Over One Hundred Musicians Will
Take The “Official” Summer of Love Stage
CONFIRMED ACTS: Country Joe McDonald, Moby Grape reunion (all original members), Taj Mahal, Lester Chambers (from Chambers Brothers), Canned Heat, Moby Grape (reunion), Lydia Penseand Cold Blood, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jerry Miller Band (from Moby Grape) featuring Tiran Porter and Dale Ockerman (from the Doobie Brothers) and Fuzzy John Oxendine (from the Sons of Champlin) , Banana (from the Youngbloods), Michael McClure and Ray Manzarek (from the Doors), San Francisco’s First Family of Rock (TBA), Brian Auger, David Laflamme, Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer, Chris and Lorin of the Rowan Brothers, The Alameda All Stars (from Gregg Allman band), Brad Jenkins, Terry Haggerty (from the Sons of Champlin), Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, George Michalski - Pete Sears “Dueling Keys,” Freddie Roulette , Ron Thompson , The Charlatans, Leigh Stephens (Blue Cheer), Greg Douglas (from Steve Miller), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Essra Mohawk (from Mothers of Invention), Barry “The Fish” Melton, All Night Flight featuring David Denny and Steve McCarty (from Steve Miller), Jack King (from Cold Blood) and Dale Ockerman (former Doobie Brothers), Merl Saunders (supporting the event), Hair (reunion Original Cast), Squid B. Vicious with Buddy Miles, Jim Post (Friend and Lover, Siegel Schwall Blues Band), Charles Lewis – Harmonica, David Harris, Fayette Hauser and the Cocketts, Cindy Sheehan (political activist), Jack Hirschman (Poet Laureate of San Francisco), Scoop Nisker, Ben Vareen, Terrance Hallinan (former SF DA) ruth weiss (Beat Poet), Richard Eastman (marijuana initiative), Lenore Kandel (Beat Poet), Paul “Lobster” Wells, Khenchen Rinpoche (Buddhist Monk), Dr Hip (Eugene Schoenfeld), Artie Kornfeild (Producer of Woodstock), Wavy Gravy, Mouse man (Bagpipes), David E. Smith (Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic), Bruce Latimer (Bruce Latimer show), Rabbi Joseph Langer, Bruce Barthol (Mime Troupe), Stephen Gaskin, Doug Green, Howard Hesseman (schedule permitting), Benjamin Hernandez (Harts hands and Elders),American Indigenous people’s,Agnes Pilgrim and 13 Grandmas (schedule permitting), Lakota War Ponys, Merle Tendoy (6 th generation of Sacagawea) Shonie, Albert Tenaya, Harry Riverbottom (Chippewa), Chief Sunne Reyna, Iroquois Tribe, Dakota Tribe, Seminole Tribe, Emit Powell and the Gospel Elites. We are unable to pre-announce certain San Francisco heritage musicians because of their 60-mile/60-day contractual obligations and non-compete clauses.
What began 40 years ago in San Francisco is being celebrated worldwide this summer. Other events across the nation and around the world are also honoring the "Summer of Love 40th Anniversary," including Canada, England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and in Monterey and San Diego, California. All these events recognize and support the principals of the 60's generation and the birth of the counterculture.
A web cast of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 40th Anniversary Concert will be streamed throughout the day on the Apple QuickTime website. A&E and YourTV20 will be doing specials on the event.
There is a 29 poster series that has been printed commemorating this event in the classic 60’s style.
Artist included in the series:
Mark Henson, Hunter, Donovan (Fire House), J. Kosa, John Seabury , M. Dolgushkin, T. Tweleves, Crowbar, P. Ryan, L. Lamb, L. Conklin, M. Mot, L. Graves, A. Annenberg, Hamersfield, Ferris, Houston, Kerrigan, Howard, Moskowitz, Olson, Stanley Mouse Chris Shaw and Gilbert Johnson.
THE COCKETTE LIFE
"There was one of everything in the Cockettes; hippie chicks, gay hippies, black gay hippie dancers, carnie guys, beatnik poets, two babies, a bus driver and one anarchistic postal worker.
We all had been in San Francisco for at least a year, dropped acid, got crazy, dove into the life and came out reincarnated as Freaks.
Acid was the great equalizer. Everyone got so deep into the exploration of the nature of the Universe and the nature of the Self that all irrelevant social pretexts were swept away. Being black, or gay or anything in particular only added to the uniqueness of the package and was considered an asset to be celebrated.
When the Cockettes began to live together, it was because we all shared certain desires, mainly the need to dress in the highest drag possible. It was like plumage on a bird, meant to attract those of like mind to each other and of course, be sexy. A successful drag was measured by how few words it took to attract a total stranger and communicate the sexiest vibe possible. The Cockettes got very good at it. We really wanted to spread the love.
You could tell when someone was new in town because they were so clean, no rough edges. Once you took Acid, all you wanted to do was to dive into the raw guts of life, get messy and emerge transformed. The result was not pretty in the conventional sense of the word but it was certainly beautiful. Beauty redefined, beauty made real.
The Cockette house had our life on display. The walls dripped with drag and décor. The first Cockette house was Bush and Baker where the rooms were painted deep blood red and were encrusted with layers of pictures, song sheets, drawings, feathers, bracelets, amulets, beads, fabric and garments of every era. Every day we trolled the city looking for the perfect item, the one that resonated, had meaning and magic. Like language or music, all this conveyed the soup of our collective soul.
So we were perfectly poised for the arrival of our shaman, Hibiscus. He blazed down the street and into our house to put us all onto the stage, which was where we belonged.
The stage show was equally messy and explosive. The show channeled an energy that pervaded the city so perfectly that everyone embraced it immediately. There was no “fourth wall” to a Cockette show. The audience was as dragged out as we were and enthusiastically participated. So many would jump onto the stage that it was sometimes difficult to push my way to the mike to warble my tune.
I felt that I was in the thick of life at its very best and I wanted it to never end. The great tragedy is that it did end."
Fayette Hauser of The Cockettes