Saturday, September 19, 2009

Foothill College Gym: United States of America – May 25, 1968

A show on the one and only lumbering two month tour by the United States of America, Joe Byrd’s experimental rock band. Foothill College is a community college founded in 1957 located in Los Altos Hills, CA. Prior to the tour, the band would play occasional dates only.

Formed in New York in 1967 by Joseph Byrd, who had studied with legendary avant garde composer John Cage and was a contemporary of Yoko Ono, the United States of America membership comprised Byrd, Dorothy Moskowitz, Rand Forbes, Gordon Marron, Craig Woodson and, for the album and tour, Ed Bogas.

The only dates that I know of are:

December 16, 1967 Shrine, Los Angeles Country Joe and The Fish, Moby Grape, United States of America
March 22-23, 1968: Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA Velvet Underground, United States of America, The Road
March 29-30, 1968, Fillmore East, New York City, NY Richie Havens, The Troggs, United States of America
May 2-4, 1968: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA Country Joe and The Fish, Moby Grape, Hour Glass, United States of America
May 25, 1968 Foothill College Gym


  1. The two dates I have are
    Dec 9, 1967 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica Buffalo Springfield/Blue Cheer/Collectors/United States of America/Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry/Dick Gregory/Firesign Theatre KPFA Benefit
    August 30-31, 1968 The Bank, Torrance United States of America/Taj Mahal
    If this date even happened, it was a USofA without Joseph Byrd


  2. Foothill College was also the "birthplace" of the original Chocolate Watch Band in 1965.


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