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Grande Ballroom

Jefferson Airplane at Grande Ballroom 6/30/67 by Carlson

 

WWhen Detroit dance promoter Russ Gibb was planning the 1966 opening of the Grande Ballroom, he asked MC5 frontman Rob Tyner to recommend a poster artist. That is how Gary Grimshaw became the primary poster and light show artist for the Grande Ballroom and began to emerge as one of America’s most influential poster artists.

 Russ Gibb had been hosting regular dances at a Detroit club called the Pink Pussycat, and was a deejay at WKMH and WKNR. In September 1966, he attended the wedding of deejay friend Jim Dunbar in San Francisco. An evening out on the town with the wedding party included accepting a radio industry invite to Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium to see a new band called The Byrds. Russ was amazed at the young crowd that was paying to hear new groups perform original music at The Fillmore, and he queried Bill Graham on everything from ticket sales to strobe lights.

 Seeking to recreate The Fillmore experience in Detroit, Gibb leased an old big-band ballroom located at 8592 Grand River Avenue, and the Grande Ballroom was born. It opened on October 6, 1966. By July 1967, Russ had started to book both national and international acts and the Grande was considered an essential band tour stop. Russ Gibb also helped promote the St. Louis Pop Festival, the Detroit Pop Festival, and the Cincinnati Pop Festival.

 Performers that appeared in Russ Gibb shows at the Grande Ballroom and at other regional venues included Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Who, The Doors, Procul Harum, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and many, many others, including the Grande’s famous house band, the MC5. Their concerts were advertised by the stunning art of Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren, David Carlin, and Donnie “Dope” Forsyth, among others.

 All of the Russ Gibb and Grande Ballroom items are included in Eric King’s book and are designated as G/G items. Grande/Gibb items tend to be very scarce compared to Bill Graham or Family Dog items. G/G Series print runs were quite small and few posters were reprinted. The standard postcard set includes 81 different cards for shows held at the Grande proper, but most collectors include a few extras such as the Pop Festivals and Grande Family cards. To complete a set of the posters requires time and effort, as well as a thick pocketbook. Even though many posters are in the Grande Ballroom Series, some items are represented by as few as three known copies.

 

Grande Ballroom Posters and Handbills

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poster date cat. no. venue for sale
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/7 & 8/66 by Gary Grimshaw

10/7/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.07

Grande Ballroom 10/7 & 8/66
No current products  
Woolies at Grande Ballroom 10/14 & 15/66 by Gary Grimshaw

10/14/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.14

Grande Ballroom 10/14 & 15/66
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/21 & 22/66 by Gary Grimshaw

10/21/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.21

Grande Ballroom 10/21 & 22/66
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/28 & 29/66 by Rob Tyner

10/28/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.28

Grande Ballroom 10/28 & 29/66
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 11/4 & 5/66 by Gary Grimshaw

11/4/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.04

Grande Ballroom 11/4 & 5/66
No current products  
Hitch Hikers at Grande Ballroom 11/11 & 12/66 by Gary Grimshaw & Rob Tyner

11/11/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.11

Grande Ballroom 11/11 & 12/66
No current products  
Walking Wounded at Grande Ballroom 11/18 & 19/66 by Gary Grimshaw

11/18/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.18

Grande Ballroom 11/18 & 19/66
No current products  
Jagged Edge at Grande Ballroom 11/25 & 26/66 by Rob Tyner

11/25/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.25

Grande Ballroom 11/25 & 26/66

Products Available

 
Jagged Edge at Grande Ballroom 12/9 & 10/66 by Rob Tyner

12/9/1966

DET-GBR.1966.12.09

Grande Ballroom 12/9 & 10/66

Products Available

 
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 12/22-23 & 29-31/66 by Gary Grimshaw

12/22/1966

DET-GBR.1966.12.22

Grande Ballroom 12/22-23 & 29-31/66

Products Available

 
Unrelated Segments at Grande Ballroom 1/13 & 14/67 by Donnie Dope

1/13/1967

DET-GBR.1967.01.13

Grande Ballroom 1/13 & 14/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 1/20-21 & 27-28/67 by Gary Grimshaw

1/20/1967

DET-GBR.1967.01.20

Grande Ballroom 1/20-21 & 27-28/67
No current products  
Spikedrivers at Grande Ballroom 1/29/67 by Gary Grimshaw

1/29/1967

DET-GBR.1967.01.29

Grande Ballroom 1/29/67
No current products  
Wha? at Grande Ballroom 2/3 & 4/67 by Gary Grimshaw

2/3/1967

DET-GBR.1967.02.03

Grande Ballroom 2/3 & 4/67
No current products  
Thyme at Grande Ballroom 2/10 & 11/67 by Gary Grimshaw

2/10/1967

DET-GBR.1967.02.10

Grande Ballroom 2/10 & 11/67
No current products  
Barons at Grande Ballroom 2/17 & 18/67 by David Carlin

2/17/1967

DET-GBR.1967.02.17

Grande Ballroom 2/17 & 18/67
No current products  
Scott Richard Case at Grande Ballroom 2/24 & 25/67 by David Carlin & 
Gary Grimshaw

2/24/1967

DET-GBR.1967.02.24

Grande Ballroom 2/24 & 25/67
No current products  
Poor Souls at Grande Ballroom 3/10 & 11/67 by David Carlin

3/10/1967

DET-GBR.1967.03.10

Grande Ballroom 3/10 & 11/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 3/17 & 18/67 by David Carlin

3/17/1967

DET-GBR.1967.03.17

Grande Ballroom 3/17 & 18/67
No current products  
Landeers at Grande Ballroom 3/24 & 25/57 by Gary Grimshaw

3/24/1967

DET-GBR.1967.03.24

Grande Ballroom 3/24 & 25/57
No current products  
Scott Richard Case at Grande Ballroom 3/30-4/1/67 by David Carlin

3/30/1967

DET-GBR.1967.03.30

Grande Ballroom 3/30-4/1/67

Products Available

 
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 4/2/67 by David Carlin

4/2/1967

DET-GBR.1967.04.02

Grande Ballroom 4/2/67
No current products  
Poor Souls at Grande Ballroom 4/7 & 8/67 by Gary Grimshaw

4/7/1967

DET-GBR.1967.04.07

Grande Ballroom 4/7 & 8/67
No current products  
Changing Tymes at Grande Ballroom 4/14 & 15/67 by Gary Grimshaw

4/14/1967

DET-GBR.1967.04.14

Grande Ballroom 4/14 & 15/67

Products Available

 
Jagged Edge at Grande Ballroom 4/21 & 22/67 by Gary Grimshaw

4/21/1967

DET-GBR.1967.04.21

Grande Ballroom 4/21 & 22/67

Products Available

 
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 4/23/67 by Gary Grimshaw

4/23/1967

DET-GBR.1967.04.23

Grande Ballroom 4/23/67
No current products  
Billy C and the Sunshine at Grande Ballroom 5/5 & 6/67 by Gary Grimshaw & John K

5/5/1967

DET-GBR.1967.05.05

Grande Ballroom 5/5 & 6/67
No current products  
Earth Mother at Grande Ballroom 5/12 & 13/67 by Gary Grimshaw

5/12/1967

DET-GBR.1967.05.12

Grande Ballroom 5/12 & 13/67
No current products  
Scott Richard Case at Grande Ballroom 5/19 & 20/67 by Gary Grimshaw

5/19/1967

DET-GBR.1967.05.19

Grande Ballroom 5/19 & 20/67

Products Available

 
Southbound Freeway at Grande Ballroom 5/26 & 27/67 by Donnie Dope

5/26/1967

DET-GBR.1967.05.26

Grande Ballroom 5/26 & 27/67
No current products  
Rationals at Grande Ballroom 6/2 & 3/67 by Donnie Forsyth

6/2/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.02

Grande Ballroom 6/2 & 3/67

Products Available

 
Morticians at Grande Ballroom 6/9 & 10/67 by Donnie Dope

6/9/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.09

Grande Ballroom 6/9 & 10/67

Products Available

 
Jagged Edge at Grande Ballroom 6/16 & 17/67 by Donnie Dope

6/16/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.16

Grande Ballroom 6/16 & 17/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 6/23 & 24/67 by Donnie Dope

6/23/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.23

Grande Ballroom 6/23 & 24/67
No current products  
Jefferson Airplane at Grande Ballroom 6/30/67 by Carlson

6/30/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.30

Grande Ballroom 6/30/67
No current products  
Mailbus at Grande Ballroom 7/7 & 8/67 by Donnie Dope

7/7/1967

DET-GBR.1967.07.07

Grande Ballroom 7/7 & 8/67
No current products  
Rationals at Grande Ballroom 7/14 & 15/67 by Donnie Dope

7/14/1967

DET-GBR.1967.07.14

Grande Ballroom 7/14 & 15/67

Products Available

 
Tim Buckley at Grande Ballroom 7/21 & 22/67 by Donnie Dope

7/21/1967

DET-GBR.1967.07.21

Grande Ballroom 7/21 & 22/67

Products Available

 
Scott Richard Case at Grande Ballroom 7/28 & 29/67 by Donnie Dope

7/28/1967

DET-GBR.1967.07.28

Grande Ballroom 7/28 & 29/67

Products Available

 
Grateful Dead at Grande Ballroom 8/11-12/67 by Donnie Dope

8/11/1967

DET-GBR.1967.08.11

Grande Ballroom 8/11-12/67

Products Available

 
Uncalled Four at Grande Ballroom 8/18 & 19/67 by Donnie Dope

8/18/1967

DET-GBR.1967.08.18

Grande Ballroom 8/18 & 19/67

Products Available

 
Apostles at Grande Ballroom 8/25 & 26/67 by Alice Cow & 
Donnie Dope

8/25/1967

DET-GBR.1967.08.25

Grande Ballroom 8/25 & 26/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 8/27/67 by Gary Grimshaw

8/27/1967

DET-GBR.1967.08.27

Grande Ballroom 8/27/67
No current products  
Chambers Brothers at Grande Ballroom 9/1 & 2/67 by Gary Grimshaw

9/1/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.01

Grande Ballroom 9/1 & 2/67

Products Available

 
Scott Richard Case at Grande Ballroom 9/8 & 9/67 by Donnie Dope

9/8/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.08

Grande Ballroom 9/8 & 9/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 9/15 & 16/67 by Donnie Dope

9/15/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.15

Grande Ballroom 9/15 & 16/67
No current products  
Southbound Freeway at Grande Ballroom 9/22-24/67 by Gary Grimshaw

9/22/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.22

Grande Ballroom 9/22-24/67

Products Available

 
Apostles at Grande Ballroom 9/29 & 30/67 by Gary Grimshaw & Leni Sinclair

9/29/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.29

Grande Ballroom 9/29 & 30/67

Products Available

 
Scott Richard Case at Grande Ballroom 10/6 & 7/67 by Gary Grimshaw & 
Leni Sinclair

10/6/1967

DET-GBR.1967.10.06

Grande Ballroom 10/6 & 7/67

Products Available

 
Cream at Grande Ballroom 10/13-15/67 by Gary Grimshaw

10/13/1967

DET-GBR.1967.10.13

Grande Ballroom 10/13-15/67

Products Available

 

 

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