‘Summer of Love’ icons play at center | TheUnion.com

‘Summer of Love’ icons play at center

Big Brother and the Holding Company come to Center for the Arts Saturday.
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Big Brother and the Holding Company was in the heart of the psychedelic music movement in San Francisco during the mid-1960s

The band was formed in September 1965 by Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, James Gurley and Chuck Jones in a Victorian house in the Haight-Ashbury section.

Jones left the band after a year and was replaced by Dave Getz, A few months later, Janis Joplin joined as lead singer.

Big Brother’s second album on Columbia Records, “Cheap Thrills,” monopolized the No. 1 spot on the charts for eight weeks. Gurley was called the “Father of Psychedelic Guitar” by Guitar Player magazine, and Rick Clark, in the “All Music Book,” wrote, “Anyone who thinks Guns ‘N’ Roses mastered hard electric blues-grunge hasn’t heard Big Brother’s James Gurley and Sam Houston Andrew duke it out on tracks like ‘Ball And Chain,’ ‘Summertime’ and ‘Combination of the Two.'”

Although it’s been more than 30 years since Big Brother and the Holding Company made its mark, the group is still touring. It returns to Center for the Arts Saturday to play tunes from the early days to today.

Big Brother had two hiatuses: for a few months after Joplin left the band at the end of 1968, and from 1972 to 1987. The group reunited during the 20th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.”

Big Brother plays to enthusiastic audiences around the world. Members include original guitarists Andrew and Gurley, bassist Albin and drummer Getz. In 1997, guitarist Tom Finch joined the group.

Admission to Saturday’s 8 p.m. show is $15. Advance tickets are at Herb Shop Records, BriarPatch, The Book Seller, and http://www.thecenterforthearts.org or (800) 594-8499.

Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

Call 274-8384 for more information.

– The Union staff

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