PORTLAND – Portland’s former Masonic Temple on the Park Blocks will host a psychedelic music milestone Friday night.
In 1967, the Grateful Dead fresh from the release of their first record, played a show there on July 18, 1967. The building on SW park is now part of the Portland Art Museum.
A “living remembrance and psychedelic dance party” was planned to commemorate the show with U.S. Cadenza -- who played at the 1967 show – and Portland’s beloved Dead tribute the Garcia Birthday Band.
The 1967 bill also featured the bands Poverty's People, and The Nigells at the time.
According to the Rock Archeology 101 blog, the Masonic Temple was a hotbed for Portland’s underground psychedelic music scene between 1966 and 1969.
No song list currently exists from the 1967 show, so the band is doing their best to be true to the era.
“We dutifully researched any possible sources for the set list, including an inquiry with (Dead archivist David) Lemieux to see if he had anything, to no avail,” bass player and singer Scott Gillan said. “So, in true Dead geek fashion, we've constructed what they most likely would or could have possibly played based on what DeadBase has right around that date and 1967 in general."
Other acts to grace its stage were The Doors, Moby Grape, Deep Purple, Paul Butterfield and a slew of Portland and Northwest acts.
Portland Art Museum - 1119 SW Park Ave, $15 cover includes museum admission.
“There is a ton of stuff (the band) simply hadn't figured out (in 1967) - but the material available at the time provides ample opportunities for deep excursions into weirdness,” Gillan said.