San Francisco & Levon Helm

San Francisco , officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. Mark Lavon Levon Helm (born May 26, 1940), is an American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band. 5.0/5

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Provenance: I was and still am a devoted fan of and musically influenced by The Band. I’d been to two concerts in 1969 and was looking forward to their scheduled performance in San Francisco, in November of 1976 for which my wife and I had tickets. Then, about a week before that scheduled show, an announcement appeared in the SF Chronicle: “Band show cancelled, but hang onto your tickets….” Over the next two weeks the details trickled out: The Band was breaking up, they were going to have a big finale at Winterland–the same venue they first played as The Band. Lots of rumors about all-star party, then Scorsese enters as the filmmaker. But the best news of all: tickets for the cancelled concert would be honored for admission to “The Last Waltz.” Cameras would soon be banned at most concert venues but amazing enough, even with Bill Graham and Martin Scorsese in charge, I was allowed into Winterland, 31 years ago on this date, with a Pentax Spotmatic, a Nikon SP with motor drive, six lenses, te ...
Bon Iver pays tribute to Levon Helm by covering Ophelia on April 19, 2012 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco during the group's encore. Video…
At the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. June 21, 2012. Lovely tribute to Levon Helm.
Watched "The Last Waltz" last night in tribute to the late Levon Helm. What a great show! Anyone who hasn't seen it I suggest you do! The Last Waltz was a concert by the rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as The Band's "farewell concert appearance", and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young.
The legendary Levon Helm and his band perform "Ophelia" at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Saturday, August ...
The death of Levon Helm, the drummer and sometime vocalist for the seminal roots-rock group the Band, might seem a strange occasion for watching The Last Waltz. Martin Scorsese’s 1978 film, which documents the Band’s farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco with an all-star lineu...
Playing in San Francisco last night, Bon Iver paid tribute to Levon Helm, who died of throat cancer yesterday. To mark his passing they covered
R.I.P. Levon Helm. One of the best drummers of all time, one of the best singers of all time, and you put on one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. No, make that THE greatest show I've ever seen. I'll always be thankful for that experience at The Independent in San Francisco two years ago. Rock has lost a legend today, time to go listen to Music from Big Pink...
The Band take the stage for their final live performance before a crowd of 5,000 at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, Nov. 27, 1976. The Band consists of five members, Richard Manuel on piano, Levon Helm on drums, lead guitarist Robbie Robertson (smiling), bass guitarist Rick Danko, and organi...
Back in the 80's I was playing with Gatemouth at the Lone Star Cafe with special guest Vasser Clemens. Levon Helm was in the audience. The next day Gate flew to San Francisco to play a Blues Fest with Myron Dove and some cats out there. Gate's band and myself went to Woodstock with Vasser and Levon, stayed at Levon's house and played a gig with the Gates Express, Vasser Clements and Levon Helm. What a great loss to American music. I am extremely grateful for a memory like that!
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