Bay Area home and he and his wife produce their own wine in the Napa Valley.

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican rock musician and guitarist, who has been in the limelight since the late 1960s for his band's blend of rock, salsa and jazz fusion. As a teenager, Santana began performing in Tijuana, inspired by the American rock & roll and blues music of artists like B. B. King, Ray Charles, and Little Richard.
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In the early 1960s, Santana moved with his family to San Francisco's Mission District where the young guitarist got the chance to see his idols, most notably King, perform live. He was also introduced to a variety of new musical influences, including jazz and international folk music, and witnessed the growing hippie movement centered in San Francisco in the 1960s. After several years spent working as a dishwasher in a diner and playing for spare change on the streets, Santana decided to become a full-time musician; in 1966, he formed the Santana Blues Band, with fellow street musicians David Brown and Gregg Rolie.

With their highly original blend of Latin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa, and African rhythms, the band, which quickly became known simply as Santana, gained an immediate following on the San Francisco club scene. Bill Graham, who had been a fan of the band from the start, convinced the promoters of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival to let them appear before their first album was even released. They were one of the surprises of the festival with a legendary set; the exposure of their eleven-minute instrumental "Soul Sacrifice" in the Woodstock film and soundtrack albums vastly increased Santana's popularity.

Their first album, Santana, spurred by a Top 10 single, "Evil Ways," went triple platinum, selling over four million copies and remaining on the Billboard chart for over two years. Abraxas, released in 1970, went platinum, scoring two more hit singles, "Oye Como Va" and "Black Magic Woman."

1999's Supernatural included collaborations with Everlast, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Cee-Lo, Maná, Dave Matthews, and others. The lead single, "Smooth" grabbed the attention of both fans and the music industry, spending twelve weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100; and the follow-up single, "Maria Maria," featuring the R&B duo The Product G&B, also hit number one, spending ten weeks there in the spring of 2000. Supernatural eventually sold over 15 million copies in the United States, making it Santana's biggest sales success by far. Supernatural won nine Grammy Awards (eight for Santana personally), including Album of the Year, Record of the Year for "Smooth,” and Song of the Year for Thomas and Itaal Shur.

Carlos Santana has jammed with many of Standing Ovations' honorees, from Booker T. to Tower of Power. He has lead former band members and collaborators to new heights, including Gregg Rolie and San Francisco Bay Area guitar prodigy Neal Schon, who both later went on to become founding members of Journey. Santana has been reinventing and reshaping the landscape of music culture for over four decades. A visionary artist with no regard for genre boundaries, Carlos' fluid funk and Latin sound laid claim to the concept of "world music" before the term ever surfaced on pop culture radar.

The Grateful Dead

The pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world, the Grateful Dead was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, jazz, psychedelia, space rock and gospel—and for live performances of long musical improvisation. The Grateful Dead most embodied all the elements of the San Francisco scene and came, therefore, to represent the counterculture to the rest of the country.
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The Grateful Dead began their career in Menlo Park, California, playing live shows at Kepler's Books as The Warlocks in early 1964. Moving to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco, this area became known for the San Francisco Sound; groups such as Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Santana went on to national fame, giving San Francisco an image as a center for the hippie counterculture of the era.

The founding members of the Grateful Dead were: banjo and guitar player Jerry Garcia, guitarist Bob Weir, bluesman organist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, the classically trained Phil Lesh and jazzist drummer Bill Kreutzmann. Lesh was the last member to join the Warlocks before they became the Grateful Dead, replacing Dana Morgan Jr. who had played bass for a few gigs.

Following the passing of Garcia in 1995, members disbanded to other gigs, but appeared together sporadically with great enjoyment and delight from their fans, the ubiquitous "Deadheads." In February 14, 2003, (as they said) "reflecting the reality that [was]," they renamed themselves The Dead, reflecting the abbreviated form of the band name that fans had long used and keeping "Grateful" retired out of respect for Garcia. The members would continue to tour on and off through the end of their 2004 Summer Tour - the "Wave That Flag" tour, named after the original 1973 uptempo version of the song "U.S. Blues." The band accepted Jeff Chimenti on keyboards, Jimmy Herring on guitar, and Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals as part of the band for the tour.

On February 10, 2007, the Grateful Dead received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was accepted on behalf of the band by Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.

Huey Lewis

Hugh Anthony Cregg III was raised in Marin County, attending Strawberry Point Elementary and Edna Maguire High. He changed his name to Huey (from a Donald Duck nephew) and Lewis in honor of the man he considered his stepfather, Beat Generation poet Lewis Welch. He went to Cornell University but returned to San Francisco before gra
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A gig in Corte Madera led to the forming of Lewis' own band, American Express, which was soon changed to Huey Lewis and the News. The band hit the top 40 in 1982 with the album, Picture This, and the song, "Do You Believe in Love?" It was followed in 1983 with Sports, one of the best-selling pop releases of all time, and Fore, another #1 multi-platinum smash. Another iconic Lewis hit was "Hip to Be Square," released in 1986. Two more hit albums, Small World in 1988 and Hard At Play in 1991, gave the band an impressive string of 14 Billboard Hot 100 Hits.

The band also performed on "We Are the World," USA-for-Africa's fund-raising single.

Lewis has also appeared in many movies, including Back to the Future, Short Cuts, Duets (he played Gwyneth Paltrow's father) and .com for Murder. He went from the silver screen to Broadway this past year, appearing in the musical Chicago.

Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship is an offshoot of the fabled Jefferson Airplane. Singer-guitarist Paul Kantner, the last remaining founding member of Jefferson Airplane, left the group to form the KBC Band. In 1992, he renamed the band Jefferson Starship. The group continues to entertain audiences worldwide with live performances and the release of new studio albums.
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Extremely popular on the rock scene in the 1970s and 1980s, the band evolved from a Paul Kantner album project entitled Blows Against the Empire, featuring an ad-hoc group of all-star musicians who called themselves Jefferson Starship.

The band proper would initially consist of Kantner, Grace Slick, Craig Chaquico and Peter Kaukonen to promote Slick's solo album Manhole and after that Jefferson Starship was formally launched.

After the initial tour, Kaukonen left and was replaced by Pete Sears for the first studio album, Dragon Fly, and continued in about the same configuration until late 1978. The band redefined their music with more of a hard-rock edge with Aynsley Dunbar and Mickey Thomas joining.

In 1984, Paul Kantner left forming KBC Band with former bandmates Balin and Casady. The remaining members renamed themselves Starship, releasing three studio albums. Kantner began performing again in 1991 with Tim Gorman and Slick Aguilar of the KBC Band, calling themselves "Paul Kantner's Wooden Ships."

As the band continued to add more members, Kantner renamed the band Jefferson Starship once again. In September 2008, the band released their latest studio effort Jefferson's Tree of Liberty.

Tower of Power

In the mid-1960s, 17-year-old tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Fremont, California, starting the band, The Gotham City Crime Fighters. which evolved into The Motowns, including bassist Francis 'Rocco' Prestia, specializing in soul music covers. During 1968, Castillo teamed up with baritone saxophonist Stephen Kupka (later to be dubbed 'The Funky Doctor') and trumpet/trombone player Mic Gillette, moved to Oakland, and together began writing and performing original material. One of their early influences was Soul artist James Brown. They changed the band's name to Tower of Power and began playing frequently in the Bay Area.
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In 1970, Tower of Power (by then including trumpeter/arranger Greg Adams, and drummer David Garibaldi) signed a recording contract with Bill Graham's San Francisco Records and quickly released its first album, East Bay Grease. Next, augmented by percussionist/conga/bongo player Brent Byars, they moved to Warner Bros. Records and 1972's Bump City and 1973's self-titled release, Tower of Power, were breakout albums for the band.

Well known in the 70's for tunes such as "What is Hip?" and "You're Still a Young Man," Tower of Power toured with Sly Stone and Creedence Clearwater Revival, creating traffic jams when they started to headline their own shows. They performed on records with the likes of Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart and Dionne Warwick, and influenced a generation of musicians (including Sting, who has told Emilio Castillo, founder of the group, that he once had a "Tower of Power clone band" before he formed The Police).

Now, with almost 40 years of recording and touring experience behind them, Tower of Power melds jazz, funk, rock and soul in a way no group ever has. The ten-piece outfit is, as a recent Hollywood Reporter review called them, "tighter than a clenched fist." Tower of Power is experiencing a renaissance, touring most of every year and packing venues in the United States, Japan and all over Europe with its audience of new and old fans. Things just keep getting better and better.


A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits – on June 4, 2009, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society will honor the San Francisco Bay Area's Rock and Roll elite in stunning fashion.

6:30 pm     Cocktail Reception in the Vaults
The evening begins with cocktails and entertainment at 6:30 PM in the historic Old Mint Vaults.

7:45 pm     Dinner in the Old Mint
As if superior wines and specialty beverages paired with world-class entertainment isn't enough, you will dine on a sumptuous meal in the beautifully restored rooms on the Mint's Main Floor, including the Ornate Counting Rooms. A specially designed menu will be presented by Chef Lucas Shoemaker and McCall Associates.

9:30 pm     Rockin' The Mint Program and Concert at Mezzanine
It just gets better - with vintage Rock and Roll films from Wolfgang's Vault, award presentations to our Honorees and live performances by the renowned Booker T. and Jefferson Starship. Top that with special guests and a night of surprises.

Honorary and Host Committees

SFMHS thanks the committees for their assistance in presenting Standing Ovations 2009 -Rockin' The Mint.

   Honorary Event Chair:
The Honorable Mayor Gavin Newsom

   Honorary Committee:
Ben Fong-Torres
Joel Selvin
Baron Wolman
Michael Zagaris

   Host Committee Co-Chairs:
Ron Conway
David Drummond

   Host Committee:
Allese and Simon Baker
Jennifer Blakely
Brodie Cobb
Mark Conroe
Sidney Espinosa
Deborah Frieden
John Giacomazzi
Liz Hume and Jay Jacobs
Eleanor Johns
Lyla Kuriyan
Alissa Lee
John Lum
Katherine Noesen
Wendi Norris
Heather Sarni
Astro Teller
Stacey Welsh
David Zisser

San Francisco Chronicle Article

Treasure trove of S.F. rock relics at Old Mint

Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Pop Music Critic
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

As Katherine York, the enthusiastic archivist for Wolfgang's Vault, offered a sneak peek at the ephemera from the Bill Graham collection that will be on display for a rare public exhibition at the Old Mint Building for just a few days this week, she couldn't help resorting to hyperbole.

"This is the history of San Francisco music," she said, making her way through the vast hallways and ballrooms where nearly every wall was adorned with large-scale vinyl banners reproducing seminal concert posters and photographs covering everything from the earliest days of the Fillmore through major performances by modern-day superstars such as Green Day and Metallica.

York said that for "Backstage Pass: A Sweeping History of Rock 'n' Roll at the Old Mint," which runs Wednesday through Sunday, her intention was to organize a show that would offer visitors a loose timeline of the city's storied rock 'n' roll past.

She pointed out posters for Led Zeppelin's first San Francisco appearance, opening for Country Joe and the Fish, and the Sex Pistols' last.

"It's not just the history of the performers," she said. "It's the history of the venues. It's the history of the promoters. It's the history of the artists."

People who come to the show also will get a special look inside the historic building, which has been open only for private events since shuttering its doors as a museum in 1994. 

Even better, York said, the off-limits vaults downstairs have been opened and each one designated as a dedicated showcase for the Bay Area's musical heavyweights: the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Huey Lewis and the News, Booker T, Boz Scaggs, Carlos Santana and Tower of Power.

On the decision to display blown-up reproductions of the vintage works rather than the originals, York said the real things were simply too valuable to haul out for public display. "We would have to get everything insured and locked down," she said.

Still, she did manage to bring the actual backstage door from the Winterland Ballroom, the portal that countless rock icons - Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Doors, for starters - either stepped through or crashed into. How did she score that?

"It's priceless," York said.

Backstage Pass: A Sweeping History of Rock 'n' Roll at the Old Mint: Noon-5 p.m. Wed-Sun. Old Mint Building, 88 Fifth St., San Francisco. $10. (415) 537-1105.

This article appeared on page E - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle
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