The Fillmore

Where
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco , CA
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+1 415.346.6000
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The Fillmore Website
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About

The Fillmore was a dance hall operating under various names and managements - The Get Acquainted Society, Ambassador Dance Hall - through the 1930s, and a roller rink through the 1940s. In 1952, local entrepreneur Charles Sullivan began to book some of the biggest names in black music into The Fillmore. Sullivan booked West Coast tours for performers including James Brown, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Ike & Tina Turner. During the 1950s and 1960s, San Francisco gained a reputation as the preeminent Bohemian community in the United States. This reputation was never more deserved than during the mid-sixties, when the hipster of the Beat movement grew into the hippie of a more mainstream counter-culture. By the 1950s, the literary North Beach scene had given way to the emerging Haight-Ashbury, and radical politics had a niche across the Bay at the University of California at Berkeley. The line between culture and politics is easily blurred by young people in search of adventure.

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Articles

  • Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura

    Her Heart is in San Francisco
    05/21/2009 by Matt Crawford

    Scotland’s Camera Obscura return to the United States this month following the April release of My Maudlin Career, an album full of heartbreak and disappointment, despite a few seemin...  More »

  • Katie White of Ting Tings

    UK Duo Gets it Started
    04/10/2009 by Matt Crawford

    The Ting Tings 2008 trojan-horse debut We Started Nothing, has undeniably started something. The UK duo earned Apple’s approval with a coveted feature spot on a recent iPod commercial...  More »

  • Gnarls Barkley

    Boyz Gone Crazy -- 7/18 & 7/19 @ The Fillmore
    07/06/2006 by Adam Pollock

    We wouldn’t usually be talking about a one hit wonder duo’s first gig in town but when that duo is terrible twosome Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green, aka Gnarls Barkley, it bears mentioning, especially w...  More »

  • King Sunny Ade

    Enjoyment at the Fillmore
    04/15/2005 by matthew thayer

    The best experience in life for a "world music" lover like myself is to be immersed. Gnawa, the hottest, undiluted regional dance-trance music, is performed nightly in the main square of the Moroccan...  More »

  • Handsome Boy Modeling School

    Schooled in the Finer Points
    03/25/2005 by matthew thayer

    Nathaniel Merriweather and Chest Rockwell haven't disappeared since we last heard from them in 1999. It's been a long time since the boys put out their first concept album, "So... How's Your Girl?". ...  More »

  • David Byrne at The Fillmore

    An Artist, Decades in the Making
    02/18/2005 by Chris Ellis

    Everybody has moments in his or her musical memory where a song or band marks the moment of something big. I saw Byrne perform for the first time on television. For me, seeing him was this moment. ...  More »

  • Ozomatli

    party politics
    12/19/2003 by jonathan zwickel

    The story of Ozomatli is one of those beautiful Rock 'n' Roll epics that reaffirms your faith in the power of music. As the original SoCal party band, Ozo started taking over small clubs and bars acro...  More »

  • The Roots at The Fillmore

    03/25/2003 by Cliff Samaniego

    Despite acceptance in today's popular media, The Roots have taken the path less traveled. Do You Want More?!?, Illadelph Halflife, and Things Fall Apart gained positive head nods from hip-hop enthusia...  More »

  • Zero 7 at The Fillmore

    The new kings of downtempo
    01/16/2003 by Cliff Samaniego

    Sometimes a beat, a rhyme, or a head nod come from Simple Things. Producers Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker are no strangers to breaking down music to its basic roots. Both are the masterminds behind the...  More »

  • Badly Drawn Boy

    Indie pop tunesmith storms the Fillmore
    10/02/2002 by Lisa Butterworth

    I wish I could say I've been listening to Badly Drawn Boy for years, that he was one of my favorite artists before Hugh Grant and Hollywood got a hold of him. I'd like to be able to say I cringed as h...  More »

  • Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

    Psychedelic Furs and Echo and the Bunnymen
    05/03/2001 by SFS Staff

    Delicious news for fans of the Psychedelic Furs and Echo and the Bunnymen: this Wednesday night, both bands are playing on one bill at The Fillmore. Generally speaking, writing previews for such shows...  More »

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