There's no denying it—San Francisco has an unparalleled musical past.
The Bay Area has been home to some of the industry's best—from Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin all the way to Journey, MC Hammer, and Green Day—and has hosted every major player (hello, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones) in genres as diverse as our culture.
In the 1950s, North Beach held a jazz scene where the Beat Generation hung out; and the '60s, of course, brought psychedelic rock and counterculture to the forefront with the Fillmore at the heart of it, the concert hall of the same name bursting with the sounds of Santana, the Who, and the Doors, as well as jazz and R&B stars including Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding. During the Summer of Love, in 1967, Rolling Stone magazine published its first issue from its original headquarters on Montgomery Street.
When the '70s hit, punk arrived along with the Dead Kennedys, later making way for modern bands such Metallica, who settled in San Francisco after having gotten their start in Los Angeles. Since then, the Bay Area has turned out Third Eye Blind, Counting Crows, Kendrick Lamar, and G-Eazy to name a few.
The result of this, of course, is a history of countless epic shows. We've selected six that were truly unforgettable.
March 23, 1975: S.N.A.C.K. Benefit Concert at Kezar Stadium
The S.N.A.C.K. benefit concert was put on when SF schools were about to cut athletic programs. Legendary promoter Bill Graham put together a stellar lineup for a fundraising show that included Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Santana, Jefferson Starship, and Joan Baez. There was even a surprise appearance by Marlon Brando.