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MONTEREY FESTIVAL 1967 REVISITED by U.S psych legends!

MILLER BAND and BLUES PROJECT , bands who played the historic 1967 Monterey
Festival, the first of the big rock festivals. This  true psychedelic super
group are touring all over the the U.K (including Wales & Scotland) between
4th and 16th October. 
This ain't just MUSIC- this is HISTORY!!!!
DON'T MISS 'EM - they're at The Cellars at Eastney 56, Cromwell Rd.,
Southsea, Hants., PO4 9PN on Sunday 14th October! 
Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door, and are obtainble via
credit/debit card by ringing  02392826249 (venue) or via 
If you live a little further away from Portsmouth the full gig list is below
- the band are travelling from the deep south of Portsmouth right up to
Scotland, so there should be a venue near you!!!!!
Here's the line-up... 

Bruce Barthol (bass) and David Bennet Cohen (keyboards and guitar) were in
the line-up on the classic Country Joe & The Fish albums, "Electric Music
For The Mind And Body", "Feel Like I'm Fixin To Die" &
"Together". The band during this period - when they also played
Monterey Festival - were Country Joe McDonald (guitar/vocals),Barry "The
Fish" Melton (guitar/vocals), Gary "Chicken" Hirsh (drums). Bruce Barthol
(bass & vocals), and David Bennet Cohen (keyboards/guitar). 

Later - in 2004 - this line-up of Country Joe & The Fish - minus Barry "The
Fish" Melton - was formed as The Country Joe Band and successfully toured
the U.K in 2004 and 2005, playing many top festivals, including headlining
the opeing night night at Fairport Convention's 2005 Cropredy Festival. 

David Benett Cohen arrived in the San Francisco Bay area in 1965 from New
York, where he had been an integral part of the music scene in Greenwich
Village during the early 60s. After playing off and on with several
Berkeley rock bands, he hooked up with Country Joe McDonald and Barry "the
Fish" Melton, and along with playing lead guitar, became the original
organist with Country Joe & the Fish. 
To quote Country Joe McDonald ..."David was one of the pioneers of the era
on electric keyboard - the sound of his keyboard defined the Country Joe
and the Fish sound." 

David is also a superb barrel house / rumba / boogie-woogie piano player in
the James Booker/ Professor Longhair/Dr. John vein. His piano album,
"Cooking With Cohen", was short listed for a Grammy Award. He's played
and/or recorded with such Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Bob Weir, Mick
Taylor, The Blues Project, Elvin Bishop, Hubert Sumlin, David Blue, Tim
Hardin, Norton Buffalo, Buddy Miles, John Cipolinna Huey Lewis, Michael
Bloomfield, and many others.

The other "former member" of Country Joe & The Fish, Bruce Barthol, played
bass on the first three Country Joe & The Fish albums and also appeared
with the band at Monterey Festival 1967. Bruce later became a founding
member of Formerly Fat Harry, and has also played and recorded with  Pete
Seeger, Roy Harper, Ralph McTell, The East Bay Sharks, and The Green Briar
Boys, though his most enduring musical activity is as musical director of
the San Francisco Mime Troupe for over 30 years. 
Bruce has written over 300 songs, and in 2010  finally released a solo
record, "The Decline & Fall Of Everything". The album includes Bruce's
composition "Cakewalk To Baghdad" a crowd pleaser on the Country Joe Band

_ROY BLUMENFELD (The Blues Project)_ 
In 1965 top New York drummer  Roy Blumenfeld, who had worked with Al Kooper
on his early solo recordings, joined The Blues Project, who  featured Al
Kooper on keyboards and vocals, Danny Kalb on lead guitar and vocals, Steve
Katz on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Andy Kulberg on bass guitar and
flute. David Bennet Cohen was also as member for a while. The Blues
Project's two classic albums, "Live at the Cafe Au Go Go" and "Projections"
remain among the most exciting and inventive LPs of the mid-1960s. The band
folded in 1967, and The Monterey Pop Festival  was their the last major
appearance, although in 1973 a re-formed Blues Project (minus Andy Kulberg)
performed a concert in New York's Central Park which also resulted in a
live album. Roy  also worked wit Nick Gravenites in the '70s, played with
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter at various times in the '80s and '90s,
and was also reunited with Al Kooper on the live shows which were recorded
for Al Kooper's `Soul of a Man' album. 

_GREG DOUGLASS (Steve Miller Band)_
Greg Douglass is one of the most important San Francisco Bay Area
guitarists. He performed his first gig in June 1964, and by 1967 his band
Country Weather created a storm playing throughout Northern California,
including The Fillmore, and The Avalon.

In 1974  Greg joined the legendary Bay Area band Terry & the Pirates, with
John Cipolinna (formerly of Quicksilver Messenger Service) 
Greg also appeared on Link Wray's 1973 album `Be What You Want', and was a
member of Van Morrison's band Soundhole, and also joined Hot Tuna for a 
while, co-writing "Song for the Fire Maiden" on their "Yellow Fever" album.

In 1976 Greg and John Cipolinna formed their own short lived band Raven, but
Greg  left in 1977 to join The Steve Miller Band, for whom he co-wrote the
song "Jungle Love" on which Greg  played lead guitar. Greg t  toured with
the band for two and a half years, recording and writing on three albums. 

Apart from playing with Terry & the Pirates (again!), Greg later toured,
recorded and/or performed with Norton Buffalo, Gene Clark, Peter Rowan,
Greg Kihn, Nick Gravenites,Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers), Nico, Paul
Butterfield Blues Band, Danny Kalb,Country Joe McDonald, David Bennett
Cohen and Barry "the fish" Melton,  to name but a few. 

In 1992, Greg  released his first solo album "Maelstrom" and since then has
recorded and/or performed live with Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater
Revival), Greg Kihn, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Doobie Brothers), Stephen Stills 
and many more.  
Watch Greg in action here, on a Steve Miller classic.....
Thurs 4th Oct: 
The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ Tickets
: £12.50/£13.50, 
Box Office: 01902 401211 & via 

Fri 5th Oct: 
Backroom At The Green Hotel, 2 The Muirs, Kinross, 
Perthshire, Scotland, KY13 8AS 
Tickets: £12. 
Box Office: 01577 863 467 & via

Sat 6th Oct: 
Trades Club, Holme St., Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE 
From venue & via 

Sun 7th Oct: (afternoon) 
Musicport Festival, Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, N Yorks, YO21 3EN 
Ticket Hotline: 01947 603475 & via 

Mon 8th Oct: 
The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS 
Tickets £10 advance 
From venue or 

Tues 9th Oct: 
Wotton Hall Concert Room, 138, Barnwood Road, Gloucester GL4 3JS 
Tickets £10/£12
Box Office: 01452 540169 & via : 

Weds 10th Oct: 
New Roscoe, Bristol St., Leeds, LS7 1DH 
Tickets £10/£12
from venue (0113 246 0778) Jumbo Records (0113 245 5570) & via 

Thurs 11th Oct: 
Bluefunk R & B Club, The WMC, Park Lane, Poynton,Cheshire, SK12 1RG. 
Ticket details obtainable via e mail from promoter:

Fri 12th Oct: The New Adelphi Club, 89 De Grey Street, Hull, HU5 2RU 
Tickets: £7/£8. 
From the venue (01482 348216); Zoo café, Newland Ave; G.O. Records
Cottingham Rd; & Disc Discovery; Spring Bank. 

Sat 13th Oct: The Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, Wales 
Ticket price: £10 
From Judge's Lodging 01544 260650 

Sun 14th Oct: 
Cellars At Eastney , 56, Cromwell Rd., Southsea, Hants., PO4 9PN 
Tickets £10/£12 
From 02392826249 (venue) or via 

Mon 15th Oct: Stormy Monday Blues Club@The Bull at Barnes, London 
Box Office: 0208 761 9078 and via 

Tues 16th Oct: The Spring Arts And Heritage Centre, Havant, Hants 
Tickets: £12.50/£11.25