Psychedelic rock concert posters are “trippy.” The graphics are wavy, freaky, and imaginative. Sometimes the band or a band member, like Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, are incorporated into the artwork. Free form lettering is weaved into the poster layout. The posters are designed to create a visual response from the reader. The delivery of concert information was secondary. Local artist Owsley Bear Stanley, Strange, Leslie Bell, Dail W. Beeghley, Allan Reid, Jim Franklin, And Charles Moehring created memorable Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead and the Doors concert posters. Most psychedelic rock concert posters were printed locally.
Grateful Dead Trouper's Club 1966
Los Angles, California $3,000 for 1960s Acid Test or Trips Festival Concert Poster Call 303-670-3212
Date: March 25, 1966 Poster: Thick Paper Size: 13x20 Artist: Owsley Bear Stanley
he psychedelic, fillmore era rock n roll poster measures 13×20 inches and was printed on thick paper. This was the only Dead poster that Owsley Bear Stanley designed and it follows the psychedelic imagery that is most often associated with concert posters from the 1960’s. This was the Dead’s twenty-fifth show and was attendance was sparse. The poster features great 1960’s psychedelic graphics and even implores you to “Bring Your Mind” to the show. This show was similar to later acid test and a trips festival with the Dead that included Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters.
Grateful Dead Trips Concert Poster at the Loading Zone Longshoreman’s Hall Concert Poster 1966
San Francisco, California $10,000 Cash For Acid Test and/or Trips Festival Concert Posters Call 303-670-3212
Date: April 22-23, 1966 Poster: Heavy Cardboard Size: Printer: Tighlman Press, Oakland, California
This poster is one of Andrew’s favorites. This concert poster is for the April 22 and 23, 1966 Grateful Dead Trips show at the Loading Zone at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco, California. The psychedelic graphics and lingo used on the poster…“Dress The Way You Are” reflects the mid 1960’s rock-and-roll lifestyle in San Francisco. Its printed on thick cardboard by The Tighlman Press of Oakland and is larger than your typical 14×22 boxing style concert poster.