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 17-18, 1969 Big Joe Williams
All shows were at the Vulcan Gas Company venue at 316 Congress Avenue in Austin, TX unless otherwise noted.
January 30-31, February 1, 1969 John Lee Hooker/Shiva’s Head Band
February 21-22, 1969 The Fugs/Shiva’s Head Band
February 28-March 1, 1969 Texas
March 7-8, 1969 New Atlantis/Untouchables/Texas Rangers
March 14-15, 1969 Jimmy Reed/Onion Creek
The calendar is very hard to read in the tiny reproduction.
March 21-22, 1969 Big Mama Thornton/New Atlantis
March 28-29, April 4-5, 1969 Mustangs/Georgetown Medical Band
April 11-12, 1969 Shiva’s Head Band/Sunnyland Special
April 18-19, 1969 Fred McDowell/Texas Rangers
April 25-26, 1969 Muddy Waters/Sunnyland Special
May 2-3, 1969 Shiva’s Head Band/Sherwood
May 8, 1969 Shiva’s Head Band/Sunnyland Special/Mustangs
Benefit for the Vulcan Gas Company
May 9-10, 1969 Mance Lipscomb/Onion Creek
May 16-17, 1969 Georgetown Medical Band/Sherwood
The poster says “If you toke, don’t tote,” a sign the venue was under significant pressure from the police.
May 23-24, 1969 Shiva’s Head Band/Texas Rangers
May 30-31, 1969 Big Joe Williams/Georgetown Medical Band
June 13-14-15, 1969 Texas/Fat Emma/Shiva’s Head Band
June 20-21, 1969 Shiva’s Head Band/Georgetown Medical Band/Ramon Ramon and The Daddy-O’s
To my knowledge, this was the last show at the Vulcan Gas Company at 316 Congress Avenue.
This completes my working list of shows at (or promoted by) Austin's Vulcan Gas Company. Anyone who can add additional dates or correct information about which bands played on which nights (as opposed to who might have been advertised) please Comment or email me.