Chet Helms Tribal Stomp Memorial Concert

by E. "Doc" Smith on October 28, 2005

Plus: Cas Lucas November Tour

Chet Helms was one of the founding fathers of the psychedelic movement from the 1960’s. As promoter for the “Family Dog”, Chet developed the concept of the modern rock concert and was one of the founding fathers of the 1960’s peace movement that swept the nation and made waves around the world. Chet was also the catalyst that brought together Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, which helped shape the San Francisco sound. Without Chet Helms, as many have said, there would be no Grateful Dead, no Jefferson Airplane, no Big Brother and the list goes on and on.

He promoted other acts such as the Charlatans, the Great Society, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Peter Tosh, The Clash and countless others. Chet Helms continued promoting pivotal concerts through four decades. In the 60’s at the Avalon Ballroom, Family Dog at the Beach, S.F. Golden Gate Park, Denver Dog, and Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

Bands scheduled to perform at Golden Gate Park:

Jefferson Starship: Paul Kantner, David Frieberg, Pete Sears, _Prairie Prince, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, Eric Burdon, Dan Hicks_and the Hot Licks, The Charlatans, Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and The Fish) The Rowan Brothers, Jerry Miller, Lee Osker (Schedule Permitting) Terry Haggerty and James Preston (Sons of Champlin), Zero II, Roy Rogers, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Cold Blood featuring Lydia Pense, Lee Michaels, Quicksilver Gold, featuring Joli Valenti and Mario Cipollina, Squid B. Vicious, Barry “The Fish” Melton, Blue Cheer, (Dickie Peterson, Leigh Stephens), Jorge Santana, George Michalski, Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone), Canned Heat, Narada Michael Walden, Natural Act (Hal Wagenet and Mitchell Holman), Jeff Blackburn, Howard Wales, Richi Ray, (Freedom Highway), Vince Welnick, (The Tubes and Grateful Dead), David Denny (Steve Miller), Peter Kaukonen, Herman Eberitzsch (Lee Oskar), Ross Valory (Journey), Judge Murphy, Stephen Gaskin, Howard Hessman (as schedule permits) Greg Douglass (Steve Miller) Rock Hendricks, Bruce Latimer, David and Linda Laflamme (It’s A Beautiful Day), Lydia Pense (Cold Blood), Annie Samson (Stone Ground), and Wavy Gravy.

Anyone wishing to be involved may contact Boots Hughston_(415) 861-1520 or by email: dog2005ch@yahoo.com_ADA Contact: (415) 861-1520 Sarah Davis_Information:

Chet Helms Tribal Stomp
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park
10am to 5:30pm

Cas Lucas’ November Tour
Cas Lucas informs me that he has some great shows coming up!


I wanted to give ya’ll another quick holler and remind you about the shows we’ve got brewin’ this week. We’re lucky enough to be performing with some other great bands that you might want to check out… Casey Neill ( is a touring folk rock artist who we open for at Starry Plough next Thursday. Dave Stein and his band ( are one of the hottest independent roots rock bands out of Santa Cruz. Check them out, and check us out at the shows. Check the bottom of this email for a preview of some of our other winter bookings to come…

Friday, October 28 Chameleon Music Halloween Party, SF Heavy Hitters Friday at Brainwash 1122 Folsom St (SOMA), SF 8pm, all ages, no cover Dave Stein Band, Cas Lucas Band, Rotten Core perform –

Saturday, October 29 Pyramid Alehouse, Walnut Creek 1410 Locust St, Walnut Creek Cas Lucas Band, 7-11pm all ages, no cover **Last show of the season at Pyramid

Thursday November 3rd Starry Plough, Berkeley 3101 Shattuck, Berkeley Cas Lucas Band opens for touring folk/rock artist, Casey Neill ( 9:30pm, 21+

Cas will also perform Sunday 10/30 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (19th Ave and Ortega in the Sunset) main hall as part of SFCM professor, Steve Bailey’s Halloween recital. Cas will play lead guitar in Bailey’s band, covering some classic live Bob Dylan cuts. Should be good fun!

Next Week: Saturday 11/5, my Epic Arts series, featuring amazing local fingerstyle guitarist, Alan Smithline. Alan is the protege of the late, great Reverend Gary Davis! That’s right… Saturday this time, not Friday.

Later… West Coast tour… November and January. November dates at as we type. Shakey Hand Gallery, Martinez… Vino Piazza Winery, Lockeford… Ukiah Brewing Company… Many gigs in Humboldt and live webcast on KHUM… Nomad Cafe…. Hotel Utah… Weekly gig in downtown Berkeley, Sunday Afternoon CLB…”

-Cas Lucas

E. “Doc” Smith is a musician and recording engineer who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff, and John Mayall among others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick. He can be reached at

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