Welcome to the final installment of our “50 States In 50 Weeks” feature. Over the past 49 weeks, I’ve discovered fun facts, cool venues and awesome OurStage artists from all over the US. For those of you who can’t get enough of discovering new artists across the country, check out OurStage Blog’s newest column “Scene and Heard,” which will be bringing you even more details about the music scenes in major US cities. The “50 States” virtual road trip comes to a close this week with The Golden State, California. It’s been a long, strange trip, but I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else but the OurStage community. Without any further delays, California, here we come!
Fun Facts: State Animal; California Grizzly Bear, State Songs; “I Love You, California,” State Flower; Golden Poppy
Home of: Green Day, N.W.A., The Go-Gos, The Byrds, Snoop Dogg
The legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco was the the epicenter of psychedelic music in the mid 1960s. Concert promoter Bill Graham booked a who’s who of classic rock at the venue, including Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Greatful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and more. While the auditorium was out of commission for a while due to earthquake damage, the original Fillmore building is still hosting concerts as a Live Nation venue.