Sam Andrew, a founder of Big Brother and the Holding Company passed away on February 12 at the age of 73. Along with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother, is arguably one of the most famous and successful bands from the 1960s San Francisco music scene. He is survived by his wife, Elise Piliwale (and daughter Mari Andrew, from a previous marriage) who contacted Dennis Loren to design this poster for Sam’s memorial concert on Sunday March 22, 2015 at the Great American Music Hall.
I spoke with Dennis who is deeply honored to do this poster in memory of his longtime friend. Elise said that it made her very happy to see the finished design and that Sam would have loved it. The art will be printed by PS Print in Oakland and available at the memorial.
Before Sam passed, he had multiple surgeries in an attempt to save his life. There is a fund to help his family with the mounting expenses and medical bills incurred during that time. If you would like to help, or learn more, donations are being accepted at YouCaring.com. Sam has given us a lifetime of creativity and intellectual musings, many times for free. Now is our chance to help out a brother in need. I know together we can reach this goal. ☮
with Big Brother & The Holding Company, Peter & Arwen Lewis, Nick Gravenites, George Michalski, and The 60’s All Stars: A Musical Tribute to Sam by His Friends with Special Guests
Sunday March 22, 2015 at 5pm
John Cooke, former road manager for Big Brother, will share some special Sam memories and a rare 60s film of the band.
The 60s All Stars:
Barry “The Fish” Melton – from Country Joe & The Fish
Peter Albin – from Big Brother & The Holding Company
Banana – from The Youngbloods
Roy Blumenfeld – from The Blues Project
Kurt Huget, Bill Laymon, Roy Schmall – from The Sam Andrew Band
Snooky Flowers – from The Kozmic Blues Band (with Janis Joplin)
David & Linda Laflamme – from It’s A Beautiful Day
David Aguilar – from Norton Buffalo and numerous bands with Sam Andrew
Brad Jenkins – ace saxophone player who has played with numerous well known bands
Tickets available here.
The Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco