Big Brother & the Holding Company star Janis Joplin is prominently featured in Patrick Lofthouse's undulating photo-collage design. Memphis soul-legend Booker T and the MGs were scheduled to play this concert, too, but begged off to attend the funeral service for Dr. Martin Luther King who'd been killed just a week before on the balcony of the Motel Lorraine. The Thursday concert of this three-performance event was held at the Fillmore Auditorium, and the unrest precipitated by King's death coupled with growing unease over the steady deterioration of the Fillmore's neighborhood advanced Bill Graham's plan to move his productions to another venue in the area.
Before the dawn of computers and bar codes, Bill Graham Presents printed their own concert tickets, many of which are now considered exceptional works of art in their own right. Small facsimiles or derivations of the show's promotional posters, they were typically color-coded to indicate multi-night engagements and represent a bygone era of extended, one-venue engagements by major performers. So that Bill could reconcile sales each night, patrons purchased tickets at the venue box office and handed them right back over at the door, thus ending up in the archive as mint condition concert tickets. We may occasionally and in select cases offer for sale one-of-a-kind, extremely rare and valuable concert tickets in less than mint condition.