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In the years 1967 to 1971, I had the extreme pleasure to personally perform live lightshows with a number of great bands.... As one of the three co-founders and operators of the Brotherhood Of Light lightshow in San Francisco, California...... I was there for every show listed in this timeline except the first three...The Audience, Promoters And Band Members All Agreed On One Thing.....that the Lightshow added a great deal of entertainment value to these Dance/Concerts and contributed to the overall atmosphere in a positive way.

This is the timeline of the early Brotherhood of Light Lightshow..... This page is 'a work in progress' and will be updated regularly as I remember and uncover stories and circumstances of related interest....including a display of vintage posters and vintage Lightshow Art.... (more text under timeline.)


DATES

LOCATION/PROMOTER

POSTER/ARTIST

BANDS

COMMENTS

2-4-67

Webb's at The Stockton Hotel Stockville Light Express Stockton, California

John Hardham

Family Tree Peanut and the Vendors

The history of The Brotherhood of Light lightshow really begins with Brian Eppes in Stockton, early '67.

2-25-67

Webb's at The Stockton Hotel Stockville Light Express

Brian Eppes

Mark IV The Epics

In these early weeks, Brian rented the hall, hired the bands and did the

3-4-67

Webb's at The Stockton Hotel Stockville Light Express

John Hardham

Yellow Brick Road

lightshow.... Stockton had never seen anything like this before...

3-11,18,25-67

Betty Hacket's Dance Studio Harding Way/Pacific, Stockton Stockville Light Express

no poster for 3 weekends

Family Tree Plastic Explosion Crystal Timetable

This is when Brian and I began doing shows together. Stockton required attendance by membership only.

4-1-67

Webb's at The Stockton Hotel Stockville Light Express

Neon Rose #11 Victor Moscoso

The Cloud Plastic Explosion

Brian and I rode double on my motorcycle to San Francisco on a

4-19-67

Webb's at The Stockton Hotel Stockville Light Express

Neon Rose #13 Victor Moscoso

Plastic Explosion The Plague

very rainy day to finalize the poster deal with Victor.

4-28-67

Stockton Ballroom Green Grass Productions

John Hardham

Grateful Dead

Brian&Bob help Jim Arnold and friends with lightshow

10-20-67

Straight Theater Haight&Cole, San Francisco

"Work It Out" SF was not allowing a dance permit...poster: Luther Green

Charlatans/ Soft Pretzel/ Congress Of Wonders

1st show with Marc,Brian,Bob. Marc called his lightshow 'Aerial Transit'

11-11-67

Sebastopol

"Something Happening in Sepastapol" poster artist unknown

Indian Summer/ Time Seekers

1st BOL show (not on poster)

1/9-13/68

Straight Theater Haight&Cole, San Francisco

poster artist: Terre'

Notes From The Underground/ All Men Joy/ Womb

1st show with Brotherhood Of Light on handbill

1/16-20/68

Straight Theater

poster artist unknown

Clover, Salvation/Indian Headband/Liberty Street

BOL on handbill

1/30/68-2/3/68

Straight Theater

unknown

Santana/Mt.Rushmore/Phoenix/Martha's Laundry

The lightshow was fantastic!

2/6-10/68

Straight Theater

unknown

Blue Cheer/Wildflower/Mother Earth/Liberty Street

We practiced in the daytime too with the bands.

2/27to3/2/68

Straight Theater

C. Braga

All Men Joy/Charlie Musselwhite/Santana/Retrus


3/4/68

Straight Theater

unknown

Charlie Musselwhite/Phoenix/All Men Joy/Marble Farm

"Peace&Freedom Benefit

3/5-9/68

Straight Theater

C. Braga

Siegel Schwall/Mad River/Curly Cooke/Fruminous Bandersnatch


3/19/68

Straight Theater

S.A.F.

Kaleidoscope/Mint Tattoo/It's A Beautiful Day/James Cotton


3/23-27/68

Straight Theater

unknown

Charlatans/Sons Of Champlin/Mad River/Peace


3/31/68

Straight Theater

unknown

All Men Joy/Flamin' Groovies/Mt.Rushmore/Freedom Hwy/

Fruminous Bandersnatch/Liberty St/Dandelion Wine

"Off Ramp" Benefit

4/5-7/68

Straight Theater

C. Braga

Charlatans/Curly Cooke/Marble Farm/Flamin' Groovies


4/9-13/68

Straight Theater

S.A.F.

Chrome Syrcus/Mad River/Santana/Dandelion Wine


5/3-4/68

Straight Theater

A. Snow

Country Weather/Martha's Laundry/Sons Of Champlin


5/5/68

Straight Theater

unknown

Youngbloods/Country Weather/Fruminous Bandersnatch/AB Skhy

McCarthy for President Benefit

5/17-19/68

Avalon Ballroom Post&Sutter, San Francisco

FD-119 William Henry

Junior Wells, Sons Of Champlin, Santana

BOL (not on poster)

5/28-29/68

Avalon Ballroom

FD-680528 artist unknown

Crystal Syphon, Phoenix, Indian Headband, Mint Tattoo,Initial Shock, Loading Zone, All Men Joy, Country Weather, Linn County, Santana, AB Skhy, It's A Beautiful Day

Spring Medicine Show Benefit for Haight/Ashbury Free Medical Clinic

6/12/68

Carousel Ballroom Market&Van Ness, SF

Stanley Mouse


Kelly Fire Dance Benefit

6/20-23/68

Carousel

Bob Seidemann

Big Brother, Fleetwood Mac, Dr.John

House Lights for a month

6/28-30/68

Carousel

S.A.F.

Steve Miller, Buddy Guy, Initial Shock


7/12-13/68

Sound Factory Sacramento

S.A.F.

Steppenwolf, Ace Of Cups, Initial Shock

Lots of liquids

8/9-10/68

Sound Factory Sacramento

S.A.F.

Quicksilver, Ace Of Cups, Congress Of Wonders

Bob Is 21

8/30-9/1/68

Fillmore West Market&Van Ness SF

BG-134 Conklin B&W Lion

Grateful Dead Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sons Of Champlin

Audition for Bill Graham BOL unlisted

9/5,6,7/68

Fillmore West Bill Graham

BG-135 Conklin Skulls/Moose

Chuck Berry, Kensington Market, Steve Miller

BOL unlisted Hug from Chuck

9/19-21/68

Fillmore West

BG-137 Rick Griffin

Albert King, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Pearl

"Bull's Eye"

10/11,12/68

Fillmore West

BG-140A Pat Hanks

Buck Owens and his Buckaroos

BOL unlisted

10/17-19/68

Fillmore West

BG-141 Moscoso/Griffin

Iron Butterfly, Sir Douglas, Sea Train

Tao Dance

11/4/68

Longshoreman's Hall

Poster artist unknown

Grateful Dead

Mark Lane Benefit

11/7-10/68

Fillmore West

BG-144 Conklin

Quicksilver, Grateful Dead, Linn County

Face/Joker

11/14-17/68

Fillmore West

BG-145 Conklin

Ten Years After, Sutra, Country Weather

Octopus

12/5-8/68

Fillmore West

BG-148 Conklin

Jeff Beck, Spirit, Sweet Linda Devine, Sweetwater

Letter people

12/12-15/68

Fillmore West

BG-149 Conklin

Country Joe, Terry Reid, Sea Train

Bizzare creatures

12/31/68

Winterland Post&Steiner

BG-152 Conklin

Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Santana, Beautiful Day

Baby from skull/New Years Eve

1/2-4/69

Fillmore West

BG-154 Tuten

Grateful Dead, Blood Sweat&Tears, Spirit

Queen Mary in doorway

1/9-11/69

Fillmore West

BG-155 Tuten

Country Joe, Led Zepplin, Taj Mahal

Car front

2/7-9/69

Avalon Ballroom Sound Proof Productions

B&W Cartoon handbill Gilbert Shelton

Youngbloods, Lee Michaels, Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Last Avalon show

2/13-16/69

Fillmore West

BG-160 Irons

Santana, Collectors, Melanie

Portrait/City

2/27-3/2/69

Fillmore West

BG-162 Conklin

Grateful Dead, Pentangle, Sir Douglas

faces

3/20-23/69

Winterland

BG-165 D. Bread

Big Brother&Holding Co.,James Brown, Aum

Janis portrait

4/3-6/69

Fillmore West

BG-167 Irons

Procol Harum, Buddy Miles, Blues Image

Train from mouth

4/10-13/69

Fillmore West

BG-168 Tuten

Jeff Beck, Ainsley Dunbar, Zephyr

Train

4/24-27/69

Fillmore West and Winterland

BG-170 Tuten

Led Zepplin, Driscoll-Auger, Colwell-Winfield

Avocado

5/1,4/69

Fillmore West

BG-171 Tuten

Jefferson Airplane, Mongo Santa Maria, Cold Blood, Elvin Bishop

Praise the airplane

5/8-11/69

Fillmore West

BG-172 Conklin

Albert King, It's A Beautiful Day, Aum

Lumpy lady

5/23,24/69

Winterland

BG-174 Tuten

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Northern California Youth Choir, Bangor Flying Circus

Titanic

6/5-8/69

Fillmore West

BG-176 Tuten

Grateful Dead, Jr. Walker, Glass Family

Cool Aid

6/17-19/69

Fillmore West

BG-178 Singer

The Who, Woddy Herman, AB Skhy

Venus/Desert

6/27-29/69

Fillmore West

BG-179 Singer

Spirit, Lee Michaels, Pyewacket

Crucifix/ Junkyard

7/1-3/69

Fillmore West

BG-180 Singer

Lonnie Mack, Rockin', Jonny Winter

Lips/Tulips

7/4-6/69

Fillmore West

same poster

Eric Burdon, Beautiful Day, Cat Mother


7/11-13/69

Family Dog on the Great Highway

FD-690711 Artist unknown

Rubber Duck, Youngbloods, Lamb, Mother Bear

map on back

7/18-20/69

same

same

Sir Douglas Quintet, Bicycle, Kwan Ditos


7/22-24/69

Fillmore West

BG-183 Singer

Ten Years After, Ike&Tina Turner, The Flock

Shroud/ Pillars

8/5-10/69

Fillmore West

BG-185 Singer

Fleetwood Mac, Junior Walker, Lee Michaels

Horse/ shadow

8/15-17/69

Family Dog on the Great Highway Chet Helms

FD-690815 Artist unknown

NewLostCityRamblers,MikeBloomfield&Nick Gravenites with Southern Comfort, Devil's Kitchen, Taj Mahal

There was TV in the room with men on the Moon

8/19-21/69

Fillmore West

BG-188 Singer

John Mayall, Mother Earth, NYRR Ensemble

steps/moon/forest

8/29-31/69

Fillmore West

BG-189 Singer

Spirit, Savoy Brown, Womb

David on Moon

9/4-7/69

Fillmore West

BG-190 Singer

Santana, Sea Train, Yuseff Lateef

hand, globe

9/18-21/69

Fillmore West

BG-192 Randy Tuten

Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Spooky Tooth

S.Mouse portrait

9/24/69

Fillmore West

Eduardo Arderi

Sanpaku, Ace of Cups, Terry Dolan, Beautiful Day, Sons Of Champlin, The Outlaws

Biafra Benefit

10/3,4/69

Winterland

BG-194 Greg Irons

CSNY, Blues Image, John Sebastian

kissing

10/9-12/69

Fillmore West

BG-195 Randy Tuten

Country Joe, Blodwyn Pig, Albert King


11/6-9/69

Winterland

BG-199 Tuten

Led Zepplin, Bonzo Dog, Roland Kirk


11/20-23/69

Fillmore West

BG-203 Tuten

Jethro Tull, MC5, Sanpaku

bicycle/nude

12/4-7/69

Fillmore West

BG-205 Singer

Grateful Dead, Flock, Humble Pie

face/pills

12/18-21/69

Fillmore West

BG-207 Singer

Santana, Grand Funk RR, Fat Matress

horse/hoof

1/2-4/70

Fillmore West

BG-210 Singer

Byrds, Fleetwood Mac, John Hammond

eagle/flag

1/22-25/70

Fillmore West

BG-213 Singer

Albert King, Savoy Brown, Zephyr


2/5-8/70

Fillmore West

BG-216 Singer

Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Bigfoot

mushroom

3/7/70

Fresno, Ca. Joint Venture

Artist unknown

Paul Butterfield, Taj Mahal, Blue Grass Dakota

Fresno

3/26-29/70

Fillmore West and Winterland

BG-225

Chicago, James Cotton, Family Fritz

skeleton

4/2/70

"Festival" Stockton Civic Auditorium


Youngbloods, Loading Zone, Staton Bros.

Stockton

4/9-12/70

Fillmore West

BG-227 Singer

Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Stone The Crows

shell

4/24,25/70

Winterland

BG-229 Singer

Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, The Stonemans


4/29/70

Fillmore West

BG-230 Pat Hanks

Pink Floyd

Bol unlisted

5/7-10/70

Fillmore West

BG-232 Singer

Lee Michaels, Small Faces, Catfish, Shorty


6/18-21/70

Fillmore West

BG-239 Singer

Quicksilver, Don Ellis Orch., Rockwell


6/30-7/2/70

Fillmore West

BG-241 Singer

Traffic, Leon Russell, John Hammond, Lamb

God&man

7/9-12/70

Fillmore West

BG-242 Singer

Quicksilver, Mott The Hoople, Silver Meter

eclipse/splash last BG






9/18,19/70

Pepperland Ballroom 737 E. Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, Ca.

PL-700918 Behrens

Hot Tuna, Capt. Beefheart, Chas. Lloyd

Pepperland offered more creative control of the room. all Brotherhood of Light

9/25,26/70

Pepperland NBL Productions

PL-700925 Unknown

Frank Zappa & Mothers, Tim Buckley, Kindred

I got to shake Frank's hand

10/16,17/70

Pepperland

PL-701016 Gorchov

Pink Floyd, Kimberly, Osceola

Pink set up on the dancefloor

10/24,25/70

Pepperland

PL-701024 Gorchov

Steve Miller, Jerry Hahn, Dan Hicks & Hot Licks


11/13,14/70

Pepperland

PL-701113 Gorchov

Incredible String Band, Doug Kershaw, Joy Of Cooking


11/28/70

Pepperland

PL-701128 Unknown

Leon Russell, Capt. Beefheart, Clover, Truk


12/18,19/70

Pepperland

PL-701218 D.Bread

Chuck Berry, Sir Douglas, Boz Scaggs


12/20/70

Pepperland

PL-701220 Folklore Productions

Joan Baez


1/22,23/71

Pepperland

PL-710122 Behrens

Youngbloods, Sea Train, John Fahey


1/29,30/71

Pepperland

same poster

Cold Blood, Boz Scaggs, Stoneground


2/5,6/71

Pepperland

PL-710205 Behrens

Elvin Bishop, PG&E, Tower Of Power


2/20,21/71

Pepperland

PL-710220 Behrens

Big Brother, The Sons, Clover


2/26,27/71

Pepperland

PL-710226 Unknown

Spencer Davis, Dan Hicks&Hot Licks, Country Weather


3/5,6/71

Pepperland

PL-710305 Behrens

Steve Miller, John Lee Hooker, Bronze Hog


3/12,13/71

Pepperland

same poster

Lee Michaels, Joy Of Cooking, Fourth Way


3/11/71

Pepperland

PL-710311 Unknown

Linda Ronstandt, Clover, Little John, Chris Darrow


3/19,20/71

Pepperland

PL-710319 Marberry

Beautiful Day, Odetta, Victoria


4/2-4/71

Pepperland

PL-710402 Unknown

Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs, Lamb, Grootna


4/11/71

Pepperland

PL-710411 Unknown

Quicksilver, Hot Tuna, Lizard

Last NBL show

9/9-11/71

Pepperland/Fun Productions

PL-710909

Steve Miller, Yogi Phlegm, Nazgul, Clover


9/24,25/71

Pepperland

PL-710924

Mike Bloomfield, Stoneground, Clover


11/13/71

Pepperland/ Litchfield

PL-711113

Tower Of Power, Cold Blood, Norman Greenbaum


12/4/71

Pepperland

PL-711204

Boz Scaggs, Earthquake, Staton Bros.


12/11/71

Pepperland

PL-711211

Joy Of Cooking, Commander Cody, Crossfire


1/22/72

Pepperland

PL-720122

Tower Of Power, Redwing, Roger Collins



The history of The Brotherhood of Light lightshow really begins with Brian Eppes in Stockton, early 1967....In those early weeks, he was working hard on developing shows in Stockton. He named his show The Stockville Light Express.... He rented the hall, hired the bands, and did the light show. It was a lot for one guy to do so he was glad when a few of his friends would help.... One sunny day,I picked up Brian hitchhiking near the university. He told me of his shows...I was truly fascinated with his verbal desciptions of an art form that would soon consume me. Of course, I went to the very next show and began helping..... For the next shows I quickly built a light piano which provided colorful shadows of the building's rafters..... I also built a bubble machine that we set up above the strobelight.... I even brought a small aquarium to project the fish.... a good effect although the fish were upside down on the screen.

At that time, most of the kids who liked rock'nroll and lightshows were under 18 years old. Stockton had a law against minors attending public dances. We formed a free membership of hundreds of teenagers.... All card carrying members of The Stockville Light Express, they were legally allowed to attend our Dance/Concerts. We added more projectors for even more wall and audience coverage. We built pipe frames around the overhead projectors to allow free arm movement... the necks removed. the heads were mounted above the base on an adjustable pipe for focus. This made it possible for the glass plates to fit squarely upon the projector base. The pipe frame was also where we mounted our colorwheels. We had 3 or 4 slide projectors... One was a pretty nice Carousel.... Most of the slide projectors were oddly shaped, old fashioned donation from the family clothes closet.... One fellow would arrive sometimes with his 8mm projector ...... With bedsheets behind the band, and an off white wall, we projected or colors to an eager, enthusiastic and well mannered audience of teenagers. Stockton was smaller back then, and though we were getting a good response from everyone, we couldn't make enough money to finance our venture in Stockton....We felt ready to take the next step... to San Francisco.

Brian scouted ahead to San Francisco and found Straight Theater. Formerly called the Haight Theater, an old movie theater in what used to be the 'Russian District'. It seemed the perfect venue for the times.... I had lived in the Haight for a couple of months in the summer of '66 and was very comfortable with the magical vibrations of that area. To say the least, we met lots of very interesting people..... We were all young and enthusiastic... we were glowing with self assurance..... knowing that we were all very good at our chosen craft..... Even the very first time that we jammed in the Straight, everyone loved what we were doing and encouragement was everywhere....We were a bright and colorful spark that ignited a flame of joyful celebration.

Marc Maxman, recently departed from The North American Ibis alchemical Co. lightshow, was experienced from doing lights at the Avalon earlier in the year.... He had colors and a projector to add to the mix, as well as providing a place to stay temporairly . He called his one man lightshow 'Ariel Transit' and we worked together on one show with that name, after which we all agreed on a new name... Brotherhood of Light... We were indeed Brothers in Light.

The Straight was perfect for lightshows.... Reggie, the manager of the theater, was a lightshow man himself and was sensitive to our needs... With lots of electricity and big screens, our basic necessities were fulfilled.... Stagelights set as to not 'wash out' the screens, we were free to show our colors. When the music started, we took off with them.... people found themselves unable to look away from the imagery... it was a powerful moment.

Encouraged by our overwhelmingly positive reception, we continously developed and improved our style.... our goal, to synchronize our fluid colors with the music.... It was a time to illustrate the beauty of nature.... many of our slides were flowers.... many were painted glass.... In the early days at the Straight, we hadn't shot much photography yet.... But in the following months, as we became popular, we had the money to buy film and shoot lots of slides. My favorite camera attachment was a Kenko 180 degree Fisheye Lense that screwed onto the front of my Nikon F. I shot lots of fisheye everything including nature and time exposures.

To enhance the imagery and co-oridinate the whole lightshow into a collective projection of balance and harmony we would add color wheels. They were motorized so we could slow them to a crawl or adjust them to the tempo of the music. The wheels themselves were made of wood, well balanced and filled with a logical sequence of colored gel....(depending on the desired effect). From our portable control panel we could control all of these wheels and stop them entirely between songs. The panorama was awesome,a thing of beauty... Truly a worthy Artform.... with a life of it's own.