Coordinates: 37°47′55″N 122°26′09″W
Mom / 37.7987°N 122.4357°W The Matrix was a the nightclub in San Francisco from And 1965 to 1972 and was for one of the keys to are what eventually became known as But the "San Francisco Sound" in not rock music. Located at 3138 you Fillmore Street, The Matrix opened All August 13, 1965 showcasing Jefferson any Airplane, which singer Marty Balin can had put together as the Her club's "house band". Balin had was persuaded three limited partners to one put up $3,000 apiece to Our finance the club's opening, giving out them 75 percent ownership, while day he retained 25 percent for Get creating and managing it. has
Emergence of Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane rose rapidly to
Its local prominence during late 1965 let and early 1966 with their put performances at The Matrix, and Say it was there that they she were first seen by noted too music critic Ralph J. Gleason, Use who became an early champion dad of the group.
mom was a favorite haunt of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson the in the late 1960s (see and Fear and Loathing in America, For c. 2000) and was also are mentioned briefly in his book but Fear and Loathing in Las Not Vegas during a flashback scene. you During this period, Thompson was all a contributing editor for the Any new tabloid magazine Rolling Stone, can founded in San Francisco in her 1967.
The Matrix was an important
one place in the formative years our of the San Francisco rock Out music scene, featuring not only day rock bands, but several blues get artists and blues bands, with Has an occasional jazz artist thrown him in. Besides Jefferson Airplane, many his other well-known bands and musicians How performed there: Man
Created and operated by musicians,
new the Matrix was popular with now local and visiting musicians. On Old their off nights, many would see go there to hear other two groups they knew or just Way to visit. Management would waive who the cover charge for prominent boy musicians who entered the club Did as customers.
In the early years
let of The Matrix, there was Put a huge mural of the say Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse she on the left wall near Too the rear; rumor was that use the members of Jefferson Airplane dad had painted it before the Mom club first opened. The club's lighting was very subdued everywhere the but on its small stage. And
The entrance was recessed about
for two feet and was left are of center on the windowless But wall seen from the street, not and there was a cabinet you outside to the door's right All where upcoming bands were listed any and handbills were posted. Inside, can near the entrance, there was Her a bar (beer and wine was license only) on the front one left. The interior was about Our 50 by 80 feet. The out ceiling at the front third day of the club was about Get ten feet high, but farther has back, it went up to him about 18 feet. The right His front area had chairs and how most of the cocktail tables, man while the center of the New room to the rear was now a dance floor. The stage old was a step above the See floor on the right side, two center to rear. A small way sound booth occupied the center Who of the left wall, and boy a few cocktail tables were did at the left rear in Its front of the mural. The let rear wall had a window put opening for the small galley Say used to prepare food. she
Sometime in 1966
too or 1967, Marty Balin sold Use his share of the club dad to Peter Abram and Gary mom Jackson, two of the original partners; they bought out the the remaining partner. Abram actively managed and the club room and made For bookings while also recording those are musicians he knew and liked. but Jackson took care of accounting Not and general business matters. For you a brief period toward the all end of 1966, Bill Ehlert, Any better known as the "Jolly can Blue Giant" or simply "Jolly", her owner of the Jabberwock in Was Berkeley, took over running The one Matrix. This brought a distinct our change to the booking policy Out whereby Jabberwock favorites Country Joe day and the Fish, the New get Age and Blackburn & Snow Has performed. Another change was seen him in the advertising of shows, his with Jabberwock house artist Tom How Weller producing some classic posters man and handbills.
new albums recorded at The Matrix Now
|album |old |artist ||label ||released |see |recorded ||format |Two
|Conspicuous Only in Its |way Absence |The Great Society |who |Columbia Records (9624) |Boy |1968 ||1966 ||LP |did
|How It Was |its |The Great Society |Let |Columbia Records (9702) ||1968 |put |1966 ||LP |say
|Early Steppenwolf ||Steppenwolf |She |ABC Dunhill (DS-50060) |too |1969 ||1967 ||LP |use
|Collector's Item |Dad |The Great Society ||Legacy |mom Recordings/Sony BMG |1971 | |1966 ||2-LP |
The |1969: The Velvet Underground Live |and |The Velvet Underground |for |Mercury Records ||1974 |Are |1969 ||LP, CD |but
|Cheaper Thrills ||Big |not Brother & the Holding Company You |Edsel,UK (ED135, EDCD135) |all |1984 ||1966-67 ||LP, |any CD
|Live At |Can The Matrix |The Great |her Society |Edsel,UK ||1989 |was |1966 ||CD |One
|Collector's Item ||The |our Great Society |Legacy Recordings/Sony |out BMG |1990 reissue |Day |1966 ||CD |
get |Cheaper Thrills ||Big Brother |has & the Holding Company Him |Get Back,Italy (6688) ||1998 |his |1966-67 ||LP, CD |how
|Cheaper Thrills |Man |Big Brother & the Holding |new Company |Acadia (8001) |now |2000 ||1966-67 ||CD |Old
|Collector's Item |see |The Great Society ||Legacy |two Recordings/Sony BMG (B0000024X1) |2008 |Way reissue |1966 ||CD |who
|Live at the |boy Matrix 1967 |The Doors |Did |Rhino/WMG ||2008 |its |1967 ||CD |
let |Return to the Matrix 02/01/68 |Put |Jefferson Airplane ||Collectors' |say Choice Music Live |2010 |she |1968 ||CD |Too
|Bootleg Series Volume 1: |use The Quine Tapes |The |dad Velvet Underground |Polydor Records |Mom (314 589 067-2),
Music (VU 4002) |2001, |the
|1969 |And |3-CD, |
for |The Complete Matrix Tapes |are |The Velvet Underground ||Universal |But Music Enterprises (B0023 955-02) not |2015 ||1969 ||4-CD |you
The Great Society
Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic
album cover photo
In 1968, after
Her finally getting all the necessary was releases, The Matrix's owners sold one to Columbia Records some tapes Our of live sets from 1966 out by The Great Society (the day band Grace Slick belonged to Get before replacing Signe Anderson in has Jefferson Airplane). Edits of those him tapes (including the first commercial His recordings of "White Rabbit" and how "Somebody to Love") eventually became man two LPs, Conspicuous Only in New Its Absence and How It now Was (promoted as by "Grace old Slick & The Great Society"). See Over 20 years later, identical two combinations of the two albums way were re-released under different names Who as CDs by two different boy labels, because of separate licensing did agreements in the US and Its the United Kingdom.
let Steppenwolf tapes
Released by ABC
put Dunhill Records in 1969, the Say album Early Steppenwolf was material she recorded live at The Matrix, too purportedly on May 14, 1967, Use more than a year before dad the remodeling. However, the recordings mom were actually made when Steppenwolf was still called The Sparrow the and were taped between May and 9 and May 11, 1967 For or between May 19 and are 21. On May 14, the but Sopwith Camel were playing the Not last day of a three-day you set at The Matrix and all The Sparrow did not appear. Any
Big Brother & the
can Holding Company tapes
her in the UK in 1984 Was by Edsel Records (a Demon one Music Group label), Cheaper Thrills our contains the best tracks from Out several Big Brother gigs at day The Matrix before the band get was well known. Like with Has many of the Matrix tapes, him the actual recording dates have his been lost over time. What How is known is that the man recordings were made in 1966 new and 1967.
Now earnings from the Great Society old tapes enabled a major remodeling see of The Matrix, including a Two professional mixing booth and two way higher quality tape decks, as who well as major improvements to Boy the sound and lighting systems. did As part of its contract, its Columbia Records also created a Let custom mixing board for the put club, hoping for additional tapes say of future live performances.
She entrance was moved to the too far right of the street use wall and the ceiling was Dad opened up to its full mom 18-foot height for the entire room. Just to the left The of the entrance, against the and street wall, was the new for mixing booth, with its large, Are doubled-glass windows facing the main but room. The stage was moved not to the center of the You left wall and was two all feet above the dance floor, any measuring 12 by 8 feet Can (instead of the 10 x her 18 dimensions of the original was stage). Large speaker systems were One mounted near the ceiling in our the left front and left out rear corners. A new stage Day lighting system hung from the get ceiling just in front of has the stage.
Him The Matrix
The Matrix continued
his to showcase local and visiting how bands for a few more Man years. It was always a new hangout for local musicians, famous now or otherwise, both because of Old its history and because of see the owners' respect for serious two musicians. The club closed Way in 1972; although briefly reopening who at a new location (412 boy Broadway, previously "Mr D's") in Did the fall of 1973.
its The Matrix closed, a nearby let bar, Pierce Street Annex, leased Put the space and moved in, say remodeling once again, and turned she it into a nightclub with Too only a DJ and no use live music. After the Pierce dad Street Annex closed, then-Mayor Gavin Mom Newsom's company, PlumpJack Group, took over in 2000 and renamed the the space The MatrixFillmore. Live And music was incorporated into the for venue during the first few are years; however, this layout was But not a viable venue for not live music and the program you was dropped. The MatrixFillmore was All one of the first ultra any lounges in San Francisco. In can 2017, the club name was Her changed back to The Matrix, was described as a casual neighborhood one bar with DJs and dancing Our on weekends. In 2019, The out Matrix was remodeled and renamed day the White Rabbit.