Garage Bands from the 60s- East Bay

It’s hard to do it all, especially when there’s more than one thing happening all at once.

When I was attending the LOUIE FEST near Tacoma, Washington, there was also a FuzzFest Northwest taking place in Portland, Oregon. As I stayed close to the event organized by the Wailers and company, I missed performances by Strawberry Alarm Clock, Electric Prunes, Sky Saxon, and sadly, the final performance of the Chocolate Watchband. I would have loved to attended both, but it was impossible to do it all.

On Sunday, September 9, I attended a very special farewell party for Village Music, one of my favorite record stores. It was a power-packed event at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, featuring Bettye LaVette, the Collins Kids, Jimmy McCracklin, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and some famous rock stars.

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Across the bay, there was a big book and CD release party the same day at the Saddle Rack in Fremont. “The San Francisco East Bay Scene Garage Bands From Then and Now!” a new book compiled by Bruce Tahsler, in conjunction with publisher / promoter Bill Quarry, was re-issued as a second edition, containing a wealth of photos and interviews from the fabulous 60s. There was also a new CD from Ace Records entitled “You Got Yours- East Bay Garage 1965-1967” assembled by my friend Alec Palao. Some of the bands scheduled to play at this event included Tower of Power‘s original horn section, The Spyders, Just VI, members of Peter Wheat & the Fenderman, Just Truckin, Misanthropes, and Gin House Blues Band.

Luckily for those of us that missed this one, there’s a few websites with information about ordering the book, as well as photos from the big party.

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(By the way, if you click on the “Bill Quarry’s Rollarena” link at Garage Bands From the you’ll see some cool posters featuring the Wailers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and a lot of other bands you’ll probably recognize.)

12 comments to Garage Bands from the 60s- East Bay

  • Bob Birdwell

    The book release and reunion concert at The Saddlerack was sweet… for some of us who haven’t been in a Rock Group for 40 years it was a chance to show our friends and families that we can still rock! Bruce compiled a GREAT book, I hope everyone gets a copy…and of course Bill Quarry put on a super show, (reportedly his last show). I’ll be forever grateful for one last chance to “do my thing”.

  • I attended the last two garage band dedications at the saddle rack. When is the next one?

  • Pleas drop East Bay from your tag line on Garage bands of the 60s
    for tahslers book
    I own this name and its confusing to people looking for my site
    His book is called then and now.

  • EP

    It appears that the title of this book is “The San Francisco East Bay Scene Garage Bands From Then and Now!” That’s the title that is stated on the front cover of this book.

    I’m sorry there’s confusion, but I’m simply trying to state what’s out there. If there’s a factual error, I’ll be correct any snafus I shared on this site.

    Obert listed his website as….
    “http://garagebandsofthe60seastbay”, which has no com, net, other extension at the end of this URL., for example is NOT active.

    For the record, it’s best to send a direct message to me, rather than leave comments on the blog, and hope that I’ll catch it. All comments must be approved, and many comments are wrongly labeled as spam by the blog software.

  • Vince

    One of the more fun times of my life was playing keyboards with The Post Raisin Band. That was a great group of guys.

  • Lori Dyer

    I am trying to locate a member of The Post Raisin Band that played in the bay area and Napa Valley in the 70’s . They were an Earth Wind and Fire type band with alot of horns. Michael Quinlan was a friend of mine and was in the horn section. Is this the same band? Thank you

  • Rick

    Wow, I noticed the “Tame Greens” on the poster. I formed the group in 65. My brother Bob played bass guitar/vocals, Nick was lead guitar, Gary drums, Mike lead singer and I played rhythm guitar/vocals . Those were fun and crazy times.

  • Chauncey Malan

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  • Kelly

    Lori Dryer…you can find Mike Q on FB. Larry Berman ( Drummer) still plays ALOT and is also on FB.

  • Kaanii Powell Cleaver

    Greetings from the wildest part of Napa! I landed on this page whilst searching for Post Raisin Band and my long-lost pal Clyde Leslie Hodge.

    Am I getting closer?


  • I was very active in the mid-60s in the east bay music scene. Just 5 & Boys both Richmond, Treez & London Fog both El Cerito. Ruby Tattoo & Dixie Peach both Richmond, many more into the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. Best time to be young. Still gig every week, check out my you tube channel “Cold Porter Quartet”
    Best wishes to all who remember. Victor

  • Vince

    Lori, that was the same band. Mike was the trumpet player and a great guy. I don’t know what he’s doing now. Sorry it took so long to reply.

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