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la cave café

Nick FALCON et Cie

le retour de Nick FALCON avec Flora HARTZ (piano, voix) et Yannick (piano, guitare, voic)

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Nick FALCON et Cie
Nick FALCON et Cie

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19 avr. 2023, 20:30 – 20 avr. 2023, 00:00

la cave café, 134 Rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris, France

About the Event

Barry “The Fish” Melton met Country Joe McDonald at the 1964 Berkeley Folk festival. Almost a year later, the duo recorded a song for a “talking issue” of McDonald’s folk music magazine called Rag Baby.

By 1966, McDonald and Melton were making big waves in the Bay Area music scene with a newly recruited backing band. According to Melton, San Francisco’s psychedelic music scene was relatively small when his group began. “When we first started as an electric band, there wasn’t much competition,” he says.

That all changed in 1967 with the Monterey Pop Festival, an event that catapulted San Francisco bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company and Country Joe & the Fish into the nation’s consciousness. “It was really the Monterey Pop Festival that put us all on the map,” Melton says.

After Monterey Pop, Country and Melton were invited to perform at another get-together, this time in the rural New York berg known as Woodstock. One of Melton’s most memorable moments in the festival began when his group was set to perform after Joe Cocker. As a heavy rain started to fall, the group realized they should placate the audience. “We started to bang on various things to keep the crowd amused,” Melton says. Eventually, Melton says he started a cheer calling for “no rain” with the festival’s attendees—a cheer recorded for posterity on the Woodstock album and movie. That was followed by the infamous “Fish Cheer” (“Gimme an ‘F!’).

In the ‘70s, Melton says, he spent a lot of time recording in Europe, and in 1982, the guitarist formed a supergroup of ‘60s San Francisco-sound survivors called the Dinosaurs, including former Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Merl Saunders, and former Quiksilver Messenger Service guitarist John Cipollina.

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