The Grass Roots
August 20 @ 7:30 pm-10:30 pm CDT
The Grass Roots are a band hailing from Los Angeles, California, United States who formed in 1965. The band have released 17 albums since their debut in 1966, but are most known for the 35 singles they released between 1966 and 1982.
If you care about the reasons that a band formed, then prepare to be disappointed. The Grass Roots were, at least at the beginning, a pretty naked attempt to cash in on the burgeoning Folk-Rock phenomenon that was sweeping across the United States in the mid-1960s. Dunhill Records put the producer and songwriter duo of Steve Barri and P.F Sloan up to it and one of the songs they demoed, titled “Where Were You When I Needed You”, was demoed by the Sloan himself. This was the track that convinced the label to go through with the project, and the single was sent to several San Francisco based radio stations. The single did reasonable business for the fledgling project and the label, along with Barri and Sloan, began looking for a band that could perform as The Grass Roots full time.
The San Francisco Bay area band The Bedouins were chosen to become The Grass Roots and got off to a good start with a version of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad Of A Thin Man”. It was released as a single and saw them achieve their first airplay on radio stations around Southern California. The band started to generate some serious hype for themselves but kneecapped it before they could capitalize on it by demanding that they release some of their blues-rock influenced original material. Barri and Sloan cut themselves off from the project and it was decided to start over from scratch with a new line-up, even though an album had been released but had not sold very well. However, come 1966, a band called The 13th Floor submitted a demo tape to Dunhill Records, and the producers for the project had found their Grass Roots.
By the summer of 1967, the band had their first top ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the form of “Let’s Live For Today” and for the next five years they were one of the most successful Californian acts around, with another two top ten singles coming with 1968’s “Midnight Confessions” and 1971’s “Sooner Or Later”. However, save for 1968’s Gold certified “Golden Grass” they never had as much luck on the album charts, leading to a change of sound around the late 60’s to a more brass heavy, rhythm and blues inflected sound. The band continued to have line-up troubles around this time but their records were selling, having a huge amount of hits during this time.
In 1974, The Grass Roots left their home of Dunhill Records and ever since then, a version of The Grass Roots has toured around playing their extensive back catalogue to a thriving audience. In 1982, they even set a world record for the largest audience ever played to by a rock band, at an Independence Day concert where they performed to over half a million people. Clearly they’re a band doing something right, and even if they formed to cash in on something, they’ve clearly since evolved into a truly great band in their own right, and for that, they come highly recommended to this very day.
Opener: A Spoonful of Love
A Spoonful of Love is a salute to the music and influence of “The Lovin’ Spoonful.”This project is a salute to the music and legacy of The Lovin’ Spoonful. All of the hits plus unique and favorite selections from the group’s astounding catalog will be featured. Additionally, music that influenced the creation of the Spoonfuls sound and music that the Spoonful sound went on to influence will also be performed along with a sprinkling of insights and backstories relating to the music.
Additional Ticket Information
Show at 7:30, doors open at 6:30pm.
Tickets: $25 Advanced / $30 At The Door
Tier 1 Tickets ( Seat In First Front 5 Rows): $35
Booths (Tickets Not Included): $250
All ticket purchases are subject to a $5 ticket fee.