The Fillmore

The hottest tickets in San Francisco this week were for My Morning Jacket's four-night run at The Fillmore. Currently on tour playing amphitheaters and music festivals, the Kentucky-based quintet drew fans from far and wide for this special and relatively intimate event, with a promise of no repeats and a guarantee of serious shreds.

In the grand cosmic dance of jazz, where notes float like leaves in the autumn wind, there stands a figure whose very name conjures the essence of innovation, rebellion, and pure, unadulterated genius—Miles Davis. Born on this day, May 26th, 1926, in Alton, Illinois, Miles Davis would go on to become a towering giant in the world of music, leaving behind a legacy that transcends genres and generations.

The Early Days: Birth of the Cool

A quarter-century ago, guitarist Eddie Roberts joined forces in Leeds (that’s a city in the U.K., my friends) with drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand, and keyboardist Bob Birch. Birch was replaced by Joe Tatton in 2007, and Tatton remains in the band to this day. Now, with over a dozen studio albums under their collective belts, the mostly-instrumental jazz-funk quartet is on tour to celebrate their new record, the not-ironically named “Old School.”

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real (POTR) commanded the stage on Thursday, February 29, the second of two jam- and fan-packed nights at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.

For over two hours, Nelson and Co. delivered a ton of butt-kicking rock and roll, oodles of Texas stomp and swagger, and a healthy dose of mellow sweetness to round out the flavor. A surprise appearance by Bob Weir was icing on the cake.

After 54 years of service, at “An Intimate Evening Benefiting the Rex Foundation,” Hot Tuna on December 2 put a culminating exclamation point on the compelling electric rock ‘n’ blues performances that the band has been known for. It was Hot Tuna’s final electric concert in California; the final, final electric show was to take place in Denver on Dec. 7. Mesmerizing as an electric or acoustic outfit, acoustic Hot Tuna will continue on in 2024.  

"My dad moved on and so did I, inside I kept his songs alive – so they say."
- Stephen Marley, "Old Soul"

Stephen Marley's autumn tour is a stripped-down roots reggae affair, a mostly acoustic performance in support of his new album "Old Soul." He appeared at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on Thursday, September 21, with opening act Eli Mac.

For the lovers of classic San Fran rock, echoes of history, and the spirit of giving, December 2nd, 2023 is a date to mark on your calendars. In a stirring tribute to a moment that shaped music history, Jack and Jorma will return to the Fillmore in San Francisco, the very stage where, 58 years prior, they ignited the audience as members of the Jefferson Airplane during Bill Graham's inaugural show.

Today, The Petty Estate unveils Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers—The Fillmore House Band—1997 (Short Film Part 2) around the 26th anniversary of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ legendary residency at the Fillmore; watch/share here.

The 11-minute short film, directed by Alison Tavel, features previously unreleased, never-before-seen footage from the Petty estate vaults, accompanied by interviews with The Heartbreakers filmed at the famed Clubhouse.

The event, named Bound to Cover Just a Little More Ground, will speak to the community’s collective resilience and focus to remain steadfast in bringing about positive social change. This spirit has been present in each grant Rex has given out to recognize the inherent value of the powerful work that Rex Foundation has given out since its inception in 1984.

Even more great news about Rex Foundation's return to the Fillmore on December 3: We're delighted to announce a special guest appearance by the Trombone Shorty Academy from New Orleans!

The Trombone Shorty Academy is a project of this year's Ralph J. Gleason Award recipient Trombone Shorty Foundation, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of talented youth through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance.

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