Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Red Dog Saloon
During the summer of 1965, Laughlin recruited much of the original talent that led to a unique amalgam of traditional folk music and the developing psychedelic rock scene. He and his cohorts created what became known as “The Red Dog Experience,” featuring previously unknown musical acts – Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Charlatans, The Grateful Dead and others – who played in the completely refurbished, intimate setting of Virginia Cityís Red Dog Saloon. There was no clear delineation between “performers” and “audience” in “The Red Dog Experience.”
LSD manufacturer Owsley Stanley lived in Berkeley during 1965 and provided much of the LSD that became a seminal part of the “Red Dog Experience,” the early evolution of psychedelic rock and budding hippie culture. At the Red Dog Saloon, The Charlatans were the first psychedelic rock band to play live (albeit unintentionally) loaded on LSD.
Erected 2011 by Loren & Sue Pursel, Red Dog Saloon and OtS Graphics. (Marker Number 20.)
Location. 39° 18.71′ N, 119° 38.961′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on C Street (State Highway 341), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 76 North C Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Union Brewery (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Miners Union Hall The Glory of Solidarity and Fraternity (within shouting distance of this marker); E Clampus Vitus Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 601's (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of International Hotels (about 400 feet away); Red Light District (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
Also see . . . The Charlatans (American band) -- Wikipedia. In June 1965, the Charlatans began an extended residency at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, just across the border from Northern California. This six-week stint at the Red Dog was important because band members Mike Ferguson and George Hunter produced a rock concert poster in advance of the residency to promote the performances. This poster—known as "The Seed"—is almost certainly the first psychedelic concert poster. By the end of the decade, psychedelic concert-poster artwork by artists such as Wes Wilson, Rick Griffin, (Submitted on August 5, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Additional keywords. Hippies, Rock & Roll
Categories. • 20th Century • Entertainment •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,458 times since then and 49 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 21, 2011. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 4, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 5, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.