Monday, October 03, 2011

THE RHYTHM DUKES FAMILY TREE - SHOWS LIST

This story is the work of Bruno Ceriotti. Help in putting this together has been provided by John Barrett, 'Fuzzy John' Oxendine, Dale Ockerman, Barry Bastian and Brian Voorheis, to whom I'm most grateful.


BOOGIE #1 (ca. MAR 1968 – MAY 2, 1969)
1) John Barrett vocals, bass
2) Barry Bastian vocals, guitar
3) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine vocals, drums


March 1968 (approximate date): The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA
Boogie's debut gig (without even rehearsal at all). 

Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, April 7, 1968: outside The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ace of Cups, Freedom Highway, Phoenix, Pacific Flash, Morning Glory, The Smoke, Dino Valenti, Clover, Gail Garnett and Gentle Rain and many more “A Benefit”

Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 11, 1968: The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA with Day Blinders

Sunday, June 16, 1968: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA with Chambers Brothers, Hourglass, Buddah “Summer Thing”

Tuesday, July 2 - Wednesday, July 3, 1968: Hippodrome, San Diego, CA with Sons Of Champlin

Tuesday July 23 - Thursday, July 25, 1968: Avalon Ballroom, 1268 Sutter Street at Van Ness Street, Polk Gulch, San Francisco, CA with Country Joe and The Fish, Pacific Gas & Electric

Saturday, August 31 - Monday, September 2, 1968: Betty Nelson's Organic Raspberry Farm, Sultan, WA with All Men Joy, Buddha (MC), Congress of Wonders, Easy Chair, Freedom Highway, Gale Garnett, It’s A Beautiful Day, Muddy Waters, New Lost City Ramblers, Pink Floyd, Billy Roberts, San Francisco Mime Troupe Marching Band, Alice Stuart Thomas, Youngbloods, Country Weather, John Fahey, Marvin Gardens, Dr. Humbead’s New Tranquility String Band and Medicine Show, Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck, Mystic Knights of The Sea, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Richard Pryor, Santana, Steppenwolf, Buffy St. Marie, Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band, Black Snake, Sandy Bull, Country Joe and The Fish, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Frumious Bandersnatch, Mitch Greenhill, Kaleidoscope, My Indole Ring, Nina and Kotana, Phoenix, Salvation, Sons of Champlin, Blues Feedback, Cleveland Wrecking Company, The Grateful Dead, Hank Bradley “1st Annual Sky River Rock Festival And Lighter Than Air Fair”

Thursday, October 31 - Saturday, November 2, 1968: The Ark, Gate 6, Sausalito, CA with Initial Shock, Devil’s Kitchen, White Lightning “Ball”

unknown date, 1968: Muir Beach Lodge, Muir Beach, Western Marin County, CA

Tuesday, January 7, 1969: Fillmore West, 10 South Van Ness Avenue at 1545 Market Street, San Francisco, CA with All Men Joy, Clover “Tuesday Night Audition”

Friday, February 28 - Saturday, March 1, 1969: The Poppycock, 135 University Avenue at High Street, Palo Alto, CA with Sons Of Champlin

Sunday, March 16, 1969: Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, 25th Avenue at Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA with MC5, Sons Of Champlin, Birth, Last Mile, (possibly) Santana, (possibly) Morning Glory, (possibly) Alice Cooper, (possibly) Crazy Horse "free concert"

April 2?, 1969: unknown old movie theatre, South San Francisco, CA


BOOGIE #2 (MAY 3, 1969)
1) John Barrett
2) Barry Bastian
3) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine
4) Henry F. ‘Rick’ Garcia tenor sax


Saturday, May 3, 1969: Dream Bowl, Vallejo, CA or The Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA
Boogie’s last gig before broke up. The show was recorded.


THE RHYTHM DUKES #1 (JUNE 1969 - AUGUST 1969)
1) John Barrett vocals, bass
2) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine vocals, drums
3) Jerry Miller vocals, lead guitar
4) Don Stevenson vocals, rhythm guitar


THE RHYTHM DUKES #2 (aka MOBY GRAPE #5) (AUGUST 1969 - DECEMBER 1969)
1) John Barrett
2) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine
3) Jerry Miller


Monday, August 25, 1969: Teen Pavilion, C.N.E. (Canadian National Exhibition) Coliseum, 100 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, ON, Canada
The band was billed as ‘Moby Grape’ on the poster. By the way, The Rhythm Dukes never went to Canada, so this show was cancelled or maybe these were a “fake” Moby Grape.

Saturday, August 30 - Monday, September 1, 1969: Rainier Hereford Ranch, near Tenino, south of Olympia, WA with Anonymous Artists of America, Black Snake, Blue Bird, Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band, Collectors, Congress of Wonders, James Cotton, Country Weather, Country Joe and The Fish, Crome Syrcus, Crow, Dovetail, Floating Bridge, Flying Burrito Brothers, Frumious Bandersnatch, Grapefruit, Guitar Shorty, Buddy Guy, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Dr. Humbead’s New Tranquility String Band and Medicine Show, Juggernaut, Kaleidoscope, Los Flamencos de Santa Lucia, Fred McDowell, Steve Miller Band, New Lost City Ramblers, Pacific Gas and Electric, Peter, Terry Reid, Mike Russo, Sons of Champlin, Mark Spoelstra, Alice Stuart, Yellowstone, Youngbloods, Dino Valenti, Elyse Weinberg “2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival And Lighter Than Air Fair”
The festival was filmed.

Friday, September 5, 1969: Horse Show Arena, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey, CA with Fields, Bycycle, Lights by Deadly Nightshade
The band was billed as ‘Moby Grape’ on the poster.

Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28, 1969: Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA with Floating Bridge, Rainbow Jam

Sunday, October 19, 1969: De Laveaga Park, 850 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz, CA with Silver Chalke, Brothers Day, Snail, Paw, 25th Century Ensemble, Field Machine and many more “The Happy Day Festival”
Police closed this festival down after about 1 hour. The electric apple cider was causing casualties.

October or November 1969: Valley View Young Adults Club, Champaign, IL (four days shows)

October or November 1969: unknown venue, St. Louis, MO
The band was billed as ‘Moby Grape’.

October or November 1969: unknown venue (basement blues club), Chicago, IL with The Steve Miller Band

Sunday, November 9, 1969: The Poppypock, 135 University Avenue at High Street, Palo Alto, CA

Tuesday, November 25, 1969: Keystone Korner, 750 Vallejo Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, December 4, 1969: The Matrix, 3138 Fillmore Street, Marina District, San Francisco, CA with Axulder Vault
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller’ on the poster.


THE RHYTHM DUKES #3 (aka MOBY GRAPE #5) (DECEMBER 1969 - JANUARY ?, 1970)
1) John Barrett
2) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine
3) Jerry Miller
4) Ned Torney electric piano, rhythm guitar
5) Henry F. ‘Rick’ Garcia (aka Rick Henry) tenor sax


Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14, 1969: Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA with Canned Heat, Bob McPharlin
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller’ on the poster. The shows were recorded.

Friday, December 20 - Saturday, December 21, 1969: New Old Fillmore, 1805 Geary Boulevard at Fillmore Street, Fillmore District, San Francisco, CA with Grateful Dead, Osceola, Lightyear, Jef Jaisun
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes (Moby Grape)’ on the poster.

Tuesday, December 30 - Wednesday, December 31, 1969: The Matrix, 3138 Fillmore Street, Marina District, San Francisco, CA with John Hammond


THE RHYTHM DUKES #4 (JANUARY ?, 1970 - JUNE 1970)
1) John Barrett
2) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine
3) Jerry Miller
4) Bill Champlin vocals, rhythm guitar, organ Hammond B-3


Wednesday, January 7, 1970: The Matrix, 3138 Fillmore Street, Marina District, San Francisco, CA
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller and Bill Champlin’ on the poster.

Friday, February 20 - Saturday, 21, 1970: Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA with Big Brother and The Holding Company with Nick Gravenites
The Rhythm Dukes were billed on the poster (as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller and Bill Champlin’) but were later replaced by Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys.

Wednesday, March 4, 1970: High Street Local, Santa Cruz, CA

Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8, 1970: Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA with Lee Michaels, Robert M Savage

Wednesday, March 11, 1970: High Street Local, Santa Cruz, CA

Friday, March 20 - Saturday, March 21, 1970: New Orleans House, 1505 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA with Robert Savage Group
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller and Bill Champlin’ on the poster.

March or April ?, 1970: rock quarry, University of California campus, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Friday, April 3, 1970: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA with Snail, Joint Possession

Friday, April 10 - Sunday, April 12, 1970: Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA with Albert Collins, A.B. Skhy

Thursday, April 23 - Saturday, April 25, 1970: The Matrix, 3138 Fillmore Street, Marina District, San Francisco, CA
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller and Bill Champlin’ on the poster.

Friday, May 1, 1970: Gym, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA with Potters Wheel, Lights by Gods Eye

Friday, May 22 - Saturday, May 23, 1970: New Orleans House, 1505 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA with Nargul
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Bill Champlin’ on the poster.

Friday, June 12 - Saturday, June 13, 1970: The Matrix, 3138 Fillmore Street, Marina District, San Francisco, CA with Vince Guaraldi
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller and Bill Champlin’ on the poster.

Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21, 1970: Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA with Flying Burrito Brothers, Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys
The band was billed as ‘Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller and Bill Champlin’ on the poster.

Saturday, June 27, 1970: Gym, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA with Elvin Bishop, Snail

unknown date, 1970: The Catalyst, 821 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA

unknown date, 1970: River West, San Anselmo, CA with Ace Of Cups

unknown date, 1970: Brookdale Lodge, 11570 Highway 9, Brookdale, CA with Peter Lewis Group
In the middle of the show Bill Champlin got up from the organ to play guitar, and their seventeen years old friend Dale Ockerman jumped up on stage and sat-in at the organ to play the cover of Tommy Tucker’s ‘High Heel Sneakers’.


THE RHYTHM DUKES #5 (aka #2) (JULY 1970 - SEPTEMBER 1970)
1) John Barrett
2) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine
3) Jerry Miller


Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30 and Friday, September 4 - Sunday, September 6, 1970: Edwin Tate’s 160 acres farm, end of Keep Road, off Lehr Road, north of Washougal, Clark County, WA with The Youngbloods, Fox, Child, Gabriel, Good Clean Fun, Big Brother and The Holding Company (cancelled), Barry Melton & The Fish, Joy of Cooking, Music Projection Quartet, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Kwane and the Kwan-Ditos, O.K. Rhythem Kings, Smith Bros., Wayne Silversonics, Boz Scaggs, A.B. Skye, Beggars Opera, Mike Atwood, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, Aum, Red Bone, Luther Allison, Crystal Axe, 31st Street Blues Band, S.F. Mime Troupe, S.F. Mime Troupe Rock Band, Dry Creek Road, One Hand Clapping, Snail, Factory, Peece, Bluebird, Cannon Ball, Jeff Jaisun, Grizzly, Corky Segal's Happy Ear Band, High Voltage and many more. Light Shows: Retena Circus, Doctor Zarkov “3rd Annual Sky River Rock Festival And Lighter Than Air Fair”
The band was mispelled as ‘Rhythem Dukes’ on the poster. The festival was filmed.


THE RHYTHM DUKES #6 (SEPTEMBER 1970 - FALL 1971)
1) John Barrett
2) ‘Fuzzy John’ Oxendine
3) Jerry Miller
4) Russell Dahneke (aka Russell Leon) rhythm guitar


Friday, September 25, 1970*: Agriculture Building, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey, CA with Good Clean Fun, Fred Peterson Quartet “Boogie Golden Seal Award”
*Note: The poster has a date but no day of the week, leading to some confusion about the exact year of this show. Anyway, the touring schedule of The Rhythm Dukes suggests that the year was supposedly 1970.

Thursday, October 1, 1970: New Orleans House, 1505 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA with One Hand Clapping

Fall 1970: Chateau Liberte, 22700 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
The show was filmed.

unknown date, 1970 and/or 1971: The Catalyst, 821 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Thursday, September 2, 1971: Town & Country Lodge, Highway 9, Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County, CA
The band was mispelled as ‘Rythmn Dukes’ on the poster.

2 comments:

  1. There's a 45 by the Rhythm Dukes on Ebay called "Oakland Nights" anyone know the background?

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  2. not the same band....this Dukes above never released anything at the time....

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