The Vulcan Gas Company was the most memorable psychedelic venue in Austin, Texas. Texas and particularly Austin has a rich rock history, featuring rock bands with light shows in late 1965, contemporary to events in San Francisco. The history of the Vulcan Gas Company is not hard to retrieve, and the posters are very nice and eminently collectible. Nonetheless, from the very narrow perspective of rock prosopography, there is no list of concert performances at the Vulcan.
I am posting this list as an aid to prosopographical scholarship. I am not attempting to write another history of the Vulcan, as that seems to have been covered in various sources, just a list of concerts. I compiled this list almost exclusively from the posters. This means that some weekends may be missing, and other performances may be different than what was actually advertised. I have included events promoted by the Vulcan Gas Company itself even when other venues were used. Anyone with additional information or corrections please put it in the Comments or email me.
January 5-6, 1968 Lord August and The Visions of Life/Georgetown Medical Band
All shows were at The Vulcan Gas Company venue at 316 Congress Avenue in Austin, TX unless otherwise noted.
January 12-13, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/The Lost and Found
(January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 1968) movies
January 19-20, 1968 Mance Lipscomb/Conqueroo
January 26-27, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Afro Caravan and the Strawberry Shoemaker
February 1-2-3, 9-10, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Conqueroo/Lost and Found/Georgetown Medical Band
The tiny reproductions of the posters make it hard to tell exactly which groups play which shows on the two-weekend posters.
February 14, 1968 Conqueroo/Shiva’s Head Band
February 16, 1968 Texas & Pacific/New Atlantis/Shepherd’s Head/Good Humor
"Benefit for Oleo Strut, A Radical Coffeehouse for G.I.s at Fort Hood” (afternoon show?)
February 16-17, 23-24, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Conqueroo/Rubaiyat/Lightning Hopkins
February 22, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Conqueroo/Georgetown Medical Band
“Bust Benefit Dance”
March 1-2, 8-9, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Big Joe Williams/Conqueroo/Rubayyat
March 10, 1968 Rubayyat/Austin Suburban Loan Co.
March 15-16, 22-23, 1968 Shiva’s Headband/Space American Eagle Squadron/Conqueroo/Lost and Found
March 29-30, April 4-5-6, 1968 Conqueroo/Bubble Puppy/Shiva’s Head Band/Blues Bag
April 12-13, 19-20, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Rubaiyat/Conqueroo/Sleepy John Estes
April 25, 1968 Angela Lewis and The Fabulous Rockets
April 26-27, May 3-4, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Bubble Puppy/Angela Lewis and The Fabulous Rockets/Wild Chicken
May 10-11, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Canned Heat/Conqueroo
May 13, 1968 Bubble Puppy
May 16, 1968 Conqueroo “Free Gig”
May 17-18, 24-25, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Zig Zag Quartet/Liquid Marble/Wild Chickens
May 19, 1968 Zilker Park, Austin, TX Shiva’s Head Band/Stone Axe/Angela Lewis
“Gathering of Ye Olde Tribe”
The handbill, drawn by Gilbert Shelton, includes two of his Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.
May 24-25, 1968 Moby Grape/Shiva’s Head Band/Angela Lewis
This conflicts with the previous poster.
May 31-June 1, 1968 Conqueroo/Bubble Puppy
June 21-22, 1968 Conqueroo/Bubble Puppy
June 27-28-29, 1968 Conqueroo/Bubble Puppy
July 5-6, 1968 Johnny Winter/Bubble Puppy
July 7, 1968 Conqueroo/Winter/Shiva’s Head Band
Winter was Johnny Winter’s trio.
July 26-27, 1968 New Atlantis/Grits
August 2-3, 1968 Muddy Waters/Winter
August 16, 1968 Winter/New Atlantis/Zackary Thacks/1948
August 29-30-31, 1968 Stacy and The 13th Floor Elevators/New Atlantis
September 6-7-8, 1968 Bubble Puppy/Zig-Zag Quartet
September 12-13-14, 1968 New Atlantis/Gritz
September 20-21, 1968 Winter/Endel St. Cloud
September 27-28, 1968 Big Joe Williams/Sky Blues
September 29, 1968 Woolridge Park, Austin, TX New Atlantis/Lavender Hill Express
Although this was not a Vulcan Gas event, they appear to have some involvement. Vulcan Gas artist and Jim Franklin included his first Armadillo on the handbill, later to become legendary at his Armadillo World Headquarters in the 1970s.
October 10-11-12, 1968 New Atlantis/Winter
October 13, 1968 Theater For The Performing Arts, Hemisfair Arena, San Antonio, TX Steppenwolf/Johnny Winter/New Atlantis
Not a Vulcan Gas event, but Vulcan Gas artist Gilbert Shelton did the poster.
October 17-18-19, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Winter
October 31, November 1-2, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Grits
November 8-9, 1968 Steve Miller Band/New Atlantis
November 14, 1968 Texas Pacific/Blues Bag
“Bail Bund Benefit”
Texas was a dangerous place for pot smokers in the 60s, as indicated by the number of benefits for raising bail.
November 15-16, 1968 Freddie King/Winter
November 21, 1968 Theater For The Performing Arts, Hemisfair Arena, San Antonio, TX Big Brother and The Holding Company/Winter/Shiva's Headband
A Vulcan Gas show at a theater in San Antonio. Janis Joplin would leave Big Brother shortly after this.
November 22-23, 1968 Mance Lipscomb/Shiva’s Head Band
November 28-29, 1968 The Children/New Atlantis
December 6-7, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Bubble Puppy
December 13-14, 1968 New Atlantis/Texas Pacific
December 20-21, 1968 Winter/New Atlantis
December 31, 1968 Shiva’s Head Band/Winter