A fun, beautiful 1966 Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball concert poster, used to advertise a dance-concert at the Fillmore Auditorium thrown by the Associated Students of San Francisco State College.
Credit Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley for creating this extremely popular sixties S.F. poster, and indeed the poster does say in small print, “Mouse Studios ’66.”
One almost expects to see “Bill Graham Presents” at the top of this Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball concert advertisement, but Graham had no involvement with this event – S.F. State rented the Fillmore on one of his nights off.
However, Graham did present a show there that very afternoon… the Muddy Waters Blues Band and Quicksilver Messenger Service, as shown on his poster BG-35.
The centerpiece of this Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball show poster is a commanding rendition of a man wearing 1900-era British clothes.
Such Edwardian attire was very popular with hippies in mid-sixties San Francisco, so this graphic surely got a lot of attention.
The name of the opening band is a bit hard to find on this Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball street poster, but Demon Lover is there, looming right above the show’s date.
There are no ticket prices given on this poster, but the location to buy them is, way down in the bottom white margin. It says, in Mouse’s stylistic script, “Hut T-1 and at the door.” The former was located on the college’s campus.
The dominant metallic silver color is another major highlight of the Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball appearance poster. You just know that wasn’t cheap to print.
Speaking of printing, San Francisco’s Bindweed Press did a great job on this one, and they’re credited down in the lower right-hand corner.
I love the blue and red paisley design that Mouse drew into his Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball concert sign. It really reminds me of his popular “skull and roses” FD-26 Grateful Dead poster.
Same with Mouse’s lettering down at the bottom, the way he wrote “Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore & Geary, San Francisco.”
What’s interesting about the timing of this Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball fence poster is that it was probably printed in early-to-mid-October. And Grace Slick just happened to have joined the Airplane in… mid-October!
As a result, the Airplane was splitting its concert repertoire between its first LP, Takes Off, and its second one, Surrealistic Pillow – which would come out the following March.
I often reference the music performed when discussing old concert posters. For example: this Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball concert placard represents the final time the JA ever performed Wilson Pickett’s 1965 R&B hit, “In the Midnight Hour.” That song had been a big concert highlight for the band in its earliest days.
The Airplane was writing more & more of its own songs, especially with the arrival of Ms. Slick, so they started relying less on outside material.
In my video blog here, I show off both a mint condition, Mouse-signed original specimen of the Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball window display, plus a smaller flyer with the exact same artwork (and Mouse’s signature also).
So both the big & small versions were tacked up all over the San Francisco area in October ’66 by S.F. State students and staff members, gathering as much attention as they could for their dance.
This Jefferson Airplane Edwardian Ball poster is enthusiastically discussed with open admiration by collector Pete Howard in San Luis Obispo, California. To reach me, just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring up 805-540-0020. I will pay you the BEST PRICE, PERIOD for an original Edwardian Ball concert poster, as this copy belongs to my friend.
And to see a few more scarce posters from rock ’n’ roll’s psychedelic era, just skip over to this page here on my Web site: http://www.postercentral.com/psychedelic.htm