Great American Music Hall

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Great American Music Hall
Great American Music Hall (April 1976).jpg
The Great American Music Hall, 1976.
Former names Blanco's (1907 - 1935)
Music Box (1936 - 1971)
Location 859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California
United States
Coordinates 37°47′06″N 122°25′08″W / 37.785048°N 122.418835°W / 37.785048; -122.418835Coordinates: 37°47′06″N 122°25′08″W / 37.785048°N 122.418835°W / 37.785048; -122.418835
Type Nightclub
Opened 1907 (1907)
Renovated 1972
Owner Slim's Presents
Capacity 600
Website www.gamh.com

The Great American Music Hall is a concert hall in San Francisco, California. It is located on O'Farrell Street in the Tenderloin neighborhood on the same block as the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater. It is known for its decorative balconies, columns, and frescoes and for its history of unique entertainment, which has included burlesque dancing as well as jazz, folk music, and rock'n'roll concerts. The capacity of the hall is 600 people.[1]

History[edit]

The hall was established in 1907 during the period of rebuilding that followed the 1906 Earthquake. Its interior was designed by a French architect. It was originally called Blanco's, after a notorious Barbary Coast house of prostitution.[2]

In 1936, Sally Rand, known for her fan dance and bubble dance acts, acquired the property and branded it the Music Box. After World War II, the venue went into a long decline that nearly ended in the destruction of the building in a fire.[3]

In 1972, newly refurbished and painted, the building was renamed the Great American Music Hall. In 1974, the new line-up of Journey debuted there, also Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead debuted and recorded a live album with Legion of Mary, his jazz influenced rock band in 1974, and again later with the Jerry Garcia Band as well as The Grateful Dead's album One from the Vault. In 1982 Robin Williams filmed his HBO special, "An Evening with Robin Williams". In the early '90s, radio station KKSF 103.7FM hosted several large "Music Without Borders Listener Appreciation Concerts", with performances by Opafire as well as other Contemporary Jazz groups. Traditional burlesque was brought back to the Great American Music Hall when the Velvet Hammer Burlesque troupe performed in 2003 and 2004. Today the Great American Music Hall continues to thrive as a respected venue for music and entertainment in San Francisco, and in 2013 it was named the sixth-best rock club in America in a Rolling Stone poll of artists and managers.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Best Clubs in America". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Great American Music Hall". SF Weekly. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Conquest, Evan. "Historic Venue - Great American Music Hall". Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ All Blues/Forest Rain, Herbie Mann (Herbie Mann Music HMM1, 1980)
  5. ^ Web of Mimicry catalog
  6. ^ Jonathan Coulton Album Promotion

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